West Yorkshire, England/Las Vegas (June 30, 3005)–SoundField’s new portable ST350 offers SoundField’s technology in a miniaturized package, which can be powered by either mains or battery. Dispensing with the compromises associated with portable recording the ST350 system consists of a lightweight multi-capsule microphone and fully featured compact mic-pre/control unit that generates surround and stereo simultaneously at balanced line levels.
The ST350 has been designed from the ground up and is the result of a long R & D program incorporating feedback from recordists, broadcasters, and SoundField users. The new microphone electronics are capable of driving long cable runs enabling the microphone to be positioned hundreds of meters away from its control unit or alternatively hand-held on a short boom.
Control features include high performance mic pres with discretely switched 6dB gain steps and composite 5-segment LED bargraph for level monitoring. Continuously variable control is offered over the stereo Polar Patterns from omni through to cardioid to figure-eight and a Width control provides everything from mono to wide image stereo. End Fire and Invert controls are provided to correct for three-dimensional microphone positioning whilst still maintaining the correct stereo and surround perspective. Other features include Hi-Pass filtering to reduce rumble/wind noise, switchable M/S output and headphone monitoring.
The ST350 can be used in conjunction with the SoundField Surround Zone software to offer a complete recording and post-production package. Surround Zone is now available on the Digidesign Pro Tools, Steinberg Nuendo and SADiE platforms.
Sales director, Ken Giles, commented, “We have taken on board the requests from the market for a more compact and portable SoundField system–the new ST350 is less than half the size and weight of the other microphones in our current range.”