Brauner VM1 vs Sennheiser MK4

So I’ve been in the market for a new VO mic and today I got the opportunity to have a microphone shootout between my new Sennheiser MK4 and the Brauner workhorse we have in the studio.  Wow.  I was surprised to hear the MK4 hold it’s own in the ring with the Brauner VM1.

Chris Fish from DMT Audio in HK was kind enough to come by the studio today and we worked out a fun little shootout between these two sweet microphones.  We ran them through a Great River mic pre and recorded the below test simultaneously so we could really compare them.

I found that the Brauner had some cool stuff going on in the high range and a nice crisp top end while the MK4 sounds more “rounded” to me. While the difference between the mics is subtle you can really hear it. Have  listen below.

In the left corner … The BRAUNER VM1


In the right corner … The Sennheiser MK4


Coming up next… the Sennheiser MK4 vs the AKG 3000B – two large diaphragm condenser mics in the same price range. Check back here for ring side seats!

4 Replies to “Brauner VM1 vs Sennheiser MK4”

  1. Great test! The VM1 has perhaps nicer “air” to it, but it sounds thinner all around. The MK4 sounds great and has more presence to it – something that can kick through in a mix better, while being easier to EQ. I’ve owned a TLM 103 and a MKH 416, but now I use a Sennheiser MK4 in my studio and it’s one of my favorite mics out there. Works great with clean or character preamps as well. Thanks for doing this.

    1. HI Lance,
      Thanks for stopping by! Great comment, and I’m glad you found my post helpful! 🙂 I gotta say I was pleasantly surprised with the MK4 after this test. So far my voice and it are getting along very nicely. 🙂


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