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Oct 16

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NEW YORK -- As one of the first to experiment with multi-track recording as well as developing the analog audio console and electric guitar, Les Paul is an audio revolutionary. During this year‘s AES convention, the knowledge of this industry great was captured using Holophone‘s H4 SuperMINI, the world‘s first camera-mountable surround microphone.


One of the first in a series of interviews for an upcoming documentary, entitled “Adventures in The History of Audio,” documentary director and leading sound designer, Frank Serafine, sat down with Paul at Holophone‘s AES booth to talk about his contributions to the audio industry and the future of audio recording. “Adventures in The History of Audio” chronicles the history of audio recording from its beginnings during WWII to present day through interviews with key manufacturers and inventors. Serafine recorded the entire interview in 5.1 surround sound using the H4 SuperMINI along with a Sony HDV-V1 Camera. To capture the dialog, Serafine connected a shotgun microphone to the mic‘s auxiliary center channel microphone input (XLR).


“I thought it was fitting to record someone who has had such an influence in audio recording using the latest generation in audio capture,” explains Serafine. “The H4SuperMINI allowed me to set up quickly and very easily obtain an accurate surround recording. I plan to use the H4 SuperMINI for future interviews for the documentary.”


Holophone‘s H4 SuperMINI works with current camera technologies to bring surround audio to field recording. The mic comes equipped with a Dolby Laboratories‘ Dolby® Pro Logic II® encoder which converts the mic's six channels down to two, allowing it to be recorded to any standard broadcast camera.


In addition to Paul, Frank has previously interviewed Robert Moog and plans to speak with audio revolutionaries such as Rupert Neve and Geoff Emmerick. To view clips of the interview, visit www.frankserafine.com. For more information on Holophone's products, visit www.holophone.com.


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