Sennheiser ME 64 Cardioid Mic Capsule

Sennheiser ME 64 Cardioid Mic Capsule

Sennheiser ME 64 Cardioid Mic Capsule

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Sennheiser ME 64 Cardioid Mic Capsule

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Product Highlights

  • For K6 and K6P Power Modules
  • Condenser Shotgun-Microphone Capsule
  • Cardioid Pickup Pattern
  • Frequency Range: 40 Hz to 20 kHz
  • Maximum Input Level: 130 dB
  • Good Feedback Rejection
  • Effective Rejection of Incidental Noise
  • Integrated Pop Filter
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The ME 64 is a cardioid shotgun-microphone capsule designed for use with the K6 and K6P powering modules, and can be used in a very wide range of applications including reporting, interviews, dubbing, live sound reinforcement, and recording applications. It has a matte-black, anodized, scratch-resistant finish.

Cardioid pickup pattern
Excellent directivity across whole frequency range
Very good feedback rejection
Effective rejection of incidental rear noise
High speech clarity
High maximum sound-pressure level
Wide frequency range
Integrated pop filter
UPC: 615104032828
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Sennheiser ME 64 Cardioid Condenser Microphone Capsule for K6/K6P
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    Sennheiser ME 64 specs

    Transducer Condenser
    Polar Pattern Cardioid
    Frequency Response 40 Hz - 20 kHz, (+/-2.5 dB)
    Maximum Input Sound Level 130 dB (THD = 1%)
    Power Requirements Supplied by K6 or K6P Power Modules (sold separately)
    Output Impedance 200 Ohms
    Output Connectors Connects (Screws On) to K6 or K6P Only
    Dimensions (L x D) 4.17 x 0.885" / 106 x 22.5 mm
    Weight 1.3 oz / 34.9 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.15 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 2.0 x 1.6 x 1.0"

