Sennheiser have announced that their MKH 8000 series, a range that has become incredibly popular amongst field and location sound recordists, will soon gain a figure-of-eight model. Previewed at this year’s IBC show and set for release in 2024, the new MKH 8030 has been engineered to blend seamlessly with the sound of the existing models and provide engineers with a more versatile range of recording options.
Described as the “missing link the the sound designer’s toolbox”, the addition of the 8030 will make it possible to utilise stereo techniques such as mid-side and Blumlein with the MKH line-up, as well as offering a solution to scenarios where the highest possible attenuation of nearby sound sources is required. As with the rest of the range, the new addition employs the company’s RF capacitor technology, allowing it to offer a high resistance to moisture and humidity, an extended frequency response and extremely low self-noise.
The microphone will come supplied with an MZW 8030 foam windshield, an MZQ 8000 mic clamp and two Rycote back-to-back clips that can be used to create microphone pairs.
- Frequency response: 30Hz - 50kHz
- Equivalent noise level: 13dB(A)
- Maximum SPL: 139 dB
- Dimensions: 19/21 mm x 59 mm (93 mm with XLR module)
- Weight: approx. 86g (with XLR module)
We reviewed the 8000 range's cardioid offering, the MKH 8040 in SOS October 2008, click here to check it out.
Pricing & Availability
The MKH 8030 is available for pre-order now, priced at $€1499. Shipping will begin in Q2 2024.