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Sennheiser’s new microphones play effectively with telephones and cameras alike

Sennheiser is introducing some new mics for creators to make use of on consumer-level cameras and telephones, together with an replace for its fashionable 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 robotically activate or off together with your digital camera. It additionally now comes with a free wind blocker for when it will get actually breezy. That ought to assist cut back the variety of instances you end recording, solely to understand that you just didn’t truly seize the audio you had been hoping for (one thing I’ve completely performed earlier than).

The up to date MKE 400, with a built-in windscreen.
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The earlier model of the MKE 400.
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It’s additionally now designed to work with cellular gadgets like telephones or tablets; it comes with each an ordinary TRS cable meant for DSLRs or mirrorless cameras, in addition to a TRRS cable that ought to work when plugged right into a telephone’s headphone jack. Or, extra doubtless, a 3.5mm to USB-C or Lightning adapter. With the microphone’s built-in headphone jack, it is best to even nonetheless be capable to monitor when taking pictures with a telephone (or with a digital camera that solely has a mic-in and no headphone out).

The TRS and TRRS cables will make it straightforward to make use of the microphone with each telephones and cameras.
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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extra compelling competitor to Rode’s newest mics — the older model of the MKE 400’s lack of auto on/off and relatively outdated design made it a troublesome promote when in comparison with one thing like a Rode VideoMic Professional. 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to the MKE 400 do come at a little bit of a price within the battery division, although: Sennheiser estimated that the outdated MKE 400 would final 300 hours off a single AAA battery, whereas the brand new model solely advertises 100 hours of use off of two AAAs.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.

The USB-C model of the XS Lav.
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In the meantime, Sennheiser’s new XS Lav mics are supposed to be worn on a shirt collar or lapel and might be helpful for creators trying to get higher audio, however who don’t wish 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, nevertheless it looks as if to be now not broadly accessible. (Yow will discover one which mysteriously appears identical to it at Apogee.)

The USB-C model ought to 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 mixture headphone jack on, say, a MacBook would make it tough to make use of headphones, however you would use the USB-C port as an alternative). iPhone house owners will wish to have a look at the XS Lav with the three.5mm connector, although an adapter will probably 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 telephone clamp mount.

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