RØDE launches broadcast-grade, 360-degree surround sound capture microphone

RØDE launches broadcast-grade, 360-degree surround sound capture microphone
Published: 10 April 2018 - 8:13 a.m.
By: Pranav Vadehra

Australian pro audio powerhouse, RØDE Microphones announces its first broadcast-grade, 360-degree surround sound capture microphone.

Launched at the NABShow 2018, this microphone will be the flagship product of a new brand in the RØDE family: The SoundField by RØDE.

The first product of the SoundField by RØDE series comes out of the acquisition of SoundField’s ambisonic recording technology combined with RØDE’s expertise in manufacturing high quality audio capture products. Production of content with Ambisonic or 360 degree spatial sound which moves with viewer perspective is set to become more and more crucial as new immersive media content formats such as VR/AR and mixed reality content become more widespread.

Rode says the the NT-SF1 will have a never before seen spatial accuracy, coupled with a natural transparency. Due for release later in 2018, the SoundField by RØDE NT-SF1 family of products will aim to make SoundField's high-end ambisonic recording technology more accessible with RØDE combinations of precision manufacturing, price and after-sales service.

Completely designed and made in Australia at RØDE’s Sydney campus, the NT-SF1 boasts high end manufacturing quality with a new design for ambisonic recording. Featuring four of RØDE’s all-new, ultra-quiet ½-inch TF45C capsules in tetrahedral array, the NT-SF1 produces natural, transparent four channel A-format recordings which can be transformed and manipulated in B-Format, courtesy of the soon-to-be-released SoundField by RØDE plugin.

“When The Freedman Group acquired SoundField in late-2016, the aim was to continue producing the premier 360-degree audio capture loved by the professionals who bring us cinema sound and 7.1 broadcast,” says Freedman Group CEO Damien Wilson. “And we are. But, as is the RØDE way, we have brought our manufacturing and design expertise to bear on this new family of microphones. The SoundField By RØDE NT-SF1 is for creators for whom the ultra-high-end SoundField products are out of reach, and delivers results unmatched by all but the most expensive ambisonic microphones.”

Head of RØDE’s New Product Development and former Director of New Product at SoundField for 16 years, Pieter Schillebeeckx, says this is the most exciting development in the technology in decades. “Delivering this kind of professional-use technology at a sub-USD $1000 price point is a world first in the ambisonic world,” he says. “It gives budding VR creators, immersive filmmakers and videogame world builders an accessible and high-quality way to dive into 360-degree-with-height audio capture.”

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