Old Lyme, CT (September 23, 2005)–HHB has developed the FlashMic DRM85 digital recording microphone, and will be exhibiting the new technology at AES in NYC, October 7-10. Suitable for all voice recording applications, in particular broadcast and press interviewing, the FlashMic combines a high-quality Sennheiser omni-directional condenser capsule with 1GB of flash recording memory to create a durable and portable recording device that’s reportedly easy to operate. The FlashMic is scheduled to ship in January 2006.
With no cables and connectors to worry about, FlashMic DRM85 users can be recording instantly with just a single button-push. Either .wav linear or MPEG 1 layer 2 encoded files can then be transferred at up to 90x real-time via USB to Macintosh or PC computers and laptops for editing and onward transmission. A Date/Time stamp is stored along with the file, with the internal real-time clock set / synchronized automatically by the host computer.
The FlashMic is powered for more than six hours by a pair of standard AA batteries (either primary or rechargeable cells can be fitted), with the remaining battery power displayed along with time, level and status information in a backlit LCD on the microphone body. In addition, a visual low battery warning alerts the user to the imminent need to change batteries.
Users can operate the FlashMic straight out of the box using default settings, or create and store nine custom configurations using the FlashMic Manager software supplied. Parameters including Audio Mode (six settings with a maximum record time of more than 18 hours), AGC (Automatic Gain Control) On/Off, Record Level, Pre-Record Buffer (0 – 10 seconds) and HPF (High-Pass Filter) On/Off can be individually adjusted to create the optimum configurations for a particular operator’s typical applications. In addition, an ‘Expert Mode’ allows all variable parameters to be accessed directly from the FlashMic body.
Operating at 48kHz/16-bit, FlashMic makes recordings that can be played back under independent level control on headphones connected via a socket on the base of the unit.
Commenting on the launch of the FlashMic, HHB managing director, Ian Jones said, “I consider the FlashMic to be one of the most important products that HHB has ever developed. For years, journalists have been required to choose from a collection of consumer devices, or pro recorders using separate microphones. For the very first time FlashMic combines the microphone and recorder in a single, familiar, easy-to-use system that stores the audio in easily transferable, industry-standard formats. I confidently predict that such unique benefits will see the FlashMic adopted quickly by broadcast and print journalists alike.”
HHB products are distributed exclusively in the United States, Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean by Sennheiser Electronic Corporation. It joins a list of distinguished audio brands that Sennheiser distributes including Neumann Microphones, True Systems, Rosendahl Synchronization Systems, Turbosound Loudspeakers and the Australian Monitor Installation Series.
Visitors to HHB’s Booth (#227) at AES in NYC next month can check out the new FlashMic and other products.
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