Spatial Mic

Spatial Mic

A New Standard for 360-Degree Sound Capture

Introducing Spatial Mic, a professional second-order ambisonics VR microphone capable of single wire connectivity to a computer or mobile device.

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Product Highlights

 8 capsule array for Second Order Ambisonics

Live binaural headphone monitoring

USB Streaming and ADAT Light-Pipe

DAW plugin and remote control app Included

 Individual calibration stored in each mic

Applications

Unlock the Future of Sound Capture with Spatial Mic

AR / VR

If your next Virtual Reality (VR) or Augmented Reality (AR) video, game or other multimedia project requires immersive head-tracked audio, Spatial Mic is here to help. Spatial Mic records in 360 degrees, allowing the sound your viewer hears to change as they move and look around in a Virtual Reality or 360° video.

Live Events

Spatial Mic can record or stream audio for live events, games, film, YouTube 360 and Facebook 360 with a compatible plugin host like Reaper, Pro Tools or Nuendo. The Higher Order Ambisonics (HOA) output from Spatial Mic can be manipulated live or in post production using industry standard plugins from Facebook 360, SSA, Blue Ripple Sound and others.

Studio Recording

Spatial Mic is an essential creative tool for your mic locker. It’s easy to incorporate Spatial Mic into a more traditional recording setup by using the built-in ADAT connectivity. For example, add an 8 channel, Second Order Ambisonic mic to your next drum recording session and dial in the perfect room sound.

Mobile Recording

Recording on-the-go? Spatial Mic can connect directly to mobile devices and apps like AUM, MultiTrack DAW, Audio Evolution Mobile, and N-Track that support class-compliant USB audio 2.0 devices. If you are concerned about battery life, Spatial Mic also offers an aux 5v power input over a micro-USB jack.

Quality & Construction

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Quality Capsules

Eight 14mm condenser capsules are perfectly matched to multi-stage, digitally controlled analog front ends and 110 dB-SNR DACs.

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Individual Calibration

Prior to shipping, a unique calibration profile is measured and stored within every Spatial Mic to ensure consistent quality.

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16-Core Processor

A dedicated digital circuit board within Spatial Mic features a 16-core processor and high resolution SiLabs clocking scheme.

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Precise Conversion

Output filters, selectable within Spatial Mic Converter plugin, have been carefully constructed for precise audio conversion.

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Quality Construction

Designed to be light, compact and durable, Spatial Mic features high quality aluminum and nylon construction, combined with a bright LED display, knob and metal headbasket.

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Mounting Options

A ¼-20 thread mount allows for hard-mounting and a Rycote Shockmount (sold separately) can provide isolation for this sensitive array.

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User Interface

On the front of Spatial Mic, a knob and LEDs provide control over analog mic gain, mute, monitor mix between live and computer playback, and overall level of the headphone output.

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Visual Levels

View individual capsule signals or stereo monitor level on the front LED display and remotely control these metering modes (and more) with the Spatial Mic Control app.

Downloads

Spatial Mic Converter Plugin

The Spatial Mic Converter plugin transforms the raw audio signals from Spatial Mic to first or second order ambisonics in AmbiX or Fuma formats. To accomplish this, Spatial Mic Converter uses an internal 64-channel filter matrix and measurements from an anechoic chamber.

Spatial Mic Converter offers the capability to change the microphone’s aim at the point in space where the audio was recorded. This is useful when aligning audio position with 360 video, or aiming the mic at a specific sound that should be in front of the listener.

Spacial Mic Control App

The Spatial Mic Control app provides remote manipulation of various hardware parameters on Spatial Mic. Spatial Mic Control communicates with the microphone through the same USB cable used to supply power and stream audio data. Spatial Mic Control replicates the hardware controls found on Spatial Mic itself and adds additional functionality.

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Specifications

What’s in the box?

Spatial Mic
Your choice between USB C to C or USB C to A cable, 3 meter, black nylon braided
¼-20 to ⅝’’ mini swivel ball hard-mount
Foam windshield
Quick-start guide
For Download: Spatial Mic Converter plugin VST (Mac OSX & Windows) and AAX (Mac OSX)
For Download: Spatial Mic Control standalone app (Mac OSX & Windows)
For Download: User Manual

Technical Specifications

Electrical
  • 8-in / 2-out USB 2.0 Audio via USB-C Connector
  • ADAT Lightpipe Digital Output
  • USB Streaming and ADAT may be used independently or concurrently
  • Sample Rate: 44.1kHz and 48kHz
  • ADC 110 dB SNR per channel, DAC 108 dB SNR
  • Bit Depth: 16/24-bit
  • USB bus powered via USB-C or external 5v source via micro-USB
  • Headphone output: 130mW into 16 ohms via 3.5mm TRS jack
  • Live binaural monitoring using Google Resonance HRTFs  (1st Order)
  • Spatial Mic Converter plugin DSP filter type: 64-element frequency dependent output filter matrix
  • Individual calibration stored in each Mic. Re-calibration interval: 3-4 years.
Capsule & Array
  • 14mm Prepolarized Condenser
  • SNR: > 72dB-A
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz to 20kHz
  • Max SPL: 120dB @1kHz,THD<3%
  • Array: 8 transducers1 
  • Array Ordering: Looking at Spatial Mic from the front, as indicated by the knob, Capsule 1 is on the lower right (Roman numeral ‘I’). Capsule 5 is on the top ring of the capsule array and inline with microphone knob. The bottom ring contains capsule 1-4 and the top ring contains capsule 5-8.

1Based on geometry presented at the 133 AES Convention

Mechanical
  • Construction: Aluminum & Nylon
  • Spatial Mic Dimensions: Height: 6.75’’ Diameter: 2.125’’
  • Weight: 0.54 lbs