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SoundField Announces SPS200 Surround Microphone

SoundField will debut the compact and lightweight SoundField SPS200 (price TBA) A-Format microphone for stereo and 5.1 surround recording at the NAB 2007 convention in Las Vegas (April 16-19), in booth #9421. Designed for computer-based field and studio broadcast and recording applications, the SPS200 offers software plug-in A-Format to B-Format conversion, plus stereo and surround sound decoding and manipulation in place of an outboard control unit.

The SPS200 A-Format microphone uses the same established SoundField multi-capsule technology as the company’s high-end models. It provides the ability to capture 5.1-, 6.1- and 7.1-channel audio and simultaneous stereo with variable width and to continuously vary the effective polar pickup pattern and orientation without moving the microphone.

The SPS200 comprises four low-noise, studio-grade condenser capsules and weighs less than 8 ounces (220 grams). It offers standard 48-volt phantom power and a short breakout cable with four line-level outputs on balanced XLR connectors.

The SoundField Conversion Lounge plug-in handles A- to B-Format conversion and the SoundField Surround Zone plug-in looks after all aspects associated with stereo and surround sound decoding and manipulation. The software is compatible with Digidesign Pro Tools HD and all PC and Mac DAW platforms that support VST Multichannel, including Nuendo, Cubase and Soundscape.

The software also allows for 360-degree rotation and ±45-degree tilt control. A Zoom function gives the effect of zooming in or out from the sound source while End Fire re-orients the mic for end-fire use rather than the more standard side address. An Invert function maintains the correct three-dimensional perspective in both surround and stereo when the SPS200 is suspended upside down above the sound source.

The software offers six modes for surround sound applications, including three 5.1 presets plus 6.1-, 7.1- and 8-channel presets, with variable control of the front and rear width and rear polar patterns. In stereo mode, the software offers adjustment of polar patterns, stereo width and a highpass filter as well as a mid-side (M-S) encoder.

For more information, visit SoundField’s U.S. distributor, TransAudio Group, at