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Sanken CS-3e Mono Shotgun Microphone

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Sanken CS-3e Mono Shotgun Microphone

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The CS-3e Mono Shotgun Microphone from Sanken provides convenient camera mountable size with the directional signal reproduction and range expected of larger, professional shotgun microphones. The CS-3e is designed for directional dialog capturing in studios or on location. The microphone implements 3 directional capsules arranged in a front-to-back array resulting in phenomenal super-cardioid directivity at high, mid and low frequencies.

The CS-3e is capable of maintaining high signal quality at longer distances, making it ideal for ceiling and overhead placement. In addition to exceptional super-cardioid off-axis rejection, the microphone capsule eliminates low-frequency proximity effect when used in close proximity to the signal source. Measuring only 10 inches in length, the CS-3e is suitable for camera or boom pole mounting applications.

High Super-Cardioid Directivity
Three capsules arranged in a linear array provide a super-cardioid directional pattern that rivals conventional phase interference shotgun microphones.
High Pass Filter
A high pass filter switch eliminates noise and rumble caused by wind, handling and more.
Eliminates Proximity Effect
The CS-3e eliminates proximity effect and low-frequency overload caused by close microphone placement.
Convenient Size
Measuring about 10 inches, the CS-3e is perfect for both camera or boom pole mounting applications.

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Transducer Condenser
Polar Pattern Supercardioid
Frequency Range 50 Hz to 20 kHz
Equivalent Noise Level 15 dB A-Weighted
Maximum SPL 120 dB SPL 1%
Impedance 120 ohms% @1 kHz
Sensitivity 50 mV/PA @ 1 kHz
Power Requirements 48 V+/- 4 V
Output Connectors 3-Pin XLR
Operating Current Consumption 3.0mA
General
Length 10.63" (270 mm)
Diameter 0.75" (19 mm)
Weight 4.23 oz (120 g)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 0.95 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 13.1 x 3.6 x 2.1"
Sanken CS-3e Mono Shotgun Microphone
  • Vinyl Case
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    SankenCS-3e Mono Shotgun Microphone
     
    4.8

    (based on 13 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good audio (9)
    • Versatile (6)
    • Compact (4)
    • Lightweight (4)
    • Durable (3)

    Cons

    No Cons

    Best Uses

    • Professional recording (9)
    • Outdoor events / games (4)
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      • Experienced (10)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great shotgun for sfx field recording

    I bought mine for SFX recording in the field. So far after a couple of recording sessions with it, the Sanken is well worth the price. The low-frequency directionality and absence of a...Read complete review

    I bought mine for SFX recording in the field. So far after a couple of recording sessions with it, the Sanken is well worth the price. The low-frequency directionality and absence of a rear lobe have been invaluable in uncontrolled environments, you get much better isolation compared to other short shotguns. Self noise is low and the sound is very detailed with a slight forwardness in the mids. Only downside is that the CS3e is very susceptible to handling noise - I use a Rycote pistol grip and Lyre suspension system and handling noise is audible if I make slight adjustments to my grip on the pistol grip. I've tried using the built-in high pass filter and it does help but doesn't cure the problem. Conclusion: Terrific sound but you need to be careful of handling noise.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    good sound, but poor coating

    I bought it a year ago because I need a good mic which is capble of indoor and outdoor use as well. Regarding the sound quality, it IS a good mic. But after...Read complete review

    I bought it a year ago because I need a good mic which is capble of indoor and outdoor use as well. Regarding the sound quality, it IS a good mic. But after several times of use with Rycote lyre suspension clip, cs3e's black coating start to come off. I don't know whom I should blame. Is the lyre too tight, or sanken's coating quality really bad?

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    5.0

    Sound blankets? We don't need no stinking sound blankets!

    By Boom Boom Max

    from New York, NY

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Durable
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Coating

    Best Uses

    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Sanken CS-3e Mono Shotgun Microphone:

    I do location sound and I've worked with this mic for a little over a year now and it's one of my favorite pieces in my kit.

    The quality is great and it has a nice warm tone in the mids. This is fairly subjective, so you'll want to listen to some samples, but I'm a big fan. I'm running it into a SD 633 most of the time and on-axis recording has a really nice detailed quality to it, especially if you can actually get talent in the sweet spot (about 2-3 feet away).

    Where this mic really shines though is in the wild. The main thing you hear about this mic is it's excellent off-axis rejection, and with good reason. I've filmed on the streets of manhattan, in apartments with leaky radiators, with big honking generators blaring, on boats and in moving cars and you can always get usable (if not perfect) audio in any of these situations. I've filmed near construction sites and as long as the mic is pointed away, it's not an issue. Great focus.

    Another great quality though is the ability to maintain good audio from a distance. The pickup is clean and strong from 10 feet away. With the off-axis switch turned off, you can also mount it between two actors and get their dialogue pretty evenly at 30 degrees off.

    During this year I've run it side by side against the Rode NTG-3 & 2, against the Senn 416 and there's no comparison. The NTG-3 can compete in the quality of on axis recordings, the focus on the Sanken blows them out of the water.

