MK 2

Microphone Capsule

  • omnidirectional pattern
  • very flat frequency response
  • corrected for a free sound field
  • for use close to the sound source (frontal sound
  • often preferred for relatively close miking of instruments, vocalists, etc.

This capsule type has a flat frequency response for frontal sound incidence. This yields a very natural sound when recordings are made within the reverberation radius, where the direct sound (frontal incidence) predominates over the reverberant sound (random angles of incidence).

Please note that there is some directivity at high frequencies due to the physics of sound wavelengths. Thus even with an omnidirectional microphone, it still matters which way the capsule is “aimed.”

The MK 2 is often used for acoustical measurement, an application for which it has gained a considerable reputation.

A mechanical adapter (type AMBK 1, from 20 mm to 1″ diameter) is available for calibration with B&K devices. Please note that because of dimensional tolerances, only the nickel-finish version of the MK 2 can be used with this adapter.

Top: frequency response curve and polar diagram MK 2 + CMC 6 and CCM 2
Bottom: frequency response MK 2 + CMC 6 xt
Technical Details 
Frequency range20 Hz - 20 kHz
Sensitivity16 mV/Pa
Equivalent noise level (A-weighted)11 dB-A
Equivalent noise level (CCIR)23 dB
Signal-to-noise ratio (A-weighted)83 dB-A
Maximum sound pressure level at 0.5% THD130 dB-SPL
Length22 mm
Diameter20 mm
Weight17 g
Surface finishmatte gray (g) or nickel (ni)


Microphone Capsule