Telefunken and Dysonics join forces for Rondo 360° mic array

Telefunken has partnered with Dysonics for an eight-capsule, 360° microphone array for immersive audio and VR capture. Using the Samsung Gear platform, the system features the first-ever solution that combine 360° motion-tracked audio with 360° video.

Dysonics has produced demos based on captures of various locations around San Francisco and has been called "the future of sound technology" by Gizmodo. In recent months, the San Francisco startup has worked with Virgin America, Delta and major Hollywood studios to bring air travellers enhanced surround sound versions of Game of Thrones, Mad Max: Fury Road, Terminator Genisys, and many other popular features.

"We think anyone tracking immersive audio will want to sample this technology," said Bill Ryan, design engineer at Telefunken. "Dysonics is an ideal partner for us as we push forward into exciting new opportunities to deliver sound to recording professionals and audiophiles alike."

"It’s been great collaborating with Bill and his team," commented Bob Dalton, CTO, Dysonics. "We are confident that our combined efforts have created a best-of-breed solution for immersive audio and VR capture."

At the core of Dysonics’ offering is the RondoMic, a mic array that houses eight custom omni-directional Telefunken M60 FET microphones that capture sound environments in 360°.

According to the manufacturer, RondoMic is able to pick up room acoustics with incredible accuracy. Then, via spatial and motion-tracking audio software, Dysonics is able to stitch the eight recordings together in real time and reproduce those room acoustics over headphones. The result is ‘an authentic and pristine audio experience that truly makes listeners feel like they’re there live’.

Utilising proprietary circuit topology, the M60 FET amplifier promises an exceptional transient response and SPL handling capabilities. Components are hand-plugged into gold-plated circuit board traces to provide an ‘ultra-clean true Class A discrete amplifier’ with a frequency response of +/- 2dB from 20Hz to 50 kHz. The output is matched with a custom American-made transformer designed to deliver low self-noise and a typical THD+N of 0.015% or better, making it ideal for critical recording applications. The TK61 capsule features a six-micron gold-sputtered membrane measuring 15mm in diameter, and offers a large, open sound perfect for capturing the ambience of recording environment.