IBC: AKG announces Dante-compatible mic mixers

AKG has revealed it is expanding its line of reference digital microphone mixers and offering more connectivity options with the new Dante compatible DMM8 ULD (pictured) and DMM14 ULD models at IBC in Amsterdam.

The new DMM8 ULD and DMM14 ULD mixers promise advanced DSP functionality, multiple routing options and improved versatility.

On the ULD models, all ins are available as direct outs, while all outs are also available on the Dante stream. The DMM8 ULD provides 14 free assignable Dante outs, while the DMM14 ULD provides 22. In addition, four Dante streams can be used as inputs with both models.

Like the rest of the line, DMM8 ULD and DMM14 ULD feature built-in DSP for mixing of up to 80 and 140 channels, respectively, by cascading up to 10 units. Numerous DSP functions such as EQ filters, compressor/limiter, and routing make them ideal for a variety of spoken word applications.

The DMM8 ULD and DMM14 ULD also offer a LAN interface via Ethernet to enable control over large distances using, for instance, an AMX control system. With this functionality, users have the flexibility to mount the mixer in a centralised technician room, rather than a location near the venue, while retaining the ability to make adjustments, the company asserts.

In addition, AKG offers software that enables users to control all functions via AMX and Crestron products, or directly via a Wi-Fi router on Apple, Android and Windows devices. This gives users the freedom to mute unnecessary microphones and otherwise manage the discussion either automatically or manually.

Key features of the models include digital signal processing and sophisticated mixing algorithms for ‘seamless’ mixing, promise high gain before feedback and crystal-clear voices, alongside two-channel USB (stereo) streaming In and Out for interfacing with IT networks. Six (12 with DMM14) programmable presets are included, as is a 12-band graphic EQ on outputs, in addition to audio matrix routing of all inputs to all outputs for creating multiple mixes of multiple output combinations.