photo caption: Holophone H3-D set up on a Leslie speaker cabinet with the Blue Woodpecker Ribbon mic picking at the bottom
The Canadian company Holophone makes cutting-edge surround recording microphones. Their H3-D microphone was recently on campus for a variety of sessions where students and faculty used the mic to record both in surround and in stereo. The egg-shaped mic is a mere 6 x 8 inches and has 6 microphones onboard. L, C, R, LS and RS mics pickup direct and room ambience, while a dedicated LFE mic that rolls off at 100 Hz picks up nothing but low frequency info. The mic is light, portable and gives the user an easy and phase coherent way to record in either surround or stereo.