Sennheiser MKE 440 Compact Stereo Shotgun Microphone

Sennheiser MKE 440 Compact Stereo Shotgun Microphone

Sennheiser MKE 440 Compact Stereo Shotgun Microphone

B&H # SEMKE440 MFR # 506258
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Product Highlights

  • Two Shotgun Elements
  • Super-Cardioid Pickup Pattern
  • Captures Sound within Camera Angle
  • Good Off-Axis Sound Rejection
  • Stereo 1/8" Connector
  • Frequency Response: 50 Hz to 20 kHz
  • Max SPL: 132 dB
  • Stainless Steel Micro-Mesh Cover
  • Internally Shock-Mounted
  • Runs on 2x AAA Batteries
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The MKE 440 from Sennheiser is a compact stereo shotgun microphone that predominately captures focused stereo sound from within the direction of filming and rejects the majority of off-axis noise from outside the camera focus. The microphone utilizes two mini-shotgun elements that are mounted in a V-shape arrangement, which outperforms mini AB, MS, or XY setups.

The microphone offers a stereo, super-cardioid pickup pattern and features a frequency response of 50 Hz to 20 kHz, as well as a maximum sound pressure level of 132 dB. The mic includes a 3-level sensitivity switch and a high-pass filter to remove rumble. The MKE 400 is powered by two AAA batteries and offers an operating time of 100 hours. The microphones are internally shock-mounted to prevent handling noise, and the stainless steel micro-mesh offers protection against wind. Additionally, an optional hair cover is available for strong wind applications.

  • Dual mini shotgun microphones create frontal focus
  • Suppression of ambience and background noise
  • Built-in elastic suspension and wind protection
  • 3-level sensitivity adjustment and low-cut filter
  • Compact, all-metal construction
  • Standard size camera shoe mount
UPC: 615104258204
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Sennheiser MKE 440 Compact Stereo Shotgun Microphone
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    Sennheiser MKE 440 specs

    Connector 1/8" / 3.5 mm jack plug
    Frequency Response 50 Hz to 20 kHz
    Max SPL Level 132 dB
    Pickup Pattern Stereo, super-cardioid
    Low Cut Filters Switchable
    Sensitivity 23, 42, 63 mV/Pa, switchable
    Equivalent Noise Level 16, 21, 40 dB (A)
    Power Supply 2x AAA batteries
    Operating Time >100 hours
    Operating Temperature 14 to 131°F / -10 to 55°C
    Dimensions 2.6 x 4.2 x 5.0" / 67 x 106 x 128 mm
    Weight 5.8 oz / 165 g (without battery)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.85 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.3 x 6.3 x 3.2"

