Audio equipment manufacturer Sennheiser has released a number of new products designed to simplify on-the-go audio recording.
First up is a redesigned MKE 400 on-camera shotgun microphone. This second-generation device keeps the same name as its predecessor, but updates the design and feature set. Inside the windscreen-protected housing is a shock-mounted super-cardioid polar pattern microphone.
The shoe-mounted microphone features a low-cut filter switch, built-in gain control, a 3.5mm headphone output for monitoring and an eight-step volume rocker for adjusting the monitoring volume. The microphone is powered by two ‘AAA’ batteries, which will power the device for up to 100 hours, according to Sennheiser.
Using the included 3.5mm audio cable, the MKE 400 will power on and off by detecting power from the camera it’s attached to, which should ensure you don’t accidentally forget to turn on the microphone while shooting.
The Sennheiser MKE 400 is available to order now for $200. Included with the microphone is a windscreen, the TRS 3.5mm cable for using with cameras, a TRRS 3.5mm cable for connecting to smartphones and a carrying case to keep all of it together. If you shell out an extra $30 for the MKE 400 Mobile Kit, you’ll also get a Manfrotto PIXI Mini Tripod and Sennheiser’s Smartphone Clamp.
Next up from Sennheiser is a pair of XS Lav microphones. The first features a 3.5mm TRRS plug on the end and is designed to be used with cameras and other audio equipment while the second model has a USB-C plug on the end and is designed to be used with mobile devices. The pair of lav microphones both feature a 2m (6.5ft) cable and come with a removable windscreen and carrying case.
All models of the XS Lav microphones are available starting today. The XS Lav Mobile retails for $50, while the XS Lav USB-C retails for $60. For an extra $40, you can get the XS Lav USB-C Mobile Kit, which includes the Manfrotto PIXI Mini Tripod and Sennheiser’s Smartphone Clamp.