Noise launches first smart eyewear i1 with motion sensor, mic for calling and more

After smartwatches and TWS, Noise launched its first smart eyewear in India. The eyewear titled ‘i1’ is developed by Noise labs and comes with a host of features including a motion estimation, motion compensation (MEMS) mic for calling, magnetic charging, and hands-free voice control and more features. Smart glasses aren’t very common in India. So far only Bose has launched smart glasses but those fall in the premium category. Noise, with its new eyewear, aims to make smart glasses more accessible. That is also one of the reasons why the Noise eyewear has been priced lower than its competition.

Talking about the smartglasses, Amit Khatri, Noise co-founder had said, “We are proud to introduce Noise i1, the first pair of stylish, smart eyewear, developed in Noise Labs. Keeping an eye on the future, we have designed our smart eyewear to give the purest tech experience to anyone looking for the best- in -class audio experience. We’ve packed it with all the essential features, and this is the next step in giving our users a completely seamless connected experience.”

Noise smart eyewear i1: Price and availability
Noise smart eyewear i1 has been launched in India at a price of Rs 5,999. Buyers can get the limited edition device from the official website of Noise. The smartglasses are offered in the classic black colour.

Noise smart eyewear i1: Specifications
The Noise smart glasses are not equipped with cameras unlike the RayBan Stories. So if you want cameras in your smart eyewear, Noise i1 is not the one for you. The Noise smartglasses feature a revolutionary guided audio design to ensure that the music flows straight into your ears. The design also manages to block out the surrounding noise so that you can focus on the music solely.

. The device offers over 9 hours of playtime on a single charge. It also has the most recent Bluetooth 5.1 connectivity, ensuring that your eyewear connects to your phone as soon as the temples are opened, eliminating the need to unlock your phone and offering excellent sound quality up to 10 metres away from your smartphone. It can deliver 120 minutes of playtime on a 15-minute charge.

The smart eyewear also features multi-functional touch controls that enable users to accept and reject calls, manage music, and activate the voice assistant. It is a complete package with UVA/B 99% protection against sun rays in sunglasses lenses and changeable blue light filtering transparent lenses for reducing eye strain and providing clear vision when using laptops, etc.

Comica Audio launches smallest pro wireless mic

Comica Audio, a leading professional audio hardware maker, has launched the BoomX-U Qua. It says the device is the smallest four-channel multi-function wireless microphone for broadcast level audio at an affordable price. The microphone utilises ultra-high frequency (UHF) technology for more stable transmission and a longer working distance. Compared with other four-channel wireless microphones on the market, the BoomX-U Qua is the most compact with professional, smooth, high-quality audio.

The microphone provides a long transmission distance of 120 meters for professional long-distance shooting and a 6.5-hour battery life, along with the ability to charge while in use. It allows the user to mix up to four audio tracks or use individual output, and supports multi-receiver monitoring. This makes it suitable for movies, commercials and advertising videos, multi-person interviews, short videos, podcasts, presentations, church and wedding services, vlogs, social media posts, live video conferencing, and YouTube live streams.

It includes four transmitters, so up to four people can be recorded simultaneously. Each transmitter has 4 channels, with 24 selectable UHF channels available, so that if channels are being used nearby, the user can switch to another channel to prevent interference. The UHF radio wave technology and dual-antenna design ensure stable signal transmission and clear sound recording. The mic provides real-time audio monitoring to connect headphones to the receiver’s 3.5mm headphone jack.

The “Qua” in BoomX-U Qua is an abbreviation of “quarter,” named after its four-channel capability. It is compatible with DSLR cameras, camcorders, recorders, iPhones and Android smartphones.

Comica Audio provided the following information on features of the BoomX-U Qua:

Four-channel broadcast level UHF wireless microphone: with four transmitters and one receiver, working simultaneously for good sound quality.
24 UHF channels: for no interference.
Multi-receiver monitoring and shooting.
One transmitter to multi-receiver: eliminates the need to synchronise audio tracks during recording and supports multi-person monitoring.
Multi-transmitters to one receiver: four sound sources can be recorded at the same time.
180° foldable dual antenna.
Super-long transmission distance: 120m transmission distance for professional use.
Four audio track mixing and individual output: multiple outputs, perfect for post-production.
Charging while in use: battery life is 6.5 hours for long recording times with charging while in use for a simplified workflow.
Internal and external input modes.
Auto-scanning: automatically select the best channel for “multi-transmitter to one receiver” use.
Manual channel-setting: manually select the channel for “one transmitter to multi-receiver” or “multi-transmitter to multi-receiver” use.
LCF: one-button filters out low-frequency sounds.
16-level adjusted gain control and muting functions.
LCD screen for intuitive power and audio monitor.
Audio dynamic bar monitor: monitors microphone power in real-time to show the status
Lavalier mic: four lavalier mics are included with a solid design.
Multi-functional belt clip.

