Sennheiser Announces MKE 400 – Mini Shotgun Mic
Sennheiser has announced the MKE 400, a lightweight and highly directional mini-shotgun condenser microphone for use with digital camcorders and digital recorders. The MKE 400 features switchable sensitivity, wind noise filter, extended battery life and an optional accessory kit.
The directional super-cardioid/lobar pattern allows the MKE 400 to pick up sound exactly where the camera is being pointed. A control key on the polarized condenser microphone allows users to adjust the sensitivity to match the camera type. It also increases the range of the mini-shotgun mic and permits reliable recording of low-level sound sources. A switchable wind filter is also included that reduces low-frequency noise and rumble.
â€¢ All-metal housing
â€¢ Maximum side noise rejection, optimised for video recordings
â€¢ Switchable sensitivity for long and short distances
â€¢ Switchable wind noise filter
â€¢ Approximately 300 hrs operating time (from a single AAA battery)
â€¢ Integral shock-mount for rejection of handling noise
â€¢ Foam windshield included
The MKE 400 is literally plug-and-play. All that is required to immediately begin recording is a 3.5mm microphone input. The MKE 400 claims to deliver over 300 hours of quality sound on a single AAA battery. A warning LED indicates low battery voltage. As standard the MKE 400 is supplied with a foam windshield, battery and a microphone shock mount in a robust metal case. An optional accessory kit suitable for those filming extensively outdoors includes a professional grade hairy windscreen and a 3.5mm jack-to-XLR adapter that allows the MKE 400 to be used with professional cameras.
No pricing or availability has been announced. More information on the Sennheiser MKE 400 Mini-Shotgun Mic.