Audio-Technica has launched the BP3600 Immersive Audio Microphone, ‘a premium broadcast audio tool capable of capturing stable, three-dimensional sound beds at sporting events, concerts, festivals and movie sets’.

BP3600 Immersive Audio MicrophoneThe microphone comprises eight compact capsule assemblies integrated into a body compact and lightweight enough for single-operator use and easy set-up. Direct routing is possible, with no need for additional decoding or latency processing with 5.1.4-channel speaker layouts.

The BP3600’s eight microphone modules extend from the body to form a cube with 150mm (5.9 inches) spacing between each. Each assembly in the eight-channel near-coincident array carries a 12mm (0.47-inch) hypercardioid capsule to produce separated, discrete signals for deliver immersive audio capture.  

When used in a typical 5.1.4 immersive set-up, the four upper microphone channels can be assigned to the upper loidspeaker channels, and the four lower channels can be assigned to the lower channels. This eliminates the need for additional decoding or latency processing during routing. 

User-friendliness is supported by the main unit’s highly visible colour-coded and numbered channel indicator rings that allow easy identification of channels. To ensure that on-site set-up is simple when time is limited, each microphone assembly features a lock that guarantees precise, repeatable positioning and prevents accidental removal. These connector locks additionally protect the microphone terminals from the elements, including rain, and make disconnecting an assembly quick and reliable. Also included is a safety strap that can be connected to drop-prevention wires when used above spectators in stadiums, auditoriums, or other venues.  

The end of the microphone’s grip carries a Lemo 2B multi-pin output connector for attaching the included LEMO-to-XLRM breakout cable for routing the eight channels to a mixing console or audio interface. Lemo-to-Lem 2B multi-pin connector extension cables are available separately for use between the microphone and the breakout cable to increase the cable run length. Phantom power (48V DC) is required for each channel. 

The BP3600 comes with eight dedicated windscreens and a microphone stand clamp with a 5/8”-27 to 3/8”-16 threaded adapter. The microphone can be quickly disassembled and placed in its case for protection during storage and transportation. Additional accessories, including Rycote BBG Windshields for increased noise protection and Rycote BBG Windjammer synthetic fur covers to attenuate extreme wind noise, are offered separately. 


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