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Sennheiser MKE 400 Boom Kit Camera-Mount Shotgun Microphone with Boompole & Accessories

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Sennheiser MKE 400 Boom Kit Camera-Mount Shotgun Microphone with Boompole & Accessories
Key Features
  • Video Journalist, Vlogger, Run & Gun
  • MKE 400 Shotgun Condenser Mic (2nd Gen)
  • Adjustable Lightweight Aluminum Boompole
  • Mini Ball Head
This Sennheiser MKE 400 Boom Kit from B&H provides you with the necessary elements to leverage the camera-mountable microphone for boom work. In addition to the 2nd generation MKE 400 directional shotgun mic, the bundle includes a boompole, a mini ball head that allows you to mount the mic to the boompole, a 10' extension cable to connect the mic to your camera's 3.5mm TRS input jack, and a neoprene boompole bag to accommodate all these items for travel and storage.
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Sennheiser MKE 400 2nd Gen Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Sennheiser MKE 400 Camera-Mount Shotgun Microphone (2nd Generation)
  • 3Auray BP-36A Quick-Twist Lightweight Aluminum Boompole (7')
  • 4Pearstone 3.5mm Stereo Male to Female Extension Cable (Black, 10')
  • 5Oben BD-02 Mini Ball Head
  • 6Auray Neoprene Boompole Bag for 34" Closed Boompole with Shotgun Mic and Softie

This Sennheiser MKE 400 Boom Kit from B&H provides you with the necessary elements to leverage the camera-mountable microphone for boom work. In addition to the 2nd generation MKE 400 directional shotgun mic, the bundle includes a boompole, a mini ball head that allows you to mount the mic to the boompole, a 10' extension cable to connect the mic to your camera's 3.5mm TRS input jack, and a neoprene boompole bag to accommodate all these items for travel and storage.

Sennheiser MKE 400 Camera-Mount Shotgun Microphone (2nd Generation)

Add the compact and lightweight second-generation Sennheiser MKE 400 directional shotgun microphone to your camera- or smartphone-based shooting rig to make an easy upgrade in sound quality, even in noisy environments, without having to carry around a cumbersome windscreen and suspension system. Plus, it offers a 3-stage gain control and a low-cut filter so you can optimize the sound of your recording right at the mic.

Thanks to its integral wind protection, built-in shock absorption, long battery life, and headphone monitoring port, the MKE 400 is a truly capable solution for capturing clear audio—a perfect companion for vloggers, run-and-gun videographers, and mobile journalists who need a quality camera-mount mic that will never get in the way of the shot.

To ensure that you're prepared for any shoot, the MKE 400 includes two locking 3.5mm audio cables—one features a standard TRS plug for compatibility with cameras and DSLRs, while the other utilizes a TRRS plug to connect with your smartphone or tablet. Plus, the supplied furry windshield can be slipped over the MKE 400 to provide increased protection from wind noise when shooting in outdoor environments.

Second-Generation Upgrades
Along with its redesigned appearance, the second-generation MKE 400 boasts significant upgrades over the original MKE 400 to make it even more effective and versatile.

  • Swappable 3.5mm TRS and TRRS output cables
  • 3.5mm headphone port with volume control
  • 3-stage gain control (the original MKE 400 had two gain positions)
  • Auto-power function
  • Integrated wind protection
  • Furry windshield included for outdoor wind protection
  • Compatible with Sennheiser's CL 35 USB-C cable (available separately) for direct digital connection to a mobile device's USB Type-C port
Compact and Lightweight
Measuring just 5" long and weighing only 3.3 ounces, the MKE 400 is an unobtrusive companion for your camera- or smartphone-based video rig; it will never intrude on the shot and it's so light that you'll forget it's even there. Also, the integral shoe mount allows the MKE 400 to be attached directly to your camera, no external hardware required.
Highly Directional Sound Pickup
Most built-in camera and smartphone microphones are omnidirectional to pick up sound from all directions, which results in undue noise and ambience. The MKE 400 uses a supercardioid polar pattern enhanced by an acoustic interference tube to focus on sources in front of the mic while attenuating side- and rear-entry sound. Low-noise electronics and a sensitive condenser element allow it to deliver more detailed audio than the mics typically found in cameras, mobile devices, and portable recorders.
Quick and Secure Hookup to Camera, Smartphone, or Tablet
The MKE 400's 3.5mm output port can be connected to a range of devices using the two supplied coiled cables, each featuring a locking 3.5mm TRS plug on one end that prevents accidental disconnection at the mic.

