Las Vegas, NV (April 20, 2006)–Holophone has developed a discrete 5.1-channel camera-mountable surround microphone, the H4 SuperMINI. Combined with an integrated multi-channel pre-amplifier, monitor, and encoder, the SuperMINI is based on patented Holophone surround audio capture technology.
Holophone’s SuperMINI The SuperMINI–custom-designed for broadcast, ENG (electronic news gathering) and professional video applications–will be introduced at the NAB Convention, April 24-27 (Booth #N3931).
“The SuperMINI adds instant, professional-quality three-dimensional 5.1-channel surround sound to any video camera,” said Jonathan Godfrey, CEO of Holophone. “This microphone is portable, lightweight, and super easy to use. It enables surround sound capture from multiple points and perspectives within a venue. With the continuing growth of HDTV and 5.1 channel home theatre, broadcasters need to provide a more robust and sonically three-dimensional product to viewers. The SuperMINI is the right product at the right time for meeting today’s challenges.”
At $2,495, the SuperMINI eliminates the need for costly and complex surround mixing and editing, according to the company. Offering six microphone elements with a bandwidth of 20Hz-20KHz, a matrix encoded stereo analog output, and six line-level analog outputs that are available at one per channel from three stereo 3.5mm female jacks, the innovative SuperMINI delivers surround sound for today’s stereo and discrete multi-channel infrastructure.
Holophone’s SuperMINI includes an audio zoom button, which increases the forward bias of the pick-up pattern. In addition, the microphone has a virtual surround headphone output with gain control on the 3.5mm stereo jack for live instantaneous monitoring of the surround field, an auxiliary center channel microphone input (XLR) for attaching an external shotgun microphone, and an intuitive tri-colored LED Holophone monitor that indicates sound level and direction.