The Schoeps MK 41ni is strongly directional. Sound arriving from off-axis is attenuated even more than with a cardioid. The pickup is “drier” and less susceptible to acoustic feedback than any other Schoeps microphone type, provided that a loudspeaker is not located directly on the rear axis of the microphone.
Its directivity is highly independent of frequency, so that even sounds arriving off axis and reverberant sound are registered without coloration. Consequently, even distant placement of the microphone produces a very natural sound pickup.This is a real advantage over interference-tube shotgun microphones, whose directivity is very frequency-dependent – exceeding that of a supercardioid only at higher frequencies. Interference-tube microphones are notoriously sensitive to their position in a room, where the shifting patterns of reflections cause corresponding shifts in sound color. Thus the MK 41ni is surprisingly effective and a space-saving alternative to shotgun microphones – and being small, it can often be placed closer to the sound source.