New Gear Upgrade!

The Sennheiser ME66 is my new shotgun microphone, check it out. I’ll be using it to record all new sound effects from now on.

I bought this microphone to replace the Sennheiser MKH-416T I had. This may sound like a downgrade but it really isn’t.

I bought the Sennheiser MKH-416T on eBay and ended up discovering that it had a hiss problem above 10000 Hz. Take a look at the spectrogram:

This wasn’t really evident for sound sources recorded close, but was a problem for those recorded far away. Not even Sennheiser tech support themselves were able to solve this problem, saying that there was no problem at all (!?). I ended up selling this microphone to someone who didn’t mind the problem.

Is the Sennheiser ME66 an inferior microphone to Sennheiser MKH416T? Well, it certainly is better than a faulty Sennheiser MKH416T, that’s for sure. But leaving that aside, it is well known that the MKH416 has a richer sound. That doesn’t mean the ME66, doesn’t sound good. Just not as good.

But it sounds fine enough.

And it beats the Sennheiser MKH416 and also the Rode NTG-3 in one advantageous way: it has 10 dB(a) of self noise, while those other two microphones have 13 dB(a). This is not a trivial difference. For recording sound effects and field recording, having a very quiet microphone is an extremely positive thing.

We’ll see how it performs from now on. Don’t miss any new sound effects I might record with this microphone. Follow us on YouTube.