Hong Kong (August 13, 2020)— Hong Kong-based miniDSP has launched its ambiMIK-1 Ambisonic USB microphone, intended for content creators such as podcasters, AR/VR developers, musicians, videographers and vloggers who want to record immersive audio.
Working with 3D audio software from Swedish sound company Dirac, the ambiMIK-1 plugs directly into a standard USB port to capture 360-degree sound for a variety of applications, from recording music to producing augmented/virtual reality content. No sound card, external preamp, or XLR cables are required. The bundled Dirac 3D audio software—custom designed for the ambiMIK-1 microphone—converts captured 3D sound into binaural audio for immersive listening through standard headphones or VR headsets.
Ambisonic microphones include multiple capsules for capturing sound from different directions. The ambiMIK-1 comes with four 14-millimeter, low-noise cardioid capsules, along with built-in analog-to-digital converters, an embedded preamplifier, and USB processor in a lightweight aluminum body. It is capable of recording 32-bit, multichannel audio at sample rates up to 192 kHz.
miniDSP collaborated with Dirac on the custom virtual studio technology/audio unit (VST/AU) software plug-in needed for editing and processing in Windows- and Mac-based digital audio workstations. For each of the amiMIK-1’s four capsules, Dirac measured microphone response in 300 directions (1,200 total measurements) to develop the custom filters required for turning raw microphone recordings into 3D audio. The amibMIK-1 with Dirac can output audio in Ambisonic B-format, for post-processing into VR applications, or binaural format, for listening to spatial sound with headphones.
With the ambiMIK-1 and its native support for binaural output, podcasters can record interviews with groups and, when played back, voices will sound like they’re coming from different positions in space for a more realistic-sounding conversation. Similarly, musicians can create immersive recordings of performances that can then be experienced by fans through any headphones.
The ambiMIK-1 microphone ($349) comes with a license for the Dirac VST/AU plug-in, a shielded USB cable, a mini tripod and windscreen.
miniDSP • www.minidsp.com
Dirac • www.dirac.com