Sennheiser MKE 600

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Condenser Camera Directional Microphone

  • Polar pattern: Supercardioid / Lobar
  • Frequency range: 40 - 20,000 Hz
  • Max. SPL (P48): 132 dB
  • Max. SPL (battery): 126 dB
  • Power supply via 48 V phantom or 1.5 V AA battery up to 150 hours
  • Dimensions: 256 x 20 mm
  • Weight: 128 g
  • Includes KA600 cable, MZS 600 boom mount, MZW 600 foam windscreen and carrying bag
Available since October 2012
Item number 296554
Sales Unit 1 piece(s)
Battery Powered Yes
Directional Microphone Yes
Stereo Pair No
switchable lowcut Yes
switchable pad No
characteristic hyper-cardioid
Polar Pattern Circel, Supercardioid
Accessories Shoe Mount, Foam windscreen
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Versatile and high-quality
LennertK 08.09.2019
I use this microphone for both video and audio work, mostly as a boom mic or on-camera in run-and-gun situations where I still want cleaner audio than what I get with the built-in microphone on the camera.
I love the fact that I can use it with an internal battery yet also supply phantom power when available, it allows me to use the mics built-in pre-amp on a small DSLR that has poor pre-amps yet bypass the internal circuitry when connected to a mixing desk or a field recorder that has great pre-amps.

This allows me to use it in many more situations than for example a Rode Videomic Pro that really only works well with small cameras, or a MKH416 on the other end of the spectrum where you would not want to plug it into a small camera. This boy can do both, and does it gracefully. Of course, if you're really only going to use it with a camera you might be better off using a specialised on-camera mic while if you're only going to use it with a mixer/fieldrecorder that will supply the phantom power you might be more interested in a different mic (although I really like the characteristics even when ignoring the whole battery part).
I've even used it to mic a guitar amp cabinet while the drums were playing with about 0,5m of space in between but I placed the mic at a 90 angle from the drums with the low-cut on and the recording was almost completely clean.
I've never had it shut down on me unexpectedly because the low battery warning comes in well before it actually runs out. Talking about battery life, it is amazing. One battery lasts for days and since it's only one cell you can just have a reserve ready in the carrying pouch at all times.

The thing I actually don't like as much is the coldshoe-shockmount that is included in the box. It only has a camera screw at the bottom, not a microphone stand screw which, while I can see the reasoning behind it, still doesn't make a lot of sense to me because it's much easier to adapt from mic screw to cam screw than the other way around. The shock absorbing mechanism also doesn't seem to do that much in terms of shock absorption (it probably does help agains very small shaking and small movement, just not against when you bump into the stand for example) but it does keep the microphone locked very tightly which is nice.

All in all that's a very minor complaint. The mic clamp isn't really that bad and you can buy your own that holds it with elastic bands if you feel that's necessary. Considering the quality and versatility the MKE 600 gives you this should not be holding you back.
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Luchian 01.07.2019
So about MKE 600:

Amazing sound quality.
Low cut filter.
Maximal rejection of side noise.
Phantom or battery powering.
Well-designed controls.
Works with DSLR cameras.
Light-weight.

Basically, Sennheiser MKE 600 is (one of) the best short shotgun microphone.
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Microphone for professionals
RihaR 13.10.2022
I was looking for a microphone with which to write movies and do re-recordings. In fact, initially I wanted to take a Rode microphone, but my love leaned more towards the Sennheiser company, and therefore I decided to take this one. Due to the limited budget, it was necessary to choose the perfect option, and I found it!

The microphone works very well and copes with dialogues, I really like working with it, I just love this velvety and rich sound, even better than ntg3. Of course, many sound engineers can say that I'm talking complete nonsense here, but when I showed my processed work, no one could really tell what the sound was recorded on, so it works very well. If you want to work on a more directional sound then this is the Mkh-416, but again the Mk600 is ideal if you're mixing with lavalier mics.

Sometimes it happens that there may not be enough dynamic range at a particular volume, but this can always be controlled and corrected.

To be honest, I'm willing to work on this mic, the only reason I'd change it to a 416 is because of the low noise and better directivity.

And in conclusion, I can say that we shot a lot of different works, and on different recording devices. I can say that this mic is 110 percent usable and if you're good at processing then it's going to be one of the coolest instruments you're dealing with. I like it and would recommend it to both beginners and those who want to become a pro but don't have the budget for a 416.
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Le micro canon par excellence !
Antoine LGS 27.07.2021
J'ai longuement hésiter entre le Rode ntg4+ et le MKE 600.
Ce sont deux micros fort identique en terme de qualité sonore et de fabrication, mais mon choix ses porté sur le MKE 600 pour les raisons suivantes:

Après de nombreuse comparaisons et tests entre ses deux micros, je trouve que le MKE 600 rejette beaucoup plus les sons parasites sur les côtés et semble plus directionnel.
Le bruit de fond est moins présent que sur le ntg4+ (même si il est plutôt faible et très correct sur ces deux micros).
La batterie rechargeable du ntg4+ peut sembler un atout pour les tournage, mais je suis encore méfiant sur ce qui est des batteries rechargeables (sur les micros), sachant que a forcer de les charger-décharger cela peux vraiment diminuer la durée de vie de celle-ci. Comme je n'enregistrer que sur un enregistreur externe avec une alimentation Phantom, pas besoin de batterie intégré.

Pour moi le Sennheiser MKE 600 est une valeur sûr et vous sera utile dans pas mal de situation !
Néanmoins Le Rode ntg4+ reste un très bon micro et fort similaire au MKE600. Ils ont chacun leurs petites subtilités.
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