When it comes to classic studio and live microphones, the Sennheiser MD 421 II and MD 441-U have been staples since their release in the late 1960s. In our new VK Shootout, we're pitting the dynamic microphones against each other in a session, as we use both the MD 421 II and 441-U on vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, and drums.

The Sennheiser MD 421 II has a large diaphragm, directional cardioid response and is capable of handling extremely high sound pressure levels. That's the reason you'll most likely see this classic in front of a guitar cab or on a drum set (particularly toms). The microphone features a five-position bass roll-off switch, which can control proximity effect for close-miking situations.

While the MD 421 II might be more compact for tighter fits, the Sennheiser MD 441 has been deemed by many as a more versatile microphone. This supercardioid microphone is an all-around workhorse that will find a good home on vocals, brass instruments, acoustic guitars, and more. The MD 421-II also features a five-position bass-roll off switch, hum compensating coil and a spring mounted capsule for low sensitivity.

Watch our new shootout below to hear the Sennheiser MD 421 II and MD 441-U in use during a recording session. We've used both microphones on vocals from Jake LeMond and acoustic guitar, electric guitar, and drums performed by Dustin McLaughlin.

If you're interested in ordering the Sennheiser MD 421 II or MD 441-U, contact a Vintage King Audio Consultant via email or by phone at 866.644.0160.