    Sennheiser ME 64 reviews

    ME 64 Cardioid Mic Capsule is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 19.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Versatile, High Performance Microphone I use the ME-64 for on camera audio with a Canon XA25. Excellent for small groups, interviews and interior location work, including documentary style shooting. Off axis rejection is good, and greatly reduces camera handling noise, but still provides enough situational feel for natural reproduction. I often use it in conjunction with the ME-66 (usually boomed off-camera) and the mix and tonal qualities are an excellent match. The K6 power modules allow fast capsule switching without rigging changes. Very suitable substitute for lavaliere mics at short range (3-6 feet). Faster and more versatile.
    Date published: 2014-03-27
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great interior dialog I've been using the ME66/K6 combo for a few years for when I'm doing indie film stuff and small corporate one-man-band action, and it's been great. However I kept reading that a shorter cardioid or hyper-cardioid mic is much better in small room recording situations. I hemmed and hawed over what to get, and since I already had the K6 with my normal shotgun mic I decided to stick in the Sennheiser brand and try this ME64. I'm no expert, but the dialog/voice in my interior small room interview setups are significantly better. Maybe it's subconscious, but it definitely sounds better so I'm forced to keep this mic, and write this hopefully helpful review.
    Date published: 2016-07-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cardioid Love I use this capsule on a camera mount for field audio for video. Or on a stand for interviews. The great thing about a cardioid pattern that is often overlooked is the rear rejection. Point the back of this mic toward the background noise you DON'T want. This capsule does a nice job of attenuating sound sources to the rear of the mic. Also, the cardioid pattern is generous, so if a source of sound is not exactly on mic, or moves slightly in front of mic.....s'okay, still can be very close resounding and clear.
    Date published: 2015-03-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding sound quality and value I purchased this capsule for a recent production job. I already had a K6/ME66 system which I've used for years as an on-camera run and gun mic or as a backup for shoots that are locked down. I'd been reading that for indoor use, a shotgun was actually not a good choice and since this job involved exclusively indoor interviews, I decided it was time to try the ME64. None of my rental houses have this capsule. Since the price was relatively low and I already had a K6, I decided to take the plunge and buy it to check it out. All I can say is WOW. I was blown away at how good this mic sounds. As an all-around, general purpose mic it's a *much* better choice than the ME66. The sound is rich and warm with just enough of the room to let the sound breathe. It sounds *much* better than the Tram TR-50/letrosonics wireless kit I rented. In fact, on one of the shoots, it completely saved the day when the Tram shorted out in the field. This mic's sweet spot is conversation distance from the subject -- 2-3 feet is ideal. Once you start getting further away, it starts to drop off pretty fast. But if you're able to stay close to your subject, you will be very, very happy with the sound. This is my new favorite mic and I can tell it will be getting a lot of work. If you have a K6 system, it's a no brainer. Get this capsule!
    Date published: 2009-12-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Sound Quality Buying a microphone online can be scary. if you have never worked with the model you purchase, you won't know what to expect, until after it's in your studio or on set. Fortunately, in this case, the Sennheiser ME64 was a good choice. I already own and have used its big brother, the ME66 shotgun mike for independent film, commercial, and corporate work. But, the ME66 was meant to be used in more outdoor situations, because of its side noise-cancellation feature. So, we needed a really solid mike to use indoors, that wasn't as directional, as its big brother. We needed it to have a wider angle of coverage, so the boom operator didn't have to constantly twist the boom, back and forth, to catch the dialogue of multiple actors. This has improved the overall audio quality and made life a little less stressful in the editing room. The first application of the ME64 was to use it for ADR, in our little studio. It performed flawlessly. For independent filmmakers with a medium-sized budget, this is a good choice.
    Date published: 2011-03-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great For Dialogue Shooting indoors, the mic capsule has a great pickup pattern for dialogue. When actors move their head to either side, the mic does a great job of picking up the sound as if it was pointed straight at them. Very little to no off-axis problems. Also, the pattern only picks up what's in front, and nothing from behind.
    Date published: 2010-02-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Soundbites On a Deadline Sennheiser ME 64 / K6 Just in the way of background, this mic was purchased for ENG & documentary use. I was impressed with its earlier version (ME 40) years ago, especially when compared to the more common omnidirectional mics most of us use in newsgathering. Using this mic requires just a bit more thought and care in handling than the common dynamic hammers of ENG. But the payoff is a much higher clarity of what the speaker is saying, with far greater speed of use than clipping wireless lavalier mics on people being interviewed. ME 64 is the perfect half-meter mic by that I mean holding the mic a half meter (or even more) from the speakers mouth, youre still getting great sound. At that distance this mic is safely out of the typical head-&-shoulders camera shot. Audio is superb yet theres no big ugly microphone thrust under the speakers chin. The ME 64 allows great spontaneity when used this way. Running wires under someones shirt is time consuming and often gets the person to be interviewed inhibited. Their soundbites will often come off feeling contrived after the time and hassle of fitting them for a lav. The ME 64 is a far better choice when running-and-gunning a news story on a deadline. A couple of tips from experience: ENG camera operators will need to be advised to back down their manually-set audio levels for this mic. This is especially true if theyve mostly been using dynamic mics for soundbites. The ME 64 with the battery - powered K6 unit will be pushing far more level than non-powered dynamic mics like the EV 635 or RE 50. Many news photographers camera-mount the ME 66 as their second channel natural sound mic; it makes a good point of reference for setting levels for the ME 64. In the field, the ME 64 has an outstanding quality of getting clear speech from the speaker, and sort of shrugging off unwanted sounds or voices from behind or alongside them. Compared to shotgun mics, the ME 64 seems to bring back soundbites without unwanted sounds of things you didnt notice the jet plane overhead, weird reflections from walls or floors, etc. Bottom line: ME 64 is great for gathering soundbites from real people - people who speak low, people who mumble a bit, people at news scenes who are a bit unsure if they want to be in a TV or radio news story. Yes, you do have to keep track of battery power - but its one AA that lasts for something like 150 hours. And the ME 64 is probably more fragile than some of the more robust dynamic omni mics. User has to be aware of ON/OFF switch. The wind/bass rolloff switch is hard to activate, but very effective when needed. I guess the final measure of any mics sound depends on what it is played back through. Again, my experiences: For AM radio news, far better quality than you could ever need. Same for FM/stereo, even the so-called HD radio. For broadcast TV, the ME 64 sound has a nice punch and clarity that can make the story stand out against the rest of the segments. Just take care not to overdrive the recording level in the field.
    Date published: 2008-10-08
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Standard This mic is a standard choice to sound record in broadcast. I trust in it quality to make any job!
    Date published: 2010-08-10
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