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

The boom in podcasting shows no sign of abating as talented creators find increasingly inventive ways to tell stories that are compelling and compelling. While many podcasters interview their guests remotely using great tools like, there’s still nothing quite like a face-to-face conversation where everyone is in the same room, communicating with each other and creating a dialogue that flows naturally.

Nomono is a Norway-based company that produces tools and equipment that enable audio podcasters and journalists to record compelling stories. The company was founded in 2019 by CTO Audun Solvang, CEO Jonas Rinde and head of software Sigurd Saue. Nomono has received funding from seed investors including SINTEF Digital, Skyfall Ventures, Spintop Ventures, Investinor, plus research grants from SINTEF, FORNY and Innovasjon Norge.

This week, Nomono announced the launch of an integrated hardware and software solution for field recording and handling all file management, collaboration and production tasks while creating sound with gripping spatial audio.

The new platform includes the Nomono Sound Capsule, a Wi-Fi-enabled recorder that combines four ultra-compact wireless lavalier microphones with a 360-degree spatial audio microphone array. The whole kit weighs less than 2 kg and is very portable.

The Sound Capsule interfaces seamlessly with Nomono’s Web App, an online audio collaboration tool where content creators can back up their recordings, collaborate with the production team, and apply AI-powered dialogue enhancement processing before moving on to the editing process. Designed with portability and ease of use in mind, Nomono says its combined solutions can revolutionize the creation of professional audio.

“We are healthy people with a passion for building great products for like-minded professionals, including podcasters, broadcast journalists and media houses,” said Jonas Rinde, the company’s CEO. “Nomono simplifies podcasting with intuitive tools for capturing field interviews, collaborating on the editorial process, and improving audio quality. Our goal is to provide storytellers with an audio workflow that is smart, simple, and capable of delivering excellent sound.”

Unlike current podcasting workflows that require separate field recorders, microphones, mixing consoles and accessories, as well as tools such as Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud, Google Docs, Asana, Notion and more, Nomono uses an all-in-one solution for field recording specially designed for use by podcasters and journalists. The device automatically uploads recordings to a cloud-based audio collaboration and preparation tool.

The Nomono Sound Capsule is compact with a one-button recording that can capture up to four guests and an immersive scene tape without wires or complicated settings. It’s made for podcasters and journalists who work in the field and need to record conversations with multiple people without the hassle of setting up microphone stands, a mixing desk and separate digital recorders.

The Nomono’s wireless microphones capture and buffer uncompressed, high-resolution audio and transmit it asynchronously to the recorder, providing the flexibility of wireless performance without dropouts or interference. The recorder also has an ambisonic microphone array that captures the high-resolution 3D atmosphere of the room, along with each participant’s voices. The combination makes it possible to record object-based spatial audio compatible with formats from binaural to Dolby Atmos, enticing listeners into the conversation.

“All of Nomono’s technology is built with spatial audio in mind, so creators can produce content as they have always done and make the transition to spatial audio production easy,” explains Rinde.

The Nomono Sound Capsule weighs less than 2 kg and fits in a backpack. It comes with a carrying case and a built-in fast charger. There are no levels to set and no SD cards to format. The journalist just has to press one button and let the conversation flow.

Audio captured by the Nomono Sound Capsule is uploaded wirelessly to the Nomono web app, a secure cloud source and audio collaboration tool with AI-powered signal processing. Through the web app, Nomono makes it possible for content creators to organize material in a central place. They can then collect comments, feedback and approvals for an audio timeline, which should save time and money in post-production, thanks to the one-button dialogue enhancement and noise reduction technology.

The same Nomono Intelligent Signal Processing technology that enables the spatial audio recordings can also be used to separate the foreground dialogue from the background environment to provide better intelligibility and less noise, without removing distracting artifacts or background noise altogether. .

With field recordings from the Sound Capsule automatically backed up to the cloud, content teams can immediately begin logging and collaborating on the recorded footage to speed up the editing process and get the content ‘up and running’ as quickly as possible. Creators can upload audio from other sources to the same Nomomo web app, keeping all of the material in one place for any member of the production team to access, along with remote collaborators.

Prices & Availability: The Nomono Sound Capsule is available for pre-order now and costs $3,000. The units will be shipped by the end of the year.

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