Sennheiser extends its digital appeal
With the development of the HandMic digital, Sennheiser states it can transform any smartphone or tablet into a professional recording tool for vocals and speech. Highly resistant to cell phone interference, the cardioid dynamic handheld microphone is stated to be ideal for mobile journalism, podcasting or vocal and instrument recording.
In addition to high feedback rejection, suppression of handling and wind noise, the addition of an Apogee A/D converter and preamp extend HandMic’s reach into the digital age. Encased in an all-metal housing, the cardioid capsule is shock-mounted and can handle SPLs up to 150dB. Whilst a microphone clamp and solid table stand are included, connection can be made directly to USB inputs or to the Lightning sockets of iOS devices. HandMic can be used with common media production programs and apps, such as FiLMiC Pro, Luci Live, Periscope, Logic Pro X, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere, Pro Tools, GarageBand and Apogee MetaRecorder.
In other news, Sennheiser has also developed the WSR app for remotely controlling its evolution wireless D1 radio microphone systems. The free app converts the iPad and iPhone into a remote control for digital D1 systems assisting in the configuration, management and monitoring of radio links. In addition, it automatically recognises whether D1 microphone systems have up-to-date firmware on board and offers an update via the internet if required.
Via the app, adjustment settings of individual units or entire groups can be made, controlling audio effects, network settings and output signals on an iPhone or an iPad. The WSR app also transforms an iOS device into a signal tester, displaying the transmission quality of the radio link in real time. During a performance, the WSR app checks the battery status, sound levels and signal strength. When using the iPad for monitoring applications, user photos can be applied for identification and arranging the positions of the systems on screen to correspond to the band members.
Finally, the German manufacturer has developed a digital version of the MK 4 recording mic. By integrating Apogee A/D conversion and mic preamp technology, the MK 4 digital connects directly to iOS devices, Mac and PC computers. The digital large-diaphragm model is packaged with a USB cable and a Lightning iOS cable in addition to a microphone clamp and a pouch. It has been designed to be used with media production programs such as Logic Pro X, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere, Pro Tools or Ableton Live and iOS recording apps such as GarageBand and Apogee MetaRecorder.