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SennheiserMKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone
 
4.8

(based on 55 reviews)

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Pros

  • Good audio (33)
  • Easy to use (28)
  • Lightweight (28)
  • Compact (19)
  • Durable (19)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Professional recording (23)
    • Outdoor events / games (18)
    • Amateur recording (11)
    • Performances (9)
    • Home studio (5)
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    The best audio of video choice I've made

    I used to use WL lavs for all interviews. The sound was good, but not great. Being and audio guy-turned-video guy, I knew that I wanted a shotgun mic to make my audio...Read complete review

    I used to use WL lavs for all interviews. The sound was good, but not great. Being and audio guy-turned-video guy, I knew that I wanted a shotgun mic to make my audio more natural-sounding. I initially looked into the Rode Videomic series, but I knew that I wanted to us it in boomed situations as well as on-cam, so I ruled them out early because they are less-than-ideal for that context. So,knowing that I wanted an XLR mic, I then looked at the Rode NTG series. After listening, I found the Rodes to be decent, but a bit too tinny or thin-sounding. A lot of people who talked about the Rodes also talked about the MKE-600, so I listened to some clips recorded with this mic. Immediately, I hear the full-bodied sound, warmth and clarity for which I was searching.I purchased it from B&H about 2 months ago and, as mentioned, I use the MKE-600 in a boom and as an on-cam mic. When boomed, I plug into my Tascam DR-60D (also highly recommended for DSLR use and purchased from B&H), through which I monitor with its headphone out and send audio to my Rebel T4i with its "camera output." I thought that I wasn't going to be able to get a clean sound recorded directly to the T4i. But I can get a very clean and full sound! It's all about gain structure. I simply max out the level of the "camera output" on the Tascam DR-60D and turn the T4i's audio input down to about 25%. This almost completely bypasses the DSLR's terrible audio preamp and all the sound recorded is from the Tascam. As an audio tech, I am very happy.When I use this on-cam, I plug directly into the T4i's mic input using the Kopul LMT-100 cable (also highly recommended for DSLR use and purchased from B&H). I believe this cable has an impedance-matching XFMR in it, but I'm not quite sure. I do know that, when using only this cable to connect the MKE-600 to my T4i, with the cam's audio input set to 50%, I get VERY clean, full-range sound. Again, as an audio tech, I am very happy.I love that I have the same single AA batt installed since day 1 and it is still going strong. I even left it on overnight once...I am not a fan of the shoe shock mount, but I still use it because it is adequate. Although I fear that it may not last very long. The jury is still out on the Senn version of the deadbeat. Not sure about my thoughts on that... Seriously, the best audio for video choice I've made. Second best if the Tascam DR-60D. I mount them all to the same rig using shoe mount rails. I mount the Tascam behind the camera instead of underneath it. This allows me to have everything in one neat and compact package.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    No disappointments

    I use this with my dslr for off-cam audio to sync later using a sony PCM to record. I was so close to going with Shure or Rhode, but after researching this mic,...Read complete review

    I use this with my dslr for off-cam audio to sync later using a sony PCM to record. I was so close to going with Shure or Rhode, but after researching this mic, for the extra dollars its really worth it. Good, crisp, clean sound. Runs for days on a single AA battery. All in all it was exactly what I was looking for, something to pick up acceptable sound to sync with my dslr footage. I played around with the Rhode series and wasn't impressed, especially with the build quality. This mic is nicely built and looks saucy. The shock mount that comes with it is a joke, I went ahead and bought a Rycote mount for it and it is perfect. I do wish that it came with the xlr to male mini cable needed. I am very happy with this product, and while it is not perfect, it suits my needs beyond expectations. I first used this for a wedding and reception and was very pleased. Not the mic I would use for say filmmaking, but very good for capturing sound during a live event and interviews

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    5.0

    Fantastic Mic!

    By Rick

    from Allentown, PA

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

      I am amazed at how this shotgun mic picks up voices quite far from it. It is the best shotgun I have used and I highly recommend it.

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      5.0

      Awesome!

      By Boy Hollywood

      from La

      Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

      Great mic! Good price!

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      5.0

      Works great

      By LC

      from New York, NY

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording

        Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

        Using this mic for a super low-budget short documentary project and it is working wonderfully for the price. Would definitely recommend.

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        5.0

        Clear, Full Sound

        By SevereWX

        from Dowling Park, FL

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

          I use this for recording sound when shooting videos with my Nikon D610 HD-DSLR. The mic has a wonderfully clear, full sound. It is not thin or midrangey sounding like a lot of shotgun mics tend to be.

          The construction quality of this mic is excellent, the fit and finish is superb. The overall design of the mic looks very professional.

          I use this with the Sennheiser MZH 600 windscreen with no loss in clarity.

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          5.0

          Simply Amazing Microphone

          By Tjake

          from Post Falls, ID

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

            I've had many shotgun mics but, this one is the BEST bar-none! I am very impressed with the sound quality even using ghost mic power. I've used it on a boom for product videos and the quality was better than the lav mic. Only drawback was the mic is super sensative and picked up the HVAC cooling fan but, was easily removed with soundbooth.

