For video journalists or anyone shooting in noisy conditions, a good shotgun microphone is essential. A shotgun picks up sound only in the direction that it’s aimed. That lets is cut through the surrounding room noise and focus on one speaker, for example.
Microphone and headphone company Sennheiser has just announced a compact shotgun that’s serious enough for professional use, yet priced right for smaller companies. The Sennheiser MKE 600 delivers lifelike audio that makes viewers feel like they’re in the room. It offers a good balance with a noted bass response.
“Reporting and media productions have an increasingly broad base nowadays, with information needing to be transmitted extremely quickly,” explained Kai Lange, product manager for 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.”
This just-announced mic comes with a mount with an adapter, so it works on any video camera, and it can also be used on a mic boom. It runs off a single AA batter. An LED shows when the battery is low and users have eight hours left to replace it. It also comes with a carry bag and a foam windshield. It goes on sale at B&H Photo and Video later this month for a list price of $399.95.