This microphone needs NO post-processing… Sennheiser MKH-416 Review

This microphone needs NO post-processing… Sennheiser MKH-416 Review

As a creator and a gear head, it’s easy
to get wrapped up in constantly upgrading your gear over and over. The quest for the best possible quality through
tiny little details that your average viewer will never notice isn’t a very rewarding
one, but it’s an addicting one. But what IS rewarding is when the brakes get
slammed on your gear quest and you find the perfect piece of kit that satisfies your workflow
needs and sounds pretty great in the quality department, too. Quality tech education and gaming nostalgia
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that you won’t miss the next guide. I’m EposVox, here to make tech easier and
more fun and I’ve made some questionable choices in the name of audio on this channel… (Ever since the original Elgato Game Capture
HD gaming capture card launched at a competitive price…. I’ve reviewed quite a few expensive microphones
on the channel, I’m even using one right now, the ElectroVoice RE320…) And I’m not going to lie, being obsessive
about audio quality while being unhappy with every solution I found was pretty stressful
for a while. Thankfully I finally settled on the ElectroVoice
RE20 and the DBX 286s channel strip as my primary means of processing desktop audio
about a year ago, and have never looked back. But it wasn’t until last fall that I finally
found an on-camera mic to fall in love with. But oh man, do I love it, and I kinda want
a second. This is the Sennheiser MKH-416, a short shotgun
microphone that’s actually used on TV sets and in many voiceover studios. This was sent to me by Sennheiser for review
and to use to produce my OBS Master Class in fall of 2017. With it, I purchased a SoundDevices MixPre-3
audio recorder and an Atomos Ninja Inferno video recorder to optimize my workflow for
such an intense shoot. I’d previously been committed to using lavalier
mics for my shoots and honestly didn’t expect to use the MKH-416 much past this course,
but I use it for every shoot I can these days. This may be the last on-camera mic I need
in my studio. I’m almost tempted to get a second and replace
my RE20 with it for my desktop shooting, too! This is a sturdily-built matte black microphone
that comes in a great case with a windsock. Sennheiser boasts this microphone as having
high feedback, immunity to humidity, and very low self-noise. Originally developed in the 1970s, this mic
was specifically designed with RF modularity in mind so that the microphone can adjust
its impedance to match that of the audio cables being used, to prevent significant self-noise. This means it has become commonly used for
films, TV shows, and even voiceover studios due to its clarity and warm bass response
without the boomy proximity effect of large diaphragm condenser mics. The off-axis rejection is very nice here and
the sound…. Oooooh the sound. I’ve been asked many times since using this
mic for videos what kind of post-processing I’m doing to my vocals to make them sound
so dang good and for the first time in a long time, my answer is “none.” Yes – with the Sennheiser MKH-416, I perform
zero post-processing on the microphone recording, other than adding a little gain to bring levels
up. No compression, no EQ, nothing. While I may find some light EQ or compression
settings to keep things balanced in the long-term, I am blown away by how great this microphone
sounds right out of the box. The mic works great with my MixPre-3, and
I’ve been impressed with how little power it requires to get good sound out of it. It still requires 48v phantom power, but it
doesn’t require anywhere near as much gain as something like my Rode NTG-2 does, which
further helps prevent system noise. I primarily use this mic for on-set camera
shoots, but it’s got quite the following for studio voiceover recordings, as well. To touch on that, here’s my buddy Mike from
Booth Junkies to tell you what’s what: [Mike clip] While I’ll always try
out new hardware and gear just for reviews and to
expand my knowledge and experience base, I’m fairly set on the Sennheiser MKH-416 being
my primary mic moving forward. Switching audio hardware all the time is very
problematic for maintaining consistent quality in videos, so I’m very happy to have this
new setup that I can just turn on and go with every time I record. As always, affiliate product links will be
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100 thoughts on “This microphone needs NO post-processing… Sennheiser MKH-416 Review”

  1. For those that think this is too expensive, check out my comparison of this mic vs a $40 shotgun mic!

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  2. YouCanCookAnything

    I was looking for a great mic but I might have to get a bit bigger to get this one. Did you buy that collectible from Woot I emailed you?

  3. Holy fuck, right when I get curious about buying one of these, I find this video WITH MIKE DOING A COLLAB with you on it!

