If first impressions mean anything, the Sennheiser MKE 600 rocks. Now don’t go out and buy one just yet, this juror is still out. I’m a lover of the Sennheiser ME64, the perfect small cardiod shotgun that I put on all cameras for gathering b-reel, the odd unexpected sound bite, and just general ambience in any location. Check out Scot and I discussing this exact topic in Gear Lab #3.
Back to the MKE 600 – WOW, does this mic have reach! I was shocked when Scot climbed a 15 meter embankment and recorded pristine high quality ambience of a jogger running down the road. I know, he climbed a 15 meter embankment! Pretty good for a fellow his age. But seriously, the 600’s ability to get in there was quite remarkable, it sounded like I was hiding in the bushes with a Neumann KMR82i about 10 feet away following every foot fall. Really amazing!
So why am I still not sold? Well for me the perfect camera mounted mic also needs to be able to record sound bites from a meter away and represent the image when it’s close. A common problem with many shotguns when mounted on a camera is they reach too far and you end up with too much ambience. I haven’t had a chance to hear the close up recordings yet, but I’ll get the tracks in about a week and let you know. I’m very interested.
This was a DSLR shoot and our friends at Lorne Laphams Sales and Rentals in Burnaby lent us a MKE 600 kit with all the cables, a foam wind sock, and what appeared to be a pretty flimsy shock mount (Sennheiser supplied shock mount). Well, the shockmount was fine with the foam sock, but when we put on a Rycote softie the mic was definitely wobbly and drooping. I think it’s a little long for a DSLR, but Scot never complained about it getting in the way.
Happy cameraman = Happy soundman
The supplied 1/8” curly cable for connecting to the DSLR was a good length and the recording on the camera were as good as you can get with a DSLR (nothing to write home about). To eliminate handling and wind noise, I rolled off the bottom end on the mic. This worked perfectly – we recorded in some pretty windy conditions with no distortion.
So, now that I have you sitting on the edge of your seats in anticipation of the next riveting instalment for the Sennheiser MKE 600 camera mounted shotgun review. I’ll say, later.