Aratechlabs has released version 2.0 of its Arapolarmic software, adding support for Android and additional iOS devices, a new user interface and support for 15 new microphone models. The update brings the total number of supported microphones up to 110.
Arapolarmic (pictured), a software program for tablets and mobile devices which uses ‘augmented reality’ to monitor the directivity of microphones, was demoed for PSNEurope last July (see EXCLUSIVE: Aratechlabs augments microphone placement skills). Developer Aratechlabs describes the software as "a new concept of multibrand audio tool that displays the polar pattern of a microphone in real time to reinforce its positioning relative to their enviroment (to discard or reinforce a sound source)".
Users of the Arapolarmic include Patigonia Studios in California; the SAE Institute (28 schools throughout Europe); the Conservatorium Van Amsterdam; and The Blackbird Academy in Nashville, Tennessee. Patigonia's Greg Wurth, a Grammy-nominated producer, comments: "The Arapolarmic is a groundbreaking iOS app that allows you to visually see a microphone's polar pattern. With this technology I've been able to make greater mic placement choices that optimise leakage and phase – this is a must-have tool for any recording engineer."
Arapolarmic 2.1 will follow v2.0 in July, featuring mics from new manufacturers – Neumann and Sennheiser – and around 35 new microphones from Audix, beyerdynamic and Audio-Technica.
Arapolarmic 2.0 includes:
- A new user interface
- Improved performance,
- Support for Android (≥4.0.3 tablets and phones) and additional iOS platforms (iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad mini, iPhone 5, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus)
- New brand: Microtech Gefell
- ~15 new microphone models, from AEA, AKG, Microtech Gefell, Violet Design, Lewitt, beyerdynamic and Electro-Voice
- Free version for iOS, with new App Store options (it is now possible to unlock specific microphone models without upgrading to the LE or PRO editions).
- Special €29.99 launch price for Android devices as the Android version currently lacks in-app purchases. Aratechlabs will maintain the launch price until in-app purchases are available for Android