  4. Not sure why you bother so much with audio that will still sound like shit on YouTube let almost most people will listen from a even crappier mobile device. So basically all of the "quality" is more for your own personal needs not the audiences… bwahahaha. Just my opinion. Not trying to be mean. Your voice already sounds like a radio voice! ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ’ฏ

  5. nice! I was deciding between this mic and the RODE NTG4 plus myself. I ended up going with the Rode to save some money. but boy do I love it.

  6. Nice video, It looks expensive as hell but looks worth every penny.

    I also like how the Video URL ends with "ComC64" :D.

  7. I have to admit (again), I've clicked off your videos every single time in the past, because the audio was just bad every time. But you can't go wrong with the MKH-416… it's an industry standard because it's so damn versatile. Pretty much every TV show or commercial is shot on this thing.

    Also, wow, I'm in this video, hi! Pretty much exactly the same comment, too, heh. Well, I stand by it. 3:15

  8. JonnySel Productions

    OMG! The audio-quality coming from that mic is amazing! It's definitely going in my list of audio equipment to get, hands down!

  9. OK BUT
    Sennheiser MKH416-P48U3 Super-Cardioid Shotgun Tube Condenser Microphone
    EUR 1,945.26 ON EBAY
    To hard for me but thanks for the video

  10. I was like wow this looks amazing, I love all sennheiser gear. Then I looked at the price ๐Ÿ‘€ $$$.

    Is there anything modeled after this for uhhh 30$ xD

  11. Super Gaming Family

    this was the mic i feel in love with aswell, brought so many til i found this, never going to used a different mic again

  12. I feel exactly the same about my Sennheiser K6/ME66 microphone (basically the "industry standard" predecessor to the MKH-416 – I bought mine from a guy at the BBC after he upgraded his to the 416). A fantastic series of microphones.

  13. Hey dude! I'm wondering if you have any recommendations for a mic to use whilst playing VR? I'm going to be streaming VR etc and I don't think my at2020 will have the ability to pick up my voice very well whilst standing back and moving around the room. For that situation would it be best to sacrifice some quality and just use a headset mic or? I too have some OCD when it comes to sound quality haha

  14. Nice video. Sounds great. Wouldnโ€™t a Sennheiser MKH 8050 be better suited for use in your indoor studio? Do you think Sennheiser would loan you an 8050 for a comparison?

  15. Fuck I relate to this issue. Getting pretty good results with an SM57 these days but really have to post process the shit out of it with a compressor and noise removal.

    I think I'll save for one of these, thanks for the video and you got another sub ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. I live and die by the MKH 416, its my go to microphone. Amazing for voiceovers and just as amazing for anything. I want a 2nd one too

  17. Modern Vintage Gamer

    great video, im looking to do some upgrades this year in the audio department. this give me some more to think about !

  18. MEER DER IDEEN - Marco Kolditz

    What is there on your left side? You are looking to your left in every single video so often – why?

  19. Dave's Nature Productions

    I got a 416 not long ago and love it, and its the first mic I have used that actually sounds great on my voice as others I have used such as a Rode NT1-A, Samson CO1U, Neumann TLM 102 and some others, have either sounded too flat or too harsh on my voice as I have a male voice which has an upper mid range presence and a little bass. It was because of booth junkie videos that I bought it. I do find it needs some light EQ on my voice to get it to sound good as well as a bit of de-essing on my voice, but not a whole lot of processing.

    I also have a Sennheiser Me66/K6P and a Rode NT1. I have stopped using the ME66 for now since I have issues with it and get a kind of thumping sound when I record with it, and may need to get it or the K6P repaired. As soon as I got the MKH 416 and held it in my hand, the build quality over the ME66 was noticeable as was the thinner size of it. Not that the ME66 has a bad build quality, but the MKH 416 does feel well built and worth the price.

    I found after doing my initial tests with a Tascam 701-D both in my treated room that has acoustic foam on walls and ceiling, and using it outdoors, was that it has a more fuller sound than the ME66, but its just as sensitive. I had my recorder on 30% gain on the low gain setting and I was getting around -20db when taking into the mic at 6 inches away from it, so don't have to crank up the gain at all to get sound. I also found it quite useful for recording certain sounds like bird calls due to its directional pickup pattern, low self noise and sensitivity.

    I am going to use this as my primary voice over mic since I found my Rode NT1 that I was using, too flat sounding and lacks the clarity I was looking for that this mic gives. I also like that it doesn't have the proximity effect, only sounding a bit louder or quieter the closer or further you are away from the mic.

