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Levente Udud

MKH40 high pitch noise

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Hello all!

My recently purchased used MKH 40 just did the strangest thing last week and again today, this modulating high pitch noise appeared depending on mic position and angle.

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Today the problem went away after a couple of minutes, but it may come back anytime.

 

Anyone experienced simiar issues with a MKH mic?

Thank you for your input

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8 hours ago, Levente Udud said:

depending on mic position and angle.

Based on the quoted phrase alone this made me think the mic is simply picking up something in the environment. If it was a problem with the microphone itself I would think the noise would be present no matter what the mic position and angle is. 

 

-Mike

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it does sound electrical possibly on the mic.

tell us about the rest of the setup. Did you try basic troubleshooting on different cables and preamps on different recorder?

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The only time I've had something like an intermittent problem with a senny (depending on mic angle/position) the sound was very different and it was because something had come loose inside - it had been a badly treated rental. 

 

IIRC sennheiser charge c. 200 for servicing mics and this includes everything except a new capsule. When I've bought second hand sennheisers I have tried to factor this in when deciding what I'll pay. If you need the piece of mind to know you can take this mic on job - send it for servicing. 

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There has been an issue with earlier model mkh's i believe with models having silver pins vs newer ones with updated boards n gold pins. A friend of mine had to send his 50 in and once sennheiser got their mits on it all was fixed

 

-Ken 

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Thank you all for your input, I have a quite good relationship with my local Sennheiser Service shop and they are in walking distance, so I'm definitelygoing to head there.
 

MobileMike, RadoStefanov: Yes, I troubleshooted, and it's definetly the mic, and I think it's an internal issue, I couldn't recreate the problem on the spot and since either.

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