CEntrance Adds a Pair of XY Microphones to MixerFace R4R

January 22 2019, 00:20
CEntrance announced the launch of MixerFace R4B, a new model of the mobile recording interface that now comes with a pair of XY stereo microphones creating a completely stand-alone, ready-to-record device. The new R4B model (B stands for "bundle") retains all the features of its parent MixerFace R4R, including the built-in SD-card recorder, but adds a pair of precision-matched, studio-quality condenser mics for in-the-field stereo recording and interview work. All three MixerFace models turn your smartphone into a portable DAW. The MixerFace R4B has an MSRP of $499.99 USD.

The original MixerFace R4 turns a smartphone into a portable DAW, ideal for capturing musical ideas, interviews, or live events at a remote location. Invaluable for podcasting, video blogging, newsgathering, live streaming, songwriting, and other mobile recording uses, the passport-sized mobile recording interface makes it easy to record professional-quality audio anywhere. An internal, long-lasting rechargeable battery sets the CEntrance product apart from other portable audio interfaces and makes it the ideal companion for the road. Two built-in high-quality mic preamps with true 48V phantom power let users choose their favorite microphones for recording. The Neutrik Combo input jacks with the Hi-Z feature allow plugging in electric guitars and basses, which makes MixerFace R4 an ideal practice tool, idea pad, or on-the-gig mixer.

The recently released MixerFace R4R model adds a built-in SD card recorder and enhances those applications as it captures audio immediately, without waiting to connect the phone. An extra benefit of the built-in SD-Card recorder is the ability to stream audio via the phone while recording a local copy to the SD card at 24-bits, a level of flexibility unmatched by existing field recorders.

The new MixerFace R4B model includes the built-in SD card recorder and also adds a pair of custom-designed miniature condenser microphones, which fit right into the MixerFace XLR jacks facing inwards and forming a precision-matched XY stereo recording set. The microphones use 48V power and offer a flat frequency response, high SPL capability, and low noise, making them ideal for both spoken voice and music recording. The condenser capsules in the left and right microphones are each mounted at a 45-degree angle, forming a 90-degree XY pair. As an extra application, the microphones can optionally be inserted into the opposite channels, facing outwards and transforming MixerFace into an interactive field interview tool, ideal for reporters and podcasters who interview their guests. For this use, MixerFace can be placed vertically on a table and will record two separate audio channels, for easier post-processing and mixing.

The tripod-mountable device will be also appealing to video bloggers and DSLR videographers. Paired with a smartphone or a video camera, the product improves audio quality over typical on-camera audio, dramatically improving production values of semi-professional video shoots. R4B will also add redundancy to live streaming events. Allowing live music sessions to be streamed online via the smartphone, R4B can simultaneously record a safety copy at 24-bits to the internal micro-SD card recorder, creating a professional backup solution. The recorder is perfect for field recording, concert taping, band rehearsals, live performance, capturing audio from the FOH mixing position, and much more.

"With MixerFace we have made professional location recording accessible anywhere. This handheld, travel-friendly unit fits in a gig bag and sounds amazing, lasting for a whole session on a full charge," said Michael Goodman, CEntrance CEO. "The new microphones sound so good, you can leave your other gear behind and pack even lighter for the trip. Whether you record a podcast or a live gig, now you can take studio-quality recording with you, anywhere you go."

The new MixerFace R4B with stereo XY mics has an MSRP of $499.99 USD (SD card not included). CEntrance is currently shipping the original "MixerFace R4" model (without the SD-Card recorder) with MSRP of $349.99 USD and the "MixerFace R4R" model (including the SD card Recorder) with MSRP of $449.99 USD. The precision-matched XY microphone set will be available for purchase separately as well.
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