  20. This is a thoughtful retrospective, and a good review of the microphone. However, I'm curious why you stepped back from your previous production methods to go with mic'd room audio, because I could have sworn in your previous videos you were trying to minimize room echo. Is that something you're no longer concerned with?

  21. The MKH-416 has been considered the industry standard for a long time, glad this mic fits you, i wish someday i can afford it, but very unlikely. What pre pro would you suggest works best with it?

    Btw any chance in the future you can review Audio-Technica AT875R, seems to be a very popular value, would be great to see a head to head to the 416.

  22. I have been using Sennheiser Products for a long time now. Others in my family are starting to see the Light and Hear the truth.

  23. Would be very interested to hear your take on the MKE600 vs the MKH416, seeing as I have the former and it's quite the hit on the wallet to make that next step…. unless this is the monday tease you're talking about. :p

  24. Wow at that price though! Lol. For ya simple gamer folk who just want a decent quality that elements keyboard and mouse clicks, is a shotgun mix the way to go? I like my Blue Yeti for the most part, but it's helped me discover that condenser mics pickup everything!

  25. Iโ€™m a 12-year veteran location sound guy. I own three 416โ€™s. Not the best, but itโ€™s a solid work horse. If you own a television, then youโ€™ve heard the 416.

  26. It needs , if it for pro film , if it for ENG it may be not , every true pro mic records natural and wide , not a bassy sound , example Schoeps CMIT 5U , Sanken's CS3 , CS2 , Neumann KMR 81 , Sennheiser's MKH 70 and more , plus the MKH 416 for indoors, not the best solution

  27. This is Tech Today

    haha, I think I suggested this to you awhile ago when you were talking about the RE20. I personally use the MKH-416.

  28. This is Tech Today

    What I really want to know about is the teleprompter you're using and how you have managed to have it set up, read off of it, AND still look like you're looking at the lens. I've put an ipad above my camera and I always look like I'm looking above my camera, which I am.

  29. …"Tiny little details that your average viewer will never notice, is not a very rewarding one. But it is an addicting one"

    STORY OF MY GOD DAMN LIFE lol. Great video, this is my dream mic.

  30. Has been broadcast industry standard for decades by now. The legendary MKH-416 is always a pleasure to work with, glad you've discovered it too have fun ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. It's also $1k, lol, which is a price point only for people making tons of money on video shoots or voice over gigs.

  32. Wide Awake! Productions

    I have a 416 that I use for voice overs, and it is actually NOT my favourite mic. The 416 is very mid-range focused, and tends to lack some of the crisper highs that other studio mics have. I do end up having to EQ the 416 in post to regain the crispness. My trick is to set my EQ band to the exact same settings as a Neumann TLM 103 studio mic. This really brings out the brightness that is lacking in the 416.

  33. Wide Awake! Productions

    A fair warning for anyone attempting to purchase a 416 on Ebay. There are a lot of Chinese COUNTERFEIT 416's out there. They usually sell at auction for much less than a real one does. The easiest way to spot a FAKE is by the connector pins. The REAL 416 has SILVER pins, whereas the FAKES have COPPER pins. Good luck everyone !!!

  34. Would this mic work well if I have loud running on the floor above me I'm tired of it being picked up by my current one.

  35. Lol.. yea the MKH 416 is a great microphone, but it's NOT realistic for the vast majority of people. It's like buying a Ferrari and parking it in front of a mobile home. If you're willing and able to spend something like $3,000.00 – $5,000.00, or more, than yes this microphone is very worth considering. If you're not willing or able to spend that kind of money then just forget it.

    Why do I say this? Well if you're going to spend $1,000.00 on a microphone you certainly don't want to run it with something like a Zoom H4n, which would set you back another $200.00+. No. Really you're going to be using equipment that costs more like $500.00 or more to run this microphone. Now you're well past $1,500.00 – don't forget taxes!

    So we've already spent damn near $2,000.00 and we still have done absolutely nothing about the recording environment. Addressing reverb and noise pollution is going to be a real big issue for anybody that wants a high quality recording. This is most often going to mean investing in a proper recording environment, which is anything but cheap. Whether you buy a professionally manufactured sound isolation booth enclosed space, or you buy materials yourself and build something, you're EASILY looking at another $500.00 or more for a DIY solution, or $1,500.00 or more for a prefabbed solution.

    Aaaaaaaaaannnnd badda boom, badda bing, you just took out a freakin loan just to record professional quality dialogue for your YouTube videos where you'll most likely talk about nothing of any real significance, other than demonstrating to others how they, too, can spend WAY too much money to talk on YouTube. And that's the REALLY real truth behind equipment like this guys..

