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€2,821
pledged of €25,000pledged of €25,000 goal
27
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, March 31 2016 10:00 AM UTC +00:00

About

One of the bad things about smartphones is that they are generally not very good at audio. Their internal mics are tiny and have a limited bandwidth. Also with good external microphones they may suffer from poor performance mainly due to the filters and noise gates placed in the signal path. Worse, most only support mono recording, not stereo.

Some time ago we started thinking about some sort of accessory that could allow a standard smartphone to operate as a high-quality audio recorder. We liked the idea of going to a concert and being able to shoot videos along with crystal-clear sounds. Today we are going to share with you the results of our efforts. We have developed SS07, an easy-to-use USB adapter able to capture analog sounds and convert them into a digital stream up to 24-bit/192kHz.

We have also developed UARecorder, a lightweight app for Android devices that fully supports SS07. UARecorder takes care of receiving the digital data stream outputted by SS07 and saving it as a WAV file. The quality of the input analog circuitry of a smartphone is not longer an issue here because it deals with digital signals only.

You can download UARecorder for free from:

 Please note that the app requires a device with:

- Android 3.1 or higher

- USB host capability

Although SS07 could operate with a wide range of input sources, we designed also a particular mic head; a natural companion of SS07. Actually we are planning to produce two different mic heads. Both heads are equipped with a couple of Hi-Fi, ultra low noise microphones. MIC2 is intended for general purpose applications, MIC3 allows for higher SPL values. You might need MIC3 for very loud sound recordings, for example if the mic is placed close to high power loudspeakers.

SS07, paired with its mic head, becomes a complete stereo-mic to USB converter. All the electronic parts are protected by a solid metal enclosure that acts as an electromagnetic shield and at the same time allows it to cope with extreme situations...

 ...but we suggest you just use its clip to place it somewhere more appropriate...

 ...and capture unbelievable sound quality in your live recordings.

We have recorded 4 tracks at the same time with the same smartphone (video + mono internal mic + stereo SS07/MIC3). In the following two videoclips we are switching back and forth between internal mic and SS07, please use a good pair of headphones for listening the clips.

 Here is a 24bit/96k sample taken in a recording studio with SS07/MIC3.

We've worked hard over the past several months, first to turn our idea into a functioning wired prototype and then to miniaturize it into a rock solid device.

Now we need your help to fund the required tooling to bring the product to the market. We are looking forward to having you join our project.
All the best and thanks again for stopping by.

Risks and challenges

SS07 is a working, thoroughly tested device and not just a design concept. As a result, there are no direct risks associated with researching or developing it.
However, as with any other hardware production operation, problems may occur, like e.g. delayed delivery by one of our suppliers or technical difficulties in starting mass production. In that case, we will keep you posted and will do anything in our power to ensure a smooth delivery of our products.

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