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Point Source Audio Unveils Mic with Built-In Backup

The CO2-8WL Lavalier is two mics in one, supporting two separate wireless transmitters.

By Church Designer Staff   •  April 4, 2017 1:25 pm EDT

Tags: audio, microphone, nab2017,

Point Source Audio (PSA), an innovator of miniature microphone technology will introduce its latest advancement, a fully redundant dual element microphone—adding to its award-winning collection of miniature microphones on display at the 2017 NAB Show (booth #C1110). “The microphone offers precisely matched elements for redundancy in a single self-contained housing and is ideal for talent requiring microphone backup assurance in live broadcasting and production environments,” according to the company press release.

The redundant microphone is designed to offer broadcast and production technicians a fast and simple method of providing backup for critical on-air broadcasts of live talent. The mic’s design pairs two microphone elements into a single housing to create a form factor that is more streamlined and lower profile. Used with the company’s proprietary razor thin Slider mic clips or Embrace Earmounts, redundancy is possible with style—not cable clutter.

Whereas a usual method of redundant mic’ing can be achieved with two separate microphones, audio between them may vary due to differences between the microphone brand, the microphones’ age, as well as variances in the specifications. Point Source’s new redundant mic elements are factory matched in frequency and sensitivity—so when vital backup is initiated, any difference in audio performance is nearly undetectable.

The built-in backup design mates the dual mics as well as their independent and continuous wire paths into a singular housing and wire jacket giving technicians a clean alternative to cumbersome cable dressing. The mic cable splits approximately nine inches above connection to the body-pack transmitters to allow ample room for separation of the transmitters.

The matched redundant microphone will be available as a standalone lavalier (CO2-8WL) that is part of the company’s Series8 category of performance microphones. Additionally, it will be offered within the Embrace category of earmountable lavaliers when absolute mic concealment is needed. Embrace microphones are patent pending, designed to cut down the time to conceal microphones to mere seconds. The two models both have an omnidirectional pick up pattern, 136dB SPL, and are highly adaptable to all types of applications and audio environments—both indoors and outdoors as the microphones are also water and sweat proof rated to IP57.

"These new redundant mic options are just another way we strive to elevate our customers’ experience," says James Lamb, President for Point Source Audio. "We have worked hard to achieve a sonic quality in our microphones to rival the best on the market; but it has always been our mission to also develop user-friendly features as part of our total solutions.”

Point Source Audio's new redundant mic options will be demonstrated to attendees of 2017 NAB Show (booth #C1110) in Las Vegas and are expected to be available for purchase at a number of resellers and distributors worldwide beginning June 2017.


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