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Microphones In Action Cont.
production into postproduction, with the advantage of low noise on the audio feeds. “It’s the way we see broadcast sound going,” comments March, “because multiple mic operations can build up more noise so with the move to HD, digital mic feeds will play a role in the future as a way to maintain quality.” “and I don’t think it’s going to get any better. Radio mics have a greater margin for interference but not much and there are only going to be more wireless devices, phones and other things as well as mics making greater demands on less spectrum.” Patel adds that traditional radio mic manufacturers have got to invest in new technology but don’t have the same manufacturing scale as the telecom companies vying for the freed spectrum. “For a company like us it’s a huge leap to the next generation of digital radio mics but it is the way to go,” he says.

Extra-long Audio-Technica BP4071L rifle mic

BP4001 and omni BP4002 dynamic models. These feature a floating back cavity designed to minimise handling noise, which, says Harvey Roberts, Audio-Technica’s Senior UK Marketing Manager, makes them “ideal for location interviews”. Also for presentation Audio-Technica has introduced the BP896, which is hailed as the smallest mic the company has produced. It is a subminiature omnidirectional lavalier aimed at TV presentation, available in both black and flesh tones. 36

Good Direction
Audio-Technica’s range of shotgun mics now includes the BP4073 and the BP4071, which also comes as a long (21-inch) version designated the BP4071L. Roberts says because of the interference tube housing used in these models they have a directivity of mics 50% longer and are used for both film and TV broadcast. A relative newcomer to the mic market is Australian manufacturer RØDE, which has added to its extensive range of shotgun mics with the NTG8, a broadcast quality RF-bias model with increased directionality over a wide frequency response range. Scott Emerton, Marketing and Communications Manager at RØDE, comments that this makes the NTG8 “the perfect microphone for film, television, sports and outdoor broadcasting, as well as any professional distance miking application”. RØDE produces a full range of mics for different jobs in both broadcast and music recording but right now is noted for the Stereo VideoMic
Audio-Technica’s cardioid BP4001 interview microphone

Pro, a cardioid mic with a 200-degree spread designed to sit on top of DSLR cameras. Another feature is a +20dB gain boost, which Emerton says allows the user to significantly increase the level of audio of the microphone outputs, allowing for the minimisation of camera preamp level, leading in turn to significantly lower noise levels. “This is definitely a big market and for most DSLR shooters (the VideoMic Pro is) their first investment in audio equipment after they realise that they do need to focus on audio to achieve the results they are after,” says Emerton. “Regardless of the size of the production you need to ensure you’re capturing quality ‘scratch’ audio to the camera so you can synchronise it correctly.” Other manufacturers also see DSLR audio as a viable new market. Sennheiser’s current product for this is the MKE 400, which, like other mics of this kind, fits into the hot shoe of the camera and can record in either mono or stereo. A larger format model for DSLRs, the MKE 600, was launched at IBC and, says Alan March, Business Development Specialist at Sennheiser UK, is aimed squarely at the video recording market but not top-end broadcasting. Shotgun mics are commonly used for DSLR work, as well as their intended role for general effects miking and location sound recording. A workhorse shotgun mic by anyone’s standards is the Sennheiser MKH 416, which, despite being a design that is in the region of 40 years old, is still widely used. Now this stalwart has been joined by a new range of shotguns, the modular 8000 Series. The modularity allows different devices to be attached to the mics, including the MZD-8000, a digital module that converts analogue signals from the mic into digits using the AES 42 standard. This creates a fully digital chain from acquisition through

Wireless Spectrum
During IBC Sennheiser launched the 9000 series digital wireless system. March acknowledges that this product had “been a while in the making”, largely because the company did not to release any digital wireless systems “before we can be certain the products are as good, if not better, than their analogue equivalents.” The 9000 Series is a topend system and, like other manufacturers, Sennheiser sees digital as a way of dealing with the restricted availability of frequencies for radio microphone operations in the PMSE (programme makers and special events) sector caused by the reallocation of wireless spectrum and the upcoming auction of the 800MHz band of UHF spectrum. Digital wireless mic systems are already on the market from the likes of Zaxcom and Sony, which introduced a new lower cost, entry level product during June. The 2.4GHz DWZ range sits below the top-end DWX series and is aimed at gigging musicians, schools, houses of worship and government and corporate applications. Many manufacturers, including Kishore Patel, Managing Director of Audio Limited, are pessimistic about the future for wireless mic use after the changes in spectrum allocation, which come into force in the UK after December 31st this year. “The situation is quite bad now,” he says,

Sennheiser’s MZH 600 blimp

Surround Gains
Another potential jump in broadcast audio that involves microphones is immersive surround sound. The EUfunded Fascinate (Format-Agnostic Script-based Interactive Experience) project into new 3D viewing systems includes audio, with companies and research institutions, such as Technicolor, looking at capturing and reproducing height and depth in an audio signal as well as width and length. The BBC is also looking into this field, with its R&D department basing new techniques on the principles of Ambisonics. First outlined in the early 1970s by Mathematician and Recording Engineer Michael
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Sennheiser’s Digital 9000 digital wireless system with uncompressed audio launched at IBC


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InNEWS Globosat Credits Tsl on Sportv Installation
BT Installs Snell Upgrade
InSOUND Merging Changes Gear With Horus
InSTUDIO Christie Presents Array of Projectors
InGEAR Multicam Systems Exhibit at Ibc
InGEAR Hitachi Ships 16-Bit 3g Sk-Hd1200 Camera
InGEAR Bosch Corner Silverstone With Electro-Voice
InREVIEW Exploring 3d: The New Grammar of Stereoscopic Filmmaking
InMEDIA Masstech: Mam for Leading Sports Channels
InMEDIA Scheduall Offers Full Interoperability
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In Broadcast September 2012 - InREVIEW Exploring 3d: The New Grammar of Stereoscopic Filmmaking
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In Broadcast September 2012 - InMEDIA Masstech: Mam for Leading Sports Channels
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In Broadcast September 2012 - InMEDIA Scheduall Offers Full Interoperability
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