Point Source Audio (PSA), a manufacturer of pro sound microphones and headsets, has received its fourth patent for the CO2-8WL, part of the company’s CO2 Confidence microphone collection.
According to PSA, the CO2-8WL is the world’s first fully redundant microphone in a wearable housing. It provides an all-in-one pro audio solution for live sound and broadcast applications that require back-up miking.
Audio engineers and sound technicians regularly wire voice talent with two separate microphones and signal paths in cases of frequency cross-talk, low battery packs, or connector or element damage, but this is a time-consuming method that can lead to inconsistent sound quality and cable clutter while weighing the wearer down as well.
With the CO2-8WL, production professionals can mike up talent much faster and rely on consistent audio performance in live, broadcast or streaming due to its built-in dual microphones. Both miniature microphone elements are water, makeup, and sweat-proof, making them ideal for use under hot stage lights and in outdoor productions.
The patent, which covers dual-element microphone design in a wearable housing, is the fourth issued to PSA in just three years; the company also holds a patent for its CM-i3/CM-i5 modular, lightweight in-ear headsets and two patents for its EMBRACE Earmount microphones.
“Exceptional sound quality is our baseline,” said PSA president James Lamb. “But it’s not just about the audio superiority of a product; we take a hard look at the ways people are using audio tools in their jobs and develop products in response to those real-world challenges. We always focus on the usability of a product, whether that’s the microphone, the housing or an accessory. Products like the CO2-8WL make the process of redundant miking fast and seamless, so sound engineers can focus less on technology and more on getting their job done.”