Countryman Associates, manufacturer of quality, miniature microphones, has announced the I2 Instrument Microphone. Countryman claims the super compact I2 Instrument Microphone can be utilized for a wide range of instrument miking applications, including sound reinforcement of bands and orchestras as well as broadcast applications.
Every mechanical and electrical component of the new I2 Instrument Microphone has been engineered from the ground up for smooth frequency response, low noise, and precise polar patterns with deep nulls and natural on- and off-axis response. Their combination of small size and sonic precision makes them ideal for X-Y, M-S, and other techniques that rely on accurate coincident positioning and consistent patterns. Their tiny size makes them perfect for distance miking that is invisible on camera. Flexible new close miking techniques are aided by Countryman’s new line of vibration-isolating magnetic instrument mounts, which are designed to mount securely and gently to a variety of instruments. Frequency response for the microphone is 20 Hz to 20 kHz, enabling one to capture everything from the lows of the timpani, string bass, and low brass through the highs of the piccolo and violins.
The I2 is available in four polar pattern configurations: omnidirectional, cardioid, hypercardioid, and bidirectional/figure-8. Audio engineers can select the microphone best suited for any given instrument miking application. These various polar patterns enable an engineer to take maximum advantage of the microphone’s null points for isolating the instrument from unwanted sounds in close proximity.
» Frequency Response: Omnidirectional: 20 Hz to 20 kHz
» Directional: 50 Hz to 20 kHz
» Overload Sound Level: Omnidirectional: 150 dB SPL at 1%
» Directional: 162 dB SPL at 1%
» Output Impedance: 1 kHz: 130 Ohm < 100 Hz: 250 Ohm » Equivalent Acoustic Noise: 39 dBA » Sensitivity: 0.7 mV/Pascal » Dimensions: 5/16" x 5/8" x 5/32" (8mm x 16mm x 4mm) excluding cable strain relief. » Cable Length: 5 Feet (wireless configurations) | 10 Feet (hardwired configurations) The I2 ships with 10 feet of black aramid-reinforced high-strength cable, terminated for wireless transmitters or XLR connections. As these microphones are frequently used with wireless microphone systems, the I2 Instrument Microphone finds itself in the best of company. The microphone is compatible with several hundred transmitters from dozens of wireless manufacturers, including Shure, Sennheiser, Sony, Lectrosonics, AKG Acoustics, Audio Technica, Electro-Voice, MIPRO, Nady Systems, Samson Technologies, Zaxcom, and others. Countryman’s I2 Instrument Microphone costs $349 including the instrument mounting system and will be available sometime this Winter.