Sennheiser’s new microphones participate in properly with phones and cameras alike

Sennheiser is introducing some new mics for creators to use on shopper-amount cameras and phones, which include an update for its popular camera-mounted MKE 400 shotgun microphone and new telephone-friendly lavaliere microphones.

The up to date MKE 400 shotgun microphone appears to be to be an update in quite a few methods from the preceding model — it is got a new design, which incorporates a windscreen (it also arrives with a furry wind sock), a designed-in headphone port, and, blessedly, can immediately flip on or off with your camera. It also now arrives with a cost-free wind blocker for when it will get really breezy. That must help lower the number of instances you finish recording, only to understand that you did not really capture the audio you had been hoping for (one thing I have unquestionably performed just before).

The up-to-date MKE 400, with a built-in windscreen.
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The previous edition of the MKE 400.
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It’s also now built to do the job with cellular products like phones or tablets it comes with both equally a regular TRS cable meant for DSLRs or mirrorless cameras, as perfectly as a TRRS cable that must do the job when plugged into a phone’s headphone jack. Or, much more probably, a 3.5mm to USB-C or Lightning adapter. With the microphone’s designed-in headphone jack, you must even nonetheless be capable to monitor when taking pictures with a mobile phone (or with a digicam that only has a mic-in and no headphone out).

The TRS and TRRS cables will make it quick to use the microphone with each phones and cameras.
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The new features need to assistance make Sennheiser’s microphone a additional persuasive competitor to Rode’s most current mics — the older edition of the MKE 400’s absence of vehicle on/off and comparatively out-of-date style and design produced it a hard sell when in comparison to some thing like a Rode VideoMic Pro. It is really wonderful to see Sennheiser catch up with the relaxation of the sector.

All the updates to the MKE 400 do come at a little bit of a charge in the battery section, although: Sennheiser estimated that the previous MKE 400 would final 300 several hours off a one AAA battery, even though the new edition only advertises 100 several hours of use off of two AAAs. The mic however retails for the similar $199.95.

The USB-C edition of the XS Lav.
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Meanwhile, Sennheiser’s new XS Lav mics are intended to be worn on a shirt collar or lapel and could be helpful for creators seeking to get improved audio, but who never want to use a significant shotgun-fashion microphone. The clip-on mics arrives in two variations: 1 with a 3.5mm TRRS plug, and a person with a USB-C plug for dongle-absolutely free use with telephones or pcs. Sennheiser had previously built a lavalier mic for iPhones that plugged in by using Lightning, but it appears like to be no longer extensively obtainable. (You can find 1 that mysteriously appears to be just like it at Apogee.)

The USB-C model must be the most greatly-suitable, as it’ll be helpful for the two Android telephones and single-audio-port desktops (plugging it into a mixture headphone jack on, say, a MacBook would make it tricky to use headphones, but you could use the USB-C port as an alternative). Iphone owners will want to search at the XS Lav with the 3.5mm connector, however an adapter will be expected.

The 3.5mm version charges $49.95, and the USB-C version fees $59.95 — both equally are fewer expensive than the $79 Rode smartLav As well as.

The two the MKE 400 and XS Lav USB-C can also be bought as component of a “Mobile Package,” which adds $30 to the price tag and consists of a small tripod and cellphone clamp mount.