Five-Channel Surround Microphone


macrumors 68000
Original poster
Jul 20, 2006
Sanken Introduces WMS-5 Five-Channel Surround Microphone
Five-channel Surround microphone self-contained in one mic body.

Sanken is introducing at AES 2006 in San Francisco, the WMS-5, world’s first 5-channel Surround microphone self-contained in one mic body. As the newest model in a comprehensive line of the highest quality microphones for audio recording, HDTV broadcast and film, the breakthrough Sanken WMS-5 utilizes extensive M-S stereo research conducted in conjunction with Japan’s NHK Science and Technical Research Laboratories. The new WMS-5 is the ideal microphone for on location multichannel audio recording.
What digital video camera supports this? Most support 2-channel recording, and 4-channel (like the Canon XL1s, at 12-bit).


macrumors member
Feb 17, 2006
Cool mic

You seem like a sound engineer. I assume that this microphone would go
to a multitrack HD recorder like the HHb whatever it is, or the Marantz or the Sony. Otherwise, you could ship it into a A?D converter to a laptop, and then synch it with the video via SMPTE or whatever the standard is now.
Thanks for the mic tip. Looks amusing. You have a G4 laptop and seem to
do multimedia. Is it fast enough to edit video on, or a bit tedious?



macrumors 6502
Jun 7, 2005
The idea is good... if there was a compatible camera with 5 inputs. But a mic like this is only useful with a separate digital audio recorder [meaning extra hardware] at which point why not just go for a real 5 channel setup like a double M/S from Schoeps? You know, something with real separation...