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IMPRESSIVE SOUND, IMPRESSIVELY SMALL – THE NEW MKE 1

mke_1.JPGOLD LYME, CONNECTICUT: Sennheiser introduces its latest professional clip-on microphone, the MKE 1, at the 125th AES Convention in San Francisco. With a capsule that’s not much bigger than the head of a match, the MKE 1 achieves a natural, full sound with a clear and present treble, as proven in comprehensive field tests. Particular care was taken to ensure the microphone capsule was fully protected from moisture, so the MKE 1 can hold its own in harsh live conditions longer than other clip-on microphones.

“Despite its tiny size – the microphone measures just 3.3mm across – the MKE 1 offers outstanding sound quality, plenty of lower mid-range, and excellent presence with good speech intelligibility,” says Scott Houston, associate product manager, professional products at Sennheiser. “It has a user-friendly, omni-directional pick-up pattern. The microphone picks up predominantly direct sound with relatively little ambient noise, which is a real advantage for many applications from broadcasting to theater and musicals.”

mke1_lesmiz.JPGWith high-energy, high-perspiration stage shows, in particular, moisture is the natural enemy of any clip-on microphone. Therefore Sennheiser has developed optimal protective measures for the MKE 1. The clip-on microphone can be provided with a multi-purpose cap that simply diverts any humidity past the microphone and doubles as a windshield. And from within the mic, a thin, acoustically open stainless steel membrane protects the capsule. “Thanks to a new mechanical design all the contacts are now housed inside the casing or the molded coating,” Houston explains. “This makes the MKE 1 even more reliable.”

The anti-kink sleeve has also been improved in order to increase the life of the Kevlar(tm) reinforced cable. With a diameter of just 1mm, the cable is highly resistant to handling noise, while a special plastic coating ensures that it tangles less readily.

The MKE 1 comes complete with a multi-purpose cap that protects the microphone from perspiration and also serves as a windshield (treble boost of 1.5dB). Also included is a small frequency response cap, which ensures a treble boost of 2.5dB for applications where the mic is hidden within the costume or when more brilliance is to be added to a voice. Three make-up protection caps and several thin plastic tubes for shielding the cable when attaching it with clips or adhesive tape, give the finishing touches to this professional package.

The MKE 1 will be available in September in beige and black with an MSRP of $750.00. The MKE 1 comes with a special three-pin plug for the Sennheiser body-pack transmitters SK 5212, SK 5012, SK 250, SK 50 and SK 3063 or with an unterminated cable for other transmitters.

SENNHEISER Sennheiser is a world-leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Established in 1945 in Wedemark, Germany, Sennheiser is now a global brand represented in 60 countries around the world with U.S. headquarters in Old Lyme, Connecticut. Sennheiser’s pioneering excellence in technology has rewarded the company with numerous awards and accolades including an Emmy, a Grammy, and the Scientific and Engineering Award of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

For more information, please visit www.sennheiserusa.com

PHOTO CAPTIONS The latest professional clip-on microphone from Sennheiser – the MKE 1.

The new, tiny Sennheiser MKE 1 microphone taped to Gino Quilico’s upper cheek in Quebec City’s production of “Les Misérables” delivers pristine sound, while remaining virtually invisible to the audience. PHOTO CREDIT Francis Gandreau

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