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Mic of the Month - Sennheiser MKH 416

Sennheiser MKH 416

The Sennheiser MKH 416 is an industry standard shotgun microphone. Used widely in film, television and broadcast it has also found a home in many voiceover studios.

Rugged construction and a design that allows the mic to to be fully functional in the most demanding of conditions make the MKH 416 the go to microphone for many engineers.


Shotgun microphones are often used in film and television for their directivity and ability to focus on the sound source. The MKH 416 has a super-cardioid polar response which moves towards a tighter lobar pattern with frequencies above 2kHz. This characteristic makes it highly directional, picking up sounds in front of the microphone extremely well, whilst rejecting off-axis sound at the sides and rear.

Sennheiser MKH 416

Built For Adverse Conditions

An RF (Radio Frequency) design is employed as opposed to the more common AF (Audio Frequency) designs found in most condenser microphones. RF technology has many benefits including helping the microphone be less sensitive to humidity and moisture. Some microphones, when used in moist conditions can begin to produce unwanted noises. Other benefits of an RF design include a wider frequency response and a lower noise floor.

Against The Elements

There are numerous accessories available which will help the MKH 416 perform in just about any situation. A fur windshield can offer an outstanding wind noise reduction whilst not adversely affecting the source material and proper isolation from the handler, whether that be a boom pole, hand-mount or camera is a must for avoiding unwanted booms a knock noises.

Rycote offers various windscreen and mounting options for the MKH 416.

Rycote WS4 for Sennheiser MKH 416

MKH 416 For Voiceover?!?!

The MKH 416 has ended up being a secret weapon for many voiceover artists providing a close, present sound that tends to cut through any mix. Often used in Hollywood trailers...

The Sennheiser MKH 416 and the Rycote accessories are available now on the Studiocare Webstore