Dealing with surround sound is an entirely different animal, and one that we'll only barely poke with a stick here, but if you're interested there's a lot more reading to be found on the subject.
It is awesome. It is not a combat helmet.
See those little marks on it? each of those is a mic, and there should be
First and foremost, grab a good set of headphones. In the case of surround sound, when you're recording you often won't be able to hear exactly what's going on spatially, but you sure will be able to find a lot of the bugs that ruin otherwise great audio recordings. Room noise, electronic hum, sounds bleeding in from outside — these are all things that your brain filters out for you but a good mic won't. Taking a few minutes to listen to problems and positioning will save you hours of post-production later.
It has a nice carrying case
A sample setup might look like this:
- laptop with recording software (or other recording device)
* MOTU Traveler
* Mackie Onyx 8
* Holophone 8-channel mic
(Plant and watering can are optional)
It has a handheld grip for on-the-go recording!