Tech: New Products, September 2009

Sep 1, 2009 12:00 PM

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Digital Mic Interface

Neumann
DMI-8

The DMI-8 ($3,498) 8-channel digital microphone interface from Neumann (www.neumannusa.com) boasts all of the features of Neumann's DMI-2 while offering 8-channel operation and the ability to change mic settings without a computer. Features include AES-42-to-EBU conversion, synchronization of the microphones without a sample rate converter, automatic word clock or AES-11 sync, and 44.1kHz to 192kHz operation. The rackmount unit offers D-Sub 25 outputs with Tascam and Yamaha pin assignments, ADAT interface and open architecture for connection to other multichannel interfaces such as EtherSound and MADI.

Working in Harmony

Antares
Evo

Evo ($249) is the latest harmony-creation tool from Antares Audio Technologies (www.antarestech.com), promising faster pitch detection with greater accuracy; smoother, artifact-free pitch shifting; and seamless, natural-sounding throat modeling. Other features include four formant-corrected harmony voices, five channels of Antares' CHOIR Vocal Multiplier, humanization features for natural-sounding performances and a flexible real-time preset system for harmony and vocal type. Users can also set harmonies at fixed or scale intervals, define harmony chord-by-chord and play the four harmony voices on a MIDI keyboard. Evo is available for RTAS (Mac/PC), VST (Mac/PC) and Audio Units (Mac OS X).

Affordable Phantom Power

Nady
SMPS-USB/2X

Nady (www.nady.com) has released two new phantom-power-supply units. The SMPS-USB ($69.99) provides single-channel, 48VDC phantom power for condenser mics featuring a balanced XLR I/O and a USB port for computer use (Mac/PC). The SMPS-2X dual phantom power supply ($59.99) has two separate XLR I/Os allowing for stereo recording. Other features include a durable/compact all-metal housing and 18-volt AC power supply.






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