Monday, September 20

Sennheiser MKE 400: Level Sound for Your TikTok Videos | Digital Trends Spanish

Now that more than one person is interested in making their own recordings at home, especially to upload them to social networks such as TikTok or YouTube Shorts, there is also the need to improve the quality of both the image and the sound. Already once some devices that help to become a youtuber, touch to address the characteristics of the microphone Sennheiser MKE 400, after we had it for a few weeks.

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The first thing that stands out about the MKE 400 – an improved model of the MKE 200 – is that it is not only intended for DSLR or digital SLR cameras, but also for those who generate content with the help of their smartphone (mode in which it was tested for this review). In fact, your box includes 3.5mm TRS and TRRS locking cables.

In addition to the pair of attachments, the basic version of the microphone also comes with a furry windscreen for maximum protection against the wind. For those who are thinking of using it only with their cell phone, it is best to opt for the package that includes a clamp for smartphone and the Manfrotto PIXI tripod or tripod, especially to make recordings more comfortable.

As for physical buttons, the accessory type shotgun integrates three for the purpose of controlling the volume of the headphone monitoring output – yes, it is possible to connect wired headphones to check the audio level -, the low cut filter and the sensitivity of three steps (it is deepened on each one of them later).

As another of its important specifications, the MKE 400 automatically turns on or off when connected or disconnected from a camera or phone. The two batteries it requires to function, on paper, ensure up to 100 hours of continuous audio capture (180 minutes of recording when the low battery indicator starts up).

Use experience

As we anticipated lines back, we used the Sennheiser MKE 400 only with the cell phone, however, this did not represent having a diminished practice. What you quickly love about the accessory is that it achieves highly directional capture, while also isolating unwanted background noise. This is all thanks to its supercardioid polar pattern that is achieved by an acoustic interference tube (yes, it sounds complex, but this is an essential feature of microphones of its kind).

The three-step gain sensitivity switch is essential to ensure recording regardless of ambient conditions. Indoors or in more acoustically controlled spaces, it is not necessary to place it at its highest level (the idea is not to achieve saturated audio).

Sennheiser MKE 400
From left to right, three-step gain sensitivity switch, low-cut filter, and power button.

This is when the MKE 400 detaches itself from the lavalier microphones or the recording system of the camera or mobile device; the fact that it allows greater control over the audio register already makes it an interesting option.

On the button that enables the low-cut filter, it allows to reduce the noise (hum) coming from air conditioners or gusts of wind, so, again, it becomes a necessary accessory for recording both in open and closed places.

Finally, it is a great help that the microphone accepts wired headphones for audio monitoring, especially since more than one user has been surprised by having high or low volume levels in their materials.

The different microphone control options may be overwhelming at first, however, one that the user understands the function of each one is sure to activate the ones that best suit him in a given situation.


Sennheiser MKE 400

The Sennheiser MKE 400 is an ideal microphone for those who are new to the world of digital content creation, especially for social networks or YouTube, as it will give them a good level of audio recording in different circumstances. And is that having a precise sound is just as important as having an optimal image (as evidenced by cinematography).

The person who writes these lines is not an expert in sound (nor does having used this accessory make him one), but he was more aware of the various sonic possibilities that open up when using an accessory such as that of the renowned manufacturer of audio systems.

We recommend the package that includes the different elements for use with the cell phone, with the intention of avoiding the hassle of purchasing a clamp and tripod or tripod separately.

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