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About

 What is the AMK !

The AMK's purpose is simple. Dial in ambient sound into your ear buds or headphones for convenience, communication and safety. When you put a set of earphones on you're shutting out the sound of what's happening around you. The AMK enables the user to balance ambient sound with their device sound (i.e. music) using a balance wheel. The prototype pictured here was made to verity the capability of the device.The final product will resemble the sketches, smaller with sleek rounded edges.

The AMK is for anyone that wants to hear their surroundings without removing their ear phones.  It takes care of the problem of not being able to hear yourself or what's going on around you when you're listening to music.  The AMK also works great as a standalone safety device for anyone who needs to be more aware and alert.

 The AMK takes POSSE Audio's "Hear It All" ambient sound technology, originally created for performing musicians, and makes it small and comfortable enough to be used with any set of ear buds, headphones, even in-ear monitors (IEMS).

Why include all the parts that you do?  
Why not just make special headphones?

Everyone already has earphones that they love. By selling this as a kit we've unleashed its potential.  We want to hear your idea's for the product as well as different uses. We want to make the AMK universal, and for that, we're going to need your feedback.  We want this project to be yours just as much as it is ours.

The technology behind the AMK was originally developed for performing musicians, but we realized that this goes beyond music.  Recent statistics have shown an alarming increase in incidents involving people wearing headphones. By developing a device that can "turn on" the world around you, we created an amazing safety tool.

How the AMK is used
How the AMK is used

 Sports

  • Cycling & Running: Incidents involving cyclists and pedestrians while wearing headphones has been increasing at an alarming rate.
  • Snowboarding & Skiing: This is another set of sports that can be amazing with music, but again, it is extremely dangerous.

Safety and Communication in the Field

Construction Jobs and Noisy Environments require some workers to cover their ears. No need to plug in the music, just plug the included earphones and the microphones into the mini amplifier and easily give these workers more spatial awareness at loud and dangerous job sites.

Home, Office & School

Enjoy music without losing touch of your surroundings. Hear the doorbell or someone calling your name.

Hardware/Software

  • Record high quality stereo sound using any device equipped with a 3.5mm audio input like a camera, smartphone or laptop.  Get true 3-D stereo sound that is clear and consistent.
  • Hear yourself during a video chat (i.e. Skype, Google Hangouts). Using speakers just creates annoying feedback. There's no need to take one earphone out with the AMK.

Performing Live

Whether you're performing musictheater, or public speaking, you can plug the AMK in to your wireless monitoring system and never lose touch on stage or with the crowd!

What else can you see yourself using the AMK for?

Here is our AMK prototype based on the Ambient Mic system of the POSSE which has been on the market since 2010.

Same circuitry as POSSE
Same circuitry as POSSE

Safety First

Crank it up and give yourself super-hearing, or keep it low and safely be aware in noisy environments. The built-in limiter will keep volumes at a safe and reasonable level so you don't have to worry about damaging your hearing.

"Hear It All"

"Hear It All" Ambient Sound Technology gives you the same exact 3D/Binaural Audio that your ears would normally receive by using two powerful miniature omni-directional electret condenser microphones. The AMK allows you to pick up ambient sounds at distances of up to 100 feet!

High Fidelity In-Ear Monitors Included!

Every Ambient Mic Kit comes with a set of High Fidelity In-Ear Monitors (IEMs).  Whether you decide to use your AMK with these ear buds, or you have other plans for your stereo microphone kit, you're going to get a set of these IEMs!

Small and Portable

Everything, from the size of the mini amplifier, to the microphones, to the cable wrap is super small and light-weight so it doesn't get in the way no matter how you decide to use it. The AMK easily attaches to any head phones, and is so small it can be concealed with your hair or behind your ears. The actual microphones are 4mm x 1.3mm. 

Balanced

The key fob sized amp features an ambient mix dial. It allows you to blend the ambient sound together with another sound device ( music, video, etc).  Easily balance the level from full music to full ambient sound and anything in between.

Small Battery, Long Life!

Everything is designed for minimal power consumption. A single watch battery powers the mics. Turn the ambient mix knob all the way down and the microphones are bypassed.  The battery is only used when it's needed.

POSSE Audio has been manufacturing electronics since 1997. In 2010, we brought the world the first POSSE, a truly comfortable on-stage monitor system for any performing musician. 

We realized that our ambient sound technology could be utilized by a much larger audience if we could make it small enough, portable enough, and completely compatible with any sound system.  

We have the ability get to full production rapidly. We have all the dynamics in place for prototyping, design, and assembly. Our contract manufacturers have been working with us for years on the POSSE and are ready to begin making the AMK. They are experts at precision crafting and quality control.

