Holophone N-CODE.Las Vegas, NV (April 18, 2008)–Surround microphone manufacturer Holophone has brought Dolby Pro Logic II encoding technology and the portability of the company’s H4 SuperMINI to its larger mic models, the H2-PRO and H3-D, with the introduction, at NAB 2008, of the Holophone N-CODE portable multi-channel encoder.
Intended for larger remote productions requiring surround recordings, the Holophone N-CODE takes six channels of audio from the H2-PRO or H3-D and converts them to two channels using Dolby’s Pro Logic II technology, allowing 5.1-channel surround sound audio to be captured or transmitted to a stereo recoding device, or broadcast over the existing stereo infrastructure. This allows users to work within the current technologies available while still being able to create a surround recording.
The N-CODE features six XLR/quarter-inch inputs with mic/line selection. The N-CODE also comes equipped with two XLR outputs which connect the encoder to the recording device or transmission line to a remote broadcast truck. The N-CODE provides 48v of phantom power through six microphone pre-amps and is battery powered for portable applications.
“With the addition of the Holophone N-CODE, we are providing users with an all-in-one surround recording toolkit that can be effortlessly added to any production setup,” says Jonathan Godfrey, CEO of Holophone. “The Holophone N-CODE presents users with the enhanced sonic quality of a surround recording without the necessity for separate multichannel recording devices. Combined with our new D-CODE multi-channel decoder, our users are able to bring recordings from the field to the studio no matter what Holophone microphone they decide to incorporate.”
Stereo recordings made with the Holophone N-CODE can be converted back to 5.1 surround sound using the company’s new Holophone D-CODE multichannel decoder. A recording device is connected to the D-CODE’s inputs and it converts the two channels encoded by the N-CODE into six discrete channels of audio decoded which are delivered via six RCA outputs or multichannel USB to the user’s computer. These files can then be edited as multichannel audio and synced with video in a standard editing program such as Apple’s Final Cut Studio, Sony Vegas and Adobe Premiere.