At NAB, Microphones Equal Many Choices
On the second day at the conference in Las Vegas, a number of new products were highlighted by mic manufacturers, along with LED walls, audio consoles and lighting systems.
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LAS VEGAS – Whether it was audio consoles, video switchers, microphones, moving lights, there were an array of companies to visit during the second day of NAB at the Las Vegas Convention Center on Tuesday.
Among the 11 companies, much time was spent discussing newest releases of products on the NAB showroom floor. By far the greatest number specialized in microphones. Whether it was DPA, Sennheiser, Shure, Audio-Technica, and Countryman, each company had a story to tell about their latest products.
Numerous microphones to choose from
Most notable was the Sennheiser AMBEO VR microphone, capable of producing high quality VR audio to be paired with virtual reality video, with a 3D, 360-degree feel. To Jeff Touzeau of Hummingbird Media, he envisioned that a large church that regularly offers streaming of their services, could position it directly in the middle of their congregation. By doing so, it would provide additional ambient sound to those viewers streaming, to where “static services would change.”
Sennheiser was not alone with new offerings, as DPA rolled out the d:vice. At just 2.2-inches, the product was developed over the last year. With a single cord, it can connect directly to an iPhone. With two other cords, it can easily link to a non-XLR DPA microphone. For all the advancements made recently with iPhones in recording video, their audio capabilities have largely been left behind. With the d:vice, it allows for user to create production-quality video and audio, simply with their iPhone, the d:vice, and a DPA microphone.
In addition, for Shure, they introduced two new series of microphones. Each intended to deal with the impending “spectral crunch,” seen as an approaching strain on the airwaves. The AD and ADX series have digital wireless receivers (the AD4D and AD4Q) that run on the Axient Digital platform. They can then be paired with a micro-bodypack that is completely scalable. To ensure that the new wireless system would be best suited for churches, product manager Michael Johns talked of extensive beta testing of a the new system by many of the country’s largest worship facilities. The new line, with its excellent digital modulation and a wide tuning range, underwent a three-year development stage. For Shure systems that were previously analog wireless, running off UHF-R, the new Axient Digital is the new step up.
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