The BoomX-U Qua includes four transmitters, one receiver, four lavalier mics, four wind muffs, TRS-TRS cable, TRS-XLR cable, 3-in-1 charge cable, belt clip, cold shoe mount, and carrying case.

Industry Leader Universal Audio Inc. Announces Flagship UA Bock Recording Mics

Introducing Universal Audio Microphones — Flagship UA Bock, Sphere Modeling, and Standard Series Mics for Creators
Befitting a company with roots in both analog and digital audio recording, UA microphones include world-class UA Bock tube microphones handmade in Santa Cruz, California; the award-winning Sphere L22 Modeling Microphone with its ability to accurately emulate 34 classic studio mics; and new Standard Series microphones designed for home recordists, serious podcasters and content creators.

“We’re excited to bring UA’s audio expertise to microphones, and to bring something new to the table,” said Bill Putnam, CEO/Founder of Universal Audio. “With Bock, Sphere, and the new Standard Series mics, there’s a UA mic within reach of every serious creator — ready to inspire great recordings, performances, and content for a lifetime.”

Handmade in Santa Cruz, the new flagship UA Bock mics represent a trio of premium tube and FET-based models designed by vintage mic authority David Bock, who joined the UA team with the purchase of his Bock Audio brand in 2020.

“The UA Bock mics are the best-sounding and most beautiful mics I’ve had the pleasure of designing over my long career,” confirmed Bock. “These mics are going to have discriminating singers, producers, and audio engineers smiling from ear-to-ear.”

The accessible Standard Series mics feature two proven designs destined to become workhorses in serious production spaces: the SD-1 Dynamic mic for vocal and broadcast / podcast applications, and the SP-1 Pencil Condenser mics for easy stereo recording of instruments and live performances.

On the digital side, with the technology acquisition of Townsend Labs Inc. in 2021, UA is excited to welcome proprietary Sphere Modeling Microphone technology and modeling guru Chris Townsend to the UA team — aligning with UA’s market-leading UAD audio plug-in platform.

All UA Microphones include presets designed to deliver album and broadcast-ready sound with the company’s award-winning Apollo audio interface range.

Select UA microphones are now shipping to UA dealers worldwide.

UA Microphone Lineup 2022

UA microphones aim to bring world-class sound and timeless UA design to content creators, home recordists, and audio professionals alike.

Features and Availability

Standard Series – Accessible mics for home recording, podcasting and content creation

Standard SD-1 Dynamic Mic – Now Shipping – $299USD MAP
Standard SP-1 Pencil Mic (Pair) – Summer 2022 – $399USD MAP
Sphere L22 Modeling Microphone – Award-winning system with 34 classic mic models, tailored to professional vocal and studio recording

Sphere L22 Modeling Microphone – Now Shipping – $1,499USD MAP

Tesla Has Released a Karaoke Mic for Its Cars

Tesla has launched the TeslaMic microphone for its new in-car karaoke system, included in the company’s “end of the year” software update.

The microphone, which is currently only available in China, costs ¥1,199 (approximately $188) and pairs with the new Leishi KTV karaoke system included in the new software update, reports Electrek.

It’s designed to be a more complete karaoke system than the previous version released in 2019, featuring an extensive catalogue of songs to sing along to.

The Chinese karaoke sector generated around ¥103 billion ($16 billion) in revenue in 2019, and the pastime’s popularity is causing the TeslaMic’s webpage to repeatedly crash.

The microphone can be used outside of Tesla cars too, and comes with different sound modes to assist those less vocally gifted.

Even though the product is currently only available in China, Tesla recently expanded its US trademark to audio products, meaning the TeslaMic could be launched elsewhere in the future.

Tesla traditionally releases a substantial update to its vehicles at the end of each year but decided to go further in China by releasing a physical product too.

Audix sold to Vitec Group

Here at Gearnews, we like to think we have our ear to the ground on what’s bubbling in the industry. But today’s announcement that respected microphone specialists Audix has been sold to The Vitec Group took us somewhat off-guard!

So why should you care about another corporate brand acquisition? Well, in my opinion, this is yet another sign that the live industry as we know it is changing dramatically. On the one hand, you have Audix, famed for making revered studio and stage microphones and headphones (their DP7 drum mic kit is one of our favourites). On the other, a company focussed solely on content creation and video-focussed products, including the famed Autocue teleprompter system.

