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Re: Questions about Telinga Universal MK2 with cardioid (MKH 8040)

Subject: Re: Questions about Telinga Universal MK2 with cardioid (MKH 8040)
From: "Klas Strandberg" klasstrandberg
Date: Mon Jun 30, 2014 11:57 am ((PDT))
The Classic way to use a parabol is with an omni.
It gives the lowest wind and handling noise and it was difficult to
use the long MKH 40 sticking out of the dish, making everything worse.
It's much better with the MKH 8040 and we just recently modified our
Universals to fit such small mic's. Best choice is to use a adaptor
with a 90 degree angeled XLR.

The amplification of the dish is soooo much more than what the mic
might pick up from the hole in the dish. If you want to feel on the
safe side, it's easy to fill the hole with a piece of cloth or foam.

As you probably know, for the clients who want mono, - the "Telinga
way" is to have both a omni and a cardioid inside the foam, going
into the same connection. It's very light-weight and practical and
you get two different tracks and can select the best one in post
production, or even mix them.
Self noise is not as good as with a MKH 8040, though.


  At 17:59 2014-06-30, you wrote:

>Hi that's right, just got a call about an adapter cable that is
>missing, so that will solve the cable length problem - i assumed the
>cable itself would be of the correct length, but an adapter cable
>will work fine. Will have to test it to see what the effect is of
>the open gap to which the mic is pointing when mounted inwards,
>hopefully the amplification of the dish will negate sound incoming
>from the rear when having it properly focused on target.=C2
>I just realised that the opening at the end should also affect omni
>mics even though they'd be mounted pointing forwards, so perhaps
>it's not such a problem? Will find out soon I'm sure, after some
>extensive testing!
>On Mon, Jun 30, 2014 at 4:32 PM, Klas Strandberg
><> [naturerecordists]
>I hope my son got in touch with you earlier today about the adaptor cable?=
>At 15:44 2014-06-30, you wrote:
>>Does anybody use the Telinga Universal MK2 together with a cardioid
>>mic, specifically the MKH8040?
>>I ordered the MK2 as the website lists that it's compatible with
>>the 8040, and received it today. However when I try to mount it I
>>run into two problems:
>>- the cable that connects the mic is too short; as it's a cardioid,
>>the microphone needs to point inwards but the cable is so short
>>that I can only just about manage to get the mic mounted inside the
>>foam windbasket. The cable is then tensed extremely tight and the
>>mic capsule is very close to the centre of the dish
>>- the grey tube that connects the handle to the dish and which
>>leads the cable through the dish is open ended. I would have
>>expected this to be closed somehow, because the way it is, I am
>>only picking up sound from behind the dish! (as the mic is pointed
>>inwards and is so close to the centre and thus the open-ended hole of the=
>>I am assuming that the cable should be longer, leading the mic to
>>be further from the centre, leading to the amplification of the
>>dish to work and do what it's supposed to do. Regardless, even if I
>>do manage to get the mic mounted further from the centre eventually
>>(maybe get a cable extension), it seems odd to me that the rear
>>will always have this opening - any mic pointing inwards will
>>surely keep picking up unwanted sound from the rear?
>>What am I missing here?
>>By the way, I tried calling Telinga in Sweden about this but was
>>told by the man I spoke with to wait until Saturday and then try
>>and call again because his son was on holiday (??)... I'd like to
>>try to get this sorted before then though, hence my question here.
>>Thanks for any help!
>Telinga Microphones, Botarbo,
>S-748 96 Tobo, Sweden.
>Phone & fax int + 295 310 01
>email: <>
>website: <>
>=C2 =C2 =C2 =C2 =C2 =C2

Telinga Microphones, Botarbo,
S-748 96 Tobo, Sweden.
Phone & fax int + 295 310 01

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sound is worth a thousand pictures." R. Murray Schafer via Bernie Krause.

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