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Trends in Technology: Microphones
As we spend the present day venturing through the maze of microphones, we come to the end of the trail where we catch sight of Holophone's unique and interesting lineup of surround sound recording microphones that range from their 7.1 channel Model H2-Pro to the H4SuperMini and the PortaMic 5.1 portable units. And, peeking beyond the trail's end towards the future of what many microphones might someday become, we see the recently announced Squarehead Technology AudioScope, an array of 315 microphones that can hang high above major sporting events to be used to pick out one voice or event-related sound source from within an environment of thousands of persons. The company uses sophisticated signal processing algorithms to isolate and process the sound bringing it into crystal clear clarity.
My hope is that you have enjoyed our journey over the road of microphone history that led to a drive through the fields of present day trends in technology and on to a peek into the future. Microphones of all types and sizes, including some not yet invented, will continue to be used to bring us day-to-day news and information, entertainment, and, most importantly, for documenting today's events for tomorrow's history books.
We asked readers to tell us that microphones they like for on-air use. Here'a list from their replies.
Bartlebaugh is director of broadcast engineering, the WKSU Stations/Kent State University.
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