Sennheiser MKE 600 is a incredible high quality, 10” brief-vary shotgun. Though thought-about an entry mannequin, which is out there at moderately modest worth, it has nearly skilled efficiency! Furthermore, I’d say this mic might be the perfect uncooked performer in its vary. This isn’t solely concerning the high quality but in addition concerning the design. It might seem modest, nevertheless it’s definitely extra handy than each AT897 and Rode NTG2. It additionally performs nice in each shut and open areas with out counting on submit EQ. It appears, Sennheiser took better of each mics for his or her MKE 600, after which improved it even additional.
Sound & high quality
Frequency sample of MKE 600 is nothing in need of epic and I really like that curve above some other shotgun. It’s fairly flat and whereas peaking within the higher vary with a slight 2-three dB increase it provides nearly sufficient presence to not sound “uninteresting”. Nevertheless, in contrast to with harsher AT897 this transition could be very clean, pure and unobtrusive. The decrease finish initially rolls off at one hundred Hz, whereas the “low reduce” change units it at 200 Hz. With this transfer, Sennheiser outsmarts each AT897 and NTG-2 whose “low minimize” switches are set at one hundred Hz and may’t roll off any additional. The factor is, something under one hundred Hz is hardly usable anyway because it’s principally mud and noise, however, it doesn’t cease there and typically you might need to minimize it additional. Sennheiser MKE 600 provides you that chance. 200 Hz is the vary that always contributes to some annoying boominess, additionally amplifying wind and equipment noise – so this could be a nice repair particularly for run and gun /ENG conditions.
I want to level out that this can be a very impartial mic and it has a broad and crispy sound. It has leaning-in the direction of-skilled noise ranges (15 dB-A weighted) and it’s fairly good at capturing low quantity sounds. In contrast to NTG-2, the quantity of achieve is extra strong and doesn’t require a lot amplification. A stronger sign makes it a bit extra handy to make use of with digital recorders, e.g. Zoom H4n – additionally, the mic can deal with comparatively excessive sound strain. Then once more, that word of unobtrusive presence and a versatile roll off sort of make it sound even higher. Actually deep down, there’s simply no means you gained’t like it!
Construct & package deal
Sennheiser MKE 600 is sort of compact and light-weight, so except for booming it goes nicely even with DSLR cameras. A shock mount that goes with the package deal (MZS 600) additionally fits for a simple on-digital camera software. It’s in fact solely primary however no less than it doesn’t really feel flimsy. For booming you will want to purchase some spider shock mount; luckily they’re fairly low cost. The usual windscreen foam is considerably sucky, BUT you’re given the choice so as to add a couple of bucks and get an superior bushy windshield (MZH 600). This can be a very good transfer from Sennheiser! In contrast to Rode who will shove you a ineffective foam you’ll by no means use anyway, after which have you ever spend one other $60 for his or her WS6 or an equal windsock.
Additionally in contrast to NTG-2 and AT897, this shotgun has some nicely-designed controls. You gained’t want any pins as you’ll be able to simply change it together with your fingernails. It has an important on/off change, which helps to converse whereas on battery whereas NTG-2 and AT897 don’t. As an alternative, they give you to unplug the cables, unscrew the duvet, take away the battery after which, with a purpose to document once more you’ll need to put all of it again. All of the little annoyances that we’ve had with NTG-2 and AT897 (each of sound and design nature) are merely not there in MKE 600.
Who ought to use it?
This mic is such a terrific deal that each videographer ought to have it of their arsenal. Chances are you’ll ultimately need to add some hypercardioids and a medium shotgun too, so that you may be technically ready for every part. However, relating to brief shotguns Sennheiser MKE 600 is the deal. In fact, it’s costlier than different entry-degree fashions, however you get the efficiency. Higher are solely skilled shotguns, however they’ll value you minimal three occasions as a lot, and would require a superb supply of phantom energy.