[AES] iZotope Tech in Blue Mics Tiki
iZotope has partnered with Blue Microphones to develop Tiki, a USB microphone designed to mimic the intelligence of human hearing.
Tiki’s Intelligent Speech Mode distinguishes itself with its ability to focus on desired sounds, minimize background noise, and intelligently detect when to mute altogether, according to the companies. Complemented by a Natural Recording Mode, Tiki’s two modes are designed to give a Skype user, podcaster or musician the ability to choose the best option depending on the situation.
For Tiki’s Intelligent Speech Mode, iZotope adapted their Adaptive Noise Reduction (ANR) and Keyboard Click Reduction (KCR) technologies onto a Blackfin DSP chip, manufactured by Analog Devices. iZotope’s ANR is based on the premise that speech and music are highly variant over a short period of time, while background noise is persistent and changes slowly. Using a spectral processing technique, ANR can identify and subtract the “noiseprint” from the incoming audio signal without degrading the quality of the desired speech or music.
iZotope’s KCR, however, is based on the inverse – keyboard click sounds are short and transitory. As a form of noise, they tend to span the entire frequency spectrum. While ANR performs its sonic surgery over a long period of time, KCR operates in short slices of time.
Pricing and Availability:
The Blue Tiki is now available in the US for $59 USD.
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