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The Stereomic MKE 440 operates with two short shotgun mics, mounted in a unique "V-stereo" configuration. It highlights the sound of the video image while rejecting off-axis noise from outside the camera focus. For generating stereo sound, where two microphones are needed, shotguns are not commonly used. Thus, many stereo videos sound rather distant and reverberant while a lot of unwanted off-focus noise is captured unsuppressed. Sennheiser's solution is a new, patented V-shaped design of two shotguns. This configuration covers a stereo width equivalent to the image created by common 35-mm camera lenses. The spread is very uniform and delivers high speech intelligibility in its focus. Microphones are susceptible to create structure-borne noise when being handled, e.g. when the camera they are mounted to is moved. That's why the MKE 440 is fitted with a specially developed patented shockmount. Exactly adjusted to the weight and dimensions of the shotgun microphone tube, it ensures optimal rejection of handling noise. The rubber suspension is secured within the protecting metal mesh. A very robust and durable stainless steel micro-mesh protects the microphones and provides wind noise suppression. As opposed to regular foam windscreens, the metal mesh will not influence the sound by muffling high frequency clarity. Furthermore, it serves as a shield against electromagnetic interference. The integrated battery-powered, high dynamic electronic circuit matches the output signal of the MKE 440 to the camera's input sensitivity. Thus, handling a dynamic range from the most delicate sounds to screaming-loud rock music. The low cut filter reduces structure-borne noise and low-frequency wind noise. The MKE 440 offers extra-long operation time of more than 100 hours on a pair of AAA batteries, and even delivers full audio performance on lowbatt operation.
Sennheiser MKE440 Shotgun Microphone Features:
- Dual mini shotgun mics create frontal focus.
- Suppression of ambience and background noise.
- Built-in elastic suspension and wind protection.
- 3-level sensitivity adjustment and low-cut.
- Compact, all-metal construction.
- Standard size camera shoe mount.
Sennheiser MKE440 Product Specifications:Dimensions: 67 x 106 x 128 mm
Connector: 3.5 mm jack plug
Frequency response: 50 Hz to 20 kHz
Max. sound pressure level: 132 dB SPL
Weight: approx. 165 g (without battery)
Pick-up pattern: Stereo, Super-cardioid
Operating temperature: -10 °C to +55 °C
Operating time: > 100 h
Power supply: 2 x AAA
Low-cut filter: switchable
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