At IBC 2018, Sennheiser will show the wireless Memory Mic for smartphones – an absolute must-have for mobile journalists. The size and quantity of equipment that journalists and reporters require to create professional quality content has decreased considerably within just a few years. In many instances, the smartphone is now the tool of choice, offering a quick and simple way to capture documentary or commentary. The key drawback is the sound quality of the mobile phone’s built-in microphone – which more often than not, performs poorly and fails to satisfy professional broadcast requirements. Enter the innovative Memory Mic: The small, lightweight wireless microphone not only offers excellent, broadcast-quality sound but also works at any distance from the smartphone. The mic and the accompanying app for Android and Apple are available now.

 

The Sennheiser Memory Mic is a professional wireless microphone for smartphones.

“High sound quality remains an important area for differentiation and a hallmark of quality for video content. Currently, there is no other product on the market that is able to compete with the Memory Mic and offer the same fantastic combination of audio quality, price and mobility,” said Tobias von Allwoerden, Senior Product Manager, Professional Audio at Sennheiser. “The benefits for the mobile journalist include audio pick-up in broadcast quality via the free Sennheiser app, one-touch synchronization of audio and videovia Bluetooth, no issues at all with range, up to four hours of operating time and convenient recharging via USB.”

Ready within seconds
For a report, commentary or documentary, the Memory Mic is simply synchronized with the smartphone app and attached to the clothing via the magnetic clip – and you’re ready to go. The 30g microphone replaces much heavier equipment while still allowing the journalist to deliver excellent audio quality for the job at hand.

The perfect mix
When recording with the Memory Mic, the integrated microphone of the smartphone is also active and works to concurrently pick up ambient sound. Using the dedicated audio mixer of the Memory Mic App, the user is able to select the optimum balance between ambience and the audio captured with the Memory Mic at a later point in time.

 

Technical data

System requirements: Android version 5.1 or later; iOS version 10.2 or later;               Bluetooth 4.1 or later; WLAN IEEE 802.11 b/g/n

Transmission frequencies: 2.4 to 2.4835 GHz

RF output power: ≤ 10 mW

Max. sound pressure level: 119 dB SPL

Capsule: prepolarised condenser microphone

Pick-up pattern: omni-directional

Frequency response: 100 – 20,000 Hz

Data stream bit resolution: 48 kHz/16 bit

Operating time: ≤ 4 h

Power supply: rechargeable lithium-polymer battery; 3.7 VDC, 360 mAh

Charging current: 5 V, 500 mA via USB

Charging time: 70% charge: ≤ 1 h; 100% charge: ≤ 2 h

Dimensions: approx. 51 x 37 x 16 mm

Weight: approx. 30 g

Temperature range: Operation: 0°C to +40°C; Storage: -20°C to +70°C