The Sennheiser MKE 600 is a shotgun microphone made specifically for video journalists. In my eyes this means it needs to be able to deliver A LOT. Knowing Sennheiser though, this is very likely. Lets start with the standard video journalist needs:
Removing background noise:
Video journalists in general will be in a massive plethora of situations as part of their day to day lives. Not all of these situations happen in complete silence, in fact, the majority have a heck of a lot of noise accompanying them. A good video journalist’s microphone needs to handle outside noise (such as crowds, wind and more) while still delivering clear quality.
Being a shotgun mic, the 600 naturally removes a massive amount of noise, picking up mostly just what it’s pointed at, even at a distance. Sennheiser has also added a low cut filter which also removes a lot of noise.
I was surprised by the quality of sound the mic produced, even with a massive amount of background noise.
The MKE 600 weighs in at just 128g, which is incredibly light. It’s about a foot long and thin (unless you add the wind filter.) Making it easy to carry around with you as part of your camera equipment.
The build quality is quite high, meaning it could probably survive a good drop or two.
One nice little feature that Sennheiser added is that this microphone can run on both phantom power OR a battery. The option of using a battery really is helpful for those who may own a camera that doesn’t deliver phantom power or those who need it in a sudden situation that does not have the right power plug ins.
For a lower cost mic meant to be thrown around in a camera bag, this thing has amazing sound quality. Before hitting record I thought the low pass filter might be a bit much, but I realized quickly that what it misses out on in lows it really makes up for in the mid and upper range.
What’s surprising about this mic is the price point. It offers killer features and an amazing sound quality for only $400. This may sound high to some, but in the professional world this is rather inexpensive, especially for a Sennheiser product.
I put this microphone through a lot of testing for this review. Recording outdoors, indoors, with stuff in the way and more. This microphone passed each and every test I threw at it with flying colours. The fact that the price point is low is just icing on a very delicious cake.
Written by my good friend Kole McRae, an amazing author and music enthusiast. If you enjoyed his writing I highly recommend checking out his book Please Laugh at my Funeral.