Sennheiser Launches Waterproof Mic for GoPro HERO4
Looking to score some premium audio out in the lineup? Look no further than Sennheiser’s all-new MKE 2 elements microphone, designed for the GoPro HERO4 camera. Sure, you can capture great audio along with the awe-inspiring video the HERO4 is known for, but in many situations the waterproof housing is crucial to surviving the elements. With just the waterproof housing, the audio is stifled. Thanks to the ingenious MKE 2, however, you can keep your camera protected and still capture high-quality audio. Whether it’s a conversation in the lineup, a hilarious hoot as you bomb a downhill run, or the serene sounds of slashing snow, the MKE 2 will pick it up while your camera remains protected.
“The MKE 2 elements has been designed to break through these barriers in the same way that GoPro cameras have done, giving users the ability to add fantastic sound that makes action cam footage even more intense,” said Achim Gleissner, Commercial Manager for Broadcast & Media at Sennheiser. "In parallel to bringing the MKE 2 elements to the market, Sennheiser is working on solutions for HERO5 cameras and is excited to continue to collaborate with GoPro as their products evolve.”
The MKE 2 elements is able to take on virtually anything GoPro users can throw at it, from surfing to mountain biking. It is based on a professional Sennheiser lavalier microphone, but optimized to take on the snow, ice, and wind. It can even record audio under water, thanks to an “advanced capsule design with an internal Umbrella Diaphragm to protect its acoustically active membrane, a watertight connection with the camera’s protective housing, and a special windshield.” Unlike traditional wind muffs that do not perform well in wet conditions, the innovative new design keeps performing, whether wet or dry.
For the surf journo, this is the perfect tool for those interviews and updates from Dawn Patrol. Rainy shooting days? No problem. Intense powder runs? Crystal clear audio to go with the high def immersive video.
MKE 2 elements Technical Data
Dimensions approx. 125 x 70 x 60 mm (back cover and wind stopper),
Ø 62 mm (wind stopper)
Weight 45 g / 0.1 lbs (back cover, mic and wind stopper)
Connector GoPro® audio connector for HERO®4
Ingress protection rating IPX7, waterproof to 1 bar (1 metre / 3 feet for 30 minutes)
Mic pick-up pattern omni-directional
Frequency response 20 Hz – 20,000 Hz
Temperature range -20°C to +70°C / -4°F to +158°F (storage)
-10°C to +50°C / +14°F to +122°F (operation)
Audio specialist Sennheiser is one of the world's leading manufacturers of headphones, microphones and wireless transmission systems. Based in Wedemark near Hanover, Germany, Sennheiser operates its own production facilities in Germany, Ireland and the USA and is active in more than 50 countries. With 19 sales subsidiaries and long-established trading partners, the company supplies innovative products and cutting-edge audio solutions that are optimally tailored to its customers' needs. Sennheiser is a family owned company that was founded in 1945 and which today has 2,750 employees around the world that share a passion for audio technology. Since 2013, Sennheiser has been managed by Daniel Sennheiser and
Dr. Andreas Sennheiser, the third generation of the family to run the company. In 2015, the Sennheiser Group had sales totalling €682 million. www.sennheiser.com