Sennheiser has announced its new HANDMIC Digital. An ideal choice for mobile journalism and podcasting, the microphone brings broadcast sound quality to iOS devices as well as Macs and PCs. The HANDMIC Digital is extremely rugged, highly resistant to cell phone interference, and offers excellent suppression of handling, wind and ambient noise, which is important when recording on the show floor, at events, in manufacturing spaces or in similarly noisy environments. The dynamic HANDMIC Digital features Apogee’s award-winning A/D converter and pre-amp technologies for direct connection to USB or Lightning ports.
“A handheld microphone is perhaps the most convenient and flexible tool for mobile journalism. There is no need to mike the interviewee, you can deal with any number of contributors and also have a high level of control over the interview,” explains Nicole Fresen, product manager at Sennheiser. “In the field, the HANDMIC Digital brings these advantages to your iOS device, transforming it into an efficient recording tool, with audio enhanced to professional standards. At home, the HANDMIC Digital will be ideal for producing podcasts or voice-overs.”
The rugged sound upgrade for journalists and podcasters
The HANDMIC Digital has been designed to withstand the rigours of field use. An all-metal housing ensures robustness, while the capsule is shock-mounted to suppress handling noise. The microphone is resistant to wind noise and, of course, the EMI emitted by cell phones. It can easily cut through high ambient noise levels, ensuring excellent speech presence even in loud environments.
The HANDMIC Digital can be used with common media production programs and apps, such as FiLMiC Pro, Periscope, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere or Apogee MetaRecorder and Maestro. Apogee’s apps, for example, allow the user to record audio, conveniently control the microphone gain and activate functions such as a rumble reducer, overload eliminator or hiss reducer. A red status LED indicates that the microphone is streaming audio.
The HANDMIC Digital microphone is supplied with two 2m connection cables (Micro USB to Lightning, and Micro USB to USB type A), a microphone clamp and a solid table stand. A pouch and a quick guide are also included.
“With this microphone, you are ready for an interview in seconds,” says Nicole Fresen. “And if the person you are interviewing should also feel like singing – the HANDMIC Digital is a great microphone for that, too!”
HANDMIC Digital Technical Data
Transducer principle: dynamic
Pick-up pattern: cardioid
Frequency response: 40 – 16,000 Hz
Sensitivity at min./max. gain: -54 /-19 dBFS
Max. sound pressure level at min./max. gain: 134 /99 dB
Connector on the microphone: Micro USB
Connection cables: for Lightning or USB (type A) ports
Cable length: approx. 2 m
Weight: approx. 340 g
Dimensions: ⌀ 48 mm, length 180 mm