6 recording microphones for every budget
Correct sound design largely determines the final quality of film materials. So how do we choose the best microphone for our camera? Sennheiser offers suggestions for low-budget vloggers and demanding professionals filming commercially.
Hardly anyone can see the difference between Full HD and 4K resolution with the naked eye, but without a doubt, each of us will immediately notice the poor quality of the sound accompanying the picture. Just the right sound design is one of the most important factors that separate professional recordings from amateur records. Unfortunately, aspiring filmmakers often forget this.
Because it must be made clear that the built-in microphones of cameras, even the best ones, always pale in comparison to dedicated audio solutions. These are usually simple and interference-prone recorders that also record unwanted environmental sounds.
The compact Sennheiser MKE 200 is a great first step towards becoming a professional sound
The good news is that an advanced microphone adapted to work with a SLR camera – or even a smartphone – no longer has to be bulky or expensive. A vlogger capacitor like the Sennheiser MK200 costs 500 zlotys, but even an advanced model in the MKE600 class still costs around 1,300 zlotys, so it’s still within reach of the ambitious amateur.
The first question a new video creator needs to answer is what kind of microphone will work best for their work. Here, whether we are shooting static or dynamic shots, from a long or short distance and how many heroes are standing in front of the lens is decisive.
Condenser, lavalier, reporter, directional, micro port or maybe an external recorder? The right sound has a huge impact on the quality of film footage. We explain how to choose the right microphone for your camera and suggest specific models to look out for! [Czytaj więcej]
Therefore, below we present 6 popular types of microphones with their features and usage description. We’ve compiled a list based on popular, popular models from Sennheiser – one of the most trusted suppliers of audio solutions for filmmakers on the market.
Sennheiser XSW-D Portable Eng Set – remotely without wires
It’s an easy-to-use camera kit perfect for discreet and remote recording of your character’s voice. With one function button used to connect devices, it is very convenient and very easy to use. Includes XSW-D 3.5mm (1/8″) transmitter and XLR, 3.5mm (1/8″) receiver, ME2-II mount microphone, 3.5mm (1/8″) coiled cable, cold shoe mount , strap attachment and USB-A/USB-C charging cable.
Sennheiser EW 122P G4-A1 – zdiligently and professionally
This professional wireless set is ideal for convenient recording of interviews, presentations and all kinds of live performances. The small, inconspicuous and omnidirectional ME 2-II microphone guarantees a clear and natural-sounding sound, and the high-quality transmitter and receiver enable wireless signal transmission using automatic search for free frequencies. This makes using the devices very simple, so you can focus on the conversation.
Sennheiser MKE 200 – mlight and universal
This compact condenser microphone is the perfect first step towards better audio when shooting with your camera. It is so small that we can put it in our pocket, and the hot shoe facilitates convenient attachment to the body. It’s a directional cardioid design, which means the microphone picks up sound mainly from the front of the device without completely cutting out the surroundings. This allows us to record the character’s voice in high quality, but preserving the atmosphere of the place or event.
Sennheiser MKE 440 – preal stereo
This unique design combines small dimensions and high sound quality in stereo (most simple “capacitors” are mono microphones). The MKE 440 is distinguished by a wide frequency response (50-20,000 Hz), high dynamics and a very good signal-to-noise ratio, which allows you to record a wide spectrum of sound from low to high sounds (it is even suitable for recording musical instruments and music). It also has a built-in 3-step sensitivity control and a low pass filter.
Sennheiser MKE 400 (2021) – dmiddle class roles
The MKE 400 is almost a cult product that has been improved for almost 10 years. In the latest version, the structure of the microphone has been improved primarily by moving the vibration reduction system to the inside of the housing. Smaller, it can now be successfully used with smartphones as well. A useful novelty is also the headphone connection. Thanks to its own power supply, it also offers additional options, such as gain control (within +/- 20 dB) or a high-pass filter.
Sennheiser MKE 600 – pprecision shotgun
A shotgun microphone works well when we want to accurately isolate the sound of a certain device, vehicle, person or instrument (especially from a distance). The MKE 600 only picks up the sounds coming from the point where the camera is pointing, while effectively suppressing the noise coming from the sides of the microphone and behind it. A switchable “Low Cut” filter further minimizes wind noise. The important thing is that the microphone can also be used independently, with batteries.
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