    Against pricier mics such as the CMIT, you'll notice some subjective differences in tone and it might not do as well with EXTREMELY loud noises, but in all other respects, this thing is a keeper.

    Outside, or in uncontrolled environments this thing is my go to.

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    5.0

    Tremendous

    By Lee

    from Puerto Rico

    Comments about Sanken CS-3e Mono Shotgun Microphone:

    I started out with borrowed Sennheiser shotguns, that were nice but had a destinct sweet spot that made switching between multiple sources a hassle. Then I bought a Rode ntg3 that was great but usually sounded just a bit farther away than it was. Just bought this Sanken and I have not put it down. It has the right amount of boost when aimed properly at the source without an ubnoxious sweet spot, great clarity and warmth, and the uniqe pattern on the tip gives it a natural compresion by favoring the mid frecuencies.

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Instead of a 416

    By Mike

    from NYC

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Durable
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Bulky/Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Sanken CS-3e Mono Shotgun Microphone:

    Thing is ridiculous. Used it for a narrative shoot next to the Great Falls in Paterson and I was extremely impressed by its rejection and reach. I've also used it for indoor dialogue. Performed flawlessly in both situations. Much better than a 416, yet cheaper than a CMIT-5 with similar performance (though it lacks that sparkle that the Schoeps has.)

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    5.0

    Incredible Sound Quality

    By MJT

    from Cincinnati, OH

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Sanken CS-3e Mono Shotgun Microphone:

      This is an incredible microphone. I purchased this microphone to record interviews, vocals, music and field sound for video. I wanted to take my audio for video to a higher level, so I did my research and everything I read highly recommends this shotgun microphone. Although I have just begun using it, I am finding the quality of vocals and field sound recorded with this microphone to be stunning! I can already tell this microphone will be an integral part of my kit for many years to come.

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      (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Works Great

      By VideoEd

      from Bethesda, MD

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Sanken CS-3e Mono Shotgun Microphone:

        Works great on shotguns like the Sanken CS-3. Easy to mount the microphone, sturdy, nice and light. Much better than the Pearstone mount IMO.

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        5.0

        Great mic

        By merlindo

        from Montreal, Canada

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Sanken CS-3e Mono Shotgun Microphone:

          one of the best stage adr mics

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          (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          good sound, but poor coating

          By Jason Xin Zhou

          from Hong Kong

          About Me Experienced

          Comments about Sanken CS-3e Mono Shotgun Microphone:

          I bought it a year ago because I need a good mic which is capble of indoor and outdoor use as well. Regarding the sound quality, it IS a good mic. But after several times of use with Rycote lyre suspension clip, cs3e's black coating start to come off. I don't know whom I should blame. Is the lyre too tight, or sanken's coating quality really bad?

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          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Best all around

          By Mayking Media

          from Chicago IL

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          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Sanken CS-3e Mono Shotgun Microphone:

          I love this mic! It sounds great boomed over an interview inside and out. If you want good sound you have to pay for it. I highly suggest this mic for all around use.

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          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great shotgun for sfx field recording

          By JayC

          from Singapore

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Isolates Well

          Cons

          • Handling noise

          Best Uses

          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Sanken CS-3e Mono Shotgun Microphone:

          I bought mine for SFX recording in the field. So far after a couple of recording sessions with it, the Sanken is well worth the price. The low-frequency directionality and absence of a rear lobe have been invaluable in uncontrolled environments, you get much better isolation compared to other short shotguns. Self noise is low and the sound is very detailed with a slight forwardness in the mids. Only downside is that the CS3e is very susceptible to handling noise - I use a Rycote pistol grip and Lyre suspension system and handling noise is audible if I make slight adjustments to my grip on the pistol grip. I've tried using the built-in high pass filter and it does help but doesn't cure the problem. Conclusion: Terrific sound but you need to be careful of handling noise.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Beautiful Rich Sound

          By Justin

          from Vancouver, Canada

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Sanken CS-3e Mono Shotgun Microphone:

            This is the only shotgun I use when out shooting. It maintains the richness in a persons voice while providing stunning off axis rejection.

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            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            The Microphone for video

            By Petrus

            from Espoo Finland

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Compact
            • Lightweight
            • Replaces hypers indoors
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Boom mic
              • Events
              • On-camera mic
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Sanken CS-3e Mono Shotgun Microphone:

              If I could have just one microphone for video work this is it! Good reach, short. quiet, well controlled side lobes, clean enough for all indoor work. It has traveled with me for 4 years, has some dents in the grille, but keeps giving the same sweet sounds as when new.

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              (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              CS 3e

              By Rick

              from Florida

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Clear Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Sanken CS-3e Mono Shotgun Microphone:

                  This is a excellent shotgun. The off axis noise rejection sold me when I was on the floor at NAB 2010. I bought one and sold my 416. I have used this mic on the beach. No Wave sounds! Only when I pointed in that direction.

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                  (5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great mic

                  By MadP

                  from Detroit, MI

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Compact
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Events
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about Sanken CS-3e Mono Shotgun Microphone:

                    I'm using this mic for Indy features... It's great because it's good for both indoors and out... Also seems to be able to get rid of annoying noises better than most mics.

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