CEntrance has announced the introduction of English Channel, a new compact suite of analog signal processing tools with an integrated digital audio recorder.
The English Channel is designed to save space with a compact footprint, packing a microphone preamp, dynamics processor and classic analog EQ in a small desktop unit. The package also includes a streaming audio interface and allows the vocal artists to livestream their performances with a connected phone or laptop, record to the built-in recorder, or record the performance via software.
The English Channel consists of three palm-size audio devices which are designed to work together. The first device is SoapBox, a studio mic preamp with gate, compressor, and de-esser. Its mic preamp offers a stated 70 dB of gain and is designed to work with all condenser and dynamic microphones, while its dynamics processor helps cut out background noise and makes vocals louder.
The second device is BlackCab, a 3-band parametric EQ with sonic shaping features, while the third device is PortCaster R4S, a streaming audio interface with monitoring over headphones or speakers. PortCaster also includes a 24-bit SD Card digital recorder, with a “One-Button Record” feature. With its two additional microphone inputs, PortCaster makes it possible to record three-person podcasts and also allows adding a podcast participant to call in via phone.
The three devices are secured in the Commander Console – a custom lightweight desktop “rack” using camera-style, removable screws. It can take power from any standard USB charger or power bank via USB-C, and can also be powered by a USB jack in a car. One USB power cable is required as each device passes power to other devices. The product ships in a small travel case with extra space for a mic.
“Busy vocal artists prefer to minimize the time spent in production. We designed the English Channel with that in mind,” says Michael Goodman, CEntrance founder and CEO. “Utilizing their favorite presets for gate, compression, and EQ the user can now quickly deliver broadcast-grade audio from a hotel room or even a parked car. Pros may love the sound of their studio rack-mount gear, but it’s difficult to take that on the road. The English Channel offers that great-sounding, classic analog technology in the palm of your hand.”
The English Channel will be available in January 2023 for $1499.99 USD. The bundle includes the Commander Console rack, the case and needed cables, and saves 20 percent compared to buying the devices individually. Go here for more specifics.