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            4.0

            unreal clarity

            By davepr

            from princeton

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording

              Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

              dont know how people lived without these microphones!! highly recommended

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              4.0

              Couldn't ask for more

              By Cody

              from Albuquerque, NM

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

                Paired with a digital audio recorder and the appropriate accessories, this thing is an excellent production microphone for student filmmakers and videogaphy professionals alike. When used properly, this thing captures beautiful dialogue and works great for basic foley sounds as well.

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                5.0

                super claro y muy funcional

                By EPSTUDIO

                from BAyamon PR

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

                  La calidad de esta marca es super increíble.Fue utilizada sin parar por tres días de producción y no se cambio de batería ni una ves

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                  5.0

                  THE Photojournalist Mic

                  By Wanderlust17

                  from CO

                  Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

                  It's Sennheiser. I plan to use on my Canon Mark 5D3 for interviews.

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                  5.0

                  "THE PERFECT SOLUTION"

                  By Clyde

                  from Atlanta, GA

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

                      I bought this Sennheiser mic for shooting video with my Canon DSLR - EOS 60D - and must say that, as expected from Sennheiser, a company that has been manufacturing microphones for almost 70 years, it performs very well/easily, allowing the user to focus attention elsewhere. It runs on either phantom power or a single, AA battery, which provides approximately 800 hours of performance, while its "auto-off" feature assures conservation of the same. This mic also features a frequency-cut mode, which helps reduce low-end "boom" during windy, outdoor recording. So far, I've yet to experience any "downside" while using this mic, other than the overall limitations in frequency response that is characteristic of any "shotgun" microphone of this type.

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                      5.0

                      Sound Importance

                      By Fashion Shooter

                      from Los Angeles, CA

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                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

                          It may not always seem as important when planning your shoot, but sound makes a huge impact in post. If you forget about paying attention to the sound details, it will being yelling at you loud and clear later without question. Be prepared and carry the best as well as backups. It's that important.

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                          5.0

                          Incredible!

                          By Photog Gal

                          from Coastal Alabama

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                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Amateur Recording
                            • Events
                            • Professional Recording

                            Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

                            I'm using the mic for doing nature recordings. Purchased the fuzzy wind screen which is awesome as well. Can't be more pleased!! Use it with a Roland-05.

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                            5.0

                            Great Microphone sound and quality

                            By drekko

                            from miami

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                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Professional Recording

                              Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

                              Very good

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                              4.0

                              Recommended all-around mic

                              By TF

                              from Philadelphia

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                              Pros

                              • Clear Sound
                              • Compact
                              • Durable
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

                                  Compact, nice build quality, isolated pickup pattern.

                                  But this doesn't have a very loud signal, even when powered. There's a well-known issue pairing this with a low-gain recorder such as the Zoom H4N, which you can google about. So make sure you have a good quality recorder that can give you enough gain for a decent recording.

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                                  5.0

                                  Great mic!

                                  By Jared

                                  from York, Pa

                                  About Me Experienced

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Performances
                                    • Professional Recording

                                    Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

                                    The first thing I noticed about this mic, was the very crisp and right up close sound it captures. The pickup pattern is perfect for a boompole.

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                                    5.0

                                    Great mic

                                    By Lillnikke

                                    from New york

                                    Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

                                    A great mic, best in it's price range. I use it together with a Zoom H4n and it som ambient noise because you have to crank up to rec volume on the H4n, but the mic it self is an amazing mic. Clear and crisp sound

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                                    5.0

                                    Gets the job done

                                    By Nathan Sound Op.

                                    from Phoenix, Az

                                    About Me Experienced

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Clear Sound
                                    • Compact
                                    • Easy To Use

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Amateur Recording
                                      • Home Studio
                                      • Professional Recording

                                      Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

                                      I purchased this product to get better sound for the short films I'm working on. It gets pretty professional sound if you know what you're doing. I'm use to working with them. It definitely works great.

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                                      5.0

                                      Great mic for DSLR

                                      By johngrenz

                                      from Issaquah, WA

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                                      Verified Buyer

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                                        Cons

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                                            Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

                                            So far so good, mic is really great!

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                                            5.0

                                            Great Sound Quality

                                            By EWP

                                            from Fairfax, VA

                                            About Me Experienced

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Clear Sound
                                            • Compact
                                            • Easy To Use
                                            • Lightweight

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Amateur Recording
                                              • Events
                                              • Performances
                                              • Professional Recording

                                              Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

                                              I liked this mic so much I bought two of them. The sound quality and sensitivity is excellent. I use these to record wildlife. I use two connected to my Tascam PCM recorder which then connects to my DSLR to record a separate audio track for my video recordings. I do not get any hollow sounds and the mics are super directional. I typically use these two mics mounted onto a 6" hotshoe rail and aim as needed to preserve the best stereo separation.

                                              They are lightweight and come with a nice cordura carrying case. However I wish the case was large enough to enclose the included foam wind screens. That should in no way sway you from this purchase. The mics are top quality and you will be pleased with their performance.

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                                              5.0

                                              Works great

                                              By Aspiring Filmmaker

                                              from Norcross, GA

                                              Verified Buyer

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                                                    Comments about Sennheiser MKE 600 - Shotgun Microphone:

                                                    Great sound, very solidly built, nice-looking mic! Bought two so I can record in stereo (FYI the manufacturer specs don't specifically say whether the mic is mono or stereo, so for anyone who wants to know, it is a mono mic.

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