OLD LYME, CONNECTICUT - SEPTEMBER 2009: Neumann, manufacturer of the world's most highly-regarded analog microphones, continues to make history by pioneering digital microphone technology with quality and functionality that transcends the analog-digital divide. Neumann will introduce the DMI-8 at AES 2009.
An eight-channel version of the popular DMI-2 digital microphone interface, which provides remote digital microphone control and conversion from AES 42 to AES/EBU, the DMI-8 offers more channels at less cost per channel in a space-saving rack-mountable chassis. But the DMI-8 also adds new features to the digital microphone interface concept, including computer-free gain adjustment, multi-unit cascading up to 128 channels, and a variety of industry-standard multi-channel output formats.
Like the Neumann DMI-2, the DMI-8 delivers flawless AES 42 to AES/EBU conversion; multiple-microphone synchronization even without a sample rate converter; automatic Word Clock or AES 11 synchronization; sample rate output from 44.1 to 192 kHz; and unparalleled control and storage of digital microphone settings from either a Mac or a PC using Neumann's intuitive RCS software.
In addition, up to 128 digital microphones can be simultaneously controlled from cascaded DMI-8s or DMI-2s. By popular request, the DMI-8 allows users to view signal and adjust gain right at the unit, even with no computer connected. External commands, such as an "On Air" red light indicator, can be controlled via a nine-pin user port. Output formats are ADAT optical and D-sub 25 with Tascam and Yamaha pin assignments. In addition, open architecture will allow later connection to other multi-channel interfaces and audio networks, such as EtherSound and MADI.
"In addition to sounding phenomenally rich, detailed, and accurate, Neumann digital microphones save time and money," said Christopher Currier, product manager, Neumann USA. "We're pleased to offer an eight-channel unit, which greatly reduces the per-channel cost and simplifies the setup of a digital microphone complement. While we were at it, we added requested features, such as in-the-box gain control, and extended the concept to include multi-unit control and cascading."
Neumann's award-winning line of microphones has set the standard in the industry since 1928. In 1999, Neumann received the prestigious Technical
Grammy(r) for its 70 years of innovation in microphone design and contribution to the music industry. A continuing commitment to provide innovative, technically-refined products and engineering solutions of proven quality ensures that Neumann's stature will remain unassailable.
Neumann is proudly affiliated with the Sennheiser Group, which also encompasses Klein + Hummel (renowned sound reinforcement solutions) and Sennheiser Communications (technologically advanced headsets for PCs, offices and call centers). Neumann products are distributed exclusively in the United States, Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean through Sennheiser Electronic Corporation, located in Old Lyme, Connecticut.