Holophone has developed the H4 SuperMINI ($2,495), a discrete 5.1-channel camera-mountable surround microphone. Based on patented Holophone Surround Audio capture technology found in the company’s H2-PRO, the SuperMINI is equipped with an integrated multichannel preamplifier, monitor and encoder. The SuperMINI is designed for broadcast, ENG and professional video applications, and will be featured at the 2006 AES Convention in booth #1602.
The SuperMINI offers six microphone elements with a bandwidth of 20 to 20k Hz, a matrix-encoded stereo analog output and six line-level analog outputs that are available at one per channel from three stereo 3.5mm female jacks.
It also includes an Audio Zoom button, which increases the forward bias of the pickup pattern. In addition, the microphone has a virtual surround headphone output with gain control on the 3.5mm stereo jack for live, instantaneous monitoring of the surround field, an auxiliary center-channel XLR input for attaching an external shotgun or wireless lavalier microphone, and a tri-colored LED Holophone monitor that indicates sound level and direction.