A new device is aiming to do for audio recording what the GoPro did for video recording. The Instamic is a small, self-contained, high-quality sound recorder. It is aimed at musicians, filmmakers, journalists, bloggers and other people who need a simple and effective means of capturing sound.
There are two versions of the Instamic: the Go and the Pro. Both offer mono and dual mono recording, with the Pro boasting stereo recording as well. The Pro is also waterpoof up to 5 ft (1.5 m) for a maximum three hours (in accordance with IP68), whereas the Go is only splash-proof. Other than those differences, the models are pretty much identical.
They each provide ultra-low power digital signal processing, with a sample rate of 48 kHz and a 24-bit bitrate. Their microphones capture between the frequencies of 50 and 18,000 Hz, with a reasonable signal-to-noise ratio of 67 dB and and maximum sound pressure level of 120 dB.
The device has 2 GB of built-in memory and allows for up to 4 hours of uncompressed audio recording. It is charged via USB and takes around two hours for a complete charge. The USB connectivity also allows users to transfer recordings to their computer.
Users can begin recording either by pressing a button on the device or via the accompanying mobile app (no word yet on about the platforms upon which the app will be available). The app also allows users to monitor and adjust the input signal level and alter the Instamic's settings. The Instamic connects to the accompanying app via Bluetooth 4.0, which gives it a wireless range of about 30 ft (10 m) from the smart device.
At 1.5 x 1 x 0.5 in (38 x 25.4 x 12.7 mm) the Instamic is pretty discreet and will reportedly attach to pretty much anything. It is provided with a variety of mounting options, including a magnet, velcro and adhesive tape.
An Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign is underway to raise funds for the Instamic. At the time of writing, backers will need to pledge at least US$99 for a single device. Assuming all goes to plan with the production and roll-out, shipping is expected to begin in Q1 2016.
The video below is the Indiegogo pitch for the Instamic.
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