After taking a good listen to dialogue recordings with the MKE 600 I’m still impressed! I already told you how impressed I was with this mics ability to reach and hone in on longer lens B-reel shots (see Sennheiser MKE 600 Review part#1) but the mic sounded really good recording sound bites in the 1 to 2 meter range – an important and very necessary job an onboard shotgun mic must perform well.
Since the MKE 600 was connected to a 5D (1/8” mini) I wasn’t expecting much in regards to pristine dynamic sound. I was listening for excessive ambience surrounding talent and separation between dialogue and ambience. I compared the 600’s recordings to the duplicate recordings I made with my Neumann KM150 – the MKE 600 was being used as a sync mic on a Cannon 5D. Booming from above, the KM150 obviously controlled the ambience far better, but the MKE 600 did very well. I was impressed how the mic didn’t overshoot the talent increasing the ambience. Even with 2 people talking about 1.5 meters away in a location with excessive ambience the dialogue had nice separation from the surrounding ambience, and there wasn’t that distracting talking from behind or beside talent that medium hypercard shotguns can produce in a crowd type environment (we were shooting at the Santa Monica farmers market).
My only concerns regarding the MKE 600 are the physical length of the mic and the shock mount. The mic is a bit longer then the ME64 (my choice for camera mounted mic for close to 10 years) and that could become a problem with smaller video cameras. But my biggest concern is the shock mount. With a proper Softie windsock the mic does flop around – it gets sloppy. Not sure how it’s gonna fair in excessive heat, cold, and sun exposure either, just the daily grind in the field could destroy it in no time – only time will tell.
I think Sennheiser has a winner here. This mic is perfect for mounting on a video or DSLR camera. It worked perfectly with the 1/8” mini into a Cannon 5D and the recordings were probably as good as they could have been. It’s priced very well, and it sounds really really good – one will definitely be gracing my audio bag in the near future.