SoundField introduces DSF-2 digital mic system
October 8, 2006
British mic maker SoundField introduced the DSF-2 digital microphone system to the U.S. market at this weekend’s AES show. The DSF-2 produces mono, stereo and digital surround sound, simultaneously if required, all from a single microphone. The SoundField DSF-2 solves broadcaster issues with producing 5.1-compatible audio for HD transmission from a simple microphone system.
The DSF-2 is the latest generation of SoundField technology, and the first to output its signals digitally. The 1RU DSF-2 controller unit offers live decoding to stereo, stereo M/S and four-channel B-Format. The stereo signal may be output directly from the DSF-2 in the analogue or digital domain via rear-panel XLR and unbalanced BNC connectors, while the Stereo M/S and B-Format signals are available as digital signals. The B-Format signals may be decoded to a variety of surround formats by SoundField's existing SP451 hardware processor, or by the company's Surround Zone decoding software plug-in, now available for use with DAWs such as Digidesign Pro Tools, Steinberg Nuendo and SADiE. Digital output is possible at 48kHz, 96kHz and 192kHz.
The DSF-2 system offers the user accurate control over the apparent orientation, angle and pickup pattern of the microphone without the need to physically move the mic. Similarly, the apparent stereo width of the output audio is also adjustable. The DSF-2 processor also offers a user-adjustable gain control, a fixed-threshold recording limiter, on-board four-channel LED metering, a built-in high-pass filter and a headphone jack for monitoring purposes.
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