One cable is terminated with a standard 3.5mm TRS plug for compatible hookup to your camera, DSLR, or portable handheld audio recorder, while the other cable has a 3.5mm TRRS plug to allow direct connection to mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.
Headphone Monitoring Port
A vital step before recording audio is to check your levels and monitor your sound. While some cameras have a headphone jack, not all do, and that's where the headphone monitoring output comes into play. Plug any 3.5mm headphone directly into the MKE 400 and use the integrated volume control to make sure the sound is clear.
Long Battery Life
The MKE 400 can run for up to 100 hours on a pair of AAA batteries, so you'll be able to knock out plenty of shoots before needing new batteries. The low-battery indicator lets you know when you have approximately three hours of operating time remaining. The MKE 400's auto-power function uses plug-in power (2 to 10V) from your device to automatically turn it on and off, preventing unnecessary battery drain.
Internal Suspension Mount Minimizes Handling Noise
The MKE 400 incorporates internal shock absorption to reject the transfer of vibrations such as camera/smartphone handling noise. Plus, the bottom of the MKE 400 features a camera shoe mount, ensuring simple attachment to your camera or shoe-equipped stand or gimbal.
Built-In Wind Protection Minimizes Wind Noise
Knowing that the MKE 400 may be used in challenging shooting conditions, Sennheiser designed the MKE 400 with built-in wind protection, enabling the mic to lessen undesirable wind noise from breezes, fans, heaters, and air conditioners without requiring that you slip on a separate foam windscreen. For maximum reduction of wind noise in outdoor environments, use the included furry windshield.
Adjustable Gain
Achieving proper recording levels is crucial to avoiding distortion. The MKE 400's adjustable sensitivity provides three settings to optimize the mic's audio signal volume. The -20 dB setting is ideal when capturing loud sounds that could distort your recording. The 0 dB position is recommended for normal dialogue levels or when using a high-quality external preamp. Select +20 dB when miking quiet sources or using cameras with low input sensitivity.
Low-Cut Filter
When excessive low-frequency noise from HVAC systems and traffic interferes with the clarity of your audio, activate the 200 Hz low-cut filter to attenuate bass frequencies while letting crucial midrange and high-frequencies pass through unaffected.
UPC: 615104346888
Auray BP-36A Quick-Twist Lightweight Aluminum Boompole (7')
Designed to accommodate Electronic News Gathering (ENG), Electronic Field Production (EFP), documentary, and other field recording applications, the Auray BP-36A Aluminum Boompole offers a sturdy and lightweight solution for getting a microphone optimally close to the subject without entering the picture frame, letting you work fast and minimize fatigue.

This BP Series boompole features three sections that smoothly telescope to provide adjustable reach from 2.7 to 7'. Thanks to the ergonomic quick-twist locks, the BP-36A is easily expanded or collapsed with a single turn. Durable aluminum construction keeps the weight down, ensuring a combination of dependability and portability. The BP-36A's foam handle makes it comfortable to maintain your grip through long shoots, even in hot direct sunlight or cold wintery weather.

Durable Aluminum Construction

  • Durable anodized aluminum construction can take the bumps and impacts of demanding travel or studio work. The aluminum construction assures durability that can tolerate demanding travel and location shoots in all kinds of weather.

