Audio-Technica Caters To Studio and Broadcast Professionals at IBC2009
Audio-Technica unveils a wide range of new microphone and headphone products at IBC2009 between 11-15 September. New additions to the popular lifetime-warranted 40 Series studio microphone range and Broadcast and Production series are amongst the exciting new offerings to be launched at the event.
New Audio-Technica Microphones, coming soon!
For the first time, Audio-Technica will be showing two ribbon microphones at IBC. The AT4080 and AT4081 are side address microphones with figure-of-eight polar patterns; both are phantom-powered and use aluminium ribbons for enhanced durability. The large AT4080 features two ribbons, while the slim AT4081 has one and, unusually for ribbon microphones, each is robust enough to be used lying down.
Also new to the 40 Series, the AT4050ST is a stereo version of the widely-used AT4050. The new stereo microphone has a pair of elements positioned at 90° to each other in a Mid-Side set-up, with one element in cardioid mode and the other configured as figure-of-eight. The AT4050ST allows for different output options, namely M/S, Stereo 90° and Stereo 126° to suit different working situations.
Finally for the 40 Series, the new AT4047MP is a multi-pattern version of the AT4047SV microphone. The new addition features the same element as the 4047SV but the model now offers omni and figure-of-eight pickup pattern options in addition to cardioid operation.
IBC2009 will also see Audio-Technica launching the BP892 and BP896 microphones in the Broadcast and Production series. The BP892 replaces the existing AT892 subminiature headworn mic and delivers higher SPL handling and improved sound in a tiny package. With a condenser capsule just 2.6mm in diameter, the new microphone is extremely discreet and available in non-reflective black or theatre-beige finish. A multitude of termination options is also available to allow the BP892 to work with Audio-Technica or other manufacturers’ wireless systems (a wired version is also offered).
A new lavalier mic, the BP896, also joins the range and is the smallest that Audio-Technica has produced to date. The omnidirectional condenser again handles high SPLs and features a durable, low-profile housing with internal construction designed to minimise noise from handling, clothing and wind. As with the BP892, both wired and wireless versions of the BP896 are available, with wide compatibility with other manufacturers’ receivers possible.
Finally, a new headset is added to the Broadcast and Production series at IBC2009. The BPHS-1 is based on Audio-Technica’s M30 headphone and is equipped with a dynamic microphone. The newly designed mic has a cardioid polar pattern and is connected to the left earcup of the BPHS-1 with a flexible boom, allowing the headphone to be reversed with the microphone on the right of the user. The headset features a removable cable, secured with a thumb screw, for easy replacement in the event of damage in the field.