In line with SoundField tradition, the design of the ST450 MKII has benefited from a great deal of practical feedback gleaned from users of previous models. The updated ST450 MKII has a completely new microphone pre-amplifier design which offers finer 3dB gains steps and an increased overall gain of 42dB as well as a peak-hold feature for the bargraph.
The electronics in the ST450 have been completely redesigned, taking advantage of new, improved components, resulting in a superior noise performance. Also incorporated is a new approach to converting the information captured by its four-capsule array resulting in more accurate stereo and surround imaging. All inputs/outputs are located on one side of the control unit for easy access and connectivity to portable recorders in the field. Best of all for location use, the ruggedly designed ST450 mic weighs just 290 grammes, and may be used at a distance of up to 200 metres from its associated control unit – the weight of the control box is 580 grammes.
Like its predecessors, the new ST450 MKII generates audio in any format including mono, stereo, M/S, 5.1 surround and beyond, without the need for more than one microphone and will generate both surround and stereo simultaneously. The microphone’s control unit includes a built-in front-panel headphone monitor, bar-graph metering, and the usual fine degree of control offered by SoundField over all microphone parameters.