The Sennheiser MKE 600
shotgun microphone for video journalists
OLD LYME, Conn. - September 7, 2012 - The new
MKE 600 shotgun microphone from audio specialist Sennheiser
provides video journalists with a microphone that can master even
the toughest video sound challenges. Its high level of directivity ensures
that it picks up sound from the camera direction with minimal background noise.
The switchable low-cut filter makes sure that handling and wind noise is
also minimized. Users can expect a very lifelike, full-bodied sound with good bass
response, as well as pleasant speech reproduction with high intelligibility.
"Reporting and media
productions have an increasingly broad base nowadays, with information needing
to be transmitted extremely quickly. This means that the technology used has to
be as uncomplicated as possible," explained Kai Lange, Product Manager Wired
Microphones at Sennheiser. "With the MKE 600, we are presenting the ideal
microphone for video journalists who want to produce a report or a film in
perfect video and audio quality but do not wish to resort to highly
professional shotgun microphones or a separate wireless link. In developing the
MKE 600, we paid particular attention to achieving a high level of
directivity and a balanced sound."
A shock mount with an integral
flashmount adapter is included to enable the sturdy MKE 600 to be fixed to
a video camera without difficulties. The special design of the shock mount
prevents handling noise from being transmitted to the microphone. Like any
other shotgun microphone, the MKE 600 can also be used on a microphone
Independent of phantom
For cameras that do not provide phantom power, the MKE 600 can be powered
by a standard AA battery. A switch is provided to deactivate the battery power
when the camera is not in use, thus preventing the battery from being
discharged. An LED on the battery switch ("Low Batt") indicates when the battery
voltage is low, at which point the video journalist still has a reserve of
around eight hours - "built-in recording security," as Kai Lange explained.
The MKE 600 comes fully equipped with a foam windshield
that reduces wind noise by around 25 dB; the shock mount and a carrying
case are also included. For outside broadcasting, a ‘blimp' basket windshield
(MZH 600) - a combined foam windshield and hairy cover that reduces wind
noise more effectively than a foam windshield - is available as an optional
accessory. A further option is a coiled connecting cable (KA 600) from an
XLR-3 connector to a 3.5 mm jack plug.
The MKE 600 will be
available in the U.S. at B&H Photo / Video in late September
The Sennheiser Group, with its headquarters in Wedemark near Hanover, Germany,
is one of the world's leading manufacturers of microphones, headphones and
wireless transmission systems. The family-owned company, which was established
in 1945, recorded sales of around €531 million euros in 2011. Sennheiser
employs more than 2,100 people worldwide, and has manufacturing plants in
Germany, Ireland and the USA. The company is represented worldwide by
subsidiaries in France, Great Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany,
Denmark (Nordic), Russia, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Japan, China, Canada,
Mexico and the USA, as well as by long-term trading partners in many other
countries. Also part of the Sennheiser Group are Georg Neumann GmbH, Berlin
(studio microphones and monitor loudspeakers), and the joint venture Sennheiser
Communications A/S (headsets for PCs, offices and call centres).
You can find all the latest
information on Sennheiser by visiting our website at www.sennheiserusa.com.