For the truly adventurous, the ultra-rugged GoPro has proved a game changer - letting them share their escapades with the world. Yet while the video gets ever more striking, audio often struggles to keep up. Sennheiser’s new, GoPro-verified MKE 2 elements microphone brings high-quality sound recording to GoPro’s HERO4 Black and Silver cameras.
“In the world of extreme sports, uncompromising sound quality remained a summit yet to be scaled. Until now, athletes have had to lower their expectations of audio and accept that there are scenarios where poor-quality recordings are inevitable or even when sound capture is impossible, for example under water,” says Achim Gleissner, commercial manager for broadcast and media at Sennheiser. “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.”
The MKE 2 elements is able to take on virtually anything GoPro users can throw at it, including activities like surfing, climbing or mountain biking. It is based on a professional Sennheiser lavalier microphone but with innovative design features that make it nearly immune to snow, ice, and wind. It is even capable of recording audio under water. This is 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.
This newly-developed, replaceable windshield utilises a special foam material that ensures that the mic can be used for water sports while fully retaining its wind protection properties. Unlike classic hairy or foam windshields that cease to offer wind protection when they become wet, the innovative new design keeps performing, whether wet or dry. Thanks to the mic’s elastic suspension, it is insensitive to structure-borne noise.
It was developed as part of the GoPro Developer Program, a framework that allows participating companies to create seamless integration with GoPro products, the MKE 2 elements has obtained the ‘Works with GoPro’ seal of quality.
“Through our Developer Program we are very proud to be working with companies like Sennheiser to pursue a shared vision and create seamless user experiences between our products,” said Ted Simonides, director, developer partnerships at GoPro. “The MKE 2 elements epitomises this spirit of innovation and lets GoPro users take their adventures even further.”
Adds Gleissner: ”Sennheiser is currently the only audio company that has obtained Works with GoPro verification, and the ground-breaking nature of the MKE 2 elements is a testament to the power of this collaborative and excellence-driven approach. 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.”