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Re: Sennheiser MKE2 Waterproof GoPro mic - hacks and modifications
« Reply #135 on: February 25, 2019, 05:35:10 PM »
Just in case this was not previously known, Sennheiser finally got back with me on confirming the MKE2 operating voltage.

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Stand alone voltage for the MKE 2 Elements is 7.5V.  Their current consumption is ca. 250 µA
Mics: nbobs/480+ck61/62/63; C568EB; MKE2
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Re: Sennheiser MKE2 Waterproof GoPro mic - hacks and modifications
« Reply #136 on: February 26, 2019, 09:41:31 PM »
I just looked for another pair for $40 at eBay and at Sweetwater and they're all gone.
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Re: Sennheiser MKE2 Waterproof GoPro mic - hacks and modifications
« Reply #138 on: February 27, 2019, 12:23:45 AM »
Ran the hat rig again tonight at John Kadlecik and it turned out perfectly ran on PIP from MixPre6. I suppose these things don't like 9v. These things sound pretty dang good for $20  ;D
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Mics: nbobs/480+ck61/62/63; C568EB; MKE2
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Re: Sennheiser MKE2 Waterproof GoPro mic - hacks and modifications
« Reply #139 on: February 27, 2019, 09:42:36 AM »
Ran the hat rig again tonight at John Kadlecik and it turned out perfectly ran on PIP from MixPre6. I suppose these things don't like 9v. These things sound pretty dang good for $20  ;D

That's good news. I hoped to run these off the plug in power on the Marantz 620 which is around 5V. Going to make a super small rig.

I'll have a chance to run them onstage at a bluegrass revue type of show with three bands while I run my usual 4 channel onstage + SBD rig. Looking forward to finishing these up this weekend and giving them a workout.

I moved a couple of times since I last did any stuff with my soldering/cable making goods and can't seem to find any of my black heat shrink or my hot air gun. Might have to use red shrink and my girlfriend's hair dryer....
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Re: Sennheiser MKE2 Waterproof GoPro mic - hacks and modifications
« Reply #140 on: February 27, 2019, 01:02:10 PM »
Wow.  That was fast.Last I talked to Sweetwater they had several hundred in stock.
I wonder if someone bought up a bunch.
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Re: Sennheiser MKE2 Waterproof GoPro mic - hacks and modifications
« Reply #141 on: February 28, 2019, 12:30:19 PM »
What do you guys think!

Will 8 Volt instead of 7.5 Volt fry these mics?

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Re: Sennheiser MKE2 Waterproof GoPro mic - hacks and modifications
« Reply #142 on: February 28, 2019, 01:44:49 PM »
I ran mine into a 9v DPA battery pack that I modded years ago to 1/8" trs stereo (to remove the miocrodots for another project).  They ran fine at that - read: not immediately dead as a result.
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Re: Sennheiser MKE2 Waterproof GoPro mic - hacks and modifications
« Reply #143 on: February 28, 2019, 02:00:21 PM »
Here's a sample from the John K show the other night. Nothing done but normalize up to -1db.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1pptD2XOsvShDJWP9nxppn081kyB0K_Vf

Here's that sample with a mono Sennheiser e614 test run as a center channel:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=10HoqrjVE12C4pLN4pfetRcxkSM_A853s

Both the MKE2s and e614 were in "test mode" as this was the first outing for the 614 and the second outing for the MKE2 rig - the first time ended with brickwalling using CA9100. MKE2s were in a hat on my table and the 614 was about 5 feet high PAS. I didn't expect these to be useable but they turned out pretty good IMO.
« Last Edit: February 28, 2019, 03:14:38 PM by beegar »
Mics: nbobs/480+ck61/62/63; C568EB; MKE2
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Re: Sennheiser MKE2 Waterproof GoPro mic - hacks and modifications
« Reply #144 on: February 28, 2019, 09:15:17 PM »
Here's a sample from the John K show the other night. Nothing done but normalize up to -1db.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1pptD2XOsvShDJWP9nxppn081kyB0K_Vf

Here's that sample with a mono Sennheiser e614 test run as a center channel:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=10HoqrjVE12C4pLN4pfetRcxkSM_A853s

Both the MKE2s and e614 were in "test mode" as this was the first outing for the 614 and the second outing for the MKE2 rig - the first time ended with brickwalling using CA9100. MKE2s were in a hat on my table and the 614 was about 5 feet high PAS. I didn't expect these to be useable but they turned out pretty good IMO.

Have you (or anyone else for that matter) measured the PIP voltage from a MP3?
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Re: Sennheiser MKE2 Waterproof GoPro mic - hacks and modifications
« Reply #145 on: March 01, 2019, 10:58:42 AM »
Here's a sample from the John K show the other night. Nothing done but normalize up to -1db.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1pptD2XOsvShDJWP9nxppn081kyB0K_Vf

Here's that sample with a mono Sennheiser e614 test run as a center channel:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=10HoqrjVE12C4pLN4pfetRcxkSM_A853s

Both the MKE2s and e614 were in "test mode" as this was the first outing for the 614 and the second outing for the MKE2 rig - the first time ended with brickwalling using CA9100. MKE2s were in a hat on my table and the 614 was about 5 feet high PAS. I didn't expect these to be useable but they turned out pretty good IMO.

Have you (or anyone else for that matter) measured the PIP voltage from a MP3?

I haven't, but the user manual spec is "Mic 3.5 mm: 3 V @ 3k source Z"
Mics: nbobs/480+ck61/62/63; C568EB; MKE2
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Re: Sennheiser MKE2 Waterproof GoPro mic - hacks and modifications
« Reply #146 on: March 14, 2019, 12:00:25 PM »
Anymore field experience with these?  I likely won't get to test mine out in a loud show until next month.
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Re: Sennheiser MKE2 Waterproof GoPro mic - hacks and modifications
« Reply #147 on: March 15, 2019, 09:41:01 AM »
Just in case this was not previously known, Sennheiser finally got back with me on confirming the MKE2 operating voltage.

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Stand alone voltage for the MKE 2 Elements is 7.5V.  Their current consumption is ca. 250 µA

The MKE 2 uses the KE 4-211-2 capsule that can take a voltage from 0.9V to 15V.

You can see the data sheet HERE


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Re: Sennheiser MKE2 Waterproof GoPro mic - hacks and modifications
« Reply #148 on: March 16, 2019, 04:45:32 AM »
I’m considering wiring these up to mini XLR jacks and having mics that can easily be disconnected from their cables to allow for easier storage, transport, and setup. Are there any obvious reasons to avoid this that I may be overlooking?
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Re: Sennheiser MKE2 Waterproof GoPro mic - hacks and modifications
« Reply #149 on: March 16, 2019, 11:18:37 AM »
I’m considering wiring these up to mini XLR jacks and having mics that can easily be disconnected from their cables to allow for easier storage, transport, and setup. Are there any obvious reasons to avoid this that I may be overlooking?

I used mini XLRs.  I think the only downside is the size of the connectors. 
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