Neumann has debuted the DMI-8, an 8-channel version of the company's DMI-2 digital microphone interface, which is said to provide remote digital microphone control and conversion from AES 42 to AES/EBU. The DMI-8 reportedly offers more channels at less cost per channel in a space-saving, rackmountable chassis.
The unit 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 multichannel output formats. External commands, such as an "On Air" red light indicator, can be controlled via a 9-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 multichannel interfaces and audio networks, such as EtherSound and MADI.