Sennheiser MKE-44P Review

Review: Sennheiser MKE-44P Stereo mic .

Ok first , let me state this , This mic is not a Quiet Mic , don’t expect it to be . BUT …..( chimes , drum roll , something cool sound effect or two in there)

As I type this , it is in a Blimp with Fur , on a Mic stand out in my Back yard . Coming thru a Shure FP33 , Channels 1&2 Panned hard L/R .

The Stereo separation is just slightly understated but Natural sounding , unlike the AT-822 which is a Much Quieter mic Noise level wise , but also has a Much Wider stereo image (120º vs 90º of the Sennheiser MKE44p .

If you turn up your preamp gain you Will hear the Mics self noise clearly . Steady smooth charactered White Noise that at lesser gains will blend in with surrounding sounds well enough to not be really noticeable . But it is there .

Tonality : a bit thin but easily EQ’d to match a desired thought without a drastic adjustment . The Frequency response shows on its chart , A low end rolloff beginning around 200hz taking a 10 db slope down to 40hz .
Here is the thing , EQ rules , You can’t bring back what isn’t there . In this case though it IS THERE , just weak , so Reversing that slope in post by Half as much will yield a fairly rich sound . If Needed of course.
On the FP33 ( for those of you that know the Mixer well enough ) I have the Master Gain at 3/4 , The Input Gains at just over Half HP just over Half maybe 2/3 . Headphones are Sony 900st’s

Mic is outside on a stand and I hear a fair representation of what is going on Birds , Traffic , distance , Far and Near sound separated and not as Echoey as I thought they would be . Moderate Spread , But definitely not superwide .
Slight very subtle hiss that isn’t bright white noise , it is more subtle and round . and You notice it more the first couple of minutes before your ears start to adjust to the sound , then you don’t notice it as much after that.

Would I use it in a Quiet Room , for Dialogue or other delicate sounds ….. I don’t think so , I have better mics for that.

Outdoor Ambient for Documentary work , YES I would use this .

Major Plus is Low Handling noise as the Body design is Polycarbonate or some other Composite or Aluminum Zinc or something , It actually feels pretty good .
It is Very Lightweight . So it doesn’t add too much to the Boom at all .
In the Blimp wind is not a problem . Even out of the Blimp it seemed to be much more resilient than other more sensitive mics I have .

Best uses , Medium , to Medium Loud sounds . with Confidence , Nature sounds with very careful Gain control Just kissing the Edge of its self noise . Super quiet Nature sounds = NO ….
Water Falls , Streams , Lively areas , Birds etc , yes I will use it .

Festivals , and Concert stuff , Oh Yeah I can do this . As I mentioned before touch the EQ of the Bottom end to just bring it back into focus , and your good to go .

I posted this review as there are practically none on the web

RATING for this Mic from Amateur to Pro category .

Amateur,………………………………|||……..|…..||…………PRO. ( could have lower Noise floor, and I would be Happy with it )


Media Business actually Sucks

If you aren’t fully equipped and supported by a Union or Company , you are on your own .
Your reputation is the Only thing you have . So good work and going the extra mile is not an option . So I do …….

When there is less than Optimal sound I will do Post and try to clean , and level  etc. >>>>>>

I witness the Soundgroups online , complain about rates they get for one day , equal many peoples Monthly income at the poverty level…..

Reasonable pay , for Skilled work is a must . If your a Film Maker you have many choices , each of them come with a cost in one form or another .

Stress is a cost
Gear is a Cost
Knowledge is a cost
Time is a Cost
Mistakes , are a HEAVY cost

Having someone on your team , that KNOWS a lot about the processes , and How to , as well as problem solving skills ,   yeah it costs ,….. but it also Saves …. All of the Above .  Stress , Gear , Time , Mistakes . ( Even though Mistakes can and still will happen , the problem solving skills are there to help mitigate the issues)

Indie Filming is on the rise …. it is not going away .  And I kinda welcome it in some way . Hollywood is limited on Mental resources and the stories all sound the same . Action Flicks , Explosions , and Some Hot girl centre stage ……

The last 3 films I did sound for , actually didn’t have a single explosion ….. go figure .
One actually had some romance ( in a very cute way I might add) but the Romance never came to fruition , because , OH guess what , The Film also had a story ! Ends on a very strange note .

This new generation of filmmakers do not have a lot of money . But they have Imagination .

I don’t work for free , But for a really good script I will negotiate . Because If the opportunity to do a GOOD film is there , and be a part of it , why not ?

It will become a part of Media’s canonical history . With or Without the 800 dollar sound guy,( union pay )

Rates vary from country to country . Pro guys in Germany get around the same that I charge for a day , but they are Government Regulated as far as I know .

In the US , Rates going 700 to a THOUSAND dollars a day , plus gear rental !!!!!

The Starving artist is willing to do with 100 or less …. ) sound won’t be that good in many cases but !)

I have a Day rate …… I have bills to pay and other issues .

But I will not Charge Corporate rates , for an Indie film …..

Talk to me about what you CAN do …. if it works ,…..Lets do something.