Audio-Technica made two significant microphone announcements during the recent AES Convention in New York. The company directly addressed the broadcast sector with the BP40 dynamic voice mic, while high quality recording was targeted with the AT202USBi cardioid model.
The BP40 is described by Audio-Technica as a large diaphragm broadcast mic, aimed at on-air radio, overdubbing, post-production, podcasting and other vocal work. It has a hyper-cardioid polar response designed to isolate the specific source of sound, with optimum off-axis rejection in close miking situations. With a frequency response of 50 to 16,000Hz, the BP40 is based on a patented floating-edge housing featuring a humbucker voice coil to avoid electromagnetic interference.
The mic's casing was designed to resemble a waveform and is a completely metal unit that is intended to be rugged enough for professional broadcast applications. Standard accessories for the BP40 include the AT8483 clamp mount, while the AT8484 shock mounting unit is an optional extra.
Audio-Technica's AT2020USBi recording mic for iOS-based systems
The AT2020USBi is a new version of Audio-Technica's established USB mic with additional compatibility for the Apple iPhone. As well as working with iOS, the new model also runs on Windows and Mac OS X, while offering 24-bit/96kHz recording quality. Featuring a cardioid response pattern, this condenser mic has a digital output fitted with an A-D converter for high resolution recording, whether in home studios, on location or for podcasting and voice-overs.
Other features include the ability to control the mic input gain on the unit itself, a smooth frequency response from 20 to 20,000Hz and a tripod desk stand. It comes with USB and Lightning cables for connection to computers and iOS devices and runs on Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP and 2000 and Mac OS X, in addition as iOS.
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