Comfortable Grip with Foam Handle

  • The BP-36A has a foam handle for maintaining your grip throughout long shoots. The handle is comfortable to hold in hot direct sunlight or cold wintery weather.
Smooth Telescoping

  • The quick-twist tube locks make length adjustment smooth and effortless in all kinds of weather and conditions and give you the mic placement flexibility you need for each application.

Standard 3/8"-16 Threaded Mount

  • To ensure compatibility with the best mics and shockmounts, the pole is outfitted with a standard 3/8"-16 threaded mount that fits most shotgun microphone shockmounts.
Pearstone 3.5mm Stereo Male to Female Extension Cable (Black, 10')

The 10' black 3.5mm Stereo Male to Female Extension Cable from Pearstone is a general purpose extension cable with a mini (3.5mm) male plug at one end and a female jack at the other end. It allows you to extend the distance between your smartphone, tablet, laptop, or other audio device, and your headphones or speakers.

UPC: 847628562158
Oben BD-02 Mini Ball Head

The Oben BD-02 Mini Ball Head a great option to top off a miniature or table-top tripod model. Constructed of precisely-machined aluminum, the BD-02 functions like most full-sized ball heads but features a low-profile design with a wide top platform. A single-action lever loosens the ball along with the pan so it allows the head to move freely in all directions. In addition, a groove allows the head to tilt 90° in one direction.


The BD-02 head can serve as a replacement head for an Oben TT-100, TT-200, or TT-300 table-top tripod. Or it can allow you to properly orient your camera on any other tripod model, whether it has a 1/4"-20 or a 3/8"-16 stud – the head has a 3/8" thread and comes with a reducer bushing to make it compatible with the 1/4"-type stud.

A low-profile with a wide top platform; supports up to 6.6 lb
Supports mirrorless and point and shoot cameras, as well as hot shoe flashes, video lights, and microphones
Ball platform tilts 90°
3/8"-16 mounting thread
1/4"-20 reducer bushing
UPC: 847628015289
Auray Neoprene Boompole Bag for 34" Closed Boompole with Shotgun Mic and Softie

The Auray Neoprene Boompole Bag for 34" Closed Boompole with Shotgun Mic and Softie is a case designed to hold up to a 34" closed boompole with shotgun microphone, softie, and shock mount. Its interior end cap is strengthened to protect the bag from punctures. It features a zipper closure with protective interior lining to prevent snags and scratches. The bag is built with an interior pocket for accessories that opens or closes with hook and loop fasteners. An adjustable shoulder strap is included with a nametag holder.

UPC: 847628562790

Sennheiser MKE 400 Camera-Mount Shotgun Microphone (2nd Generation) Specs

Key Specs
Form Factor
Camera-Mount / Shotgun Mic
Element Type
1x Electret Condenser
Polar Pattern
Supercardioid
On-Board Controls
Gain/Sensitivity, High-Pass Filter
Frequency Range
50 Hz to 20 kHz
Maximum SPL
132 dB SPL (1 kHz)
Analog Output
1x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Female (Locking, on Mic)
1x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Male (on Included Cable)
1x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRRS Male (on Included Cable)
Power Sources
Plug-In Power
Microphone
Primary Applications
ENG (Electronic News Gathering), Audio for Video, Location Sound
Form Factor
Camera-Mount / Shotgun Mic
Intended Sound Sources
Vocals, Speech/Voice-Over
Sound Field
Mono
Element Type
1x Electret Condenser
Polar Pattern
Supercardioid
Orientation
End Address
Circuitry
Solid-State
Pad
No
High-Pass Filter
200 Hz
Gain Adjustment
-20 to +20 dB
On-Board Controls
Gain/Sensitivity, High-Pass Filter
Performance
Frequency Range
50 Hz to 20 kHz
Maximum SPL
132 dB SPL (1 kHz)
Sensitivity
-23 dBV/Pa at 1 kHz (Max Gain)
-63 dBV/Pa at 1 kHz (Min Gain)
THD
< 1%
Connectivity
Analog Output
1x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Female (Locking, on Mic)
1x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Male (on Included Cable)
1x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRRS Male (on Included Cable)
Power
Power Sources
Plug-In Power
Operating Voltage
2 to 10 V (Plug-In Power)
Battery Type
2x AAA (Included)
Physical
Color
Black
Mounting Thread Size
1/4"-20 Female in Cold Shoe
Environmental Protection
No
Dimensions
H: 2.6 x W: 1.5 x L: 5" / H: 67 x W: 37 x L: 126 mm
Weight
3.3 oz / 93.5 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight
0.78 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
9.8 x 4.5 x 2.8"

