Microphone-maker Sennheiser has introduced two new shotgun-style microphones, the MKH 8060 and MKH 8070.
While shotgun mics are a natural for video and film, a few have made a home among radio broadcasters and voiceover artists, Sennheiser’s MKH 416 being particularly popular.
The smaller of the two new models, the MKH 8060, is just under 6 inches long, while the MKH 8070 goes a lengthy 17 inches.
Top: MKH8060, Bottom: MKH 8070
Both are condensers and can also work with Sennheiser’s MZD 8000 digital module. An optional module adds a 10 dB pad and roll-off filter.
Kai Lange, Sennheiser’s product manager for professional wired microphones, markets them this way: “Traditional shotgun microphones can color the sound if not aimed precisely at the sound source. This can be particularly troublesome in interview situations, where the character of the speaker’s voice can alter. Unwanted off-axis coloration has been virtually eliminated by our new interference tube design, which offers superior, natural-sounding suppression of off-axis sound sources.”
Lange said this helps particularly indoors, where room reflections can color sound.