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This is a sound file for a blog article demonstrating the capabilities of the MKH-8060. It's really not that interesting but here is the techno babble blurb:
This is an informal test of the off-axis rejection capabilities of the Sennheiser MKH 8060 - Short Shotgun Microphone. As the official product blurb states:
"The MKH 8060 offers true and natural sound in a lightweight, rugged package. Reliable under the toughest climatic conditions, the MKH 8060’s symmetrical RF transducer design produces high sensitivity, low distortion, excellent transient response. Newly designed short interference tube yields a pleasing supercardioid / lobar pickup pattern, suppressing off-axis sound without coloration to create extremely natural and detailed results."
On August 6, 2012 as I sat outside on my deck trying to record a bird screeching in the late night hours I heard an approaching train in the distance and pointed the microphone North in it's general direction. When the wind is just right the passing trains sound closer than they actually are and sometimes the rumble can vibrate my deck ever so slightly. The train was 5 miles or so away and was heading South West (as they usually do that time of night) I noticed the bird was barely audible and pointed the microphone 90 degrees back towards it. The bird was quite far away up in the mountains behind the house. As I did this 90 degree switch in direction, I noticed the distant train had virtually disappeared and I was quite surprised at how much it was attenuated especially in the lower frequency range.
As you can hear in the demo below the train is not very loud but has a lot of 100Hz and below. As soon as it stops blaring it's horn the sound level decreases and that's when I changed the direction of the microphone. The angle did not completely remove the train but is was enough to hear the bird quite clearly.