Auray BP-36A Quick-Twist Lightweight Aluminum Boompole (7') Specs

Maximum Length
7' / 2.1 m
Minimum Length
2.7' / 0.8 m
Material
Aluminum
Thread Type
3/8"-16 Male
Top
Fixed
Included Cabling
No
Number of Sections
3
Adjustment Lock
Twist Lock
Weight
0.8 lb / 0.4 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight
1.215 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
35.4 x 2.4 x 2.2"

Pearstone 3.5mm Stereo Male to Female Extension Cable (Black, 10') Specs

Connector 1
1x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Male Straight
Connector 2
1x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Female Straight
Cable Length
10' / 3 m
Color
Black
Packaging Info
Package Weight
0.17 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
8.95 x 6.35 x 0.65"

Oben BD-02 Mini Ball Head Specs

Key Specs
Camera Mounting Screw
1x 1/4"-20 Male
Camera Plate
No
Head Type
Ball Head
Drag Control
No
Load Capacity
6.6 lb / 3 kg
Weight
2.4 oz / 68.04 g
Camera Attachment
Camera Mounting Screw
1x 1/4"-20 Male
Camera Plate
No
Head
Head Type
Ball Head
Base Mount
Flat Base with 3/8"-16 Female
Counter Balance
No
Pan & Tilt
Drag Control
No
Independent Pan Lock
No
Independent Tilt Lock
No
Vertical Tilt
+90° to 0°
Lateral Tilt
No
General
Load Capacity
6.6 lb / 3 kg
Bubble Level
No
Weight
2.4 oz / 68.04 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight
0.18 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
5.05 x 3.6 x 1.55"

Auray Neoprene Boompole Bag for 34" Closed Boompole with Shotgun Mic and Softie Specs

Physical
Material
Neoprene
Type of Closure
Zipper with protective lining
Dimensions
36 x 6 x 2" (91.4 x 15.5 x 5.5 cm)
Weight
15 oz (454 g)
Packaging Info
Package Weight
0.8 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
19.2 x 6.6 x 1.6"

Sennheiser MKE 400 2nd Gen Reviews

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How is the shielding on this mic? My Rode Video ...

How is the shielding on this mic? My Rode Video Mic Pro picks up RF spray from my Hollyland 400S transmitter. I need a better mic!
Asked by: David
The manufacturer has not provided any details regarding the internal shielding used in the construction of the Sennheiser MKE 400 Camera-Mount Shotgun Microphone. Since cables can often be susceptible to RF, you could test the microphone using a high quality cable that is constructed with better shielding than the molded cable that is included with the mic. That may be all you need to resolve the issue.
Answered by: Lisa S
Date published: 2022-11-08

In the basic microphone product pictures, the ...

