Sennheiser ME 66 Supercardioid Shotgun Microphone Head

Sennheiser ME 66 Supercardioid Shotgun Microphone Head

Sennheiser ME 66 Supercardioid Shotgun Microphone Head

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  • Supercardioid/Lobar Polar Pattern
  • Enhanced Rejection of Off-Axis Sounds
  • For K6 and K6P Powering Modules
  • 40 Hz to 20 kHz Frequency Response
  • High Sensitivity and Maximum SPL
  • Low Self-Noise
  • Compact Body
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Sennheiser ME66 overview

  • 1Description

The Sennheiser ME 66 is a supercardioid shotgun condenser microphone designed to provide focused sound pickup for boom operators, sound engineers, and videographers in ENG, EFP, video and television production, broadcast, and interviews. Its supercardioid/lobar polar pattern delivers a tight, focused pickup area with effective rejection of sounds from the sides and rear of the mic. A wide 40 Hz to 20 kHz frequency response ensures accurate signal capture across the frequency spectrum, making it welcome for recording dialog, Foley, sound effects, and ambient noise.

With high sensitivity and maximum SPL ratings, it works well with a variety of preamps and can handle both hushed and loud sound sources. Its low self-noise yields an improved signal-to-noise ratio appropriate for typical digital recording systems.

The ME 66 easily attaches to a K6 or K6P powering module (required and available separately) for simple integration with standard microphone preamps. Its compact body allows camera and boompole mounting while remaining out of the shot.

Effective Noise Rejection
Highly directional supercardioid/lobar polar pattern yields enhanced attenuation at the sides of the microphone and maximum pickup at the front
Wide Frequency Response
40 Hz to 20 kHz frequency response for detailed, accurate signal reproduction
High Maximum SPL
High 125 dB maximum SPL provides distortion-free recording of loud sources
Compact Design
Compact enclosure enables lightweight use on video cameras and boompoles
Powering Options
Easily attaches to K6 or K6P powering modules (available separately) for stable power
Protective Finish
Matte black, anodized, scratch-resistant finish
UPC: 615104032842
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Sennheiser ME 66 Supercardioid Shotgun Microphone Head
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Sennheiser ME66 specs

    Transducer Condenser
    Polar Pattern Supercardioid/lobar
    Frequency Response 40 Hz to 20 kHz ( 2.5 dB)
    Maximum Input Sound Level 125 dBA at 1 kHz (THD = 1%)
    Impedance Nominal: 200 Ohms (with K6)
    Minimum Terminating: 1 kOhm (with K6)
    Sensitivity 50 mV/Pa ( 2.5 dB) in free field, no load (1 kHz)
    Equivalent Noise Level 10 dB (weighted as per DIN IEC 651)
    21 dB (weighted as per CCIR 468-3)
    Power Requirements Supplied by K6 or K6P powering modules (available separately)
    Output Connectors Attaches to K6 or K6P powering module
    Pad None
    Low Frequency Roll-Off None on capsule
    Bass roll-off filter on K6 or K6P powering modules (available separately)
    Dimensions (Diam. x L) 0.9 x 8.7" / 22.5 x 221.0 mm
    Weight 2.3 oz / 65 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.25 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.9 x 1.7 x 1.7"

    Sennheiser ME66 reviews

    ME 66 Supercardioid Shotgun Microphone Head is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 74.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from High-quality, reliable microphone I have used an ME66 to record birdsong for the past 5 years and have never had a problem. This is the second ME66 microphone I have purchased (to add to my existing kit, rather than make a replacement), and I have deliberately chosen this older model simply because it is tried and true. I have consistently been able to collect clear, high-quality recordings over a variety of distances and in a variety of environmental conditions. Although the microphone requires a relatively big initial investment (especially once the K6 module is factored in), it is well worth it since you will own a great microphone that will last many years and even take a bit of a beating (as mine has in the field).
    Date published: 2010-11-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful sound We use a wireless mic, most the time for our shoots. I have always been afraid of a mic on top of the camera that it would pick up other noises in the room. We took a chance on this one, due to the good reviews. What great sound. It sounds like you are talking one on one with the person. It gives a little live sound to the mix. It is a little hard to explain besides - what a great sound! We don't have to mic and remic the different talent at a shoot and for weddings we use both and can mix a wonderful sound for the event. I know there a cheaper mics, but if you buy one of those - but you'll be sorry! Just get this one and enjoy. Buy the kit - it has everything you need for this mic.
    Date published: 2010-09-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The standard for lower budget work There are of course several, higher microphones, out there. Used by many professional audio recordists. However, the ME66 is a really good microphone for the money. It is better than many on sound quality. Decent signal to noise and very good directionality. In post it is pretty easy to EQ as needed. At this price point, it is a micrphone you can actually get more than one if you are running a couple of different cameras on a shoot. Durable and reasonably affordable, it is the perfect step up away from those little directional mics that are placed on top of some many cameras.
    Date published: 2012-10-10
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good mic so far I come from the post world and am starting to do my own production work as well. I got the package deal which included the mic, power module, boom pole, shock mount, wind sock, and cables. I've used the mic on a shoot at a motorcycle race and it worked very well, I am also using it for V/O work in the studio and so far it seems like a solid performer. Pros: Nice sound quality, good multipurpose mic, can use the shotgun ME67 capsule to further expand its capability Cons: haven't used it enough to find any yet. I would recommend this product, it produces better sound than the $200.00 Azden I was using previously which is why I purchased it and what I expected.
    Date published: 2008-11-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Buy! This mic is worth the money. Had some handling noise, but then switched to roll-off mode and it took care of it completely. The mic is crisp and clear and very quiet especially for the price range. I used it recently for a film and I swear I could hear one of the actors blink when we were shooting the closeup.
    Date published: 2011-08-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great results I used the ME66 as a field recording microphone for journalistic interviews. I used it in conjunciton with a lavalier microphone to increase the richness of the voice in a sound recording. The ME66 was mounted on a boom pole and attached by xlr cable to a Zoom H4n. The resulting sound was exceptional. This is a good basic short shotgun microphone. Like all condenser mics it is fragile and has to be handled with care. This makes it a bit tricky for field work. But the sound is worth the extra care in handling.
    Date published: 2012-07-06
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works well with a video camera First, I was not going to spend this kind of money for a mic. However, now that I have used it in the field, I must say it really works well. I use this on a Sony HDR-AX2000. The mic is a bit to small to fit in the mic holder so I put some black tape around it and it holds it very well. This mic is very very directional which is what you want when you shoot video. When you listen to the sound with head phones it is very sharp. I did find if you touch the cable that extends from this you can hear it in the head phones. So keep your hands off of this and it will work well.
    Date published: 2014-02-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really sensitive, but selective I've used this mounted on my Panasonic HVX and on a stand. It does a great job of getting only the sound you point it towards with minimal atmospheric sound (especially compared with the cameras built in mic). The sound is rich. It picks up the soft spoken very well. My only issues have been is in a really loud atmosphere, like a concert, I was not able to turn it down on my camera enough. At the lowest setting it was still overmodulating. In the future I would just move it further away from the source, this could also be a camera issue not a mic issue.
    Date published: 2012-07-26
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