Tech: New Products, September 2009

Sep 1, 2009 12:00 PM


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Digital Mic Interface


The DMI-8 ($3,498) 8-channel digital microphone interface from Neumann ( 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


Evo ($249) is the latest harmony-creation tool from Antares Audio Technologies (, 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 ( 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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