The Sennheiser MKH 416 transformerless, RF condenser is designed as a combination of pressure gradient and interference tube microphones. Very good feedback rejection, low proximity effect, 130 dB/SPL. Rugged and resistant to changing climate conditions. Ideal for boom, fishpole and camera mounting.
Its excellent directivity and compact design, high consonant articulation and feedback rejection make the MKH 416 a superb all-around microphone for film, radio and television, especially for outside broadcast applications.
Reviewed by 3 customers
The 416 has been a go-to for productions for the past several decadades. It is the model that most professionals think of when you say the term "boom mic". There's a reason for this - the microphone works when you need it to, is adaptable to many recording situations, has excellent off-axis rejection, and it doesn't take much to get a decent sound from it. One of the interesting second functions for this mic is for ADR or standalone voice over functions. In both regards it does an excellent job, with high SPL and keeping with the expectation of Sennheiser's reputation. Big thing to remember is that as you are closer to the microphone, the resonance becomes amplified. This is great for promo reads and guys like Don LaFontaine (before he switched to a Manley), but for ADR and general voice over use you want to maintain some distance from the mic. The usual rule of thumb for VO is about 4" - 8" (depending on mic and talent), but you often find yourself using more for non-"announcery" reads and ADR. Makes sense when you think about it because you usually keep about 18" from the source when using a boom mic right?
Great sound. Easy to use. A pleasure.
Industrial, Educational, Docs, Reality TV.