Norwegian startup Nomono creates a portable spatial audio kit for podcasters to tell immersive stories

Podcasting is booming as creative creators come up with new ways to tell compelling stories. Although many podcasters are able to interview guests via remote platforms like Riverside.fm and other great tools, face-to-face conversations with their guests is still the best way to interact with them. It creates a natural flow of conversation.

Nomono, a Norway-based company, produces tools and equipment that help journalists and audio podcasters record immersive stories. The company was founded by Jonas Rinde (CEO), CTO Audun Solvang and Sigurd Saue (head of software). Nomono has received seed funding from SINTEF Digital and Skyfall Ventures as well as Spintop Ventures and Investinor. Additionally, research support grants were provided by SINTEF, FORNY, Innovasjon Norge, and Innovasjon Norge.

Nomono has announced this week that it launched an integrated software and hardware solution to make field recordings, as well as handle all file management and collaboration tasks, while creating immersive spatial audio.

The Nomono Sound Capsule is a Wi-Fi enabled recorder that combines four compact wireless lavalier microphones with a 360-degree spatial array of audio microphones. The entire kit is lightweight at less than 2kg, and can be carried around easily.

The Sound Capsule can be connected seamlessly to Nomono’s Web App. This online audio collaboration tool allows content creators to back up and collaborate with the production team. It also lets them apply AI-powered dialog enhancement before moving on to the editing process. Nomono claims its combination solutions will revolutionize audio production by being portable and easy to use.

Jonas Rinde is the CEO of the company. “We are sound people with a passion to build great products for likeminded pros, including broadcast journalists and podcasters,” he said. Nomono makes podcasting easy with its intuitive tools that allow you to capture interviews in the field and collaborate on the editing process. It also improves audio quality. Our goal is for storytellers to have an audio workflow that is simple, smart, and capable of producing excellent sound.

Unlike other podcasting workflows which require separate field recorders and microphones, mixing tables and accessories as well as tools such as Dropbox, Google Drive and iCloud, Google Docs and Asana, Nomono offers a single field recording solution that is specifically designed for journalists and podcasters. The unit automatically uploads recordings into a cloud-based audio collaboration or preparation tool.

The Nomono Sound Capsule compactly records up to four people and creates an immersive scene tape with no wires. It was designed for journalists and podcasters who work in field and need to record multiple conversations without having to set up microphone stands, a mixer desk or separate digital recorders.

Nomono’s wireless microphones record and buffer high-resolution, uncompressed audio. They transmit the data to the recorder asynchronously. This allows for wireless performance without interference or dropouts. An ambisonic microphone array is also included in the recorder. This captures the high resolution 3D ambience of the room and the voices of all participants. This combination allows you to record spatial object-based audio compatible with Dolby Atmos and binaural formats, inviting listeners to join the conversation.

Rinde says that Nomono’s technology was designed with spatial audio in mind. This allows creators to produce content as they have always done and makes the transition to spatial sound production easy.

The Nomono Sound Capsule is lightweight at less than 2kg, and can be carried in a backpack. The Nomono Sound Capsule comes with a carry case and a rapid charger. There are no SD cards to format or levels to set. The journalist needs to press just one button and allow the conversation to flow.

The Nomono Sound Capsule captures audio and uploads it wirelessly to the Nomono Web App, an encrypted cloud resource that allows for collaboration with other users. Nomono’s web app makes it easy for content creators and editors to organize their material in one place. The web app allows them to collect feedback, comments and approvals for an audio timeline. This will allow them to save time and money on post-production thanks one-button dialogue enhancement.

The Nomono Intelligent Signal Processing technology can be used to separate foreground and background dialogues. This allows for enhanced understanding and less noise.

Field recordings taken by the Sound Capsule are automatically saved to the cloud. Content teams can instantly start to log and collaborate on recorded material, speeding up the editorial process. Creators can upload audio files from other sources to the Nomomo website app. This allows all material to be accessible by any member of the production staff, as well as outside collaborators.

Prices & Availability: Pre-order the Nomono Sound Capsule now for $3,000. The units will start shipping at the end of this year.

More information: http.nomono.co

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