HHB Communications has supplied Staffordshire, Sheffield Hallam and Derby Universities with multiple Yellowtec iXm Digital Recording Microphones to support leading journalism programs.
HHB originally supplied Staffordshire University with 21 iXms for their BJTC accredited flagship undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Broadcast Journalism. They have since expanded their stock by an additional ten to cater for students on other broadcast-based awards (Music Broadcasting, Radio Production, Sports Journalism).
Richard Mortimer, Media Technician for Staffordshire’s Broadcast Journalism Department, comments: “All our students are expected to produce work of a professional standard and we pride ourselves on offering industry-level equipment and facilities for them to work with. The Yellowtec iXm is the ideal tool for our Broadcast Journalists – it’s robust, has a user-friendly interface and yet offers a great range of recording presets and settings for techn
ical administrators. The iXms have become the ‘go to’ piece of kit for anybody seeking to record interviews for radio bulletins, attend press conferences and upload audio to our outward-facing news website, Staffslive.co.uk. Staff and students alike have hailed them as a complete success and we can only see ourselves expanding our stock in the future.”
Sheffield Hallam University purchased 21 of iXms to replace recording devices that the students found too complicated. Team Leader for Sheffield Uni’s Creative Media department John Blythe explains: “The iXm mics were originally purchased as a straight forward recorder because they required no external microphone attachment and they are very simple and straightforward to use. Our Journalism students are using these microphones to record interviews and other segments of their radio shows and we are very pleased with the quality of the recordings.”
The iXm is an all-in-one audio tool for reporters in the field – an ideal solution for anyone involved in podcasting to professional journalism. A new iPad/iPhone App adds sophisticated audio editing features for recordings made with iXm. It features a built-in SD card slot that accepts standard SD or SDHC memory cards as well as USB connectivity for interfacing with computers. Perfect auto levelling is provided by its unique LEA processing engine. The microphone’s detachable capsule design and set of six capsules allows the iXm to be configured to different applications and optimised for high speech intelligibility and low handling noise sensitivity. The capsules are twist-off-twist-on exchangeable and available with different polar patterns, including omnidirectional, cardioid and supercardioid.
HHB Communications Limited
Founded in 1976 and located in London, HHB Communications is a global leader in the supply of professional audio technology. Serving in the broadcast, recording and media production sectors, HHB’s unique expertise is also recognised by major manufacturers and innovators, many of which have appointed the company as exclusive distributors of their products. The specialist division, Scrub, serves the needs of the television and film post production industry from premises in the heart of London’s Soho.