Sennheiser MKH-416 Short Shotgun Interference Tube Microphone

Sennheiser MKH-416 Short Shotgun Interference Tube Microphone

Sennheiser MKH-416 Short Shotgun Interference Tube Microphone

B&H # SEMKH416P48 MFR # MKH416-P48
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Product Highlights

  • Pressure-Gradient Microphone
  • For Film, Radio, Television
  • Highly Immune to Humidity
  • High Consonant Articulation
  • High Feedback Rejection
  • Includes MZ415 Windscreen
  • Hypercardiod at Low and Mid Frequencies
  • Lobar Pattern Above 2 kHz
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Sennheiser MKH-416 Overview

  • 1Description

Designed for recording audio in film, radio, and television the MKH 416 from Sennheiser is a short shotgun interference microphone optimized for outdoor applications. It offers excellent directional control in a compact design with high consonant articulation and rejection of feedback. The unit is highly immune to humidity because of its RF condenser design. It operates as a hypercardioid at low and medium frequencies with a lobar pattern above 2 kHz.

Pressure gradient receiver with short interference tube
Employs RF-technology to control residual microphone noise. Optimizing the transducer's acoustic impedance results in a further improvement in low noise performance
The RF-design yields low noise levels and high immunity to humidity and moisture
The comparatively low RF-voltage across the elements of the transducer also eliminates arcing and DC-bias creeping currents
Hypercardioid at low and medium frequency, above 2 kHz approaches lobar pattern
Very low inherent self-noise
High sensitivity
Transformerless and fully floating balanced output
Rugged, suitable for adverse climatic conditions
Matt black all-metal body
Increased directivity
UPC: 615104015111
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Sennheiser MKH-416 Short Shotgun Interference Tube Microphone
  • MZW-415 - Foam Windscreen
  • MZQ100 Quick Release for K3U, MD409 and MKH-416
  • Case
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Sennheiser MKH-416 Specs

    Transducer Pressure Gradient/Interference Receiver Condenser
    Polar Pattern Low, Mid: Hypercardioid Above 2 kHz: Lobar
    Frequency Response 40 to 20,000 Hz
    Dynamic Range (Typical) 117 dB
    Signal-to-Noise Ratio 81 dB
    Maximum Input Sound Level 130 dB (@ 1 KHz)
    Sensitivity 25 mV/Pa +/- 1dB
    Power Requirements Phantom Power 48 V (± 12 v)
    Output Impedance Nominal Impedance: 25 Ohms
    Minimum Terminating Impedance: 800 Ohms
    Output Connectors XLR-3M Type
    Pad None
    Low Frequency Roll-Off None
    Applications Film, Radio and Television, Especially for Outside Broadcast Applications.
    Dimensions (L x Diam) 9.84 x 0.74" / 250 x 19 mm
    Weight 5.82 oz / 175 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.685 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 13.95 x 5.35 x 2.75"

