VIVE - The First and Only Surround Sound Microphone
Available for Under $100
The Vive surround sound microphone, an after-market accessory microphone for video cameras/camcorders, is
now available on-line
Produced by Cascade Audio, Inc., it's the first and only true surround sound microphone for under $100. Consumers can now take full advantage of their surround speakers for playing home movies with a lifelike, multi-channel listening experience.
Cascade Audio, Inc., an Oregon-based surround microphone technology company, announces the availability of the new and improved "Vive" - a unique, patented surround microphone which produces Dolby Digital 5.1®* compatible surround sound recordings on any stereo video camera with a microphone input jack. The Vive mounts easily to video cameras to record in surround sound in a single step. Consumers can now take full advantage of their surround speakers for their home movies, with a lifelike, multi-channel listening experience.
"The surround microphone market is receiving heightened awareness due in part to surround-enabled video cameras from Sony and Panasonic released in 2009," says John Iredale, President, Cascade Audio, Inc. "The proliferation of online video, ease of use of video editing software and lower camcorder and home theater prices have spurred interest in improved sound quality over built-in camcorder microphones."
The VIVE surround microphone is the only surround microphone targeting the consumer market at a price point under $100. Unlike the Sony or Canon surround microphones, which work only with specific video cameras, the VIVE works with any video camera/camcorder that has a microphone input jack. Other surround microphone solutions cost over $500.
"We view this as the next revolution in audio technology. Just as the video recording market moved from mono to stereo, it is making a similar shift from stereo to surround sound. Cascade Audio is the only company that can provide surround sound with this simple solution for under $100," said Iredale. "Surround sound is now available in virtually every home receiver sold today. Consumers want to take advantage of their home theater's full capabilities. Videos recorded with Vive will fill the back and center channels with clear, realistic sound, bringing the movie theater experience to their own living room. Reviews from users are incredibly positive. People are amazed that this microphone can produce true surround sound without any additional hardware."
Vive has multiple microphone capsules and an innovative and extremely simple design which delivers stereo AND full surround sound. The patented process encodes the signal and records onto any standard media, such as DV, DVD, CD, .wav or mp3 to name a few. No external hardware, additional software or "finalizing" steps are required. Vive mounts easily to any camcorder and connects to the auxiliary microphone jack. It's compatible with all Dolby surround sound-enabled receivers in the marketplace including Dolby Pro Logic® and Dolby Digital 5.1® technology. It delivers high performance audio recording with 20 Hz to 20 KHz frequency response and greater than 80dB signal to noise ratio, appealing to the savviest audiophile. There is an option for recoding a center channel using an additional lapel, shotgun, wireless or handheld microphone.
The company holds the rights to U.S. patent number 6,507,659, Microphone Apparatus for Producing Signals for Surround Reproduction.