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Microphone Review: Sennheiser MKE 600 - A Helpful Little Shotgun Mic for Boxy Spaces!

Updated: Aug 28, 2023



Hellooooooooo Voice Over artists and audiobook narrators! Today, I want to share with you my review of the Sennheiser MKE 600, a microphone that has been a very useful little partner in my career! So, grab a cup of tea and let's explore everything that makes this mic an invaluable tool in the studio.


Features

This versatile microphone can operate on +48V phantom power or battery power, giving you the flexibility to adapt to different recording setups. It offers an XLR output and also includes an adapter cable for a 3.5mm TRS jack connection, though I must admit that the XLR connection provides superior sound quality, and I would only ever use this for professional voice work. Additionally, the MKE 600 comes with a switchable "Low Cut" filter, which helps eliminate unwanted low-frequency rumble.


Performance

This microphone truly excels, especially in less-than-ideal recording spaces. It effectively reduces the "boxy" sound that often plagues small rooms, allowing your voice to sound more natural and open. Even without extensive acoustic treatment, the MKE 600 is a reliable ally that helps you achieve professional-sounding recordings.


Moreover, the MKE 600 is a master at minimizing room reflections, ensuring that your voice takes center stage without unwanted echoes. Its shotgun microphone design makes it strongly directional, effectively reducing external noise and distractions from your recording space. Saying all this, if you treat your space well, you will always get superior audio, and nothing is going to stop those barking dogs or aeroplane sounds other than a well-isolated space.


But here's a little secret: engineers and clients unanimously prefer the sound of the Sennheiser MKE 600 over my Rode NT1 4th Generation! They love its enhanced presence, forwardness, and energy. With the MKE 600, your recordings will leave a lasting impact.




Self-Noise

The Sennheiser MKE 600 boasts a self-noise level of 15dB (phantom) and 16dB (battery), which is similar to other shotgun microphones in its class. While it may not be as whisper-quiet as the exceptionally silent Rode NT1 Regular Condenser Microphone, it still maintains a respectable level of self-noise. Your recordings will remain clean and professional, free from distracting hiss.


Frequency Response


When it comes to frequency response, the Sennheiser MKE 600 keeps things even and balanced. Its frequency response is reasonably flat, ensuring accurate sound reproduction. However, it does feature a slight presence bump around 5-8 kHz, adding a touch of clarity and sparkle to your voice. Your words will resonate with listeners, leaving a lasting impression.


Price

The Sennheiser MKE 600 may not be the most budget-friendly option, but its exceptional performance and features make it well worth the investment for serious Voice Over artists and audiobook narrators. Consider it a worthwhile investment in your craft, as it elevates the quality of your recordings to new heights.


Conclusion

The Sennheiser MKE 600 is a great mic for Voice Over and audiobook narration. Its impressive features, exceptional performance in challenging recording spaces, and preference among professionals make it a top choice. With its enhanced sound presence and reliable noise reduction capabilities, it delivers a warm and professional audio experience. If I were to choose between this and the other common ‘First XLR Mic’, the Rode NT1, I would go for this!


Rating - 4/5











Wishing you the best in your Voice Over endeavors!


Buy the Sennheiser MKE 600!








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