Holophone’s PortaMic 5.1.Toronto, Canada (May 9, 2008)–Holophone has launched its PortaMic 5.1 camera-mountable surround microphone. It reportedly offers discrete 5.1 audio quality with portability that targets audio and video applications, including in-studio, field recording, documentary and ENG.
Like the company’s H4 SuperMINI, the PortaMic features a 2.5×1.5-inch mic head with six separate mic elements arranged to correspond with the typical 5.1 speaker setup in a studio or home theater. This design allows users to capture, from a single point source, a discrete surround recording. According to Holophone, the PortaMic’s encoder, equipped with Dolby Laboratories’ Dolby Pro Logic II encoding technology, provides a low profile when connected to the camera, offering an uninterrupted sightline.