5100 Mobile 5.1 Surround Mic

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      Plug-and-play surround sound

      • Plug-and-play solution
      • Compact, lightweight and portable
      • Rich, smooth and fully enveloping sound
      • Discrete 5.1 analog output – no processing needed
      The 5100 Mobile Surround Microphone is a completely self-contained plug-and-play solution for 5.1 audio capture. It brings engaging surround ambience to sport events, documentaries and other HDTV productions. This microphone is versatile and can be mounted in many ways:, microphone stand, suspended from the ceiling or via a handgrip. It is lightweight and portable. It can also withstand inclement weather conditions due to its robust nature.

      The 5100 includes:

      The 5100 Mobile Surround Microphone uses five miniature pressure transducers. These transducers have low sensitivity to wind and mechanical noise, low distortion and low frequency response. They also have a large dynamic range.  

      The three front microphones in this system are time aligned to eliminate comb filtering. This also ensures frequency consistency when down mixing to stereo or mono. In contrast, the rear microphones, with standard omnidirectional patterns, are optimally spaced from both each other and the front array to simulate the most natural time arrival differences. The end result of DPA’s innovative design approach is a surround atmosphere that is rich, smooth and fully enveloping, great in its coherence, channel separation and localization accuracy. The 5100 Mobile Surround Microphone requires no external signal processing.

      This solution is targeted at surround sound recording for film, live, broadcast and studio applications. Using full surround sound is an amazing way to record a symphony. Most orchestras are a self-balancing phenomena – each instrumental part can be heard without the need for additional miking. As well, acoustic reflections and a sense of acoustic space are an important aspect of the sound of an orchestra - just as much as the instruments themselves.

      For sports applications, the 5100 is easy to set up. It is a no worry, 5.1-ambience solution that is placed centrally to cover the main camera shot and backed up by the usual spot mics for additional effects.

      The 5.1 output of the microphone runs through a multipin Lemo connector. This connector carries all six electronically-balanced channels.

      The microphone comes with:
      • A five-meter (16 ft), six-pair Mogami cable that breaks out to six Neutrik XLR-M connectors.
      • An Outdoor Cover (OC5100) that protects the 5100 against rain and reduces wind noise.

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      Five channels, a dynamic range of 100 dB and a weight of only 500 g (17.6 oz).
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      The mic provided a superb downmix for the stereo radio broadcast and rock-solid 5.1 imaging for the DVD soundtrack. During the mix, I slightly delayed the rear two channels to spread out the applause and ambience beds. The unaltered mix was fine as-is, but adding a little depth seemed to enhance the sound further.
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      Optional accessories


      Fur Windscreen for 5100 Surround Microphone

      It can provide up to 15 dB of wind noise attenuation at 100 Hz. This windscreen is easily mounted on the 5100 and can be used with or without the OC5100 Outdoor Cover underneath.

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      Outdoor Cover for 5100 Surround Microphone

      This Outdoor Cover protects the 5100 Mobile Surround Microphone from rain and reduces wind noise. It should be used whenever the 5100 is used outdoors. It can be used with or without the WJ5100 Fur Windscreen.

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      The 5100 is an intelligently conceived and simple-to-use implementation of the direct-to-5.1 microphone, putting accurate localization in the front where you need it, and a sense of spaciousness in the rear where it belongs. In the hands of an engineer with a good understanding of the limitations of the 5.1 system itself, the 5100 is capable of making very impressive recordings that do not rely on supporting visuals to sell the illusion.
      Read the full review on Audio Technology

      Daniel Blinkforn captures eco-acoustic recordings with the 5100

      The lightweight and robust design of the company’s 5100 Mobile Surround Microphone proved invaluable for recording in extreme locations.
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      Developing the 5100 Mobile Surround Microphone

      The demands for a mobile surround microphone are simple: portability, light-weight, robustness, ease-of-use, wind and water protection, quick set-up time without needing additional processing and the impressive and enveloping sound quality listeners expect.
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