What now for Audix?
Undoubtedly, The Vitec Group is buying Audix for its R&D capabilities in the field of transducer technology. Indeed, we understand that the Audix facility in Portland is due to be converted into the Vitec Imaging Solutions’ Audio R&D Centre of Excellence. As you might expect, Vitec also had their eye on Audix’s manufacturing facilities. We understand Rycote is now going to be moving to the new R&D and manufacturing centre.

I have little doubt that in a short time we’ll see Audix-branded content creation products joining the Vitec roster. But would you buy an Audix-branded podcast mic or shotgun microphone? And what about all the great music products they have for recording and mic’ing live and in the studio? Audix is a brand with a lot of rock’n’roll attached to it. Is that all about to change?

If you look at Vitec’s brand portfolio, then the acquisition makes perfect sense. With the exception of some mics under the JOBY brand, you won’t see many audio solutions and products. This acquisition gives them a proven R&D facility and an established and respected audio brand.

I think it would be a shame, though, to see the Audix name watered-down for the consumer electronics arena. Or for the new owners to refocus Audix away from live music and studio recording. I don’t think we want another re-run of what happened to AKG under Harmann. Let’s hope Vitec recognises Audix’s brand strength and character and build upon it rather than diluting a classic brand and its products, or re-tooling the brand away from professional music applications.

Beyerdynamic M70 PRO X mic review

The audio market is exploding with new podcasting and streaming microphones from well-established, respected audio companies. The almost-century-old German headphone and microphone manufacturer Beyerdynamic recently entered the fray with the M70 PRO X, a stylish front-addressed dynamic broadcast microphone released alongside the M90 PRO X studio condenser microphone. I recently put both Beyerdynamic PRO X mics through their paces at my home studio (I’ve given the M90 PRO X its own dedicated review). Comparing the M70 PRO directly to the similarly focused Shure SM7B microphone, I was surprised to find just how finely tuned the Beyerdynamic mic’s sound is overall and how it fits in the content creation ecosystem.

The Beyerdynamic M70 PRO X’s design
As a company that boasts a very clear, unifying visual aesthetic across all sectors, Beyerdynamic is no slouch when it comes to product design. The M70 PRO X is a microphone with simple lines and a matte black chassis—features that are exemplary of the entire PRO X line (which includes the DT 700 PRO X and DT 900 PRO X headphones, both of which are worth a look for mobile producers). The M70 PRO X includes a snug companion shockmount to which it attaches using a single screw mechanism, as well as an optional clip-on pop filter to block plosives in close-talk applications.

The body of the M70 PRO X features uniformly spaced oblong windows around its outer edge that reveal a protective gray mesh grill underneath. At first glance, this detail suggests that the microphone can be spoken into from the sides, but it actually receives sound through the grill on the top—a fact made more confusing due to the identical body shape and shockmount of its sibling the M90 PRO X condenser, which does receive sound from the side. This difference is indicative of the internal design differences between condenser and dynamic microphones, but some first-time users may not find this intuitive based on the design alone.

Being a dynamic microphone, the M70 PRO X uses a relatively rugged internal cartridge and magnetic coil to capture sound via induction. These circuits are typically less sensitive to distant noises and more forgiving than condenser microphones, which makes them ideal for capturing clear, consistent sound across a variety of acoustic environments. For this reason alone, it’s clear why the M70 PRO X is marketed primarily as a streaming and podcasting microphone: vocal clarity is key to producing a high-quality speech recording and a dynamic mic is inherently better than a condenser mic at rejecting room echoes and reverb.

Unlike many other podcasting microphones on the market, the M70 PRO X doesn’t feature USB connectivity and instead relies upon a traditional XLR connection for sending audio signals. This opens it up to compatibility with an entire world of professional audio equipment, but it does mean that the microphone requires a separate audio interface. On one hand, reliance on an external audio interface makes the M70 PRO X overall less portable than a single-cable USB microphone; on the other hand, the industry-standard connectivity of XLR gives users more control over the choice of their interface, preamp, and other connected equipment.

Getting started with the Beyerdynamic M70 PRO X

The M70 PRO X ships in a black cardboard box alongside a shockmount nestled in a molded plastic insert. Below this insert is a surprisingly large gooseneck pop filter that’s reminiscent of the Shure Popper Stopper and which offers a more substantial level of coverage than I expected. The microphone itself comes in a drawstring neoprene bag that’s sure to come in handy for long-term protection but there’s sadly no case for the shockmount or pop filter, so users who want to keep all three items together and protected during storage and travel should keep the box and packaging.

