Cascade Audio Vive - Surround Sound Microphone

Cascade Audio Vive - Surround Sound Microphone

Cascade Audio Vive - Surround Sound Microphone

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Product Highlights

  • Ideal for Video & DSLR Cameras
  • 5.1 Compatible Surround Sound
  • Mini 1/8" (3.5mm) Connection
  • Center-Channel Input Connection
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The Cascade Audio Vive is a compact, cost-effective microphone that accurately captures audio in 5.1 compatible surround sound. The Vive is compact and mounts to any consumer video camera, or DSLR camera with a 1/8" (3.5mm) stereo connection. A remote center-channel input connection will accept signal from a second microphone such as a lavalier. This single microphone will bring more detail and pronounced sound quality to your home videos.

For use with video and DSLR cameras
5.1 compatible surround sound audio capturing
Clearer and more pronounced sound from all directions
Center channel input for optional center channel microphone
Compact design mounts to any consumer video camera shoe
UPC: 898551001009
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Cascade Audio Vive - Surround Sound Microphone
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Cascade Audio VIV100 Specs

    Frequency Response 20Hz to 20kHz
    Signal-to-Noise Ratio Greater than 70dB
    Mount Standard video camera shoe
    Packaging Infofdusvbdq
    Package Weight 0.1 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 5.7 x 3.9 x 1.7"

    Cascade Audio VIV100 Reviews

    Vive - Surround Sound Microphone is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 14.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great lightweight Surround Sound Mic Cascade Audio Vibe cord is nice and short which plugs directly into my HV30 Camcorder & is out of the way, but I LOVE the external center 1/8 Audio jack on the VIVE which I plug the Azden SGM-X mono shotgun mic into(note I externally mount both on ADOR Bracket)- pick up NO noise from camrecorder - makes a complete surround sound package for sporting events, autoracing, nature recording, and especially family events. NOTE: The VIVE has a green LED Light which helps remind me to turn off both mics. Battery comes already mounted-Very nice & light under 2 0unces. Unit Looks great-only minus was no wind screen.
    Date published: 2008-03-25
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great way to get into surround recording Not quite a professional product, and it doesn't pretend to be, but a great inexpensive way to get surround sound on a stereo camcorder. Sound quality of this microphone is pretty good, but it lacks a bit of low frequency bass sound, something that can be corrected when you edit. Built-in stereo cable is a bit short if you own a bigger camcorder but a simple extension corrects that flaw. A+
    Date published: 2008-01-14
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Repaired after an hour This is a very delicate microphone, after removing from packaging I noticed the head dangling from the base. It is only secured by two face tape in the shape of a doughnut, I had to get out the hot glue gun to repair, I hate sending products back. I did get it setup and working, I would advise getting a wind screen ( dead cat ). I was surprised to find out that there wa a wind screen made for this but it was almost $ USD. So I made my own. I use this Vive microphone on my Nikon and Canon cameras. There is a port for an additional microphone to add in which I'm thinking of adding a parabolic microphone for 300m distance, as I shoot wildlife videos. to be continued..........
    Date published: 2015-12-19
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Surround Sound! This product gives me great surround sound for my recordings of weddings and other events I am contracted to film. People love the idea that I can provide them not only excellent quality video...but also excellent quality audio. Also...the sensitivity and low distortion on this microphone is awesome for the price! So much better then the microphone which is built into my SONY Camcorder
    Date published: 2008-11-01
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Detailed review of Cascade Vive I have created a video review on Cascade Vive after we received it as a donation for a non-profit organization @Features and pros:1) This is an excellent surround sound microphone with inbuilt Dolby Prologic encoder. 2) The microphone houses four electret mics and powered by a button cell. 3) The whole system is very tiny and sits on top of your video camera in Camera Hot Shoe mount. 4) The Mic hot shoe mount also has an inbuilt shock mount.5) The encoded audio output is available through a stereo headphone jack which you connect to your camera aux. or mic. in to record in your camera just like any other external microphone. Apparently this may look like a normal stereo sound signal, but it is actually a Dolby Prologic encoded audio where multiple channel data in encoded as phase shift audio. When you play back the sound through your surround sound system, it decodes dolby Prologic and you get surround sound output. 6) The sound quality is excellent and there is very little noise in the mic. circuit. Cons: The construction is very light and fragile, so careful handling is required. No wind screen is available yet.Recommended: Yes, this is an excellent mic. for its capabilities and price.
    Date published: 2010-10-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must have Have had it for many years. Albeit this is my only surround mic, and I have broken it couple of times (my fault: separated the base and the mic in action, so a new foam had to be glued in), this is a true must have for any home movie enthusiast. The 5.1 sound it produces adds so much to the video and the sound stays in 5.1 format despite video editing, so it is a no-nonsense piece of kit. In the next version, I hope they add power via audio cable (instead battery), which would provide auto-on capability.
    Date published: 2017-09-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Amazing! Ive had a Vive for several months now and am very happy with the unit. It is a great product that actually does what it claims to do. The fact that it works as well as it does seems amazing to me especially considering its price. Sound coming from the rear has surprising separation when played back on a surround sound system. For the type of taping I do, I mostly end up using the Sony Bluetooth microphone or the built in mic. I am not that happy with the sound that I get from the Bluetooth mic, but it is very convenient for taping a show with a narrator. I had been using a separate field recorder and mixing in the sound when editing. The results were superior, but it was just too much extra work. Because the Vive picks up sound from 360 degrees, it does pick up more camera noise than other external mics. This is despite a very good mount. When I am in a quiet area, I can clearly hear the sound coming from my Sony HC3 High Definition Camcorder even from several feet away and so does the Vive. This is most noticeable when the Vive is mounted directly to the top of the Sony VMC-K100 Microphone Adapter with Velcro. However even when the mic is mounted out further on an L handle, it is still very noticeable in quiet locations. This is partially because of the HC3's automatic gain which cannot be turned off, but also because of the nature of the pick-up pattern and frequency response of the sensitive mics mounted in the Vive. This is not a design flaw; it is just the nature of the setup. I have wireless send and receive units and a solid state field recorder. I would be very tempted to use the Vive with one of these options to get the mic further from the camcorder for recordings where I wanted to capture high quality sound. The Vive does a very good job of faithfully picking up all the noise around it and encoding to a very effective surround sound stream. The electret mic elements, built in pre-amp, and surround sound encoder seem to be of surprisingly high quality. I have purchased a number of electret based minidisc mics and pre-amps so I have some previous experience with this type of gear. B&H claims in it's specifications that the Vive now encodes to 5.1 channel surround which I am 99% sure is an error. My mic outputs left, right, center (when an extra mic is plugged into the external jack), and surround. I doubt whether this has changed since they sent mine. I will check with Cascade Audio. I highly recommend the Vive for anyone who wants to add surround sound to their camcorder recordings. If you have reasonable expectations you will be very happy. I believe the Vive has found a niche that nothing else in its price range can touch at this time. I am truly amazed every time that I use it.
    Date published: 2008-02-20
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lots of Bang for the Buck!!!! Excellent sound quality in a tiny device.
    Date published: 2008-07-23
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