At almost $5,000, the H2 Pro 7.1 Surround Microphone is not for the casual audio recordist. However, if you need to capture surround sound for either entertainment or research work, the H2 Pro is the only patented microphone system to capture natural and discreet multi-channel surround sound. There is no mixing, signal manipulation or processing required and is designed for use outdoors.
The Roland M480-STXRPM5 mixing package provides everything you need to set up a professional audio studio. It includes up to 60 channels of digital mixing, 58 x 42 input/output digital snake, fiver personal mixing boards for individual headphone mixes and mixer or computer interface control – all at just under $20k list.
The Klover MiK parabolic microphones come in three sizes, 26″, 16″ and 9″. The $450 list price 9″ really caught my eye since it is small enough to mount on a handheld camera and could be used to capture sounds during research work. In the bottom corner of the above picture, you can see a mic mounted in a cage. This was designed for use in a baseball stadium to protect it from errant balls, but I was thinking that this could be a good installation for the Duke Lemur Center to capture sounds within their habitat.
While there may not be many applications for the above klear-shot – a device that uses compressed air to blow water off the lens housing for rainy or wet locations, I thought this showed the ingenuity that I love discovering at the smaller booths at NAB. Plus, they were using 80/20!
The one iPhone rig that was actually cooler than mine. The Mobile Media MM-VE-001 is pretty great and can be used with a mobile phone or DSLR and can be tripod mounted as well.