As a "missing element in the sound designer&s toolbox," Sennheiser is presenting the MKH 8030, a figure-of-eight HF condenser microphone at IBC. It opens the door for M-S, double M-S and Blumlein stereo recordings and is said to perform well when it comes to attenuating adjacent sound sources in the best possible way. It is suitable for outdoor recording, sports and broadcasting, theater, orchestral and studio recording.
Sennheiser MKH 8030
The MKH 8030 combines the qualities of the MKH 8000 series and the HF condenser principle with the capabilities of a push-pull transducer. These include high resistance to moisture, a fully floating balanced output signal, extended frequency response in the low and high ranges (30 to 50,000 Hz), and extremely low self-noise.
The sound characteristics of the MKH 8030 were designed to blend seamlessly with the sound of existing MKH 8000 series microphones. At the same time, the MKH 8030 figure-eight HF condenser microphone is extremely compact, with a diameter of 19/21 mm and a length of 93 mm including the XLR module.
The MKH 8030 will be officially unveiled at IBC and will be available during Q2 2024. The price is 1499 euros. In addition to the MKH 8030, the scope of delivery includes an MZW 8030 foam windscreen, an MZQ 8000 microphone clamp and two Rycote back-to-back clips for forming microphone pairs.
New filter module introduced for MKH 8000 RF condenser microphone series.
Sennheiser has also introduced a new filter module for the MKH 8000 RF condenser microphone series. The new MZF 8000 II for broadcasting and film recording suppresses low-frequency noise for audibly better recordings. It is also designed to ensure that the input stage of connected recording devices is not overdriven. It will replace the previous module.
The Mark II filter module features a switchable 10 dB pad, a switchable low cut at 70 Hz (-3 dB) and a fixed low cut at 16 Hz ( 3 dB) - both with an improved filter slope of 18 dB/oct.
While pure broadcast microphones such as the MKH 8060 and MKH 8070 shotgun microphones are already factory-equipped with a low-cut filter to eliminate wind and body noise, this does not apply to the other microphones in the MKH 8000 series. They also belong to the high-end studio microphones and are mostly used for detailed nature recordings, which is why they have a very wide frequency response. For example, the MKH 8020 with an omnidirectional pickup pattern has a frequency response of 10 to 60,000 Hz. By attaching the filter, the microphones are optimized for the special requirements of broadcasting and film recordings.
When using recorders, the switchable 10 dB attenuation of the MZF 8000 II limits the audio signal of loud sources and ensures that the input stage of the connected recorder is not overdriven. This is a feature that benefits all microphones in the 8000 series.
The filter module has extremely low self-noise, so that even complex acoustic details are preserved. With a diameter of 19 mm and a length of only 29 mm, the compact module can be screwed directly onto the microphone or attached to the end of an MZL cable - for example, if the microphone is to remain as inconspicuous as possible.
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