We decided to use Kickstarter for the AMK project because we wanted to reach out to more than just musicians.  We want to build a network of backers who could help us design the most needed product using ambient sound. We feel that your input will give us the information we need to make the AMK universal. 

The AMK will be created by POSSE Audio and by You.

November/December

Final Testing & Design
Ship early rewards: carrying case, POSSE

January

Manufacturing, Assembly, Packaging and Quality Control

February

Ship first production run of 2,000 Ambient Mic Kits

Tim Foust - Home Free Vocal Band

Kevin Fisher

Cherish Lee

Craig Carothers

Truth On Earth Band

Maia Sharp

Amarionette

Primate Fiasco

Markus Jay

Henry O'Neill

Ambient Microphone Kit (AMK)

2 high grade miniature electret condenser microphones w/cables and male 3.5 mm stereo jack

  • Rated Voltage (VDC):10
  • Operating Voltage (VDC):2.0
  • Max. Current Consumption (mA):0.5 @Vs=2.0V D.C. RL=2.2K ohm
  • Sensitivity (dB):-42+/-3dB
  • Impedance (Ω):2.2
  • Frequency Range(Hz):50~12,000
  • Sensitivity Reduction (dB):-3dB@f=1KHz, 1Pa, Vs=2.0V D.C. to 1.5V D.C.
  • Storage Temperature (℃):-20~+70
  • S/N Ratio (dB):58
  • Dimension (mm):Ф4.0x1.3

1 1/8th Inch Male Stereo Audio Input 
1 1/8th Inch Female Stereo Input
1 1/8th Inch Female Headphone Output
Power LED
Mix Knob

Physical Dimensions:  H, W, D, 

3” x 2.5” x .625"

Full Kit Weight:All Components in Soft Case- 5 oz In shipping box 6 oz

Kicking It Forward

Risks and challenges

One of the challenges we had to face when introducing the AMK was the fact that people wear headphones to eliminate outside noise. With the AMK, now you have the option. The mix knob lets you turn the mics off and completely isolate yourself if that's what you want.

We really believe that the AMK is a huge game-changer. We thought that Kickstarter would be a great way to introduce it to the world.

We would like to think that there is very little risk in this project, but here are some examples of things that are simply out of our control:
1) The supply chain may be interrupted due to natural disasters or Acts of God causing production deadlines to expand (minimal)
2) Our delivery dates allow enough headroom for each production phase, but the first shipment could be delayed if a severe performance issue is discovered during initial testing (minimal).

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    JOIN OUR POSSE! Thanks for supporting us! On our website, you'll find your name, a personal thank you message, and a link leading back to your website (We will select the top link in your profile by default. No problem if you want to change it)

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    POSSE ZIPPERED CARRYING CASE: Get a P.O.S.S.E. branded heavy duty carrying case. Great for school or work. 6 compartments for organizing your stuff. Plus a personal thank you on our website.

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    **********EARLIEST BIRDS!********** AMBIENT KIT: This is a DIY kit with Stereo Mics, a Miniature Amplifier and a set of High Fidelity Ear Buds. (MSRP: $89.95)

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    ASSEMBLED AMBIENT MIC KIT: This is a kit with stereo mics, high fidelity ear buds, and a miniature amplifier, all completely assembled. For anyone that just wants to start using their stereo mic'd headphones right away!

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    The Original POSSE (www.posseaudio.com) for the best experience in music monitoring! Currently sold in online music stores for $349. Save money by ordering here and back us at the same time!

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    Ambient Microphone Kit + The Original POSSE (www.posseaudio.com) for the best experience in music monitoring! Currently sold in online music stores for $349. Save money by ordering here and back us at the same time! (POSSE will ship in December, AMK will ship in March)

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    Developer: 6x AMKs and 3x POSSEs and an invitation to be one of the first to try the new AMK in January 2015, when we have the final build ready (Backer must cover their own travel costs, but we can help you save on the nearby hotel).

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    AMKs & POSSEs for every member of your band + Record & Mix an EP (5 songs) in our beautiful recording studio in Brea, CA (check out FlyingPigProductions.com). Backers will be walking away with 500 printed copies of the recorded EP (Backers must cover their own travel costs, but we can help you save on the nearby hotel).

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    AMKs & POSSEs for every member of your band + Record & Mix an album (12 songs) in our beautiful recording studio in Brea, CA (check out FlyingPigProductions.com). Backers will walk away with 500 printed copies of the recorded album (Backer must cover their own travel costs, but we can help you save on the nearby hotel).

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