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Audio-Technica Unveils Stereo Shotgun Mics and UHF Wireless Systems at NAB

At NAB 2007, Audio-Technica introduced its BP4027 and BP4029 stereo shotgun models ($1,100 each).

Audio-Technica BP4027 (top) and BP4029 stereo shotgun microphones

At NAB 2007, Audio-Technica introduced its BP4027 and BP4029 stereo shotgun models ($1,100 each), which are based on models that A-T originally developed for the Sydney Olympics in 2000. Designed for field acquisition, sound effects recording, live events and news gathering, these phantom-powered microphones feature independent line-cardioid and figure-8 elements configured in an M-S (Mid-Side) arrangement. Each provides a switch-selectable internal matrixing system offering a selection of wide and narrow stereo (left-right) output or M-S output. A switchable low frequency roll-off filter helps minimize the pickup of unwanted low frequency noise.

The BP4027 measures 15 inches long, while the BP4029 is 9 inches long. Both feature a lightweight, rugged design and sleek black color scheme for on-camera use. Both mics are fully compliant with RoHS, free from all substances specified in the EU directive on the reduction of hazardous substances. The company states that both microphones will be available by summer 2007.

Audio-Technica 1800 Series dual-channel camera-mount UHF wireless systems

Audio-Technica also showed its 1800 Series dual-channel camera-mount UHF wireless systems with UHF reception of 996 frequencies that are user-selectable in 25kHz steps. Designed for broadcasters and videographers needing a system for simultaneously operating two microphones, the 1800 Series includes the ATW-R1820 dual receiver featuring two completely independent receiver channels in a single unit that easily mounts on a camera. Two balanced outputs enable signals to be mixed or independently assigned to each output. Independent audio level controls provide flexible audio mixing and monitoring possibilities.

The 1800 Series comes equipped with a choice of bodypack and plug-on transmitters. The ATW-T1801 UniPak bodypack transmitters feature a professional locking 4-pin connector compatible with all Audio-Technica Wireless Essentials microphones. The ATW-T1802 plug-on transmitters feature a locking XLR connector for adapting dynamic and condenser microphones. Both transmitters are powered with two AA batteries and offer selectable high and low transmission modes to conserve battery life while maximizing power.

Additional 1800 Series features include True Diversity operation, automatic frequency scanning, Tone Lock squelch, back-lit LCD, soft-touch buttons, headphone monitor output with independent level control and durable metal construction.

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