    Oh, the 'expensive' RE 320 mentioned is not actually a high end mic, it's the cheap Chinese 'knock off' version of the RE20. Yes, by the same 'company', so not technically a true knock off, but it's also absolutely not the same thing as the RE 20 or RE 27. The RE 320 is the much less expensive CHINESE version.

    Oh, and Mike, the MKH 416 is not a hyper cardioid mic.. its a super cardioid mic.

  36. I'm a video game live stream producer for the most part but do some edited work with guides. I'm looking to invest in a microphone that will provide good audio quality for video game streaming. Is this the mic you would recommend for that sort of setup or would you recommend a different microphone?

  37. The 416 isn't exactly expensive…. ! It is entry point for professional shotguns. (although various knock off copies have been made such as the NTG3 or Deity. On that point, be very very VERY careful when buying the 416 if not from a reputable seller! As there are tonnes of fakes out there of the 416)

    Personally my Sanken CS3e is my favorite shotgun that I own ๐Ÿ™‚

  38. Hey Adam. Is there a reason you didn't want to use the Atomos to record the voice audio? I was thinking about using the same setup but without the mixpre 3 but if there is a reason I may have to look for other options.

  39. A kind Query from a huge fan: I have currently between 2 to $250 and the following pieces of equipment already in tow (gaming computer, a set of headphones typically use for video editing, Zoom H1) and nothing else (using motherboard audio). What would you recommend to get this person up and streaming. Looking for a 1080p webcam, a mic mount, a mic that could be repurposed for use with a T3i and a preamp (juicelink style device) relied on short film sets (hence my first real mic). If you answered this it would eman the world as the answer helps me get up and streaming first time ever by hopefully beginning of May

  40. Great video and nice collaboration with Mike. Have you started to tweak EQ settings at all yet or are you still using it Raw. Im thinking about introducing a dbx 286s to make some fine adjustments but wondered how your getting on ๐Ÿ˜Š

  41. Hi, EposVox

    I have recently bought a DBX 286s and i hear a strong buzzing coming from the inside of the unit (it can be heard quite loud outside). The guys from the support said that it's a normal buzz as it comes out from the main transformers. Do you think that it is ok to do like that? Should I trust them or should i return it and get another one instead? Please reply.

    By the way, I love your videos. ๐Ÿ˜€

  42. kind of weird that the guy at the end clamped a $10 mic holder around the windscreen of his $1k mic but ok lol. is that to reduce vibrations further or just because the mic holder is too big for the mic?

  43. Been using this mic for several years and it is a wonder to work with. My classes are able to use these every semester and they all love it.

  44. Nice to see Mike in the video I am a fellow BoothJunkie!!! Nice video man, I am new to advanced stuff in the audio field and enjoy your videos! They help a lot.

  45. You are clearly tracking with highpass filter and compression dude, thatโ€™s called processing, it also sounds like u r using noise reduction, and what is the deal with not a single one of these reviews showing the off axis rejection!

  46. Booth Junkie mentioned that you can get it for $799 from BSW about 2 year ago. Just checked out their website, and it is still on sale now. But you have to register an account to see the coupon code

  47. Hi, I need little advice from you or possibly anybody who might know the answer. I purchased the senhesier mkh 416 for the obvious well known reasons but for now I am using it with zoom H5 (eventualy I am heading for the preMix 3 as well) but people all over the internet were saying the same as you do – how little gain it needs, but that is not the case with zoom H5, if I put gain on 5 out of 10, the audio is super clean, but super quiet as well. If I go up to 8 the loudness goes over 200% up, but so does the his. So currently I am using gain slightly over 6 and I have to add volume in post production, in which case I am getting clean audio and tiny little bit of his. And I dont know why this is happening. Apart of that, the voice reproduction is amazing and super clean. Would could be the issue? Zoom H5 limitation?

  48. ์˜คํ”ฝ๋…ธ์žผ opicnojam

    Do you still use it now @eposvox?
    – btw, thank you for so many great reviews! Especially this one! I was really gonna pull the trigger with the RE20 until I happened to come across this video!

  49. Every mic needs post processing. Or at least can sound better with some post processing. There is a reason why large blockbuster movies may use different high end mics that sound great, but still come out with, for example, dialogue that you would have much difficulty in being able to detect which studio used what mic by the end result. Thats at least what sound engineers I've asked have told me.

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