Earthworks, a manufacturer of high-definition microphones for recording, live sound, and test/measurement applications, has introduced new improvements in the FlexMic Series of microphones.
Designed specifically for use as podium microphones, the FlexMic Series offers numerous versatile features and options that make these microphones the ideal choice for public speaking venues—making them ideal for integration into lecture halls, presentation spaces, churches, civic centers, theaters, and government facilities, according to the company.
The newly revised Earthworks FlexMic Series consists of three basic product groups with a variety of models within each group to ensure the best microphone choice for any given application. The redesigned original FM Series incorporates six models with fully flexible goosenecks in three lengths with the choice of either cardioid or hypercardioid polar patterns. The FMR Series includes four models in two lengths with goosenecks that have a rigid center and flex at both ends—available in cardioid or hypercardioid. The FMLR Series microphones also have a rigid center and flex at both ends in addition to a light ring to indicate the microphone’s on/off status and are available in cardioid or hypercardioid models.
Earthworks’ patented technologies incorporated in the newly revised FlexMic Series models provide a high level of speech intelligibility and uniform off-axis response to insure that the orator is heard clearly and distinctly, with no loss in sound quality, when speaking either at the front or at the sides of the microphone. The FlexMics offer uniform frequency response at 0-degrees on-axis as well as at 45- and 90-degrees off-axis. This smooth off-axis response and high rejection of sounds from the rear of the microphone also provides more gain before feedback. With 145 dB SPL (sound pressure level) maximum acoustic input, it is virtually impossible to overload the FlexMics, and there is no microphone handling noise.
The RFI performance of the redesigned FlexMic Series microphones is the result of Earthworks new, proprietary RFI Freedom circuitry. This new circuitry was designed to provide complete isolation from radio frequency interference. In today's challenging wireless environments, cell phones and other GSM devices are no match for Earthworks’ new RFI Freedom circuitry.
The new and improved FlexMic Series has a frequency response that extends from 50 Hz to beyond 20 kHz (+ 2 dB @ 6 inches) which provides a natural sound quality that is never shrill at the high end or ‘muddied’ at the low end.