Cloud-based videoconferencing service provider Zoom has validated Acoustic Magic’ Voice Tracker I array microphone for use with its VoIP and videoconferencing systems.
Nick Chong, head of product marketing at Zoom, stated, “We have tested the Voice Tracker I microphone and found that its long pickup range and wide field of view significantly enhance the audio performance of our system. It enables large groups to participate, and it does so at a reasonable cost.”
With over two million participants, 5,500 meetings a day, and 100 million meeting minutes, Zoom claimed that it is gaining rapid acceptance because of its affordable, feature-rich service and its availability as a HD-quality video conferencing alternative to both traditional, on-premises hardware solutions and the newer cloud- and software-based solutions.
According to Acoustic Magic, its Voice Tracker I Array Microphone was designed to deliver coverage throughout a large room for recording or conferencing applications to eliminate the need for multiple microphone/mixer setups that demand expensive expert installation techniques and also to provide high quality audio for automatic speech recognition without the encumbrance of wearing a head set microphone or holding a handheld microphone.
Some of the notable features of Voice Tracker I Array microphone are: automatic electronic steering of “listening beam” to talker location; selectable steering limits between 90 degrees and 180 degrees for speech recognition and meeting recording modes; selectable LDS to reduce annoying interference of additional talkers during speech recognition or feedback during teleconferencing; two stage noise reduction – spatial filtering and noise reduction processing; eight element, 18 inch long array for maximum range and five element “in range” light to indicate location of chosen talker and sufficiency of signal; microphone tilt capability to facilitate desktop, monitor top, ceiling, or wall mounting; and more.
By employing Voice Tracker I Array microphone with Zoom AEC, customers can hope to reduce costs. Also Voice Tracker I do not have any battery or crosstalk issues making it suitable to be used for Zoom’s VoIP and video conferencing.
Acoustic Magic added that the Voice Tracker I can be used with PCs, and through its USB adapter with Macs. It has a list price of $249, and the USB adapter has a list price of $50.