Audio-Technica Introduces ATND1061 Beamforming Ceiling Array Microphone

Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 50 years, introduces the ATND1061 Beamforming Ceiling Array Microphone, an ideal solution for conference rooms, boardrooms and meeting spaces from large to small. Designed in a familiar form factor (roughly the size of a wireless access point), the ATND1061 is easy to install, set up and operate. It may be used singly or in multiples (for larger meeting spaces) to capture every person speaking in a room with clear, natural audio that reduces distracting environmental sounds.

Room configuration, zone setup and other settings are handled through A-T’s user-friendly Digital Microphone Manager software application. The ATND1061 has six individual output channels, which, collectively, can be configured with up to 32 user-defined microphone pickup zones, providing the flexibility to cover a wide variety of room sizes and meeting types. Across all the output channels, the microphone’s 90-degree orthogonal beams are capable of focusing on a particular point in space, preventing the pickup of unwanted noise.

The ATND1061’s proprietary voice activity detection (VAD) technology enables the microphone to discern between a voice and unwanted noises such as paper shuffling. For installations without external digital signal processing (DSP), the ATND1061 features powerful onboard DSP, including automix, acoustic echo cancellation (AEC), noise reduction, automatic gain control (AGC) and four-band EQ. Exclusion zones can be set to avoid known sources of unwanted noise (such as HVAC systems), helping to maximize the effectiveness of the built-in noise-reduction and automatic-mixing functions.