Technica Del Arte Launches uMi USB Microphone Interface at IBC 2016

September 12 2016, 03:00
A highlight of Technica Del Arte’s presence at IBC 2016 was the launch of uMi, a professional location broadcast and recording USB microphone interface, designed with the mobile reporter and musician in mind. Compact, robust, flexible, multi-platform and delivering 24-bit/192kHz audio quality for all professional applications, the compact uMi microphone was designed in response to a number of key requests from users of Technica Del Arte’s popular LUCI reporter software.

For over 30 years, Technica Del Arte (TDA) has been producing hardware and software which combine the highest sonic quality with exceptional design, wide compatibility and user simplicity. The company’s professional microphone cables are used worldwide by audio professionals, from international broadcasters through to the self-employed freelance.

“Feedback from users in the field told us that the audio interfaces in smartphones, tablets and laptops are simply not high enough quality to satisfy broadcast demands,” says TDA president Joost Bloemen. “In addition, with users often needing to work in a hectic outside environment, presets can be changed to accommodate any condition with the simple touch of a button. This means that whatever microphone you choose to use, your results will always be the same. Also, existing systems didn’t allow them to use their favorite broadcast microphone, because it needs phantom power or for other reasons.”

Housed in a CNC-machined, laser trimmed aluminum casing, with a high quality Mogami Neglex quad microphone cable and female XLR plug, the uMi interface has an exceptional feature set and can be used in the harshest of environments. Compatible with iOS, Android, Mac OS and Windows, uMi delivers natural, transparent 24+1 bit/192 kHz sound with ultra-low latency and premium quality A-D conversion.

It features high quality DSP - including Lo-cut, Phase, Parametric EQ, Gate and Limiter - and DSP presets can be saved within the device via the intuitive, free uMi Control application for Mac OS and Windows, allowing sound, color and response to be adjusted with the simple push of a button. The unit’s flexible architecture means two uMi interfaces can be cascaded and used simultaneously in one system, a feature particularly suited to sports commentators, while lockable gain ensures that there are no surprise gain changes when the user switches apps or OS.

The unit is bus powered, meaning no need for external power or batteries, while also delivering adjustable phantom power. Adding further to its flexibility, uMi is also fully compatible with TDA’s LUCI software, which transforms a smartphone into a mobile IP-codec, software IP-codec for PC or MAC or high quality MPEG recorder. Discounts are available for uMi / LUCI bundles. 

Skilled in developing professional audio technologies, both analogue and digital, Ducth company Technica Del Arte is the creator of the popular LUCI series of broadcast software applications, first launched in 2004. LUCI enables journalists to go live, record, edit and deliver studio-quality audio to radio and TV stations all over the world, from anywhere in the world, using a mobile phone or laptop. LUCI can be customized, works multi-platform and is compatible with TDA’s own hardware products and codecs, and newsroom systems, broadcast media tools, soundcards and other studio software from third parties.

During IBC2016 Technica Del Arte showcased the uMi interface including the MIKI Microphone cable with integrated pre-amplifier, in combination with LUCI software. |
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