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  1. Hi, hope this topic is more than a double from what I already read from other threads... Working on a documentary for the next month, I want "better" sound in many ways. Since today, we use a Sennheiser MKH418 on a boom plugged into a SD702. We only used the mid, when voice was on the important side but mostly used the side signal for enhanced room experience. We already did two feature length films with this setup and liked the handling very much. The sound was always nice, but not breathtaking. We always found the stereo experience to be somewhat limited and "tight". When recording very quite environments I didn't like the noise floor, too. FYI: We use lavs for interviews, too, when needed. I was using a Schoeps CMC6/MK41 combo lately and used them instead the mid signal of the MKH418 in a M/S test setup. I was really impressed with the low noise and much better off axis response. What a difference especially in quite environments! I tested the Sennheiser MKH 8060 lately with a comparable experience in terms of noise and off axis response, but a much narrower/more distorted stereo image of course. Here's what I want now: - MS setup with low noise and "switchable" mid signal (e.g. cardoid indoors, shotgun outddors) - stealthy setup in a small rycote stereo shockmount/windshield - price should stay around 2k... I found some possible setups: - Sennheiser MKH8060/8040 for the mid signal (can buy them used at an attractive price) >> seems to be sensitive to handling/wind noise (MZF8000!) but is small, leigthweight and has a very nice sound, high sensitivity + low noise !! - Schoeps CMC6/MK4 + MK41 for the mid-signal >> silky sound, low noise, small + leightweight, mid sensitivity, no shotgun available, expensive - Ambient Emesser ATE208 as figure 8 >> I have never used this personally, but this seems to be the only small single diaphragm figure 8 beside the expensive Schoeps MK8 - Kortwich 8 as figure 8 >> double diaphragm figure 8, there is zero experience with this mic, kortwich told me that they tried to match the MK8 with a better noisefloor and therefore used a double diaphragm, they developed this as Sennheiser has no figure8 for the MKH8000 series, kortwich will send me one for test purposes Any input welcome, as there seems to be very limited experience in such a specialized tool... THX
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