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Portable recording specialists HHB have developed the FlashMic DRM85 - the world's first professional digital recording microphone. Perfect for voice recording applications, in particular broadcast and press interviewing, the FlashMic combines a Sennheiser omni-directional condenser capsule with 1GB of flash recording memory to create a convenient, durable and portable recording device that's easy to operate.

With no cables and connectors to worry about, users can be recording instantly with just a single button-push. Either .wav linear or MPEG 1 layer 2 encoded files can then be transferred at up to 90x real-time via USB to Macintosh or PC computers and laptops for editing and onward transmission. A Date/Time stamp is stored along with the file, with the internal real-time clock set / synchronized automatically by the host computer.

The FlashMic is powered for more than six hours by a pair of standard AA batteries (either primary or rechargeable cells can be fitted), with the remaining battery power displayed along with time, level and status information in a backlit LCD on the microphone body. In addition, a visual low battery warning alerts the user to the imminent need to change batteries.

Users can operate the FlashMic straight out of the box using default settings, or create and store nine custom configurations using the FlashMic Manager software supplied. Parameters including Audio Mode (six settings with a maximum record time of more than 18 hours), AGC (Automatic Gain Control) On/Off, Record Level, Pre-Record Buffer (0 - 10 seconds) and HPF (High-Pass Filter) On/Off can be individually adjusted to create the optimum configurations for a particular operator's typical applications. In addition, an 'Expert Mode' allows all variable parameters to be accessed directly from the FlashMic body.

The FlashMic perates at a 48kHz/16-bit sampling rate. Recordings can be played back under independent level control on headphones connected via a socket on the base of the unit.

The HHB FlashMic DRM85 is scheduled to ship in January 2006.


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