Known for its analog microphones, Neumann has trod cautiously in the digital microphone arena. But the DMI-8 appears make it clear that Neumann is committed to digital.
The DMI-8 is an eight-channel digital microphone interface.
The word “interface” is used because “preamp” loses most of its meaning in the digital realm. The DMI-8 conforms to the AES42 digital microphone specification. The DMI-8 takes incoming AES42 signals from digital microphones and converts them into AES3 (AES/EBU) for distribution to a console, DAW or elsewhere. Yamaha and TASCAM pin assignments are used for the 25-pin D-sub multichannel outputs.
Sample rates supported are 44.1–192 kHz. Units are linkable up to 128 microphones. The whole system can be controlled via Mac or Windows using Neumann’s RCS software.