Sennheiser’s MKE 440 camera microphone allows DSLR to capture focused stereo sound from the filmed object.

Using two mini-shotgun microphones and a new stereo technique, the MKE 440 records the sound from within the camera angle. These 440 are mounted in a V-shape arrangement that predominantly picks up the sound from within the direction of filming and rejects the majority of off-axis noise from outside the camera focus.

The matched mini-shotguns feature super-cardioid pick-up patterns that overlap to create a front focus. The microphones are shock-mounted internally to reduce any handling noise and are protected against wind noise by a stainless steel micro-mesh. For strong wind, a special hairy cover is available as an accessory.

The compact, all-metal MKE 440 attaches to standard camera shoe mounts. It features a three-level sensitivity switch to adjust to softer and louder sound sources and has a switchable low-cut filter to eliminate low-frequency noise such as wind noise. The microphone is powered by two AAA size batteries, with the green LED of the on/off switch doubling as a low-batt indicator. The LED will turn red approximately four hours before the batteries run flat.

Key features:
Sennheiser MKE 440· Pick-up pattern: stereo, super-cardioid.
· Frequency response: 50Hz to 2kHz.
· Max sound pressure level: 132dB SPL.
· Sensitivity: 23/42/63mV/Pa switchable.
· Equivalent noise level: 16/21/40dB (A).
· Power supply: 2 x AAA batteries.
· Operating time: >100 hours.
· Connector: 3.5mm jack.
· Dimensions: 67mm x 106mm x 128mm.
· Weight: 165g approx without batteries.

‘Quite unlike other stereo camera microphones, it will predominantly pick up the sound from within the camera angle thanks to its new stereo principle,’ says Sennheiser Product Manager for Broadcast & Media, Kai Lange. ‘The result is a well-balanced mix between ambient sound and clearly comprehensible speech and dialogue. This enables DSLR users to capture professional stereo sound in one go, which saves production time and effort.’

The MKE 440 will be available from Q2 2016.


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