For $3,000, you can now purchase a self-containing, Cloud-based recording kit that lets you record high-quality spatial audio anytime, anywhere.
Nomono, a Norwegian startup founded in 2019, has recently launched an all-in-one field recording toolbox aptly named the Sound Capsule.
Weighing under 4 lbs. and containing four discreet lavalier mics alongside a recorder module, the company aims to simplify what is often a complicated and messy recording workflow used in fieldwork setups.
By launching its own cloud software suite, Nomono is paving the way for an efficient and streamlined system that journalists and podcasters can adapt, eliminating the need for separate audio equipment.
“You have your zoom recorder, you have some random mics. There are cables, some are wireless, but nothing is connected — it’s not connected to your workflow,” explains CEO and Nomono co-founder Jonas Rinde.
Ultimately, Nomono visualizes a future where technology doesn’t get in the way of spontaneous, effective, and impactful storytelling.
The Sound Capsule is designed specifically for podcast hosts with a penchant for on-the-spot field recording or those who temporarily have no access to a studio. It’s also marketed toward broadcast journalists who are burdened with bulky, manual audio equipment that takes more than a few minutes to set up.
With the Sound Capsule, the company claims convenience and quality at the single push of a button. No levels, no formatting SD cards, as Rinde told Tech Crunch. An immersive experience is another huge pitch. Boasting an ambisonic lav mic array, the capsule is able to capture a 3D recording of its surroundings while emphasizing the voices of the recorders.
By focusing on flexible spatial audio, the result is an uncompressed recording that is compatible with multiple audio formats from binaural to Dolby Atmos.
This interconnected system is one of the main selling points of the Sound Capsule. Thanks to the free Nomono Web App, creators can now collaborate with their partners and teammates in real-time.
Recordings made through the WiFi-powered Sound Capsule are uploaded to a cloud database. Teams of recorders, editors, and other content creators will then be able to edit, cut, and add notes through the centralized interface, arguably making the process much more organized and speedy.
Additionally, the tool optimizes and tidies raw audio into a stable, vocally-attuned output that can be posted for the world to hear. The AI-assisted audio processing can be valuable for time-crunched producers.
Spatial audio also lets editors and producers distinguish foreground dialogue from obtrusive background noise.
One caveat, however, is the expensive price tag. Most podcasters and journalists aren’t likely to drop a few thousand dollars on equipment they can get for less and ones that they might already have in their arsenal.
However, if the founder’s roaring success at selling $870 webcams is anything to go by, we won’t be surprised to find people lining up for their very own portable Capsule.