In the basic microphone product pictures, the last picture shows the locking TRS plug terminating to a lightning plug in the iPhone picture. Is that included???
Asked by: Christopher
No, the cable that is shown in the last photo terminates to a USB-C connector and it is the Sennheiser CL 35 USB-C Locking 3.5mm TRS to USB Type-C Coiled Cable (B&amp;H # SECL35USBC) which is sold separately. Sennheiser does not offer any cables that terminate to a Lightning connector but we do have a compatible Lightning cable that will work which is the Saramonic LC-C35 Locking 3.5mm Connector to Apple-Certified Lightning Output Cable (B&amp;H # SALCC35). The other option for connecting the mic to an iOS device with a Lightning connector is to use the Apple Lightning to 3.5mm Headphone Jack Adapter (B&amp;H # APLAADAP) together with the TRRS cable that is already included with the mic, which is the Sennheiser CL 35 TRRS Locking 3.5mm TRS to 3.5mm TRRS Coiled Cable (B&amp;H # SECL35TRR).
Answered by: Lisa S
Date published: 2021-07-05

Does this microphone support the Minolta MN4K25NV ...

Does this microphone support the Minolta MN4K25NV UHD 4K IR Night Vision Camcorder ??
Asked by: josue
Yes the Sennheiser MKE 400 is directly compatible with the Minolta MN4K25NV UHD 4K IR Night Vision Camcorder.
Answered by: David M
Date published: 2023-12-21

can this microphone be attached to a r5 using the ...

can this microphone be attached to a r5 using the smallring camara cage?
Asked by: Antonio David
Yes, the Sennheiser MKE 400 Camera-Mount Shotgun Microphone can be used with the Canon EOS R5 Mirrorless Camera and mounted on a compatible SmallRig camera cage, either in a cold shoe mount or by using a thread adapter. The MKE 400 has a 3/8&quot; female thread on the bottom of its shoe mount and the camera cage has 3/8&quot; and 1/4&quot;-20 female mounting threads. You can use an adapter like the Impact 3/8&quot; to 3/8&quot; Adapter Spigot (B&amp;H # IMCA115) or the Kupo 3/8&quot;-16 Male to 1/4&quot;-20 Male Thread Adapter (B&amp;H # KUKG007512).
Answered by: Lisa S
Date published: 2023-10-22

Is it able to use phantom power when plugged into ...

Is it able to use phantom power when plugged into XLR and avoid using battery power?
Asked by: Diego
The Sennheiser MKE 400 Camera-Mount Shotgun Microphone (2nd Generation) uses AAA batteries as its power source as opposed to plug-in power through its input connection. While phantom power could be converted to plug-in power using an adapter such as the Rode VXLR+ 3.5mm TRS Female to XLR Male Adapter with Phantom Power Converter (BH #ROVXLRP), this would only trigger the MKE 400's auto on/off function but would not power the microphone without batteries.
Answered by: Matt Z
Date published: 2024-03-05

Is there anyway to use this with the Blackmagic ...

Is there anyway to use this with the Blackmagic Cameras via mini XLR?
Asked by: dan
Yes, you can connect the Sennheiser MKE 400 Shotgun Microphone to the mini-XLR input on Blackmagic cameras using a cable like the Kondor Blue Mini-XLR Male to Locking 3.5mm Stereo Cable for BMPCC 6K &amp; 4K (B&amp;H # KOMINIPLSBK).
Answered by: Lisa S
Date published: 2022-01-30

How does this turn on and off?

How does this turn on and off?
Asked by: Christian
From the product page: &quot;The MKE 400's auto-power function uses plug-in power (2 to 10V) from your device to automatically turn it on and off, preventing unnecessary battery drain.&quot; In other words it will turn on and off automatically when you turn the camera on and off.
Answered by: James Cruz
Date published: 2021-09-07

One of the common complaints about the original ...

One of the common complaints about the original &quot;Gen 1&quot; MKE400 was sometimes white noise from the mic preamp. Does the electronics on the current Gen 2?) MKE400 solve that problem?
Asked by: Eric
Yes, the updated design of the Sennheiser MKE 400 Camera-Mount Shotgun Microphone (2nd Generation) addresses noise issues found in the first generation model.
Answered by: Matt Z
Date published: 2022-05-29
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