Craig Chartier of DV Info Net pays a visit to the Sennheiser booth to see what’s new. Aaron Berg shows off the MKE-600 microphone while Kevin Waehner explains the just-announced Esfera SPM 8000 surround sound 5.1 audio mic system.

Here are the product descriptions mentioned in this interview:

The MKE 600 is the ideal video camera/camcorder microphone able to handle even demanding filmic challenges. Due to its high directivity, the MKE 600 picks up sounds coming from the direction in which the camera is pointing and effectively attenuates noise coming from the sides and rear. The switchable Low Cut filter additionally minimizes wind noise.

Because some video cameras/camcorders do not provide phantom power, the MKE 600 can also be battery powered. A battery on/off switch prevents the battery from discharging prematurely.

The Sennheiser Esferais a surround microphone system which is easy to install and very easy to use. Esfera provides 5.1 surround sound from just two channels, making complicated surround mic installations a thing of the past. The system consists of the SPM 8000 stereo microphone and the SPB 8000 processing unit that converts the signals of the microphones into a complete 5.1 audio signal.

Two RF condenser microphone capsules in XY configuration are at the core of the Esfera SPM 8000 stereo microphone. When used in conjunction with the SPB 8000 central units, the two microphones can create a 5.1-channel surround effect. The microphone is supplied complete with basket windshield, suspension with pistol grip, “hairy” cover and stereo cable (XLR-5 to 2x XLR-3).

Manufacturer’s Site: Sennheiser (english version)


About The Author

Greg Boston has been a contributing member and moderator of DV Info Net since 2003. His technical background gives him insight as to how audio and visual equipment functions from the inside out. He has been doing event and training video full time since leaving the semiconductor industry in 2005. Before entering the semiconductor industry, Greg was an on-air disc jockey and voice talent. He has completed courses in broadcast journalism and writing commercial copy. He then earned an Associates Degree in Electronics Technology to further his broadcast career as an engineer. He passed his FCC First Class Radiotelephone exam and also held a General Class amateur radio license. He is passionate about audio and video as it relates to documenting life and events during our lifetime… a passion that continues to this day.

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