Few people have heard of it, yet many consider John Blankenbaker's KENBAK-1 to be the first commercial personal computer.

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Holophone H4 Surround-Sound Mic

Holophone I've been meaning to write an article about classic quadrophonic and holophonic recording systems for quite a while, but I haven't found the right angle yet. In the meantime, modern manufacturers are coming up with new multi-channel recording techniques that might prove revolutionary.

The recently announced $2495 Holophone H4 SuperMINI is a 5.1 channel surround-sound mic intended for use with prosumer camcorders. The incredibly compact microphone 'head' contains five microphone elements (L, R, C, LS, RS) with 20Hz to 20kHz frequency response. The device includes a built-in multichannel preamplifier and a plethora of useful audio outputs including 6 discrete analog connectors, a virtual surround headphone monitor and matrix encoded line-level stereo output for connection to stereo inputs on your camcorder.

I suspect this product would be more useful for capturing live performances than it would for video work. After all, corporate videos, indie films and porn flicks just don't need on-set 5.1 ambient recording.

Holophone H4 SuperMINI Surround Microphone

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