Sennheiser - Lavalier Microphones Compared

Now, lavalier microphones can be an area of confusion for many people, as they all essentially do the same job. Sennheiser makes some great microphones, but what are the differences between their lav mics? Well, there is the ME 2, MKE 2 and the ME 4.Lav Mic

ME 2

The ME 2 is Sennheiser's general, affordable all-purpose microphone, and it's probably the one, which will come with your wireless microphone set. It provides good quality audio and features an omnidirectional pickup pattern. Meaning that it will pick up sound equally around itself, so it doesn't matter if you place it upside down or sideways, the sound you'll get out of this microphone will stay the same.Lav Mic

ME 4

Now the ME 4 actually isn't the most expensive microphone out of the bunch, it sits at a similar price point to the ME 2, but rather than having an omnidirectional pickup pattern, it has more of a cardioid pickup pattern, meaning that it is more of a directional microphone. It's not as directional as a shotgun microphone, but it will do a much better job of blocking out any unwanted background sound in a really noisy environment, this does mean, however, that you'll need to point the microphone in the general direction of your subject. It's actually similarly shaped to the ME 2, but with a slightly more bulbous design.Lav Mic

MKE 2

This is Sennheiser's professional lavalier microphone. Everything about this mic screams quality. First up, the cable is made out of steel, instead of the copper cable that you'll find in the other two microphones. This means it a much more robust cable, designed for the rigours of professional use, it's noticeably stiffer, doesn't get tangled as easily, and is less susceptible to interference. It also has a much slimmer profile, than the other microphones, meaning that is much easier to hide on your subject. If you're hiding your microphone on a subject, then its very likely that you'll be sticking the microphone directly to their skin, and since this mic is sweat resistant, you're not going to have any problems with doing that. There are several different windshields which can be attached to the mic should you need them, some of which have similar shapes to the other two microphones. One of the most interesting parts of this microphone is the clip, which, I know, it doesn't sound interesting. The clip has a clever design, which takes adds slack to the cable directly attached to the microphone, separate from the rest of the cable, meaning, if the cable is tugged, say from your subject moving their hip, the force of the movement, will travel to the clip, and because of the slack, won't affect the microphone capsule, meaning you won't get any interference.

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Buy the ME 2 

 

Buy the ME 4 

 

Buy the MKE 2

 

Buy the Sennheiser G4's 

 

Spare Mic Clips for the MKE 2

 

This video was filmed using:
Main Camera - Canon C300 MKII
Lens - Canon EF-S 17-55mm f2.8 IS USM
Audio - Sennheiser AVX-ME2 Set

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