HHB has announced the FlashMic DRM85, which combines a Sennheiser omni-directional condenser microphone with a 1 GB flash recorder. The device can record linear WAV files (48 kHz, 16-bit) or MPEG 1 layer 2 encoded files, which can then be transferred via USB to your computer for editing. A Date/Time stamp is stored along with the file.
HHB says a pair of standard AA batteries will power the FlashMic for more than six hours. The remaining battery power is displayed, along with time, level, and status information, from a backlit LCD on the microphone body. A visual low-battery warning alerts the user to the imminent need to change batteries.
You can use the FlashMic straight out of the box with the default settings, or create and store nine custom configurations using the supplied FlashMic Manager software. The parameters include Audio Mode (six settings with a maximum record time of more than 18 hours), AGC (Automatic Gain Control) On/Off, Record Level, Pre-Record Buffer (0 to 10 seconds), and HPF (highpass filter) On/Off. In addition, Expert Mode lets you access all of the variable parameters directly from the FlashMic's body. Recordings can be played back under independent level control on headphones connected to a socket on the base of the mic. For more information, visit the HHB Web site.