    Sennheiser MKH-416 Reviews

    MKH-416 Short Shotgun Interference Tube Microphone is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 141.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Will blow you away I just shot a water scene with two actors 4 feet from a boat in choppy water. The idea was to show that the two characters were hopelessly lost at sea and we were all worried about the splashing noises coming from the our 30 foot boat... lots of LOUD splunk sounds when waves hit the side of the boat. Well let me just tell you I showed the footage with the audio matched to a friend and he couldn't figure out how we got the sound so clear. He thought I was swimming with them holding a boom... NO IDEA there was a boat 4 feet away. That is how directional it is. And the audio clarity is perfect. Mix and record this sucker right and it will sound like any hollywood movie.
    Date published: 2011-05-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from 416 is what you're looking for I use the 416 mainly for voice recording in documentaries and fiction films. It has a tight pick-up pattern so you have to pay close attention to mic placement, but once you've found the sweet spot this mic sound amazing. I've used it on all my big budget shoots and have found it to be a film industry standard with other sound mixers. Yes it is expensive but it sounds beautiful and is built like a tank. There is no such thing as a good movie without great sound. Questionable audio is the first thing someone will pick-up on. If you're getting paid to record sound you need a mic of this calibre, and the 416 is built to last.
    Date published: 2010-09-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from THE ONE This mic has been a staple in the industry since the mid 1070s'. I remember my first days on the job (motion picture sound recordist0 in 1981 and the chief cameraman handed me my nagra, a bag of cables a boompole som lavs a hand mike and then like it was GOLD he hends over the 416, this is your best friend he told me. It was for 7 years until our shop went beta and 1 man bands ruled yje newsworld. Now retired and doing sound on a freelance basis and the 416 is still THE ONE, a great sounding never let you down mic. If you are being paid to gather sound INVEST in this mic.
    Date published: 2012-03-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best! One of the most natural sounding mikes you're ever going to hear...and a shotgun to boot! The first time I used one was on a no-money short on which I volunteered as a production sound mixer to help out a friend. I used my personal AKG K271 headphones and was blown away by the quality of the 416 on dialogue. My recording background is mostly classical music with good condensers like Schoeps Colettes. Until I heard a 416 in action I thought all shotguns were lacking, not any more as long as it's a 416. I now own one for personal projects.
    Date published: 2009-10-22
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good mic I bit the bullet and purchased this mic as a result of rave reviews to use for several days of filming events that I cannot mic the participants. My hope was that I could be far enough away in case I could not set up close, to capture decent audio. Well, my plan was sound but I think I expected this mic to be able to work miracles. I found that about 6 feet away is the limit you can capture excellent sound (closer is better), and from there audio quality diminished in a linear fashion. About 15 feet is the maximum for acceptable audio, after that you might as well go with your camcorder's audio. That said, the audio captured in its range is truly awesome as promised. It is forgiving in its bore aim, being a short shotgun mic, which I find best for my uses. I am looking forward to improving the audio quality in my video productions with this mic for many years to come.
    Date published: 2014-09-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't go wrong with the MKH 416 I'm a musician who is crossing over into filmmaking. The most expensive mic I've owned previously has been $150. Take that into consideration, since this mic is a huge step up for me. That being said, I'm thrilled with this mic. The noise floor is very low, and its pickup pattern is precise. I've read reviews elsewhere that describe this mic as sounding right out of the box, and it does, perhaps because it has been used by the industry for so many years. I was pleasantly surprised how little trimming I had to do with a lowpass filter, as the air above 10,000 hz is clean and basically hiss-free. Not sure if there are any cons.
    Date published: 2016-04-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from THIS IS THE BEST MICROPHONE FOR ON SET RECORDING - PERIOD Sennheiser MKH-416 (P48) Super-Cardioid Short Shotgun MicLet me give a little back-story on this one. I have been working at Warner Bros Studios as a supervisor in post production for almost 10 years now. I have been in charge of overseeing dailies coming into the studio. I have worked with all the best sound mixers in the industry. Not only have I had equipment and spec meetings with every sound mixer coming into the studio, but I have also had the opportunity to talk to the dub stage mixers during the mix of our features. Back in 2006 I was looking for a great microphone to do ADR recording for a professional trailer. One of the older experienced mixers said there is only one mic that has the most dynamic yet clean recording for dialogue - both on set and in the ADR studio. The Sennheiser-MKH 416. He gave it such a stellar review I didn't even think twice about considering a different microphone.Now after a full year putting it to use in the ADR studio as well as (mostly) on a boom pole I am still amazed each and every time I use it. Just last month I was doing an indie shoot using free crew and I only gave our boom operators 10 minutes of instruction before handling the boom for the shoot. This is obviously not enough time to learn but the mic saved me like you wouldn't believe. The on-camera backup mic picked up nothing but echo even for the close up shots where the subject was 2' in front of camera. We were shooting using a prosumer HD camera in a standard living room with hardwood floors. The Sennheiser on the boom (more than 5' away) had absolutely no echo and recorded perfectly clean feature quality dialogue on the separate channel. The sound mixers at Warner Bros use it. I use it. There is no better microphone. Period. Expertise: Worked at Sony, Universal and now Warner Bros Studios in post production. I have been in charge of dailies coming in from production for all of my now 17 year career. Problems Encountered: Phantom power required for this microphone Previous Equivalent Item Owned: I only use the Sennheiser MKH-416 Items I Recommend: Boom Pole
    Date published: 2007-12-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Dynamite Shotgun Microphone This is a rock solid shotgun microphone. I bought it as a replacement for my DVX100B's on board microphone. It consistently gives crisp and clear audio. It has quite a pick up range. The solid all metal construction is a big durability bonus. I use this microphone with the included foam windscreen and Rode Deadcat furry windscreen. Between the two windscreens, I get very little wind noise except during occasional gusts. My only complaint is that the diameter of the microphone was a bit small for my DVX100B's stock microphone holder. Using the K-CAM-SM hot shoe mount corrected this issue with no problem.
    Date published: 2010-11-07
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    How can I clean it when the sponge particles are ...

