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Go Ahead, Paint Sennheiser's New Mic

Audio specialist Sennheiser introduced a paintable version of its miniature MKE 1 microphone.

Sennheiser MKE 1-M

Sennheiser MKE 1-M


Audio specialist Sennheiser introduced a paintable version of its miniature MKE 1 microphone. The clip-on mic can be colored with markers or spray paint, allowing the tiny lavalier to be concealed on the users, according to the company.

"The MKE 1 has already become a firm favorite with theaters, musicals, live events and TV shows," said Kai Lange, product manager for wired professional microphones at Sennheiser, in a statement. "The new, paintable MKE 1-M is the icing on the cake, so to speak. Now a show can have both impeccable audio and perfect looks, even during close-ups."

Like its sister models, the MKE 1-M has a full and natural sound with plenty of lower mid-range and excellent presence, Sennheiser officials said. It measures just 3.3 mm. across. The cable has a diameter of only 1 mm. and is specially coated to avoid tangling. The clip-on microphone features a user-friendly omnidirectional pattern and picks up direct sound with relatively little ambient noise, according to Sennheiser.

The capsule is protected against moisture by a thin, acoustically open stainless steel membrane. For additional protection, the MKE 1-M can be fitted with a multipurpose cap that prevents large water or sweat droplets from blocking the sound inlet. It also doubles as a windshield with a slight presence boost (1.5dB at 10 kHz). All capsule contacts are sealed inside the casing and the molded coating.

The MKE 1-M is available now and comes with the multipurpose cap and an additional small frequency response cap, which gives a treble boost of 2.5 dB (at 10kHz) for applications where the mic is hidden within a costume, or when more brilliance is needed to be added to a voice. Also included are three make-up protection caps and several thin clear plastic tubes pre-fitted to the cable for added protected when attached with clips or adhesive tape.

The optional MZ 1 accessory kit contains different clips for securely attaching the microphone, plus various accessories for protection against the wind. It includes a protective cover made of soft plastic, two mini-clips, two "Dracula" mounts, two small magnetic mounts, and two mini-clamps that are rotatable through 360 degrees. All clips and mounts are available in black and white. To reduce wind noise, two windshield baskets in black and beige and foam windshields in black, white, beige and brown are also included.


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