AMSTERDAM â€” Now HolophoneÂ®â€™s H2-PRO and H3-D will have access to the Dolby Pro Logic IIÂ® encoding technology found in the companyâ€™s popular H4 SuperMINI and PortaMic 5.1 camera-mountable microphones with the introduction of the Holophone N-CODE portable multi-channel encoder. The Holophone N-CODE will be on exhibit at IBC 2008 (Stand 8.C10).
The N-CODE helps bring the convenience and portability of a two-channel recorder setup to larger productions which require the more detailed 5.1 channel surround recordings of Holophoneâ€™s larger microphones. Based on the H4â€™s and PortaMic 5.1â€™s encoders, the Holophone N-CODE takes six channels of audio from the H2-PRO or H3-D and converts them to two channels using Dolbyâ€™s Pro Logic II technology. With the N-CODE, these encoded two channels of audio can be captured to virtually any stereo recording device, or can be broadcast over the existing stereo infrastructure. The H2-PRO and H3-D are connected to the N-CODE via six 1/4″ XLR inputs with a mic/line selection. It also comes equipped with two XLR outputs which connect the encoder to the recording device or transmission line from a remote broadcast truck. Through six high-quality microphone pre-amps, the N-CODE provides 48v of phantom power and is also battery powered.
â€œThe HD revolution combined with the move to mic all talent on-set has lead to users needing a way to simply record surround without eating up their track count,â€? says Jonathan Godfrey, CEO of Holophone. â€œThe addition of the Holophone N-CODE gives our customers the best of both worlds â€“ a quality surround recording that is easy to set up while utilizing only two tracks of audio. Combined with our new D-CODE multi-channel decoder, users will be able to bring recordings from the field to the studio no matter what Holophone microphone they decide to incorporate.â€?
The D-CODE is the final piece in Holophoneâ€™s Dolby Pro Logic II encoded audio workflow. It takes the stereo recordings made with the Holophone N-CODE and easily converts them back to six channels of discrete audio. These files can then be edited as multi-channel audio and synced with video in any standard editing program, such as Appleâ€™s Final Cut Studio, Sony Vegas and Adobe Premiere. The recording device is connected to the D-CODE through two RCA inputs and the audio decoded is delivered via 6 RCA outputs or Multi-Channel USB directly to the userâ€™s computer.