08/05/18

HARMONY CENTRAL'S PHIL O'KEEFE REVIEWS d:vice™

"DPA has taken the tiny audio interface to a whole new level in terms of size and audio quality. If you need to have an audio interface with you at all times, chances are you won't find one that's any smaller than this - or that sounds better." (Phil O'Keefe, Harmony Central)
Harmony Central tested our d:vice™ Digital Audio Interface and comes to the conclusion that despite its tiny footprint, it delivers huge results in the field. 

"DPA has taken the tiny audio interface to a whole new level in terms of size and audio quality. If you need to have an audio interface with you at all times, chances are you won't find one that's any smaller than this - or that sounds better. I was surprised that such good sounding recordings could be made with such a tiny interface.

I had initially wondered if latency was going to be a big issue since the only way to monitor as you're recording is to use the headphone output on your iOS device itself (or wireless headphones), but I was able to track and overdub comfortably using that exact monitoring approach while multi tracking in Cubasis 2.3.1 on my iPad mini 2 - which, it should be noted, isn't even on the officially supported devices list! So thankfully, latency isn't a major concern. 

(...) For ENG, journalists, mobile podcasters, samplers and sound effects gatherers, it's just about ideal - it's a great sounding field recorder that can fit in your pocket. With the d:vice, an iPhone and a couple of DPA d:screet 4080 lavalier mics, you have everything you need to record true independent two-channel interviews, no matter where you're at - unlike add-on iOS stereo mics, the levels for each of the two channels can be set totally independently.

For similar reasons, the d:vice would also make a good traveling partner for a singer-songwriter who plays guitar - I was able to get impressive sounding results using the d:vice with a DPA d:vote 4099G to record multiple acoustic guitar parts in Cubasis - just add a separate DPA headset mic to capture your vocals and you have a terrific yet tiny high-quality, portable audio recording setup. And best of all, the sound quality is high enough that you won't have to limit its use to "scratchpad" duties - you can make recordings of fully professional broadcast quality with this unit."


Read the full review here...

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