The Sennheiser GoPro-verified MKE 2 elements microphone has been developed to offer high-quality sound recording with GoPro’s Hero4 Black and Silver cameras.
Based on Sennheiser’s professional mic technology, the mic fits a GoPro Hero4 camera in its protective housing and will withstand adverse conditions. ‘Until now, athletes have had to lower their expectations of audio and accept that there are scenarios where poor-quality recordings are inevitable or even when sound capture is impossible, for example under water,’ says Sennheiser Broadcast & Media Commercial Manager, Achim Gleissner. ‘The MKE 2 elements has been designed to break through these barriers in the same way that GoPro cameras have done, giving users the ability to add fantastic sound that makes action cam footage even more intense.’
The MKE 2 elements targets extreme conditions such as surfing, climbing and mountain biking. It is based on a professional Sennheiser lavalier microphone but with innovative design features that make it nearly immune to snow, ice, and wind. It is also capable of recording audio under water, all thanks to a capsule design with an internal Umbrella Diaphragm to protect its acoustically active membrane, a watertight connection with the camera’s protective housing, and a special windshield. This newly-developed, replaceable windshield uses a special foam material that ensures that the mic can be used for water sports while retaining its wind protection properties. Unlike classic hairy or foam windshields that cease to offer wind protection when they become wet, the innovative new design keeps performing, whether wet or dry. Thanks to the mic’s elastic suspension, it is insensitive to structure-borne noise.
Developed as part of the GoPro Developer Program, a framework that allows participating companies to create seamless integration with GoPro products, the MKE 2 elements has obtained the Works with GoPro seal of quality.
‘Sennheiser is currently the only audio company that has obtained Works with GoPro verification, and the ground-breaking nature of the MKE 2 elements is a testament to the power of this collaborative and excellence-driven approach,’ Gleissner says. ‘In parallel to bringing the MKE 2 elements to the market, Sennheiser is working on solutions for Hero5 cameras and is excited to continue to collaborate with GoPro as their products evolve.’
The MKE 2 elements action mic for GoPro Hero4 cameras will be available in April 2017.