The 2017 NAB Show will see an unfamiliar name join the ranks of microphone manufacturers at the Las Vegas exhibition. Japanese specialist developer Uetax’s waterproof microphones on display through FOR-A are aimed at reporting and claimed to be able to withstand heavy rain and other adverse weather.
The Uetax mic on show on the FOR-A booth (C5117 Central Hall) is the UM230. This comes in two versions: the UM230C with a conventional XLR connector and UM230CT, featuring a specialised three-pin waterproof connection. The UM230 is an electret mic (a permanently polarised electrostatic type) with an omni-directional response pattern.
The C version has a sound pressure level of 110dB, a frequency response from 80Hz to 15kHz, weighs 112g and runs on phantom power (20V-48V). The UM230 is designed for television reporting and is waterproofed against a range of weather conditions, from showers and hurricanes.
Uetax was founded in 1982 and specialises in underwater equipment. Its first products were an underwater loudspeaker and a scuba diving communications system. The company's range expanded to include vibration and underground loudspeakers and a waterproof microphone. The current range also includes a hydrophone for recording underwater.
Because Uetax does not have a sales network outside Japan it has reached an agreement with FOR-A, which will exclusively promote, sell and support its microphones internationally. A waterproof clip-lavalier mic will be added to FOR-A's Uetax offering in the near future.
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