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Sanken CS-3e Moisture-Resistant Shotgun Microphone

Sanken CS-3e Moisture-Resistant Shotgun Microphone
Key Features
  • For Film, TV & Location Recording
  • Lightweight & Moisture-Resistant
  • 3 Capsules for Sharp, Even Directivity
  • 50 Hz to 20 kHz Frequency Response
With three capsules for even sharper, more uniform directivity than that of the CS-1e or CS-M1, the Sanken CS-3e moisture-resistant shotgun microphone gives professional sound recordists high-end audio quality for capturing clear dialogue, foley, and sound effects in challenging environments.
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Sanken CS-3e Overview

  • 1Description
  • 23-Capsule Design
  • 3Resists Humidity and Temperature Changes
  • 4Professional Sound Quality
  • 5Phantom Powered
  • 6Ideal for Mounting on a Boompole
  • 7Add a Windscreen to Minimize Wind Noise

With three capsules for even sharper, more uniform directivity than that of the CS-1e or CS-M1, the Sanken CS-3e moisture-resistant shotgun microphone gives professional sound recordists high-end audio quality for capturing clear dialogue, foley, and sound effects in challenging environments.

Its long and focused reach, low noise, and strong output yield top-tier audio performance in a lightweight design. Plus, it features a selectable 100 Hz low-cut filter for minimizing rumble and bass buildup. Thanks to the CS-3e's multi-capsule design, proximity effect is nearly eliminated while maintaining a consistent tonal signature at various distances.

The CS-3e shotgun microphone exhibits a steady supercardioid polar pattern across the frequency spectrum, allowing it to attenuate the 90° off-axis points by about 14 dB from 1 to 2 kHz, by 18 dB at 4 kHz, and by 24 dB at 8 kHz. For independent and major film, television, and location recording gigs, the CS-3e is Sanken's flagship mono shotgun microphone.

3-Capsule Design

In order to achieve high directivity in middle-low frequencies, traditional shotgun mics would need a length of over 39 inches. Though only 10.6" long, the CS-3e grants reliable supercardioid polar performance even in the mid-lows due to its 3-capsule design, which uses three directional condenser elements in a front-back array to combine line mic performance and second-order pressure gradient response in a single system.

The CS-3e picks up targeted frontal sound sources with clarity over a wide frequency range—even in noisy ambient environments or in long reverberation spaces—by rejecting undesired noise and sounds coming from the rear and sides.

Resists Humidity and Temperature Changes

When working outdoors in humid environments, moisture and condensation can cause many mics to fail. The CS-3e's rugged design and PPS (Poly-Gold-Phenylene-Sulfide) diaphragms provide optimum resistance to humidity and hostile temperature changes, assuring dependable signal quality in a variety of environmental conditions.

Professional Sound Quality

The CS-3e was built for use by professional videographers and veteran sound recordists alike. Its 50 Hz to 20 kHz frequency response incorporates a gentle rise above 5 kHz to increase intelligibility without sacrificing neutrality. Its low self-noise of 15 dBA and high sensitivity of -28 dB produce signal purity that's ready to be mixed.

Phantom Powered

Thanks to its 3-pin XLR output and compliance with 44 to 52 VDC phantom power, the CS-3e is compatible with a variety of handheld audio recorders, field recorders, and mixer adapters as well as built-in preamps on many camcorders and cinema cameras.

Ideal for Mounting on a Boompole

Since the CS-3e isn't bundled with a mic clip or shockmount, consider the separately available Rycote INV 7HG MKIII shockmount. It is perfect for mounting the CS-3e on a boompole or traditional mic stand, and it prevents the transfer of vibrations to the microphone. The CS-3e's body features a lusterless black finish to prevent distracting visual reflections.

Add a Windscreen to Minimize Wind Noise

To reduce unwanted wind noise from light breezes, fans, heaters, and air conditioners, add a foam windscreen such as the Sanken CS-3FW (available separately). For maximum reduction of wind noise in outdoor shoots, consider the Rycote 18cm Super-Softie windshield (also available separately).

Sanken CS-3e Specs

Form FactorStand/Boom Mount
Sound FieldMono
Operating PrinciplePressure Gradient
Line Gradient
Capsule3 x Condenser
Polar PatternSupercardioid
OrientationEnd Address
High-Pass Filter100 Hz
Tone AdjustmentNone
Gain AdjustmentNone
On-Board ControlsHigh-Pass Filter
WindscreenFoam (Available Separately)
Frequency Range50 Hz to 20 kHz
Maximum SPL120 dB SPL (1% THD)
Off-Axis Rejection13 dB at 60°
26 dB at 120°
>28 dB at 180°
Impedance50 Ohms at 1 kHz
Sensitivity-28 dBV/Pa at 1 kHz
Equivalent Noise Level15 dB A-Weighted
Output Connectors (Analog)1 x XLR 3-Pin
Operating Voltage48 V ± 4 V
Operating Current Consumption2.5 mA
MountingMic Clip/Stand Adapter, Shockmount (with Optional Hardware)
Included CaseSoft Case
Dimensionsø: 0.75 x L: 10.63" / ø: 19 x L: 270 mm
Weight4.23 oz / 120 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.925 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)13.3 x 3.6 x 2"

Sanken CS-3e Reviews

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Does this has extreme wether proof design and RF rejection like NTG3 and Senn MKH416?
Asked by: Rama chandra sekhar
The Sanken is fairly robust in adverse weather, but it is not weather-proofed. Its directionality is comparable depending on the environment.
Answered by: Mark S.
Date published: 2019-11-07


Hi, I just ordered this mic a couple weeks ago. So far it has not shown to turn on or record any audio, nor did I receive an instruction manual with it. I have plugged it into my canon 5d mark III and also a Zoom H5 recorder, and both have giving me no sound from the mic and some plug in noise. No levels are shown to record. I have not been able to find any troubleshooting pieces on line. Can you help me?
Asked by: Kyle W.
You need to have a Phantom P48 pre amp for this mic, it doesn't work without it. Condenser mics needs P48 and sometimes some older style power for the electronics inside the mic, i.e. T-Power which is used which is 12V compare to 48. But in this case you'll just need P48. Zoom H5 definitely will supply P48 for the mic. It won't be the best supply of phantom power, because it's just not the greatest quality, but it'll work for sure. To be more clear how to set up P48 on H5, look in to page 96 of H5's manual or scroll to page 96 in PDF.www(dot)zoom-na(dot)com/sites/default/files/products/downloads/pdfs/E_H5_0.pdf
Answered by: Kirill B.
Date published: 2020-02-02
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