Sennheiser MKH 416

Compact Supercardioid Shotgun Interference Microphone
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Super Directional, Super Low Noise For Your Toughest Applications!

The MKH 416 is a shotgun interference tube microphone. Its excellent directivity and compact design, low self noise, high consonant articulation and feedback rejection make the MKH 416 a superb all-round microphone for film, radio and television, especially for outside broadcast applications.

Sennheiser MKH 416 Features:
  • Increased directivity due to interference tube principle
  • Very low inherent self-noise
  • High sensitivity
  • Transformerless and fully floating balanced output
  • Rugged, suitable for adverse climatic conditions
  • Matte black all-metal body
  • Included MZ 415 windscreen
  • Requires +48V phantom power

Additional Media

MKH 416 Spec Sheet
MKH 416 User Manual
Studio Microphone Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Microphone Type Shotgun RF Condenser
Polar Pattern Supercardioid/lobar
Frequency Response 40Hz-20kHz
Max SPL 130 dB
Output Impedance 800 ohms
Self Noise 13dB (A weighted)
Length 9.84"
Connector XLR
Weight 0.36 lbs.
Power Phantom Power
Manufacturer Part Number 001511

Customer Reviews

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Best investment EVER!

The 416 has made such a big difference in my voice overs. Clear, crisp full body sound. The best investment in my gear collection so far.

Industry Standard

I've been using this mic for 15 years and it's never disappointed. This mic may be 20-odd years on the market, but it's a proven workhorse. Solid build for many enviromental conditions. Clean, full sound from highs to lows, very little hiss and just great all-around. Phantom power would be nice, but for all it's pluses it's hard to nit-pick

The Industry Standard

The Sennheiser 416 is, simply, THE go-to mic for nearly EVERY industry application. Its popularity with VO talent is unmatched. I've personally owned every mic in the business but kept coming back to the 416. And most who use this mic the first time don't want to give it up, either. Worth it at twice--even three times--the price.
Music background: professional VO talent and musician

Fantastic Mic

I'm a Voice Actor and I've recorded commercials in studios that have used this mic. Never gave it much thought at the time. Then I began hearing some of the audio recorded by the top Voice Actors in the country using this mic. I was really impressed. At my home studio, I was using the Neumann TLM 103, which I love. However, it's not suited for everything. Now my mic collection is complete. The Sennheiser MKH 416 just blows me away. Both the Neumann TLM 103 and Sennheiser MKH 416 are classics. What else would you need? I would highly recommend this mic.
Music background: Voice Actor

When Only One Mic Will Do!!

I record audio for fim and video clients. These clients come to Chicago from all over the USA and Europe. They do not have the time to re shoot because of an audio problem so I never give them one. The Sennheiser 416 short shotgun mic is my go to mic for any scene. I can hang the mic over the head of the talent, or hide it. For example, I did a shoot in an hotel room that measured about 15' X 25'. After setting the lights and camera, puting the actors on the set, There was very little room for audio. There was a room that led to the bathroom on one sie and the closet on the other. I set up in that room, put the 416 on a carbon boom pole and attached the boom to a C stand. Now, I was able to raise the boom to the ceiling which was above the camera shot. The shot took five takes, but not because of audio.
Music background: M.A. Theory/ Comp - Staff Guitarist

Sweetwater Advice

Bart Good

This microphone is the movie mic! The Sennheiser MKH 416 has been used on pretty much every major motion picture in recent memory. I own this microphone and have used it on countless productions. If you want the best microphone for capturing quality dialog at a distance, this is it!
See also: Shotgun Mics, Sennheiser, Sennheiser Condenser Microphones, Sennheiser Shotgun Microphones