Ontario, Canada (April 16, 2009)–Holophone has launched Holophone TV, a series of podcasts available via iTunes with 5.1 audio recorded using its H4 SuperMINI, PortaMic 5.1 and PortaMic 5.1 Pro surround microphones.
Offered as free downloads from the iTunes store (type “Holophone TV” into the site’s search engine), the podcasts present a variety of surround content, from music recordings to fireworks to motocross events. The company also has plans to showcase local Canadian recording artists in future podcasts.
“This is the first podcast where the entire content is offered in 5.1,” states Holophone CEO Jonathan Godfrey. “The podcasting technology out there is made to handle this type of content, but no one has yet attempted to move into this realm. With Holophone TV, we hope to break some new ground and show that it can be done easily and effectively.”
Listeners plug in their ear buds and choose the ‘virtual surround iPod’ version of the podcast, or download content to their Apple TV connected to their home theater, and can listen to 5.1 Dolby Digital HD recordings.
Key to the podcasts is Holophone’s line of single point source microphones. In each microphone’s elliptical-shaped head are six separate mic elements, positioned to mirror the typical speaker setup found in a home theater. Using Dolby Pro Logic encoding technology, the six mic channels are encoded to two channels for recording to any stereo device such as a broadcast camera, home camcorder or iPod. These recordings are brought back to 5.1 channels when decoded by a ProLogic II decoder or played through a Dolby Digital decoder like those found on Apple TV.
Holophone plans to also use its Holophone TV podcasts as a means of training current and potential customers in the uses and best practices of the company’s surround recording products