MSH-3 Specification

MSH-3 drum microphone

The MSH-3 was discontinued in December 2007.

The MSH-3 is an electret condenser microphone that uses a 6mm cardioid capsule. Its frequency response is tailored for kick drums, snare drum, and tom-toms, with a high-end rolloff to minimize bleed from cymbals. The MSH-3 has a proximity effect that will enhance low-frequency response when placed very close to the source. The MSH-3 is built into a right-angle connector to allow unobtrusive placement on drums that keeps the microphone and clip from interfering with the drummer’s stickwork.

The MSH-3 can handle the extreme sound pressure levels required to close-mic drums without clipping. Use of a windscreen is recommended if the MSH-3 is placed in the proximity of the kick drum front side hole. The MSH-3 contains an internal pad to reduce sensitivity to help prevent clipping of microphone preamplifiers.

The MSH-3 requires a phantom power supply of +12V to +48V with at least 3mA current per microphone available. +48V is required for maximum SPL handling.

MSH-3 Specifications

Type: 6mm cardioid electret condenser microphone
Phantom Power: +12V to +48V
Current: 3mA minimum
Recommended Input Impedance: 600Ω minimum
Sensitivity, 1kHz @94dBSPL: -54dBV/Pa
Total Harmonic Distortion, 1kHz @94dBSPL: 0.2%
Maximum Level, 1kHz @ 1% THD: 126dBSPL
Frequency Response: 100Hz to 12kHz
Polar Response, 180°: -6dB @ 1kHz
Self-Noise: 28dBA
Weight: 1.8oz (51g)
Dimensions: 2 3/4″ L x 1 1/2″ W x 3/4″ ø (70mm L x 38mm W x 19mm ø)

MSH-3 cardioid microphone frequency response chart