LAS VEGAS, NV, APRIL 16, 2007 — The increase in HD productions has made broadcasters revisit the ways and means with which surround recordings are encoded and distributed. Multi-track recorders are often larger and more expensive than their stereo counterparts, leaving many looking for a more affordable and compact method. Utilizing the encoding and pre-amplifier technology first seen in the company’s H4 SuperMINI camera mountable surround microphone, Holophone®, the leading manufacturer of surround microphones, will introduce the Side Winder-6 terminated mic snake at NAB 2007 (Booth #N6034). When used in combination with any of the microphones in the Holophone line, including the H2-Pro and H3-D, the Side Winder-6 easily encodes a 5.1 surround recording into a stereo recording.
“With the introduction of the Side Winder-6, we have further simplified and reduced the cost of surround recording,” says Jonathan Godfrey, CEO of Holophone. “Broadcasters can continue to use their stereo recorders and still end up with a high quality 5.1 surround recording that HD productions require.”
The Side Winder-6 is an accessory that connects to the H4 SuperMINI, multi-channel pre-amplifier, monitor, and encoder with Lt/Rt outputs. Attached to the Side Winder-6 is a 3ft (1m) Monster® cable that terminates in six Neutrik 6-pin XLR connectors. The Matrix encoded surround output created by the module can be transmitted, shared and processed via any surround infrastructure. Additionally, the output can be decoded by most popular surround decoding schemes. Because it uses the H4 SuperMINI encoder, the Side Winder-6 has access to all of the microphone’s features, including a virtual surround headphone output with gain control for on-location monitoring of surround sound.