Sony has expanded its microphone choices with three new wi-fi microphones that promise distinctive sound high quality and light-weight, transportable designs.
“Sony’s ECM-W3, ECM-W3S, and ECM-S1 microphones embody the model’s dedication to innovation and excellence,” says Yang Cheng, Vice President, Imaging Options, Sony Electronics. “With these new choices for microphones, Sony continues to push the boundaries of audio expertise, empowering creators to realize outstanding sound high quality throughout varied content material creation avenues. We all know that skilled and hobbyists alike need to have the perfect audio high quality and we’re persevering with to supply options for this.”
Sony ECM-W3 and ECM-W3S Wi-fi Microphones Are Constructed for Creators
The ECM-W3 and ECM-W3S wi-fi microphones are designed for video content material creators who work in a variety of eventualities, per Sony. Each mics are well-suited for vlogging and interview eventualities the place the videographer requires high-quality audio and voice recording, even when capturing away from the digital camera.
The pair of mics differ by way of channels and microphones. The ECM-W3 contains a two-channel receiver and a few microphones, whereas the ECM-W3S has a single-channel receiver and one mic.
Sony says that the ECM-W3 wi-fi microphone is “an excellent resolution for interviews and one-on-one conversations,” whereas the ECM-W3S “excels in capturing clear and articulate consumer voices for vloggers and video content material creators with a deal with delivering a pure and natural sound.”
Each wi-fi mics sport a noise-cut filter that guarantees to cut back harsh noise with digital sign processing, and the mics embody a low-cut filter to cut back undesirable low-frequency noises, together with air conditioners, followers, and vibration and wind noise. The brand new merchandise additionally ship with a windscreen to additional scale back undesirable noise.
When used alongside a Sony digital camera geared up with the corporate’s Multi-Interface (MI) shoe, the ECM-W3 and ECM-W3S receivers are appropriate with a digital audio interface, permitting the digital camera to straight file the audio sign output, which Sony says ensures minimal noise interference. The mics additionally embody a security operate to suppress noise distortion at excessive volumes and an attenuator that reduces sound throughout high-volume recording.
One other important characteristic of the MI shoe is that it provides energy straight from the digital camera to the receiver, assuaging worries about battery life for the receiver. The receiver additionally features a USB Sort-C terminal, enabling digital audio output (48kHz/24bit) from the receiver to a USB-connected smartphone or PC. The mic sports activities a 3.5mm mini jack (stereo) audio output terminal, making certain it really works alongside cameras and recorders with out an MI shoe.
The microphone additionally features a 3.5mm mini jack (monaural) that can be utilized as an enter for an exterior mic, such because the Sony ECM-LV1 lavalier microphone.
The ECM-W3 and W3S are compact and light-weight. The microphone weighs about 17 grams (0.6 ounces), whereas the receiver weighs about 25g (0.9 ounces). They’re additionally geared up with climate resistance and are appropriate for out of doors use. They embody a transportable charging case so customers can cost the gear whereas on the go.
The ECM-W3 and ECM-W3S will likely be out there to order beginning September 28, with delivery anticipated to start in November. The ECM-W3 will value $470 in the USA and $630 in Canada. The ECM-W3S is available in at greater than $100 cheaper, retailing for $350 ($470 CAD).
Sony ECM-S1 Is a Wi-fi Streaming Mic
The ECM-S1 is constructed for skilled photographers and video content material creators who require high-end audio high quality for shoots, livestreams, and podcasts. The compact, light-weight mic consists of three 14mm large-diameter capsules tuned to seize natural-sounding voices.
“Its seamless connection to cameras, computer systems, and smartphones makes an indispensable asset for content material creators in search of a dynamic and fascinating audio-video expertise. As audio may be recorded on to the digital camera by way of a wi-fi connection, ‘sound and video lag’ that typically happens when sound and video are enter individually to a distribution gadget throughout stay streaming doesn’t happen, thus delay compensation shouldn’t be required,” says Sony.
The S1’s capsules reply to 3 sound pickup modes: Uni-directional, Omni-directional, and Stereo. The mic additionally guarantees very low intrinsic sound, making the S1 suited to recording very tender sounds.
The ECM-S1 microphone weighs roughly 157g (5.5 ounces) and its accompanying receiver weighs simply 25g (0.9 ounces.) Wi-fi communication is supplied by Bluetooth 5.3 (Bluetooth Low Power) and LC3plus codec.
Just like the W3 collection, the S1’s receiver can connect with a appropriate digital camera by way of its MI shoe. The mic and receiver every embody USB Sort-C terminals that help 48kHz/24-bit digital audio output. The receiver features a 3.5mm mini jack (stereo) audio output.
When the consumer data by way of USB to a PC or smartphone, headphones may be linked to the mic’s headphone output jack to observe audio with out utilizing the linked gadget. The headphone quantity may be adjusted with a brief press of the dial on the underside of the mic. The audio mixing ratio may be tweaked by rotating that very same dial.
The ECM-S1 and receiver embody a built-in battery and may be powered constantly utilizing a direct energy provide, together with a linked digital camera with an MI shoe.
The mic features a pop guard to cut back popping noises when a speaker’s mouth is near the mic. A mic stand can also be included within the field, and its 1/4-inch thread permits it to be mounted on a tripod or hooked up to out there microphone arms.
The Sony ECM-S1 will likely be out there for preorder starting September 28, with delivery anticipated to start in early October. The ECM-S1 will retail for $420 within the U.S. and $570 in Canada.
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