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Jon O'Neil
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November 14, 2016 - 5:23 PM

Welcome to the new Naiant forum!

The X-O and X-8S production runs have ended. The X-8S is now available as a special order item only; please inquire for delivery.

Going forward, the X-R/X-Y and X-X microphones will focus on instrument-mount and custom live sound reinforcement applications as well as minimal-profile, power-efficient stereo concert recording. The X-R and X-X systems are positioned as among the smallest and most flexible microphone systems on the market.

The X-R capsule system is complete with eight capsule offerings. The X-R system is oriented around two different amplifier solutions that have application for both live sound and concert recording. Where phantom power is available, the X-R remote capsule amplifier provides a low-profile solution for instrument-mounted capsules or stereo recording configurations using the X-R stereo bar. The X-Y mono/stereo capsule amplifier offers total flexibility in power source: phantom, internal battery, or external DC source.

The X-R capsule 1/4 thread clip opens up a wide array of mounting options using off-the-shelf accessories designed for the photography market; these are often smaller and lighter than the heavier pro sound equivalents. Look for some new selected mounting accessories in the store soon.

What’s on the drawing board for 2017? Digital microphone accessory solutions for the X-Y amplifier:

– a bluetooth audio module/battery pack (XLR-3-F input with phantom power, 2x AAA battery power).
– a complete USB interface in an adaptor cable format (XLR-3-F to USB).

These solutions will offer direct-to-device recording in wired or wireless format. Stay tuned for a demonstration video in the first quarter of 2017!

Also, the X-X microphone will get a major upgrade with three new capsule options: the standard capsule will have increased SPL handling at 132dBSPL, a new low-noise capsule will offer 18dBA self-noise, and a low-sensitivity capsule will have maximum SPL handling of 144dBSPL. The X-X will now use a braided-shield cable that is barely thicker but more durable and better shielded, and for 2017 all X-X microphones with XLR output will use gold XLR pins.

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Andrew Caldwell
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January 9, 2017 - 3:03 PM

Jon, I am very interested in a cardioid option for the X-X microphone. Do you see one being issued as an option or no?

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Jon O'Neil
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January 9, 2017 - 10:22 PM

I don’t think so. The 6mm cardioid capsules (the same size as the omni capsules in the X-X) are not suitable for general purpose recordings, and a 10mm would be essentially the same as the X-R.

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Andrew Caldwell
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January 9, 2017 - 11:33 PM

Jon O’Neil said
I don’t think so. The 6mm cardioid capsules (the same size as the omni capsules in the X-X) are not suitable for general purpose recordings, and a 10mm would be essentially the same as the X-R.  

Thanks for the info. I’ll proceed with ordering the omni then. I appreciate the answer.

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Jon O'Neil
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January 18, 2017 - 10:55 AM

I had some further thoughts about a cardioid X-X: generally, I’m not a huge fan of cardioid capsules when used as lapel mics, because the off-axis orientation is often random when mounted on a speaker, so it’s not that useful and they tend to sound worse than omnis. But for instrument mount I can see where a smaller capsule size would be useful. I worked out a method of building a cardioid X-X using an 8mm capsule with a response similar to the X-R nearfield cardioid (which is 10mm). It has higher self-noise, so it wouldn’t be my first choice for critical recording, but since it is direct wired it is half the size of the comparable X-R assembly (capsule + connector). I will play with this prototype for a month or so and decide if I think it’s worth releasing.

I am not sure whether it would be useful for concert recording–I know some recordists will use binaural cardioids; that isn’t my first choice. There will be some off-axis rejection, but with a barrier surface (the head) adjacent the off-axis response will be altered from the published frequency response curve. Also, since these capsules have a nearfield-style response (low bass), you’d have to want a low cut as part of the recording (or use EQ to compensate).

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