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IK interface lets mobile content creators use XLR microphones

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IK Multimedia has given a helping hand to creators, musicians and journalists looking to give their visual content a pro-level audio boost with the launch of the iRig Pre 2, a battery powered pre-amp that connects XLR microphones to mobile devices or digital cameras.

The mobile microphone interface is powered by two included AA-sized batteries and will work with any iOS/Android mobile device or digital camera rocking a 3.5-mm audio jack. If your phone is USB or Lightning only, you’ll need to invest in an adapter.

The iRig Pre 2 allows podcasters, vloggers and other content creators to use a XLR mic with mobile devices and digital cameras
The iRig Pre 2 allows podcasters, vloggers and other content creators to use a XLR mic with mobile devices and digital cameras

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Any type of XLR microphone can then be included in the content creation setup, with 48-V phantom power on tap for condenser mics. When using alkaline batteries, users can expect around seven hours of continuous use with phantom power engaged, or 20 hours when phantom is off (for dynamic or ribbon mics, for example).

Elsewhere, there’s adjustable gain control (with a range of 48 dB), direct monitoring via the included headphone output (to ensure an optimal recording signal before and during recording or streaming), and users can mount the Pre 2 to a mic stand or carry strap with Velcro for push-on/pull-off convenience.

An auto-switching circuit makes using an XLR microphone with digital cameras easy
An auto-switching circuit makes using an XLR microphone with digital cameras easy

IK Multimedia

The device is reported compatible with most popular live-streaming and audio/video apps, though IK has two of its own called iRig Recorder Free and VocaLive Free available from the Apple or Google Play stores.

The iRig Pre 2 is available for pre-order now for US$49.99, with shipping expected to start next month. The video below has more.

iRIg Pre 2 mobile microphone interface

Product page: iRig Pre 2

Source: https://newatlas.com/mobile-technology/ik-irig-pre-2/

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Hidden Egyptian handbook reveals secrets of mummification

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A recently discovered text written around 1450 BCE contains previously unknown details about Egyptian mummification process

A 3,500-year-old Egyptian medical text is shedding new light on the ancient practice of mummification. Recently discovered inside a much larger work, the papyrus document being studied by University of Copenhagen Egyptologist Sofie Schiødt is the oldest known mummification manual.

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Category: Science

Tags: University of Copenhagen, Mummies, Archaeology

Source: https://newatlas.com/science/egypt-mummification-manual-louvre-carlsberg-copenhagen/

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Lasers and plasma shockwaves used to measure ripeness of fruit

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Researchers in Japan have developed a contactless way to measure the ripeness of soft fruit like mangoes

Judging how ripe a piece of fruit is can be a frustrating process for everyone from farmers to shoppers. Now, researchers at Shibaura Institute of Technology (SIT) in Japan have developed a new high-tech way to check, without touching or damaging soft fruit like mangoes. All it takes is a laser and some plasma shockwaves.

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Category: Science

Tags: Food, Fruit, Laser, Food technology

Source: https://newatlas.com/science/fruit-ripe-lasers-plasma-shockwaves/

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Broadcasting tech swaps stadium ads for regional advertising

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Examples of the system showing two different ads (A,B) along with the magenta screen (C) which neither stadium audiences nor TV viewers see

When viewing sports coverage from other countries, it’s common to see sideline advertising boards that are promoting products you’ve never even heard of. This new TV system is capable of digitally replacing the content of those boards, so they’re advertising region-specific products.

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Category: Good Thinking, Lifestyle

Tags: Fraunhofer, Sports, Advertising, Broadcast, Television

Source: https://newatlas.com/good-thinking/fraunhofer-vibotec-sports-advertising/

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Scientists calculate life expectancy of Earth’s atmospheric oxygen

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An artist's interpretation of the atmosphere of Archean Earth, prior to 2.4 billion years ago. A new study suggests it may return to this oxygen-poor, methane-rich atmosphere in about 1 billion years' time

The Earth has an expiry date – in about five billion years, the Sun will expand and swallow up our home world. But it turns out life on Earth could have a much earlier end point. A new study has found that in about a billion years’ time, the atmosphere will lose most of its oxygen rapidly, which may have important implications in the search for life on other planets.

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Category: Environment, Science

Tags: Oxygen, Atmosphere, Earth, Geology, Exoplanet, Extraterrestrial

Source: https://newatlas.com/environment/earth-atmosphere-oxygen-life-expectancy/

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