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Sennheiser 416 alternatives?

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I imagine it will be easier to suggest alternatives if you share what you don’t like about it, and perhaps even what properties you hope to find in the replacement.

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Please be more specific. That's like asking, I do not like the car I have, what should I get to replace it.

What do you not like about the 416, what attributes are you looking for and what is your budget?

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Think about the locations you're most likely to be working in? Quiet, or places where you have some control over ambient sound? Or noisy streets, factories, etc where you want a mic that can suck out dialog and reject the noise? And as Niels ask, what do you dislike about the 416 (that will help guide suggestions)? And do you have any other mics (such as a shorter hyper) that you plan on keeping? And, how much are you hoping to spend?

 

This isn't a test; just let us know more about how and where you plan to use your new/dream mic... 🙂

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Thank you for challenging me!

Up to now, i used to rent all my equipment.

As for the mics, i had only two options:

Either the 416 or the MKH 60.

What i hate abour the 416?

It's off axis coloring effect

It's frequency response dramatic differences

It's "fake"fat presence

It's sensitivity to boom movements

Etc

 

So

 

I am looking two different solution

A shotgun for sucking dialogue on doco production

Another cardiod mic for interviews and talking heads.

 

My budget:

2000$

 

Thanx

 

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20 hours ago, Alexis Zarembski said:

A shotgun for sucking dialogue on doco production

 

 

 

i am not familiar with "sucking dialogue" ... at least in positive terms.

The Sanken CS-3e is a multi-element shotgun mic, which has a tight pattern and performs well in both interior and exterior environments (in the hands of a skilled boom op or course).

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Try a Sanken CS-2 if you can find one.

 

(Trew Audio Used $800)

 

Good directivity

Bright sounding

High output

 

Have a listen to one in working conditions not 3 inches from your mouth!

 

mike

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I would strongly suggest the Sanken CS-M1 as an all around replacement. You have to hear it to believe it. It has for many users replaced their 416's, CS3e's,, MKH 50's and many other de facto standards. $895

Sanken CS-M1.jpg

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