Sennheiser MKE 600 Review part#1

Sennheiser MKE 600 Review part#1

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.

So here’s the rest of the setup with the MKE 600:

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.

Dean

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2 Comments

  1. Gabe
    November 4, 2012, 5:58 pm   /  Reply

    Hi Dean,
    First of all, you are probably the first person I could find that has an actual review of the mke 600 other than the recycled info that Sennheiser has gave @ IBC 2012. It’s nice to see a pro’s perspective cause I recently bought the MKE 600 for my productions (a bit of a gamble but Sennheiser comes out with pretty good mics, so why not). I’m still waiting for someone to post a comparison to other shotgun mics out there like the Sennheiser ME66/K6, MKH416 (just for kicks), and the Rode NTG-2 and NTG-3. I’m looking forward to your 2nd part review!

    I noticed you borrowed the mic from Lorne Lapham in Burnaby. Are you from Vancouver as well? I was wondering if it’s possible to meet up and buy you coffee sometime and pick your brain on some questions about the audio field. I’m trying to be an audio guy as well.

  2. Robin
    November 15, 2012, 6:21 am   /  Reply

    Looking forward to read the review #2 and to hear some of the footages / tests you did.

    Thanks,
    Robin

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