The Nagra SD handheld digital recorder is a professional recording device that features interchangeable record heads as well as an extremely rugged case. You can also just remove the microphone module and connect either external line or microphones and just use the device as a personal recorder. It accepts any size SD card for flexibility and is priced starting at around $1000.
The acouPoP system from acoustaCorp can provide a quick fix for a conference room or classroom where controlling sound reflections becomes important for conferencing or recording. They can be installed on a wall with a motor to roll out or up similar to a shade or can be hung on a stand to control sound without having to alter the structure of the room at all. The stand approach would allow you to move the system to the best location within a room or between rooms where it is needed. It’s available in custom colors starting around $900.
i-Series microphones from micW are designed to be used with iOS devices but can work with other handheld devices as well. They come in many different types and applications including measurement, recording and even a lavalier model. The i456 cardioid mic (above) sells for around $120. They also have a lot of cool accessories such as a split adapter for headphones or the mic stand shown below.
The BlueDriver wireless audio interfaces allow you to use a professional quality microphone and connect to your mobile phone for recording or broadcasting remotely. This year they introduced their S-Series that allows you to use a stereo microphone (shown above) for recording applications. The cost is around $500 for a pair for the stereo version and you can usually get around 40 feet of distance using Bluetooth. You can use them in a pair (to convert back to standard audio to say place a stereo microphone in a location where running a cable would be difficult) or you can pair them with other bluetooth devices.
Although this may not be a big deal to some, every year I lobby the major mic manufacturers, SONY, Shure, Sennheiser, and Audio-Technica to bring out new professional USB equipment to provide us with more choices. Not to diminish new releases from Samson which I’ll talk about tomorrow, because I was thrilled to see this new microphone from Audio Technica – The AT2005USB is a cardioid mic that sells for $99 (including the tripod stand) that features XLR AND USB AND a headphone jack for direct monitoring. The XLR and USB can be used simultaneously.
Both are designed for a new type of “music” for those without the ability to hear. They determined since music and sound in general was vibration, why not create music that can be sensed by other vibration senses without using your ears. As a former music major, I really appreciate this approach as music really is a collection of rhythms and tones are really just different frequencies. It was interesting to hear them talk about trying to create different emotions using this new set of tools.
While the Vibrochord emulated a more traditional piano like interface to make this new type of music, the Emoti-Chair used the XBOX Kinect as the interface to control the frequencies sent to the chair.
Audio-Technica’s SpectraPulse UWB Wireless Microphone System are designed for conferences or classrooms and operates in the sparsely populated 6-10 GHz range out of the range of TV signals and white space devices. You can install up to two Audio Control Interface (aci707) units for a total of 14 separate microphone channels. Optional encryption package meets the AES 128-bit encryption standard developed by the U.S. government for securing sensitive material.
Sampson’s Meteor Mic has one of the largest condenser diaphragms (25mm) of any USB mic available. Its cardioid pickup pattern, smooth frequency response and 16-bit, 44.1/48kHz resolution give you professional audio results no matter what you’re recording. Meteor Mic’s chrome-plated body includes a fold-back leg design that adjust to the optimal position for any recording application from acoustic guitars to vocals or speech. It also contains a stereo 1/8-inch headphone output for no latency monitoring and headphone volume knob as well as a microphone mute switch for privacy while video conferencing. There’s an integrated a mic stand adapter into the bottom so you can mount on a boom or desktop stand.
The Meteor Mic can plug right into your iPad with Apple’s USB connector.
The Zoom H2n features four unique recording modes: Mid-Side (MS) stereo, 90° X/Y stereo, 2-channel and 4-channel surround sound. The H2n is the first handheld recorder to offer Mid-Side stereo recording, a technique used for many years in film and broadcast, where ambiance and surrounding noise are crucial. Mid-Side recording combines a uni-directional Mid mic that captures sound directly in front of you and a bi-directional Side mic that captures sound from your left and right. By increasing or decreasing the level of the Side mic, you can control the width of the stereo field, which gives you incredible flexibility over your recordings. If you record in RAW mode, you can even adjust the stereo width after recording.
The onboard 90° X/Y stereo condenser mics are arranged with the right and left mics on the same axis. This design ensures that the mics are always equidistant from the sound source for perfect localization and no phase shifting. The result is brilliant stereo recording with natural depth and accurate imaging.
Using the H2n’s Mid-Side and X/Y mics together, you can create stunning 360° surround sound recordings. Choose between 2-channel mode, which combines the Mid-Side and X/Y mics, and 4-channel mode, which records two separate stereo files, allowing you even more post-production capability. No matter which mode you use, you’ll get perfectly balanced, surround sound recordings.
The H2n also functions, including Auto-Gain, a compressor/limiter, time stamping and a new data recovery function. Whether you experience battery loss or an accidental power-down, this feature will automatically restore your data the next time the H2n is powered on.
The H2n provides over 20 hours of continuous operation on just two standard AA alkaline batteries. The built-in reference speaker lets you know your recordings have been captured. With its 1/8-inch stereo output, you can also playback your recordings on your home audio system or listen to your masterpiece using your favorite pair of headphones.
The H2n can accommodate up to a 32GB SDHC card for over 50 hours of recording time using the 16-bit/44.1kHz WAV format. With 128kbps MP3 format, you get an incredible 555 hours of stereo recording. The H2n comes with a 2GB SD card to get you started.
The Sampson Go Mic is a portable recording microphone that clips to your laptop or sit on your desk. It features a switchable cardioid and omni polar patterns and is compatible with Mac or PC.
The Radio Streamer from Infomedia in China offers an easy way to stream any radio station via Flash Media Server. It can also record to an internal flash memory card and upload to an FTP site. It can be controlled via a web browser or from the front panel interface.
Sound Devices’ USBPre® 2 connects professional microphones, line-level sources, consumer audio electronics, and S/PDIF digital sources with Mac OS and Windows computers via USB. The unit provides great quality with 24-bit converters and sampling rates up to 192 kHz. It also includes numerous output connection types, including balanced mic- or line-level on XLR, unbalanced consumer line-level on RCA, S/PDIF coaxial (RCA) and optical (Toslink). The outputs have their own, dedicated front-panel level control. It features a 23-segment, multicolor LED meter for precise level indication. The meter is switchable between input signal metering and output signal metering. The meter indicates both VU and peak (PPM) ballistics. It sells for $649