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Re: Sennheiser MKE2 Waterproof GoPro mic - hacks and modifications
« Reply #45 on: January 29, 2019, 11:36:07 AM »
JB Weld is awesome. It works just as Moke says.
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Re: Sennheiser MKE2 Waterproof GoPro mic - hacks and modifications
« Reply #46 on: January 29, 2019, 08:16:13 PM »
JB-Weld, the regular slow-dry, to pot these Stubbies, and, made a custom right angle stereo output cable for my MMA6k; poured in place.
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Re: Sennheiser MKE2 Waterproof GoPro mic - hacks and modifications
« Reply #47 on: January 31, 2019, 06:56:52 PM »
Another sample added with the MKE2 pair.
This is a thunderstorm that rolled through this afternoon.  We don't get them often, and, when we do, they roll through quickly.
I set up Güde in my front entrance breezeway, just far enough back to keep from getting too wet (a few drops did hit, but minimal).  I ran the mics as the HRTF example posted in the list earlier, and let it run its course. This is with the head facing the wind, and no windscreens; It was a thunderstorm blowing through, with wind.
Find it here, under thunder2019-01-31_mke2-hrtf:
https://archive.org/details/test2.horizontal

Highlights, or, other things to listen for,...
> Cars on our street.
We are on a slope that reaveals the road as lower to the right, and, in line of sight. As the cars approach, you can hear them more to the right, and then crossing to center, and then becoming naturally attenuated, as our front slope is high to the left, and low to the right, diagonally across the sound field. By the time the cars reach center from the right, they are disappearing behind/into the slope. Cars coming down the road emerge at center, and move right.

> Birds doing their thing. It was raining, and they were mostly hiding, but audible.

> Thunder! the whole point of this.
sub-point,... in the left channel, you can hear the thunder shaking the heck out of my steel garage.
The rain is also made to sound really bright by my rain gutters.

The first clap of thunder has a touch of clipping, as I was literally running to get this set up. Our thunder storms are rare and extremely brief. When I hit record, I was a touch too hot; nothing too drastic, but, overs nonetheless. Adjustment made, and clean through the rest.
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Re: Sennheiser MKE2 Waterproof GoPro mic - hacks and modifications
« Reply #48 on: February 01, 2019, 09:47:46 AM »
I'm working on doing something like this:
Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.

Microphones: Microtech Gefell M300, AKG C 480 B comb-ULS/ CK 61/ CK 63, Sennheiser MKE 2 elements, CAD GXL1200 (cardioid and mod-cardioid capsule & electronics mod), Audix M1290-o, Micro capsule active cables w/ Naiant PFA's, Naiant MSH-1O, Naiant AKG Active cables, Church CA-11 (cardioid), (1) Nady SCM-1000 (mod)
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Re: Sennheiser MKE2 Waterproof GoPro mic - hacks and modifications
« Reply #49 on: February 01, 2019, 10:59:48 AM »
I'm working on doing something like this:
That looks slick!  What clip is that?
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Re: Sennheiser MKE2 Waterproof GoPro mic - hacks and modifications
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Re: Sennheiser MKE2 Waterproof GoPro mic - hacks and modifications
« Reply #51 on: February 01, 2019, 11:10:13 AM »
I got them on Amazon, but they aren't there anymore. I found the same ones on eBay. Search: "10Pack Mini Clip-On Microphone Holders Mic Lapel Tie Clip Replacement 12mm" Those come from China.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/10Pack-Mini-Clip-On-Microphone-Holders-Mic-Lapel-Tie-Clip-Replacement-12mm/391931006022?hash=item5b40e88c46:rk:1:pf:0
Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.

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Pre-amps: Naiant littlebox, Naiant littlekit v2.0, BM2p+ Edirol UA-5, Church STC-9000
Recorders: Sound Devices MixPre-6, Tascam DR-680, iRiver iHP-120 (Rockboxed & RTC mod)

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Re: Sennheiser MKE2 Waterproof GoPro mic - hacks and modifications
« Reply #52 on: February 01, 2019, 11:12:19 AM »
I'm working on doing something like this:
That looks slick!  What clip is that?

Not sure if it's the same, but this one looks similar: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4-x-microphone-lapel-tie-clip-for-Lapel-Lavalier-Mic-Black/32823945525.html

They look to have a smaller grip than the 12mm clips I bought. I saw several different sizes then I found mine.
Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.

Microphones: Microtech Gefell M300, AKG C 480 B comb-ULS/ CK 61/ CK 63, Sennheiser MKE 2 elements, CAD GXL1200 (cardioid and mod-cardioid capsule & electronics mod), Audix M1290-o, Micro capsule active cables w/ Naiant PFA's, Naiant MSH-1O, Naiant AKG Active cables, Church CA-11 (cardioid), (1) Nady SCM-1000 (mod)
Pre-amps: Naiant littlebox, Naiant littlekit v2.0, BM2p+ Edirol UA-5, Church STC-9000
Recorders: Sound Devices MixPre-6, Tascam DR-680, iRiver iHP-120 (Rockboxed & RTC mod)

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Re: Sennheiser MKE2 Waterproof GoPro mic - hacks and modifications
« Reply #53 on: February 01, 2019, 11:14:18 AM »
Is that an RCA connector?
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Re: Sennheiser MKE2 Waterproof GoPro mic - hacks and modifications
« Reply #54 on: February 01, 2019, 11:16:46 AM »
Yeah. I have a box full of different sizes of them. That's the first one I tried. I want to get the size and weight down from that one. I like the idea of using an RCA socket to terminate them though, but it does add weight.
Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.

