Over a year ago I had the opportunity to examine a little shotgun mic from Sennheiser called the ME36. We’re talking tiny – look at your pinky finger and imagine a shotgun mic that small! This little wonder was initially released as a podium mic and that is where it has existed its moderately successful life. Well…I thought it would make an awesome on-camera mic if they would make a few changes.
In my testing I found the ME36 to be warm and natural sounding yet surprising directional. I waved it around and “Whooomp!” Overly sensitive on the low end with any movement. The mic definitely needed a high pass filter or “low end cut” to remove the rumble that made my headphones bottom out.
The bigger question was, how would this mount to a camera via the accessory shoe mount? No one had a shockmount even close to this small. And – how could we get power to this mic on a consumer/prosumer camcorder – the ME36 requires phantom power. Also, how would we get from the propriety mini XLR over to an 1/8″ miniplug?
Well, Sennheiser engineers listened and answered all these question. Here you are seeing a pre-release version of the new Sennhesier MKE400 camcorder microphone.
This folks, is going to be a killer mic for smaller cameras like the Canon HV20. You see, even the highly popular, extremely successful RODE Videomic can seem overwhelming on a palm-sized camcorder. It can also remind people they’re on camera. When you have a mic this small, you can really be unobtrusive and “blend in”. From what I’ve heard so far, the unit will be powered for 300 hours by a single AAA battery. There will also be XLR support and the unit will weigh less than 3oz. Amazing sound in a small package! Good things are yet to come!
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Sennheiser MZW400 Kit
Professional accessory kit for use with the MKE 400 Shotgun microphone
1- MZW 400 Windshield with attached “Hairy Cover”
1- 3-pin XLR adaptor
MZW400 Accessory kit
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