San Diego, CA—Sony Electronics debuted two microphones for vloggers, YouTubers and video content creators. The Sony ECM-W2BT is a wireless microphone that’s compatible with Sony’s multi-interface shoe. Conversely, the ECM-LV1 is a compact stereo lavalier microphone.
Wireless high-quality audio recording with lower noise and stable connection is possible with the ECM-W2BT wireless microphone. This is especially true when it is paired with the ECM-LV1 stereo lavalier microphone and one of Sony’s digital cameras.
Moreover, the combination offers a solution to meet the needs of today’s vloggers, YouTubers and video creators who want to capture clear, reliable audio for a wide range of environments. These may include street performance, product reviews, food reviews as well as travel vlogs.
The wireless microphone enables low-noise digital sound recording by connecting the receiver to a camera with a digital audio interface compatible multi-interface shoe. Notably, the digital audio signal output from the receiver is recorded directly on the camera body without wiring an external audio cable.
In addition, Sony completely redesigned the ECM-W2BT for high sound quality using an advanced omni-directional mic capsule. As a result, it can capture clear sound recording from any direction.
The mic also allows audio recording flexibility by increasing the stability of the wireless connection between microphone and receiver. This is possible even with obstacles or in crowded environments with additional wireless activity. Furthermore, in locations with good visibility, communication is possible up to more than 600 feet. And the newly adopted Qualcomm aptX Low Latency codec provides high-quality audio recording as well as low latency.
What’s more, the wireless mic offers creative freedom via its sound acquisition functions. Three sound pickup modes—MIC mode, MIX mode and a new RCVR mode—let users record sound and ambient sound based on preferences. MIC mode will only pick up audio from the microphone transmitter, so only the subject audio is captured. RCVR mode only picks up sound from the internal microphone at the receiver; this enables users to record audio of themselves. Finally, MIX mode picks up both transmitter and receiver audio; this is useful when audio from both the subject and the user is desired.
The mic also supports stereo audio input and an external 3.5mm stereo mini-jack to allow for stereo sound pickup. Subsequently, it works in combination with stereo-capable lavalier microphones such as the compact ECM-LV1 microphone. The unobtrusive microphone can attach to the subject’s clothing and record sound with increased realism.
In addition, the ECM-W2BT wireless microphone includes an attenuator function for use in challenging recording environments. Users can select one of three attenuator levels, depending on the sound source volume. They may record excessively loud sounds at a lower volume or amplify quieter sounds to record louder audio.
The ECM-W2BT also includes a windscreen to reduce wind noise. Plus, when longer operation is needed, a battery assist function via the power supply from the camera’s multi-interface shoe lets users operate the receiver for nine hours.
Another feature is a Link lamp that notifies users of the status of the communication between the microphone and the receiver. There’s also a Power lamp to check the remaining battery charge. Additionally, a connector protect holder for a multi-interface foot cover is provided. It carries the receiver and microphone as one unit. It also functions as a microphone stand, for stable microphone positioning during interviews or other stationary uses.
The ECM-LV1 compact stereo lavalier microphone also allows for high-quality sound pickup. It sports a compact design for easy carrying and convenience while shooting.
This microphone also includes a windscreen for additional noise reduction. Moreover, a 360º rotatable clip permits, for example, horizontal attachment to a necktie or vertical attachment to a pocket, with the microphone attached at the same angle. The mic connector supplies power to this mic.
The ECM-W2BT wireless microphone ships in April with a suggested retail price of $230. The ECM-LV1 compact stereo lavalier microphone will also reach retail in April. It will have an SRP of approximately $30.00.