Australian microphone maker RODE has partnered up with ambisonic microphone inventors SoundField to create a sub-USD 1000 3D recording microphone — the NT-SF1.
The microphone features a completely new RODE capsule, designed for low noise, smoothness, and extended frequency response. There are four of these in the mic, arranged in a tetrahedral array. The resulting recordings are four-channel A-format, which can be transformed and manipulated in B-Format with the soon-to-be-released SoundField by RODE plug-in.
The ambisonic arrangement and tuning are drawn from high-end SoundField technology; the manufacturer promises accurate spatialisation and 3D audio positioning.
A broadcast-grade, 360-degree surround sound capture microphone, the NT-SF1 is useful for music recording, 3D soundscapes, capturing audio for VR, and other kinds of multi-channel spatial reproduction. It’s due for release soon, priced USD 999.
This is excellent news for professional recordists of all backgrounds. A high-quality Surround mic at a fair price point will enable the creation of 3D content across a broad range of platforms like PC, console, and mobile. It will also let musicians experiment with spatial positioning, which can produce interesting sonic results.