    Sennheiser MKE 440 reviews

    MKE 440 Compact Stereo Shotgun Microphone is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 32.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice, So Far This mic is great for my needs, so far as I've been able to evaluate it. It definitely takes the echo out of a room and cuts side noise by a LOT, making the sounds in a drywall-ed room (with carpet) not a whole lot different at 12 feet than at 5 feet (contrary to built in, or other cardiod, mics. But note that I've only had this for a week or so, and haven't had a chance for the definitive test: I bought it primarily to improve the sound of my grandchildren's concerts and plays, usually in a school gym, and it'll probably be December before they perform again. And that's why I give it a (tentative) four stars.
    Date published: 2017-11-09
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very High Quality Build (just wish for better/bigger knobs) Happy with purchase. Would recommend this product. I've already used it atop a Sony A6300 to record Disney street musicians over 5 nights. High quality all metal build. Cord out the front doesn't clutter up or get in the way of the LCD or EVF screen area. Sound is dramatically improved over on board mics. Only disappointment is in this price range I was expecting better knob positioning and/or larger settings knobs. The knobs are durable but very tiny and with the Windshield cover on the little knobs are covered and you're feeling your way the dark to try to figure out if the mic is on or off and what level the settings are at. With just a little better quality knobs I'd give this product 5 stars.
    Date published: 2016-12-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's solid. Obviously this hasn't been out long, so still gathering opinions, but it's pro quality for nat sound, scratch track, or backup audio. Its housing is metal and has quality feel. I wish they included a drawstring bag or something with it though. Great options on it, and a step above Rode being stereo and still directional like a shotgun.
    Date published: 2016-09-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must for outdoor shooters I used this mic for extensive testing at different condtions. In the room with one person giving interview. Audio recorded in 4 different ways by taking retakes. In all recordings there was no low cut filter. 1) mic directly attach with 35mm jack to Fuji XT1 Camera. Mic (MKE-440) setting 0db & in camera mic senstivity level 3.This gives 48khz @ 16bit sound file in 'Adobe Audition' (if you load video file .MOV directly in 'Audition'). Audio average at -16db. Need +3db gain in Audition. 2) mic with ' Alzo stereo microphone XLR Adapter Cord for pro camcoders B&H# AL130' to Tascam DR 100 Mk ii audio recorder (B&H# TADR100MKII) using its two XLR inputs (L & R channel). In Tascam recorder audio is 48khz @ 24bit. Sound average at -16db. Senheiser mic senstivity +12db & Tascam pre-amps at 'Medium' satting with analog gain to full (10db). 3) on camera voice was useless. 4) Tascam stereo mic gives -24db voice. Conclusion: in terms of sound quality of the situation 1& 2 above no difference. Only difference on camera (Fuji XT1) record 16bit@48khz & Dedicated recorder (Tascam mkii) records 24bit@48khz. Background noise of AC running was same. Birds noise outside window was masked down at least 12db (as compared to cases 3 & 4) - which is good. MkE-440 Pre-Amps are very good - I say it is real +12db. Other 'senheiser ew 112 system' only gives +6db (pre-amp) and that is single channel (mono). With this mic (MKE-440) both on camera & consumer level audio recorders (with XLR inputs) can produce high quality sound (broadcast level) at 24bit@48khz with average at -12db with peaks at -3db.In the Audio recorder with XLR input make sure you turn off 'Phantom Power'. I suggest Senheiser must put some safety in the mic if someone attach accidently this to XLR (as my case-2 above) with phantom power on this mic should not burn.
    Date published: 2016-08-25
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great sound with a small flaw for some uses. The stereo/shotgun combo gives a good balance of some ambient sound with decent subject isolation. Not quite as directional as a traditional shotgun mic. In some cases, I am actually choosing to use just the left or right channel alone (isolated in post-production) if one is picking up speech from a subject better, and it can help in situations where there is more ambient sound. In comparison to something like the Rode VideoMic Pro, (or many similar products that you'd typically see atop a DSLR/Mirrorless setup) this is built with a little more heft and feels like it'll survive the rigors of production longer. Since the microphones and their isolation systems are enclosed in the mesh shield I feel as though I don't have to baby this mic as much. I can't comment in-depth on the nuances of the sound too much. As a videographer/editor I can say it's useable for professional applications as an on-camera setup. One caveat, is that it picks up more handling noise than the Rode Video Mic, or even the tiny Sennheiser MKE 400. Installed in the hot shore of my A7sII, pressing buttons, operating dials, even operating a zoom lens will be noticeable in your audio. Changing your hand position on your camera can even be noticed if you are recording at higher gain. This may not be as bad if you are using with a cage or rig. Overall, it bridges the gap pretty well between having to choose between a wide stereo pattern and a directional shotgun, and not a bad one-size-fits-all solution.
    Date published: 2016-12-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pricey but well worth it. Yes. This mic is pricey. Yes: It is slightly bulky. BUT: It is FAR superior to the Rode shotgun-style mic. The Rode, incidentally, is very good. But this one is excellent. If you are serious about clean and clear dialog without the hassle of wireless mics or using a dedicated boom operator, I highly recommend it.
    Date published: 2016-12-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect DSLR video microphone I used this on my Nikon D500. The effect is perfect, much much better than the on camera mic. I used this to record a Christmas part, I tried both the normal sound level and the reduced sound level on this mic. When use normal (put switch in the mid), the sound is very natural, and can pick up the speech of the person in focus very easily and clearly. When using the reduced level (put the switch to left), it makes the unwanted sound almost disappear. There only remains the music from the band which make the party video more focused and clear.
    Date published: 2016-12-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from MKE 440 sounds great I really like this mic. I had been using the Omni directional mics built into my Tascam D05 when recording a musical group in a large sanctuary. The reverberation is expected but the all directional mics pic it up and muddies the music. When I connect the MKE 440 which has two directional mics, the music is much clearer in that a great deal of the reverberation is reduced. I doubt I could tell much difference if I use the MKE 440 a few feet in front of a subject but for recording anything in a large room, the MKE will excel
    Date published: 2016-12-13
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