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Sennheiser MKH418S - Stereo Shotgun Microphone

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Sennheiser MKH418S - Stereo Shotgun Microphone
Key Features
  • Shotgun Mic Ideal for Stereo Recordings
  • Dual-Capsule Design for Recording in M/S
  • 40 Hz to 20 kHz Frequency Response
  • 130 dB SPL
The Sennheiser MKH 418S professional stereo shotgun microphone incorporates the Mid / Side (M/S) technique, yielding a high degree of directivity and focus while reproducing signals with extreme accuracy to their perspective placement, within the Left / Right Stereo field.
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Sennheiser MKH 418-S Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2M/S Technique
  • 3Incorporates Dual Microphones
  • 4Dual Channel Output

The Sennheiser MKH 418S professional stereo shotgun microphone incorporates the Mid / Side (M/S) technique, yielding a high degree of directivity and focus while reproducing signals with extreme accuracy to their perspective placement, within the Left / Right Stereo field.

The MKH 418S features 2 independent acoustic systems for generating the mid and side signals. The mid (M), or mono signal is generated using an internal shotgun microphone. With its frequency range of 40 Hz to 20 kHz, the shotgun accurately reproduces audio with extreme focus, emphasizing pick up of signals at the direct-axis section (front). The shotgun also rejects signal at the off-axis sections (sides) of the microphone, minimizing noise and further strengthening the pick up area. The Side (S), or stereo signal is generated using a separate, internal microphone system that features a figure-of-eight polar pattern. This system is responsible for reproducing the spacial character needed for accurate placement of signal within the stereo field. It can also handle 130 dB of SPL. 

The output features a 5-pin XLR male connection, capable of sending the separate signals of each internal microphone system to discrete channels of a console, field mixer, recorder or matrixing system. Each internal microphone requires +48V phantom power, supplied via two Sennheiser MZA 14 P48 battery power supply units, or any mixer capable of supplying at least 2 discrete channels of phantom power.

M/S Technique

The MKH 418S incorporates the Mid / Side (M/S) technique, yielding a high degree of directivity and focus while reproducing signals with extreme accuracy to their perspective placement.

Incorporates Dual Microphones

An internal shotgun microphone is used to capture the "mid" signal, a separate element with a figure-of-eight polar pattern is integrated for the "side" signal.

Dual Channel Output

5-pin XLR male output is capable of sending signals of each internal microphone system to two discrete channels of a console, field mixer, recorder or matrixing system.
UPC: 615104052840

Sennheiser MKH 418-S Specs

Polar PatternM: Super-cardioid / lobar
S: Figure-of-eight
Frequency Response40 Hz to 20 kHz
Dynamic Range (Typical)not specified by manufacturer
Signal-to-Noise RatioEquivalent Noise Level
M: 14dB-A / 26dB-CCIR
S: 22dB-A / 34dB-CCIR
Maximum Input Sound Level130 dB SPL (63 Pa)
Power Requirements+48 V +/- 4 V / 2 x 2.3 mA
Output Impedance< 25 Ohms (@ 1000 Hz)
Min. Load Impedance: 1 kOhms
Low Frequency Roll-OffNo
Dimensions11.02 x .75" / 280 x 19 mm (Length x Diameter)
Weight7.8 oz (220 g)
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.65 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)13.9 x 5.4 x 2.9"

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Use as a dual purpose field mic: I shoot a ...

Use as a dual purpose field mic: I shoot a considerable amount of interviews/news where a normal mono mic (416) is all that is required. Every so often however, I find myself needing to record a musical performances or needing a audience mic (ENG style, not for critical listening) where having a stero mic would help. How well does this mic work in mono mode? Does it work/sound as good as the 416 when just utilizing the center element? I have a 552 field mixer, so dual phantom power isn't an issue. I guess I would need to find a boom cabled for 5 pin XLR, any suggestions?
Asked by: Matthew
Yes, this mic will sould as good as the 416 when in mono mode. The specifications are nearly identical, and the tonal quality will be the same. https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/308955-REG/Remote_Audio_CAXSTE25_5_Pin_Stereo_XLR_Female.html
Answered by: John
Date published: 2019-05-07

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Does it fit the DPA RYCOTE WINDSHIELD RWK4017B??
Asked by: Pamela C.
The Sennheiser microphone is several inches longer than the DPA and will not fit this windshield.This would be the appropriate Rycote Windshield kit:Rycote Modular Windshield WS 4 Kit (XLR-5F) B&amp;H # RYMWS4STKIT
Answered by: Mark S.
Date published: 2018-08-27

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Shorter than 25 ft of 5-pin XLR cables?
Asked by: Mike T.
We have several 5 pin XLR cable options available for Special Order in lengths below 25 feet. https://bhpho.to/2p6St3n
Answered by: Jeff P.
Date published: 2018-08-27

Is it good for folly too ?

Is it good for folly too ?
Asked by: Gurprasad
Yes the MKH418S is an excellent model to consider for foley recording.
Answered by: David
Date published: 2019-03-14
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