Sennheiser is presenting two new MKH series shotgun microphones that can be used either as analogue or digital microphones. The compact MKH 8060 is a versatile short-gun microphone, equally at home on or off camera, while the long MKH 8070 rifle microphone is a specialist for more distant sound sources and is the perfect choice for sports reporting and nature recordings. Both models feature a natural and very lifelike sound, as off-axis sound is attenuated without colouration. Their radio-frequency condenser principle also makes both microphones extremely weather-resistant, ensuring that they can cope even with climatically difficult conditions, such as extreme cold and moisture.
“For the new shotgun microphones, a natural, lifelike sound was very important for us,” explained Kai Lange, Product Manager Professional Wired Microphones at Sennheiser. “Sound engineers are often faced with the problem that gun microphones can colour the sound if they are not aimed precisely at the sound source. This is a disadvantage particularly in interview situations, as the character of the speaker’s voice is altered. For that reason, the MKH 8060 and MKH 8070 are designed in such a way that the sound signal only becomes quieter if the sound source does not lie on the axis of the microphone.” This is particularly important when indoors where off-axis room reflections can colour the sound; this effect is minimised with the new design of the interference tube in the microphones.
Both condenser microphones work on the RF principle that Sennheiser has been using for 50 years and has developed to absolute perfection. The benefits are extremely low inherent self-noise, which means that even the finest sound structures remain intact, as well as high climatic resistance and low distortion with relatively high output signal voltages. RF microphones are inherently fully floating and balanced and do not require an additional balancing circuit or transformer to protect them from external interfering signals.
The MKH 8070 features an extreme directivity that enables even very distant sounds and events to be reliably recorded. For broadcasters, this microphone will be ideal for sports events, as well as for film and television recordings, both in the studio and outdoors. It is also especially useful for nature and wildlife recordings.
Technical data of the MKH 8070 long shotgun microphone
Pick-up pattern lobar
Frequency response 45 Hz to 20 kHz
Sensitivity −19 dBV/Pa (112 mV/Pa)
Maximum sound pressure level 124 dB SPL
Equivalent noise level 8 dB(A) (DIN-IEC 651), 21 dB (CCIR 268-3)
Nominal impedance 25 ohms
Min. terminating impedance 2 kohms
Phantom power 48 V ± 4 V (P48, IEC 61938)
Current consumption 3.3 mA
Diameter 19 mm
Length 432 mm, 465 mm with MZD 8000 XLR-module
Weight 300 g, 332 g with MZD 8000 XLR-module
Operating temperature −10°C to +60°C
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