Sennheiser is launching the MKE 400, a lightweight and highly directional mini-shotgun condenser microphone for use with digital camcorders at the 2008 NAB Show. The MKE 400 may be small, but its features are huge, including switchable sensitivity, wind noise filter, extended battery life and an optional, professional accessory kit.
The distinctly directional super-cardioid/lobar pattern allows the MKE 400 to very precisely pick up sound exactly where the camera is being pointed. A control key on the permanently polarized condenser microphone allows users to adjust the sensitivity to match the camera type. It additionally increases the range of the mini-shotgun mic and permits reliable recording of low-level sound sources. A switchable wind filter is also included that eliminates low-frequency noise and rumble from interfering with the recording.
The MKE 400 is literally plug-and-play. All that is required to immediately begin recording is a camcorder shoe mount and a 3.5mm microphone input. For cameras without an accessory shoe, there are shoe adapters commercially available that enable the microphone to be fitted onto the side of the camcorder.
The MKE 400 delivers over 300 hours of professional quality sound on a single AAA battery. A warning LED indicates low battery voltage. As standard the MKE 400 is supplied with a foam windshield, battery and a microphone shock mount in a robust metal case.
An optional accessory kit suitable for those filming extensively outdoors includes a professional grade hairy windscreen and a 3.5mm jack-to-XLR adapter that allows the MKE 400 to be used with professional cameras.