Alesis has announced the AM3, which they describe as the world's first handheld stereo USB microphone.
The AM3 is a stereo condenser microphone that enables users to record stereo audio directly onto their computers. Designed for portable stereo recording, musicians, journalists and other audio enthusiasts will find the AM3 convenient and easy to use.
The AM3 features a dual-capsule condenser microphone design that enables users to record detailed stereo audio. The microphone's wide 30 — 20,000 Hz frequency response rivals that of far more expensive microphones. Its analog-to-digital conversion creates a studio-ready stereo signal at 16-bit, 44.1 or 48kHz resolution and sample rate. The body of the AM3 features a gain control for adjusting the input trim with no computer control required.
The AM3 makes computer connection simple, requiring nothing more than a standard USB port on a Mac or PC. Because it has a stereo, analog-to-digital conversion system built inside, the AM3 eliminates the need for a preamplifier, external analog-to-digital converters, interfaces and timecode alignment between the two sides.
The AM3 comes with a free Alesis podcast-hosting subscription, enabling users to share their recordings with the world. The AM3 also comes with a carry case, mic clip and cable.
The AM3 will be available from musical instrument and professional audio retailers in April 2009.
No pricing info yet.
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