Sennheiser MKH 416 P48 shorts out when moved around quickly or is bumped. Gently tapping the mic brings a strong signal back. Sounds fine when not shorted out. Opened mic up and did not see any obvious damage, broken connections, or loose chips. I'm going to take it to a repair shop, but, was just wondering what I am in for. Thanks. -James
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You won't need a complete short to drain the battery much faster. Unless you can compare the figures to a known working one it's difficult for you to tell what is right and what is wrong.
Is this a handheld or a beltpack? Is it a genuine unit or a Chinese copy?
A set of GOOD batteries (Duracell, etc) should last between 6 and 8 hours minimum with these units.
If you have the tools you could take the unit apart and look for signs of failed components. A partial short circuit on a board due to moisture (from sweat or other liquids) can cause higher battery usage.
At the worst case, Sennheiser fixed price repair is around 60pounds exc vat.
Audio Technica and Sennheiser each have proprietary connectors for their mics. A lot of times the mics require Phantom power which is drawn from the battery of the pack.This is important as the mic will need to be wired correctly to function. The first thing you will need is the correct plug from the company. Check with Sennheiser customer Support for the correct part. If you aren't extremely good at soldering, do not attempt this. You can change the plug but the wires are extremely delicate and can short easily. Moreover because of the phantom power, the plug must be wired correctly for the mic to function, or you may end up damaging the mic by sending phantom power up the wrong line. I would advise having a music store or pro audio service that handles these products do the wiring for you. If you feel you are up to it, you can do it yourself, but be careful.
you might be better off increasing the pre amp gain before notching out frequencies. The area of hiss will be in the area of 5k to 8k which will harm the sound of your vocal recordings as that is also the area of clarity and intelligibility. Try the Triton Audio FetHead that will fix it for you. linkd is here: http://www.zenproaudio.com/tritonaudiofethead.aspx
This is quite common with G2's, and really annoying!
If you are lucky, 50% of the time the red button is pushed inside the mic.
You need to remove the bottom section:
- open the battery compartment
- there should be 3 star-bit screws around the outside (remove)
- pull the bottom of the mic off
If the red button is not inside, they are available as a spare part from Sennheiser dealers.
Be carefull when putting the mic back together, it needs to line up correctly with the internal guides, forcing the base back on could damage the ribbon cable. when the line-up is correct it slides on very easily.
It sounds to me like you have a short in the cable. Power up unit like normal and move the wires at each end of the cable, mic end and connector end, being careful not to move the mic. If you hear popping it's a bad cable. If not, now gently shake the mic, does it pop, then it's your mic's capsule and needs replacement.
If you havent any experience with build electronic circuits, or soldering and the like, I suggest getting on of these. It runs of 2 9volt batts, or mains supply. Is the easiest way to go, and in reality, by the time you bought a decent case, sockets, and bits and peices to build one, you could get this one for $50. Too easy. I CAN build the stuff, but I would go this way. Plus it allows you to use 2 condensors if you want. And it does have the T-power 12 volt supply that the mic requires for operation. Is you need more info, please just ask. cheers