New HHB FlashMic Is World’s First Digital Recording MicrophoneSeptember 30, 2005
by --Portable recording specialist HHB Communications has developed the FlashMic DRM85 – the world’s first professional Digital Recording Microphone. Perfect for all voice recording applications, in particular broadcast and press interviewing, the FlashMic combines a high quality Sennheiser omni-directional condenser capsule with 1GB of flash recording memory to create a convenient, durable and portable recording device that’s extremely easy to operate.
With no fiddly cables and connectors to worry about, journalists can be recording instantly with just a single button-push. Either .Wav linear or MPEG 2 encoded audio files can then be transferred quickly and easily via USB to Macintosh or PC computers and laptops for editing and onward transmission. A Date/Time stamp is stored along with the file, with the internal real time clock-set/synchronized automatically by the host computer.
The FlashMic is powered for more than six hours by a pair of standard AA batteries (either primary or rechargeable cells can be fitted), with the remaining battery power displayed along with time, level and status information in a backlit LCD on the microphone body. In addition, a visual low battery warning alerts the user to the imminent need to change batteries.
Users can operate the FlashMic straight out of the box using default settings, or create and store nine custom configurations using the straightforward Mac/PC GUI software supplied. Parameters including Audio Mode, AGC (Automatic Gain Control) On/Off, Record Level, Pre Record Buffer (0 - 10 seconds) and HPF (High Pass Filter) On/Off can be individually adjusted to create the optimum configurations for a particular operator’s typical applications. In addition, an ‘Expert Mode’ allows all variable parameters to be accessed directly from the FlashMic body.
With a frequency response of 20Hz to 20kHz and less than 0.1% Total Harmonic Distortion at 16-bit/48kHz, FlashMic makes recordings of the very highest quality. Recordings can be played back under independent level control on headphones connected via a socket on the base of the unit.
Commenting on the launch of the FlashMic, HHB Managing Director Ian Jones says, “I consider the FlashMic to be one of the most important products that HHB has ever developed. For years, journalists have been required to choose from a collection of consumer devices, or pro recorders using separate microphones. For the very first time, FlashMic combines the microphone and recorder in a single, familiar, easy to use system that stores the audio in easily transferable, industry-standard formats. I confidently predict that such unique benefits will see the FlashMic adopted quickly by broadcast and print journalists alike.”
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