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Holophone introduces portable surround microphone

Holophone, a manufacturer of surround microphones, has introduced the H4 SuperMini, a portable, camera-mountable surround microphone designed for sports and other live broadcast events.

The new microphone places listeners in the center of the action. The microphone’s compact size allows it to be used where a larger, multi-mic setup simply cannot go.

The SuperMini is delivered with Dolby Laboratories’ Dolby Pro Logic II encoding technology. With a Dolby Pro Logic II encoder, audio from the H4’s six microphone elements can be encoded from multichannel to stereo and recorded directly to any broadcast camera (or a stereo recording device when not attached to a camera).

The recording then can be decoded in the studio or viewers’ living rooms with any Pro Logic II or Pro Logic II-compatible decoder. In addition to the encoder, the mic features an integrated multichannel pre-amplifier and monitor.

The H4 has an audio zoom button that increases the forward bias of the pick-up pattern and an auxiliary center channel microphone input (XLR) for attaching an external shotgun or wireless lavalier microphone. For monitoring in the field, the H4 has virtual surround headphone output with gain control and a tri-colored LED monitor that indicates sound level and direction.

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