March 22, 2015 at 2:47PM
Sennheiser ME 66/ K6 issues and questions
I recently made a great deal and bought a used ME66/K6 from BH Photo, mint condition, no signs of use, just like new...
My main problem here is... Im getting a very low audio signal from this mic... Im quite concerned because I've heard this is one of the hottest mics out there, with a 50mV/P, right? And im getting a very low low sensitivity from this mic... Either with my Nikon D800 and my Zoom H6.
I'm mostly going to use this mic with my Nikon D800E, and got myself a Kopul LMT100 - Low to High Impedance Matching Transformer (1.5') to use with it.
The problem is that im getting very low levels from this mic, making me push the preamp gain almost to its max... And of course, I'm getting completely unusable audio from this setup... which is quite... disappointing. And I get it, DSLR preamps are BAD... but i was expecting a better result considering the high sensitivity of the ME66.
But what concerns me the most is, when I use this mic with my Zoom H6 I'm still getting very low levels from it... Which makes me push the Zoom's preamp gain high, resulting in high noise and hiss audio.
My settings pluging the ME 66 to the Zoom H6 are:
ME 66 plugged via XLR to one mono input in the Zoom H6.
48V Phantom powered.
Channel gain is 50%, which is the #5 in the gain knob.
No -20dB padding on the Zoom H6
With this settings im getting a low level audio, about -18dB on the Zoom's monitor VU meter.
Going any higher in the gain knob will result in nasty noise showing up..
I would really appreciate your thoughts, your recommendations, and your help to solve this problem.
I hope everything is clear, and understandable.
Thank you Thank you in advance!