    How can I clean it when the sponge particles are sticking to the mic?
    Asked by: Yifan
    First of all the last thing you should be using to clean any condenser mic is any liquid and a sponge. You have a 416 a great mic don't ruin it. One of the recommended ways of of cleaning the ports and capsule mesh. Is to get a dry very soft tooth brush. Turn the mic upside down and gently start at the bottom and use the tooth brush to gently rub over the ports and work your way to the top.I find a natural soft Boar bristle tooth brush to be softer than your run of the mill plastic models.There is also a product called Microphome which seems to be garnering approval with the industry.
    Answered by: John
    Date published: 2019-04-14


    Cheaper alternative?
    Asked by: Ed D.
    Nothing cheaper is as good. Having great equipment makes me feel good.
    Answered by: Alan L.
    Date published: 2018-08-28


    Will this microphone fit on a Rode blimp ?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    Yes it will. This Rode blimp RYWKNTG will work with the Sennheiser MKH 416.
    Answered by: Jacob C.
    Date published: 2018-08-28

    Will this work with the BMPCC4K?

    Will this work with the BMPCC4K?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    Yes it will work with an added adapter such as the The Beachtek Item#BEDXAMICROP or similar products that provide Phantom power to the Microphone.
    Answered by: Marty
    Date published: 2019-03-13


    Which pole comes in this kit?
    Asked by: Bill M.
    The K-Tek K102CCR 5-Section Klassic Series Lightweight Boompole.For future reference, when looking at a package on the B&H website, look underneath overview where you will find small numbers that you can click and it will give you the name of each item and a description of the item.
    Answered by: Ledion I.
    Date published: 2018-08-27


    Does this mic come with a protective case?
    Asked by: Sophia K.
    the Sennheiser MKH416 will ship with a foam lined protective case.
    Answered by: Jeff P.
    Date published: 2018-08-28


    Can this be powered by batteries or only with phantom power?
    Asked by: Jordan B.
    Only with phantom power as far as I know. There may be a battery module that goes with this version, but I don't think so. I think it's for another model they have. I'm a DP, so not 100% up on everything audio. It is a great mic though.
    Answered by: James F.
    Date published: 2018-08-28


    Can I use this with a Canon 7D?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    This microphone needs phantom power and connects through xlr connections, which the 7D does not have and no DSLR that I know of has it either. You can use a separate phantom power transmitter that connects directly to the microphone in order to use in a situation where your camera does not send phantom power. The best way to use pro audio with consumer video products like DSLRs is to get a digital recorder with phantom power and xlr inputs, like the H4N recorder.
    Answered by: Ledion I.
    Date published: 2019-03-21
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