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>> a bit Now about let’s the talk MKH 8070 The 8070 is a type of microphone I don’t use much in my field. Nevertheless, I still tested it out for the same TV Commercial shoot and it was actually quite helpful in some situations. Sound is composed of different frequencies, you have frequencies from a lower end to a higher end; low frequencies will have a longer wave length and higher frequencies will have shorter wave length. So when the sound has a wave length longer the tube itself, it’ll be picked up normally by the capsule. And when the sound has a wave length shorter than the tube itself, because of the a design of this tube, it’ll reject and interfere with that sound hitting the side of the mic. Therefore the sound is still picked up but with a reduced level. The longer your tube is, the greater the side rejection will be as it’ll reject longer wave length then the 8060 for instance. So, just by placing the mic at a specific angle to the road and to the subject you can cancel out most of the aforementioned unwanted sound. MKH 8070 Sensitivity It has a great sensitivity measured at 112mV/Pa, you have to hold on to your sox when using it! It would be best used in situations where you don’t want to run around with it at the end of a boom pole. Intelligibility Once again, an amazing improvement from Sennheiser. It sounds rich, clean, well balanced and no colorations even with such an off-axis sound attenuation. It is incredible, it’s that good. Directivity So for the next set up after the one on the beach, we went into Jumeirah Beach Park and were shooting quite close to the Jumeirah Beach Road, which at that time in the morning, was busy enough with traffic to create a serious issue for me in the sound department. So I decided to use the 8070 to see if I could reject as much unwanted sound as possible and we managed to record most of what we had to shoot. Some shots are probably going to be worked on in post production but a minimum amount. But how does it work? Well, you need to know that this mic is working on the principle of significantly reducing the side axis by using an interference tube. What does that mean I hear you say? 66 | TV-BAY MAGAZINE The MKH 8070 is also a modular microphone and therefore the same modules you would use on the 8060 could be placed on the 8070. As with the 8070, there are also some points to consider before you purchase this microphone: From a purely practical point of view, the weight and the size of the mic. It is, once in its basket and at the end of a quite well extended boom pole, a very heavy tool to manipulate. Especially when you shoot in the month of August in Dubai! 300gm for the mic itself at 432mm long makes it something you really have to consider. The New MKE1 My third and last test was the MKE1 Lapel microphone. Now testing Lapels is always tricky for me because I am used to a certain microphone I have had for years, and I am surely not the only Sound Recordist who feels that way. Nevertheless, I was intrigued to test this Lavalier as Sennheiser had agreed to reintroduce the MKE1 due to a high demand from the Audio Operator Community. It could be a very strong ally to the Sanken COS 11 because of its size. I tested this mic on a documentary. Sure enough, the result was superb. I found the same quality I find in my Sanken: warm, rich, velvety, excellent frequency response and a high speech intelligibility. And the beauty of it is that the mic itself is smaller then my COS 11 but it still has a very high sound pressure level of 142dB! Not bad for a 3.3mm capsule! It also has a new membrane design that makes it extremely sweat resistant; its special gauze and multi-purpose cap also offer additional protection from moisture. The 1mm thin cable is reinforced with Kevlar™ which makes the cable much stronger and durable. Colourwise, you can order the mic in black, white, brown, beige and light beige. So to conclude, Sennheiser once again came out strong with three new beautiful tools that entered the world of the sound recording industry. These new microphones are well thought through and well designed but they do come at a certain price. It could be for some, a heavy investment. However, if you think about it, once you’d tried them you would probably see the potential of the new era of digital applications. You need to ask yourself the question: are you willing to go that step further? Or do you just want to stay on the analogue side of the industry? Sooner or later, you’ll have to be ready to surf the digital wave and that is where I believe Sennheiser has been really clever by introducing the new MKH 8000 series, crossover modular products that allow you to move from the analogue to the digital world. This new series could be ideal for those with restricted budgets who would choose to expand their accessory box bit by bit. David is a Belgian Sound Recordist who has been based in the Middle East since 2004. Starting his career 10 years ago as a Radio Broadcast Sound Engineer for the Belgian National Broadcast Company and moving onto location projects for  over 7 years. He has credits for many documentaries, corporate videos and ENG network programs. And has worked alongside accomplished DoP’s and crews from all over the world.