You know reviewing is a really subjective thing. And when it comes to listening or what sounds good, it’s 100% subjective. But, since posting my written review of the new Sennheiser MKE 600 Review part#1, Review part#2, I’ve been getting a lot of emails asking to hear what the mic actually sounds like. So, we decided to head out and conduct a little experiment. We mounted a MKE 600 and a ME 64 side-by-side on a camera and recorded me yakking away in a busy street environment. In this video we cut back and forth constantly between the two mics so you can hear the difference. Cool!
After giving a good listen in the edit suite, I’m sitting here wondering, “Which mic do I prefer?”
Well, the ME 64 has been my choice for camera mounted microphone for many years. Never have I had one crap out, even in some of the harshest environments. I’ve never had tracks sound poor and usually I’m pleasantly surprised with the results.
I’ve only used the 600 for a few days, but Sennheiser does put out pretty reliable gear so I expect the 600 to be durable and reliable. It’s a good mic, there’s no question about it. It’s warm sounding, it has good reach, a descent width to its pick-up pattern but not too directional, it wraps around the talker so head turning sounds natural and intelligible, and finally, it’s priced well. The MKE 600 was designed to be a camera mounted microphone and it does everything it should do, perfectly.
So, should I replace my ME 64’s? Well, after years of “never let me down camera mounted audio goodness”, I’ll stick with them. But if I were to be looking for a camera mic right now, I’d probably buy the MKE 600.
But, check out this video and decide for yourself!