CEntrance “PortCaster” Simplifies Call-in Podcasts

CEntrance “PortCaster” Simplifies Call-in PodcastsPortable broadcast device makes call-in “talk radio” shows a breeze

Chicago, IL – September 1, 2020 – CEntrance today announced the launch of PortCaster(tm), a portable live-streaming and recording tool. The new handheld device fills an important gap for podcasters and radio program hosts who need to add music, effects, and either a local or a remote call-in guest to their “talk radio”-style show. Based on the MixerFace, the company’s acclaimed mobile recording interface, the new product is designed for recording or live-streaming a broadcast to Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and other platforms.

The original MixerFace(tm) featured a rechargeable battery and turned any smartphone into a portable live-streaming device with 24-bit/192 kHz audio quality.  It became popular for on-the-go content creation and is often called “The Swiss Army Knife of Audio”. As more customers began using MixerFace to create talk shows, they requested an easy way to add a live caller. With PortCaster, CEntrance added this ability, complete with the Mix-Minus feature used by radio stations to prevent annoying audio feedback for the caller. Remote guests can be on a cell phone or VOIP.

All PortCaster models make it easy to record a high-quality remote interview using any cell phone or tablet. The interview can be recorded onto the SD-card. The 24-bit/48kHz stereo SD-card recorder (optional) offers “One-Button Record” and captures the program locally while simultaneously streaming online, for an unmatched level of flexibility. An internal, rechargeable battery (optional) charges from any USB jack and sets PortCaster apart from other portable audio interfaces. Two built-in boutique mic preamps allow connecting up to two microphones or one mic plus a remote guest over the phone.

The updated Jasmine(tm) mic preamps feature 48V Phantom and 65dB of clean gain, making it easy to connect any microphone, including the acclaimed Shure SM7B. To help better control recording levels, PortCaster offers soft-knee, analog, optical limiters for both Host and the Guest, for a truly professional sound. The stereo Aux 3/4 input makes it easy to add background music or sound effects from another device, adding interest and raising the show’s production values. A unique feature of PortCaster is a MONO Blend control, which simplifies streaming to mono platforms such as Instagram. PortCaster is designed for live broadcasting and features easy and intuitive operation. It uses tactile analog controls, which are laid out logically and can be accessed without looking, which is important for a busy host who is running the show and managing the guest at the same time. To help survive the stress of a live show the PortCaster is made of tough aluminum and purposely avoids any distracting screens or complicated menus.

“We have a PortCaster version for every budget, from beginners to professional broadcasters,” said Michael Goodman, CEntrance CEO. “The entire model range is designed to dramatically improve the audio quality of remote broadcasts, especially for journalists, TV, and media personalities working remotely.”

PortCaster will be available for preorder in three models soon, starting at $199.99 USD. Offering a simple and robust way to improve the quality of online audio, PortCaster is ideal for podcasters, pastors, journalists, video bloggers, educators, and also – anyone looking to improve the audio in online conference calls.  PortCaster is compatible with Zoom, Webex, and other popular audio/video conferencing applications. PortCaster works with most smartphones and tablets running Android and Apple iOS, as well as MacOS and Windows-based computers. 

CEntrance has teamed up with musician and painter George Clinton of Parliament Funkadelic to livestream his upcoming Art Show using PortCaster. Additional details at https://centrance.com/portcaster.

About CEntrance
For over two decades, the world’s most iconic brands in Pro Audio and Consumer Electronics turned to CEntrance for its digital audio technology. CEntrance know-how powers award-winning guitar pedals, recording interfaces, smart speakers, and DACs from an A-Z list of top brands, such as Alesis, Harman, KORG, and McIntosh. Today, with its passion for sound rooted in pro audio, CEntrance delights customers worldwide with its own line of innovative, award-winning products for audio recording and playback. Famous recording artists, producers, voice-over professionals, and sound designers endorse CEntrance audio solutions. Visit us at http://www.centrance.com

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IK Multimedia unveils iLoud MTM reference monitor

Compact monitor with high-end design re-invents nearfield monitoring
for professional and home studios

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The NAMM Show, January 23, 2019 – IK Multimedia debuts iLoud® MTM, a compact, no-compromise, reference monitor designed to deliver pristine sound and an unprecedented level of accuracy that redefines nearfield monitoring for the modern, computer-based, professional and home studio.

