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Sennheiser MKE 440 Compact Stereo Shotgun Microphone

BH #SEMKE440 • MFR #506258
Sennheiser MKE 440 Compact Stereo Shotgun Microphone
Key Features
  • Two Shotgun Elements
  • Super-Cardioid Pickup Pattern
  • Captures Sound within Camera Angle
  • Good Off-Axis Sound Rejection
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.
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Sennheiser MKE 440 Overview

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

Sennheiser MKE 440 Specs

Connector1/8" / 3.5 mm jack plug
Frequency Response50 Hz to 20 kHz
Max SPL Level132 dB
Pickup PatternStereo, super-cardioid
Low Cut FiltersSwitchable
Sensitivity23, 42, 63 mV/Pa, switchable
Equivalent Noise Level16, 21, 40 dB (A)
Power Supply2x AAA batteries
Operating Time>100 hours
Operating Temperature14 to 131°F / -10 to 55°C
Dimensions2.6 x 4.2 x 5.0" / 67 x 106 x 128 mm
Weight5.8 oz / 165 g (without battery)
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.825 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)10.3 x 5.65 x 3.25"

Sennheiser MKE 440 Reviews

Right Channel Static

By Robert
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-20

Was nice for first 15 months of light use. Right channel now has intermittent static.

Good Performer With Fatal Flaw

By Vaughn
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2020-02-25

This microphone works very well and appears to be built very sturdily built. Unfortunately the coil cable is attached directly to the body of the mic instead of haviing a plug-in, and there's not much strain relief inside of the case. It doesn't take a lot of force to pull the cable connection loose inside the housing, and Sennheiser wants $200 to repair it. I'll put that $200 towards an Azden SMX-30 this time around.

Stereo meet shotgun -- for music!

By William
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-09-10

This mic fits a unique niche as an excellent audio quality mic that is both stereo and shotgun. I use it for high quality music videos all the time, though few reviews mention it for this use. Love the gain settings and the build quality. Could have put the power LED in the back where it's visible, but that's certainly not a deal breaker.

New microphone same old problem

By Robert
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2019-06-30

As a TV News Photographer dating back to the late 1980's, we all used Senn. ME80 Microphones. But they had a major flaw, they would randomly make a scratching noise that would destroy your audio recording. This was caused by the front capsule not making proper contact with the aluminum tube. GUESS WHAT - This microphone does the EXACT same thing. Because it is a stereo mic, in my case it was the right condenser that failed. I am profoundly disappointed, the sound quality is great. But the fact I lost an entire shoot makes the MKE440 completely useless. I ran it into my computer and made a 2 hour recording - sure enough I can see in the waveform the loud scratching signature. I tried several high end types of batteries (I typically use Procell by Duracell). Come on Sennheiser! How is this problem not fixed after all these years? Stay as far away from Sennheiser microphones as you can...

Very happy with this mic

By Dan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-03-11

I have been trying for a long time to find a good on-camera mic that suits my needs. This one is excellent. Most of what I do is filming live music. That means I need a good sounding mic, in this case stereo, with a high SPL level that allows for the loud impact of drums without distortion. This, with the mic level on the MKE 440 set to its lowest setting works great. I did have to buy an adapter cable (about $11), since my camera only has XLR inputs, but that was a very small added expense. The mic uses two AAA batteries, and has a very long life before requiring new ones. The mic attaches very securely via the cold shoe mount. I havent had occasion to use the fur windshield, but I can say that it fits very securely over the microphones.

Super Sound

By Andrew
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-02-27

Fantastic mic.  Nice and compact.  Would love to see a lightning connector version for iPhone and iOS.

Great upgrade!

By Mike
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2020-10-12

This is a great microphone for backup audio. Although it picks up wind noise very easily even with the sock on it.

On camera mic when needed

By Bruce
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-03-23

Using a Canon C100 MkII for travel and hand held video. The built-in mic works well, but wanted something with more stereo separation. The MKE 440 with the fur windscreen works very well. Stereo separation is surprisingly good, and the pickup pattern is effective at suppressing out of picture sound. The fur windscreen and LF rolloff filter are quite effective at suppressing wind noise. The mic is very sensitive, so it picks up mechanical focus noise from some of the L Series lenses, but not from an 18-135 f?3.5-5.6 STM. Turns out this little lens is as sharp as the L Series 24-105 f/4.0 except at the outermost edges of the image in FHD that this camera produces. The MKE 440 is very well made with high quality materials. Very happy with it.

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Can this mike be connected with a computer for voice over recording?
Asked by: Sergio
The MKE-440 is designed as an on-camera stereo microphone. Connection to a computer may require an adapter cable depending on the computer model. For computers that share a jack for both mic and headphone the Rode SC4 adapter is required. https://bhpho.to/2hINvaL
Answered by: Jeff P.
Date published: 2018-08-26

Will the newer iPhones work with this and a ...

Will the newer iPhones work with this and a lighting adapter?
Asked by: Anonymous
No. The mic is stereo with a trs plug, the iphone lightning adapter is a trrs connector intended to input a mono mic and output stereo headphones. Besides the plug mismatch there may also be an impedance or level mismatch as the Sennheiser is a powered mic. You may be able to find a specific lightning adapter that will address both issues but read the specifications carefully.
Answered by: Anonymous
Date published: 2019-07-05

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Is the effective range on this new mic farther than the MEK 600 ( 12') ?
Asked by: Victor
The MKE-440 is a mini sized stereo mic unlike the MKE-600 which is a mono shotgun. As such it offers a wider and less directional pickup The MKE-440 is sized closer to the MKE-400.
Answered by: Jeff P.
Date published: 2018-08-26

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Messrs, is the Sennheiser MKE 440 Compact compatible with the Sony FDR-AX33 4K Ultra HD Handycam Camcorder?
Asked by: FERNANDO
It is possible to venture outside of the Sony microphone lineup provided you use a couple of adapters; #SOVCTCSM1 and # VECS20.
Answered by: James B.
Date published: 2018-08-27

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Please confirm, is the MZH 440 Fur included or not? thanks
Asked by: Florin Lutz M.
MZH 440 Windshield is not included. It is available separately.
Answered by: Jeff P.
Date published: 2018-08-26

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can I record sound only, by connecting the MKE 440 to my iPhone?
Asked by: Sergio
Since the iPhone and similar smartphones only support a single channel (mono) mic input, using a stereo mic connected to the headset jack is not recommended and will not operate correctly. In addition an adapter is required for compatibility. Standard mics are not able to be directly connected. A solution would be a mono mic such as the Sennheiser MKE 400 along with the Rode SC4 adapter for connection. There are also several mics designed for smartphone use such as the Rode VideoMic Me.
Answered by: Jeff P.
Date published: 2018-08-26

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Is this sennheiser microphone compatible with Sony FDR-AX33 4K Ultra HD Handycam Camcorder?
Asked by: FERNANDO
The Sennheiser MKE-440 is compatible with the Sony FDR-AX33 camcorder. A couple of adapters are needed nonetheless; #SOVCTCSM1 and # VECS20.
Answered by: James B.
Date published: 2018-08-26

Can this mic work with Leica q2 ? How to setup it ...

Can this mic work with Leica q2 ? How to setup it ? Thanks
Asked by: Ryan
No, the Sennheiser MKE 440 Compact Stereo Shotgun Microphone is not compatible for use with the Leica Q2 Digital Camera. The Q2 does not have an input connection for an external microphone.
Answered by: Matt Z
Date published: 2022-04-25
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