Heilbronn/Germany, July 2014: Digital action-cams are hugely popular and affordable photo cameras also enable decent video recordings in HD quality. In combination with high-quality optics, digital SLR cameras have already replaced a large number of conventional video cameras and impress with an authentic film look. The sound quality is not always able to keep pace: integrated mini-microphones crackle and hiss like a mountain stream, cheap items from electronics discounter stores are often unable to offer quality manufacturing or sound.
Help has arrived from Heilbronn: beyerdynamic, a well-established company, presents the MCE 85, a new condenser shotgun microphone that is able to meet professional demands and is handcrafted in Germany, despite the attractive price.
Defined recordings without noise
Shotgun microphones are popular with professionals from theatre, the film and television industries because of their exceptional directivity. The special design effectively suppresses background noise from behind or the side: the audio recording can be precisely directed at what is going on in front of the camera. At low frequencies, shotgun microphones exhibit a super-cardioid polar pattern which then develops into a super cardioid/lobar pattern at higher frequencies, so that the sound event is focused even in noisy environments.
The beyerdynamic MCE 85 is suitable for mounting on television/film cameras and camcorders. It can be used on a microphone boom both indoors and outdoors. The new beyerdynamic shotgun microphone can also be used as a handheld microphone, and it is also sure to impress on digital sound recording devices such as DAT or MD recorders. A microphone clamp and a professional pop shield to suppress distracting wind noise are included in delivery. A switchable high-pass filter limits the broad frequency range as required and reduces unwanted proximity effects.
Highest quality in a noble design
The slim microphone with high-quality electret condenser capsule and integrated footfall sound insulation is available in two designs: The MCE 85 PV is intended for operation with phantom power, while the MCE 85 BA model can also be phantom or battery powered using a 1.5 V battery. The MCE 85 BA has an ON/OFF switch (for battery operation) and a battery status LED. The average battery life is approx. 160 hours. A DC/DC converter ensures that the microphone signal remains constant even if the battery power starts to wane, guaranteeing consistent, brilliant recording quality. The MCE 85 BA model is available as a special “Full Camera Kit” edition that includes all important accessories and adapter parts, as well as a durable plastic case, meaning that you can unpack it and start recording straight away.
The attractive and very sturdy aluminium housing makes the MCE 85 an extremely durable yet lightweight microphone. Without battery and cable, the MCE 85 BA weighs only 110 grams (MCE 85 PV: 81 grams). The high-quality matte black coating prevents distracting reflections during video recordings. Optionally available accessories, including a hot shoe set and an XLR to stereo mini jack adapter, make the new shotgun microphone a professional all-rounder for a number of recording applications.
Perfect sound for unique moments
Sound creates authenticity and atmosphere: only excellent audio recordings can complete high-quality footage to make a lastingly impressive experience. The MCE 85 from beyerdynamic captures the perfect sound for unique moments; its use is not just limited to professional applications, because it is easy to use, it is ideal for your own YouTube channel or your extreme sport video.