Microphones: Microtech Gefell M300, AKG C 480 B comb-ULS/ CK 61/ CK 63, Sennheiser MKE 2 elements, CAD GXL1200 (cardioid and mod-cardioid capsule & electronics mod), Audix M1290-o, Micro capsule active cables w/ Naiant PFA's, Naiant MSH-1O, Naiant AKG Active cables, Church CA-11 (cardioid), (1) Nady SCM-1000 (mod)
Pre-amps: Naiant littlebox, Naiant littlekit v2.0, BM2p+ Edirol UA-5, Church STC-9000
Recorders: Sound Devices MixPre-6, Tascam DR-680, iRiver iHP-120 (Rockboxed & RTC mod)

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Re: Sennheiser MKE2 Waterproof GoPro mic - hacks and modifications
« Reply #55 on: February 01, 2019, 11:20:34 AM »
I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with as people have more time to mess with these.  I'm considering buying more just cuz.
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Re: Sennheiser MKE2 Waterproof GoPro mic - hacks and modifications
« Reply #56 on: February 02, 2019, 02:16:20 PM »
This is what they look like stripped down...
Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.

Microphones: Microtech Gefell M300, AKG C 480 B comb-ULS/ CK 61/ CK 63, Sennheiser MKE 2 elements, CAD GXL1200 (cardioid and mod-cardioid capsule & electronics mod), Audix M1290-o, Micro capsule active cables w/ Naiant PFA's, Naiant MSH-1O, Naiant AKG Active cables, Church CA-11 (cardioid), (1) Nady SCM-1000 (mod)
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Re: Sennheiser MKE2 Waterproof GoPro mic - hacks and modifications
« Reply #57 on: February 02, 2019, 04:32:15 PM »
all through that bitty little hole.

So, what did it take to get that cap off?
I'm guessing the inner silver screen is integrated within that cap?
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Re: Sennheiser MKE2 Waterproof GoPro mic - hacks and modifications
« Reply #58 on: February 02, 2019, 06:23:46 PM »
all through that bitty little hole.

So, what did it take to get that cap off?
I'm guessing the inner silver screen is integrated within that cap?

It wasn't that difficult to pry apart. I used an exacto knife to loosen it a bit before I tugged on it. It's just glued in place. The silver screen appears to be glued on too. I did notice there was a membrane over that hole in the part that has the silver screen.

I actually didn't intend to take it all apart, but I accidentally broke the red wire so far into the thing when I was playing with it that I figured I'd just sacrifice one for the team. ;)

For what it's worth, as everyone has said, those wires are very small. I have several wire strippers and none would cut the jacket off the red and light blue wires without cutting the wire too. I resorted to using my teeth and that's how I broke the red wire. :(


So, this is my finished hack. I used the strain relief from some mini xlr plugs to seal the back. I decided RCA jacks would be the best way to terminate them for me. Tomorrow I'm going to crank up the stereo and test them against my other omnis.
Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.

Microphones: Microtech Gefell M300, AKG C 480 B comb-ULS/ CK 61/ CK 63, Sennheiser MKE 2 elements, CAD GXL1200 (cardioid and mod-cardioid capsule & electronics mod), Audix M1290-o, Micro capsule active cables w/ Naiant PFA's, Naiant MSH-1O, Naiant AKG Active cables, Church CA-11 (cardioid), (1) Nady SCM-1000 (mod)
Pre-amps: Naiant littlebox, Naiant littlekit v2.0, BM2p+ Edirol UA-5, Church STC-9000
Recorders: Sound Devices MixPre-6, Tascam DR-680, iRiver iHP-120 (Rockboxed & RTC mod)

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Re: Sennheiser MKE2 Waterproof GoPro mic - hacks and modifications
« Reply #59 on: February 02, 2019, 06:29:08 PM »
One more image with the RCA jack.
Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.

Microphones: Microtech Gefell M300, AKG C 480 B comb-ULS/ CK 61/ CK 63, Sennheiser MKE 2 elements, CAD GXL1200 (cardioid and mod-cardioid capsule & electronics mod), Audix M1290-o, Micro capsule active cables w/ Naiant PFA's, Naiant MSH-1O, Naiant AKG Active cables, Church CA-11 (cardioid), (1) Nady SCM-1000 (mod)
Pre-amps: Naiant littlebox, Naiant littlekit v2.0, BM2p+ Edirol UA-5, Church STC-9000
Recorders: Sound Devices MixPre-6, Tascam DR-680, iRiver iHP-120 (Rockboxed & RTC mod)

Recordings on the LMA: http://www.archive.org/bookmarks/ChuckM
Recording website & blog: http://www.timebetweenthenotes.com

 

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