K-Tek, a designer and manufacturer of mic booms and other audio gear, has announced the Nautilus Microphone Suspension Mount with a new patent-pending design that offers maximum isolation with minimum compromise. "We saw a need for a modern microphone suspension that not only isolates the microphone, but is lightweight, incredibly strong and allows for quick microphone changes." said Brenda Klemme Parker, K-Tek's CEO. "We came up with something simple, elegant and it works." K-Tek's Nautilus Microphone Suspension Mount earned several awards when it premiered at NAB earlier this year. Inspired by nature's extended coil design, seen in many natural phenomena like the seashell, K-Tek's Nautilus fits both short and medium length shotgun microphones, as well as smaller cardioid production microphones.
Bose has long been the leader in noise-cancelling headphones, and this week the company introduced its best model yet--the new QuietComfort 20 Headphones. Though these headphones are designed primarily as a consumer product, they have clear professional applications, such as monitoring professional sound recording in noisy environments. The new QuietComfort 20 headphones are the first in-ear noise-cancelling headphones from Bose. They are clearly the best in-ear models ever offered and Bose has more combined patents on them than any other product it has ever produced. The performance is stunning.
Shure introduced the VP83 LensHopper Camera-Mount Condenser Microphone and the VP83F with integrated flash recording at NAB. The ultra-compact condenser shotgun microphones, with an isolation suspension system developed exclusively with Rycote, are engineered to provide broadcast professionals, videographers, filmmakers, video journalists, field reporters, and others with an all-in-one solution for capturing audio with DSLR cameras and portable video/audio recorders. The VP83 and VP83F feature all-metal construction, are designed to provide RF immunity and include directional supercardioid/lobar polar patterns to reject unwanted off-axis audio.
RØDE Microphones has announced the SmartLav, a new lapel microphone that connects directly to the headset jack of Apple iOS devices. Compatible with the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, SmartLav delivers premium quality audio capture in a compact and accessible form factor. The SmartLav is a professional-grade wearable microphone designed for use in a wide range of film, television and broadcast scenarios, or wherever professional quality audio is required in a discreet, portable format without the complication and expense of additional wireless equipment, particularly where multiple talent is involved.
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