CEntrance has announced the English Channel™, described as a compact suite of analog signal processing tools with an integrated digital audio recorder. They say that the English Channel takes that concept further, packing a suite of signal-processing tools into a handheld format perfect for Live Streamers, Podcasters, and YouTubers. Here's more details in the company's own words...
The English Channel is designed to save space with its miniature footprint. It packs a studio-grade Microphone Preamplifier, a Dynamics Processor, and a classic Analog EQ in a small desktop unit. The package also includes a streaming audio interface and allows the vocal artist to live-stream their performance 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™. It's a studio mic preamp with Gate, Compressor, and De-esser. Its mic preamp features 70 dB of gain and works with all condenser and dynamic microphones. Its dynamics processor cuts out background noise and makes the vocals louder. The second device is BlackCab™. It is a 3-band parametric EQ with sonic shaping features to dial in the perfect vocal sound. The third device is PortCaster R4S. It is 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 3-person Podcasts, and also allows adding a podcast participant to call in over the phone.
The three devices are secured in the Commander Console - a custom lightweight desktop 'rack' using camera-style, removable screws. The English Channel features versatile powering options--it can take power from any standard USB charger or power bank via USB-C. The product can even be powered by a USB jack in the car. Only 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 microphone, creating a complete solution for high-quality recording or streaming in almost any location.
The English Channel will appeal to Live Streamers, Podcasters, YouTubers, and traveling Journalists who are under pressure to produce professional content on tight deadlines. They will value its excellent audio quality and streamlined production efficiency. The added bonus of analog technology is "Zero-latency", which makes live streams immediate and lets the host monitor the program without audio delay. With the compressor unit inline before the A/D converter, the English Channel also helps prevent overloads and distortion during production. The products are rugged and feature intuitive controls and operation. They use tactile analog controls and can be accessed without looking, which is important for a busy professional. Designed to help the vocal artist focus on their craft, the product purposely avoids distracting screens or complicated menus.
"Busy vocal artists prefer to minimize the time spent in production. We designed the English Channel with that in mind," said 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% compared to buying the devices individually.
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