RME Now Shipping DMC-842 Multi Channel Digital Mic Controller
Audio AG is now shipping the RME DMC-842, their multi-channel digital microphone controller. When developing the DMC-842, RME worked closely together with the leading microphone manufacturers to guarantee maximum compatibility and best functionality. In addition to its role as an interface, the DMC-842 also acts as a power supply and control device for digital microphones according to the official AES42 standard.
Mode 1 and Mode 2, as specified in the AES42 standard, are currently supported by Neumann, Sennheiser and Schoeps, among others. Mode 1 permits asynchronous operation. Working with several Mode 1 microphones requires the use of SRCs (sample rate converters), which are already built into in the DMC-842. Mode 2 allows microphones to be synchronized. In both modes control data for adjusting gain, polar patterns, hi-pass filter and compression settings can be sent to the microphones. Further functions are specified in the AES42 standard and availability depends on the individual microphone.
The DMC-842 can handle standard AES/EBU signals at the same time as the Digital Phantom Power can be switched on or off for individual channels. Due to the built-in SRCs, these can even be asynchronous.
To adjust the various microphone parameters, RME includes a Windows-based software application that communicates with the DMC-842 via MIDI. As with Micstasy, the DMC-842 also supports the transfer of MIDI data over MADI as well as over AES/EBU-Signals. All the main microphone parameters are also directly accessible on the unit itself.
RME’s DMC-842 is available worldwide for $3999 / â‚¬3050. Optionally RME is also offering the unit with an added I64 MADI Card called the DMC-842-M. More information on the RME DMC-842.