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Handheld Cardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone

U.S. Five-year Limited End-User Warranty

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  • Features
  • Specifications
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  • Overview

    A perfect introductory performance mic, the high-output MB 1k is designed for use as a lead, backup, or choral vocal microphone. It features Audio-Technica’s Hi-ENERGY® neodymium magnet structure for maximum output and fast transient response, lockable MagnaLock™ switch design for silent on/off operation, and a corrosion-resistant gold-plated XLRM-type connector.
  • Features

    • High-output design for vocals that cut through the mix

    • Cardioid dynamic element design

    • Rugged all-metal construction

    • Hi-ENERGY® neodymium magnet for improved output and transient response

    • Reduced handling noise thanks to anti-shock engineering

    • Silent on-off operation thanks to MagnaLock™ switch design

    • Corrosion-resistant gold-plated XLRM-type connector

    • 5-year microphone warranty

    • Also available as:
      MB 1k/c with MB 1k microphone and 15' cable

  • Specifications

    ELEMENTNeodymium Dynamic
    OPEN CIRCUIT SENSITIVITY-53 dB (2.2 mV) re 1V at 1 Pa
    IMPEDANCE600 ohms
    SWITCHMagnaLock™ on/off
    WEIGHT11.9 oz (337 g)
    DIMENSIONS7.27" (184.7 mm) long,
    2.19" (55.6 mm) head diameter
    OUTPUT CONNECTORIntegral 3-pin gold-plated XLRM-type
    ACCESSORIES FURNISHEDAT8470 Quiet-Flex™ stand clamp for 5/8"-27 threaded stands; 5/8"-27 to 3/8"-16 threaded adapter
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  • Reviews


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    Audio-TechnicaMB 1k Handheld Cardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


    Very Great Mic!


    from Guston, KY 40142, USA

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    • Interviews
    • Presentation/Spoken Word
    • screaming
    • Vocals/Singing


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        Comments about Audio-Technica MB 1k Handheld Cardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone:

        This is my main performace mic. I am a vocalist for a metal band so it takes a beating when it's on stage with me. This mic is very durable, with great sound quality. Not crystal clear, but definitely great. I also sing into this mic and it sounds great through the PA. Overall a fantastic mic for the money.

        • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
        • Intermediate
        • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
        • Live Sound
        • How long have you used this product?:
        • Up to a year

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      • Q & A

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        • Q:

          Since this mic is discontinued, is there an equivalent in your current mics, I really love the high output/ low feedback this mic has in a live setting. Much more than the mb3.
          Asked on 7/13/2017 by Illcom from Canada

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        • Q:

          Microphone AUX Compatibility

          Short version: Will this dynamic microphone work if I connect it to a PC using a passive XLR to AUX adapter?

          Long version: Is it possible to connect a dynamic microphone, like the MB1k, directly to the microphone input on a PC without using any kind of active adapters that transform USB power into Phantom power, or any kind of mixers, since this microphone does not require Phantom power and has low enough impedance to run just like any other microphone that comes with headsets?
          Asked on 3/8/2014 by AntonG from Latvia

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          • A:

            Since you are located in Latvia, should you experience any issue with an Audio-Technica Product, or if you need technical or pre-sales assistance, you will need to contact Audio-Technica Europe at:

            However, to connect a dynamic microphone to a Windows PC:

            • Visit the following web address to "Connect a microphone, Music Player, or other Audio Device to your Computer"
            • Pay close attention to “To Connect a Microphone to your Computer” and “Microphone Boost”.
            • Additionally, being that the MB1K is a Dynamic Microphone, it should be no more than 8” away from your mouth during use.
            • With the "Microphone Boost" enabled, and proper volume setting, you should get a clear green-level indication in the Recording Tab of the Sound Properties. You should get a significant amount of bars in the level indication, not just one, when tapping the microphone.

            Please do not confuse “playback” with “playthrough”. "Playback" means that after a sound is recorded, it will play-back through your computer. "Playthrough" means hearing audio straight through the computer, regardless of recording. Computers are NOT configured to be “playthrough” devices, but they will “playback” when configured properly. A good example of a playthrough device is a PA System or Vocal Amplifier.


            Answered on 3/12/2014 by AudioSolutionsSpec2 from Stow, OH
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