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Nomono Releases Its Sound Capsule

Company hopes for big things from spatial audio

Nomono, a Norwegian startup that wants to expand the use of spatial audio, released two tools aimed at podcasters and broadcasters.

The company was at the NAB Show recently telling its story. It wants to “transform the listening experience by enabling anyone to record object-based spatial audio in the field that is compatible with formats from binaural all the way to Dolby Atmos.”

Nomono was founded three years ago by CTO Audun Solvang, CEO Jonas Rinde and Head of Software Sigurd Saue. It has received funding from various seed investors.

It says the hardware and software it introduced today will simplify field recording, file management, collaboration and production “while paving the way for a spatial audio future.”

The platform includes the Nomono Sound Capsule. It is a Wi-Fi enabled recorder that uses four small wireless lav mics and a 360-degree spatial audio microphone array.

The capsule connects to a web app that creators can use to back up recordings, collaborate and apply dialogue enhancement processing.

The Sound Capsule costs $3,000. The basic Nomono Web App is free, with a limitation on how storage and processing. The advanced tier is available for $19 per month per seat.

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Nomono says current podcasting workflows depend on separate field recorders, microphones, mixers, and accessories as well as collaboration tools like Dropbox, Google Drive or iCloud. “Nomono offers a portable, all-in-one field recording solution built specifically for podcasters and journalists that automatically uploads recordings to an intuitive cloud-based audio collaboration and preparation tool.”

The capsule captures up to four guests and immersive scene tape. The wireless mics capture uncompressed audio files and transmit them to the recorder asynchronously. 

A promotional image of the web app display

The recorder includes an ambisonic mic array to capture a high-resolution 3D recording of the environment, ambience and voices of participants. 

Audio captured is uploaded wirelessly to the Nomono Web App, a cloud resource and audio collaboration tool that uses artificial intelligence to perform signal processing to help separate foreground dialogue from the background environment.

The company says creators can produce content using these tools as they usually do but can then make the transition to spatial audio production as needed.