Chains and Sennheiser MKH8040 MKH416 Comparison

I know it’s obvious that recording with a high frequency microphone and playing that sound back at lower pitches and slowed down that the results contain highs that would be lost with a standard frequency range microphone. I’m not breaking any new ground here but today I recorded some chains hanging from the ceiling of my garage with a Sennheiser MKH-8040 and MKH-416 at 192k and wanted to share some sound samples from each microphone.

The first set is chains at normal playback speed with the Sennheiser MKH-8040 and MKH-416. The second set is a modified sample rate of 48k playing back two octaves down.

Chains 8040 MKH416 Comparison by therecordist

There is a remarkable difference in the upper mids and highs. I really like my MKH-416 and will never stop using it for a lot of my sound effects recording but for some content the 8040s really shine.

I did hear more of the garage reverberation with the 8040 than the MKH-416 even though I was close miking the chain and other metal objects. The MKH-416 being a shotgun mic with very good side and rear rejection. Overall I was impressed with the 8040 and it’s cardiod sound.

Chain Recording 5-25-11

Chain Recording 5-25-11

Chain Recording 5-25-11

Chain Recording 5-25-11

Chain Recording 5-25-11

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