Thanks to its simple design, preparing the M70 PRO X for recording was a straightforward and intuitive process. The basket in the center of the shockmount perfectly matches the diameter of the microphone, and all I needed to do to attach the two was unscrew a silver ring from the base of the microphone, place the microphone in the basket, and reattach the ring to securely fasten the microphone to the mount. I’ve set up plenty of microphones and shockmounts in my day and know that the process can be fraught with stability and alignment issues, but this was by far one of the easiest experiences I’ve had. My only concern was that the microphone rubbed a little bit against the inside of the basket, which may lead to eventual scuffs on the microphone body if performed repeatedly. As far as the PRO X shockmount goes, only time will tell if it will drift or come loose over time, but I found that its basket design inspires more structural confidence overall than traditional ring designs.

After attaching the M70 PRO X to its shockmount, I screwed the entire apparatus to a microphone stand and added the pop filter by screwing it onto the stand’s boom arm. The gooseneck design should theoretically make it quick and easy to find the best position for the filter, but the neck is rather short and doesn’t offer a lot of resistance at certain positions, so I had to make a few adjustments to ensure that the filter sat securely without drooping. I then plugged the microphone into my Universal Audio Apollo 8 interface with a single right-angle XLR cable, booted up Apple Logic Pro, and it was off to the races.

The M70 PRO’s sound

According to its spec sheet, the Beyerdynamic M70 PRO X has a specially tailored frequency response curve that features a generous high-end boost beginning at 1,000 Hz, spiking with +8 dB at 4,000 Hz and again with +9 dB at 8,000 Hz. It’s very common for manufacturers to bake a slight high-frequency lift into their microphones for the sake of speech clarity and doing so can often provide a more lively production-ready sound that requires less editing in post. In the case of the M70 PRO X, however, this boost adds nearly 10 dB of information to one of the most varied and nuanced ranges of the human voice, which seems to be a risky design choice considering that it cannot be toggled on and off. This is clearly aimed at complementing the widest possible range of voices and excelling in livestreaming scenarios but the sheer scale of the boost, unfortunately, limits the microphone’s usefulness in recording scenarios where you might want to capture a natural and unaffected sound for the purposes of music production.

To get a clear impression of the M70 PRO X’s sound in context, I placed it alongside a Shure SM7B dynamic microphone and recorded two simultaneous close-speech tracks for direct comparison. The SM7B is one of my personal favorite vocal microphones for recording my own voice due to its flat frequency response and smooth high-end but it also happens to feature a switchable +5 dB high-frequency boost that helps it capture a response in the same neighborhood as that of the Beyerdynamic mic.

Overall, I found that the M70 PRO X held its own against the SM7B in nearly every frequency range. The M70 PRO X delivered thick, detailed low-end information with plenty of accuracy and without a trace of muddiness, supporting a smooth, natural-sounding midrange that lacked the hollow shoebox-esque sound that plagues cheaper dynamic microphones. Unfortunately, my voice happens to contain some unpleasant resonance in exactly the same range as the M70 PRO X’s dramatic high-end boost, so the resulting recording contained an unusually prominent enhancement of high-end frequencies that I normally seek to remove.

The M70 PRO X also captured quite a different sound when placed behind the included pop filter, an effect that was somewhat expected but surprisingly effective in taming some of its unsavory hi-fi boost. With the pop filter in position, the microphone received levels from 2 dB to 5 dB less, which prompted me to turn up the gain on my interface. This resulted in a rich, full sound with a smoother high-end finish that’s much closer to that delivered by the SM7B.

So, who should buy the Beyerdynamic M70 PRO X?
Although the official literature says as much, it took me a while to grasp the extent to which the Beyerdynamic M70 PRO X was a dynamic microphone for podcasting and streamers specifically. Beyerdynamic has a long-standing reputation for creating some of the most flexible high-end audio equipment on the market and, coming from a background rooted primarily in music production, I think the Beyerdynamic microphone’s uncharacteristically altered frequency response threw me for a loop. Still, streaming and podcasting are very different creative processes than music production. Though the M70 PRO X may be somewhat of a one-trick pony, it undoubtedly excels at pushing a rich and lively broadcast-ready sound without the need for extra editing or software.

If you’re working in critical music production applications or have unwieldy high frequencies in your voice like I do, you might be better served by a more sensitive and natural-sounding microphone, such as the M90 PRO X condenser mic from the same product line, which delivers more neutral sounds ready for all manner of post-production sculpting. If your work is limited to recording voice-overs or other spoken-word media, however, then the razor-sharp broadcast-ready sound might make the Beyerdynamic M70 PRO X mic one of the best microphones for streaming and streamlining your workflow to produce the consistent, clear vocal recordings that your audience deserves.