Ambient A-Ray Surround Sound Microphone Suspension
This unique, portable microphone support allows the user to place 5 microphones (6th center surround arm optional available) at distances from 50 cm to over 2 meters apart in different configurations.
The construction uses a central rectangular axis, telescopic arms and special sliding nodes with toothed flanges and quick release skewers which provide fast and easy set up. By arranging the nodes in plane or perpendicular it is possible to create well known multiple microphone configurations like Decca Tree, INA and others as well as experimental 3D arrays. The experimental character is emphasized by the possibility of adding more nodes to achieve setups with 7, 8 or 9 microphones. Made of aluminum and carbon fibre the A-RAY is at the same time light and very strong and folds down to a small package that can be stowed away in the included carrying pouch.
Also available are a kit version including QuickLok, Floater and MikeLink plus an optional 6-channel break-out box with detachable multicore snake and microphone leads that are completely customer-configurable to allow for standard microphones and Colette systems alike. Accessories for rigging can be provided on request.
Users include Austrian TV ORF, German TV NDR and MDR, the Semper Opera, Japan Radio and other users experimenting with surround sound formats.
The A-RAY can be supplied with a shorter central axis and arms of different lengths to suit customer wishes.