Audio-Technica has announced the introduction of the ES964, a new boundary array microphone designed for table-top applications that’s the latest addition to the brand’s line of Engineered Sound products.
The ES964 was developed for companies concerned about audio quality for small-group online conferences and considering installation or expansion of shared or permanent conference spaces. It is also an alternative in rooms that can’t accommodate a ceiling/hanging microphone array option.
The boundary employs one omnidirectional capsule and two bidirectional capsules. When combined with Audio-Technica’s ATDM-0604a or ATDM-1012 digital smartmixers, the ES964 offers directional sound capture via its virtual hypercardioid and cardioid pickups, providing speaker-focused sound capture within a 360-degree radius for added clarity.
The ES964 is also compatible with a range of other open architecture DSPs. Multiple and simultaneous settings can be configured to suit the seating positions of conference participants.
The microphone’s LED ring (programmable with seven different colors) provides indication of the microphone’s mute status (visible in all directions). Three Mut touch switches located on the array housing allow for operation of mute/unmute switching. In addition, Touch On/Touch Off, Touch to Talk, Touch to Mute, and Local, Remote, and LED Remote switches are provided on the main unit, allowing users to specify the optimal mute settings for their particular needs.
The ES964 is compatible with 20 to 52-volt DC phantom power supplies. Additionally, it incorporates UniGuard proprietary shielding technology that protects the audio signals from radio frequency interference (RFI).
The mic measures 88 mm (3.5-inch) in diameter and 22 mm (0.87-inch) in height, and can be fixed to a table with a dedicated jig or with general-purpose screws. It comes standard with two dedicated RJ45 breakout cables necessary for connecting to a mixer.