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Sennheiser is introducing some new mics for creators to make use of on consumer-level cameras and telephones, together with an replace for its standard camera-mounted MKE 400 shotgun microphone and new phone-friendly lavaliere microphones.
The up to date MKE 400 shotgun microphone appears to be an improve in some ways from the earlier model — it’s received a brand new design, which includes a windscreen (it additionally comes with a furry wind sock), a built-in headphone port, and, blessedly, can routinely activate or off along with your digicam. It additionally now comes with a free wind blocker for when it will get actually breezy. That ought to assist scale back the variety of instances you end recording, solely to appreciate that you just didn’t truly seize the audio you had been hoping for (one thing I’ve completely carried out earlier than).
It’s additionally now designed to work with cellular units like telephones or tablets; it comes with each a regular TRS cable meant for DSLRs or mirrorless cameras, in addition to a TRRS cable that ought to work when plugged right into a cellphone’s headphone jack. Or, extra probably, a 3.5mm to USB-C or Lightning adapter. With the microphone’s built-in headphone jack, it’s best to even nonetheless be capable of monitor when capturing with a cellphone (or with a digicam that solely has a mic-in and no headphone out).
The brand new options ought to assist make Sennheiser’s microphone a extra compelling competitor to Rode’s newest mics — the older model of the MKE 400’s lack of auto on/off and relatively outdated design made it a tricky promote when in comparison with one thing like a Rode VideoMic Pro. It is good to see Sennheiser meet up with the remainder of the market.
All of the upgrades to the MKE 400 do come at a little bit of a price within the battery division, although: Sennheiser estimated that the outdated MKE 400 would final 300 hours off a single AAA battery, whereas the brand new model solely advertises 100 hours of use off of two AAAs. The mic nonetheless retails for a similar $199.95.
In the meantime, Sennheiser’s new XS Lav mics are supposed to be worn on a shirt collar or lapel and may very well be helpful for creators seeking to get higher audio, however who don’t need to use a big shotgun-style microphone. The clip-on mics is available in two variations: one with a 3.5mm TRRS plug, and one with a USB-C plug for dongle-free use with telephones or computer systems. Sennheiser had beforehand made a lavalier mic for iPhones that plugged in through Lightning, but it surely looks as if to be not broadly obtainable. (You could find one which mysteriously appears similar to it at Apogee.)
The USB-C model must be essentially the most widely-compatible, because it’ll be helpful for each Android telephones and single-audio-port computer systems (plugging it into a mix headphone jack on, say, a MacBook would make it tough to make use of headphones, however you could possibly use the USB-C port as a substitute). iPhone house owners will need to have a look at the XS Lav with the three.5mm connector, although an adapter can be required.
The three.5mm model prices $49.95, and the USB-C model prices $59.95 — each are inexpensive than the $79 Rode smartLav Plus.
Each the MKE 400 and XS Lav USB-C can be bought as a part of a “Cellular Package,” which provides $30 to the value and features a tiny tripod and cellphone clamp mount.