When IK’s earlier monitor system, the iLoud Micro Monitors, launched in 2016, producers and engineers at every level marveled at the performance coming from such a small setup, so IK challenged its design team to push this concept even further and create a new compact design with a sound quality that would rival monitors several times the price and provide innovative features not found anywhere else.

iLoud MTM offers an ultra-flat frequency response, but more importantly, a truly linear phase response as well – a premiere feature in this price segment available only on a handful of products costing considerably more – to provide natural, true-to-life sound. This is achieved through IK’s advanced DSP expertise that also provides for digital crossovers and self-calibration derived from IK’s award-winning ARC™ System. This enables iLoud MTM monitors to deliver unsurpassed accuracy, clarity and transparency, with a generous 100W RMS power and a class-defying 40 Hz to 24 kHz frequency response. In addition, the symmetrical MTM design provides superior imaging and precision, even at close distances, with a perfectly perfect sweet-spot, thanks to the included tilt-able isolation bases. This enables users to create mixes that will translate across multiple playback systems, with no ear fatigue.

Building upon IK’s acclaimed iLoud Micro Monitors, this new compact monitor delivers the accuracy and bass response of larger monitors, and superior audio quality when listening at close distances. This makes iLoud MTM the ideal monitor for nearfield work and a workhorse monitor for desktop use in a home or project studio.

Reference-class, ultra-linear response
The primary role of any studio monitor is to deliver accurate, uncolored sound for easier mixing decisions that will translate across multiple playback systems. iLoud MTM uses the most advanced DSP techniques to provide total control of the speaker’s performance, delivering results simply not obtainable with traditional analog designs. Highs are neutral and defined, mids and lows are clear and as balanced as ever. Users can mix for hours with no ear fatigue, and their work will translate better than ever.

And of course it’s loud, with 100W RMS total power per speaker and 103dB SPL maximum sound pressure, delivering the exceptional volume the iLoud brand is known for.

Digitally-controlled for precision audio
iLoud MTM uses audiophile-grade, high resolution algorithms and top-of-the line A/D converters to carefully manage cross-overs, filtering, time alignment, equalization, dynamics control and auto-calibration. Totally DSP-controlled and precision time-aligned, iLoud MTM also manages the off-axis response to minimize the effects of room reverberation. The advanced onboard processing is the product of IK’s over twenty years of experience in digital signal processing, helping iLoud MTM deliver sound far beyond anything in its size or class.

Extended low-end that rivals larger systems
iLoud Micro Monitor surprised the world with bass performance delivered from a 3″ speaker that “defied physics.” iLoud MTM offers even more, with bass response down to a surprising 40Hz, ideal for modern music styles.

iLoud MTM also debuts IK’s new patent-pending Physical Response Linearization (PRL™) system that uses a precise model of the enclosure’s design, construction and materials, combined with electro-mechanical measurements of the real units, to correct the system’s performance in real time. The result is a stunningly “firm,” balanced and defined low end, to surpass the sound of speakers even twice iLoud MTM’s size.

A new phase in precision sound reproduction
The great majority of conventional studio monitors – even high-end designs – suffer from skewed phase response caused by traditional, phase-shifting crossovers and driver/enclosure phase alterations. The end result is an unfocused stereo image, blurry transients, and overall lack of detail.

iLoud MTM leverages IK’s two decades of DSP experience to offer a true phase coherent response across the useful frequency spectrum, for unbelievably realistic, natural sound. Users will hear instruments and dialogue as if they were happening live, discover more detail in their tracks than ever before, and avoid wasting hours trying to EQ away issues that were never there. This linear phase response is rarely found in speakers even several times iLoud MTM’s price.

Symmetrical design for superior imaging and precision
iLoud MTM uses a midrange-tweeter-midrange symmetrical design, with a pair of 3.5″ high performance woofers and one 1″ high definition tweeter, which provide ultra-precise, defined, point-source sound that simply can’t be achieved by traditional 2-way systems at close distances.

The result is a more natural, life-like sound that minimizes the ear fatigue caused by traditional 2- or 3-way designs where different frequencies arrive at the listener’s ears at different times, so users can mix longer with less effort.

iLoud MTM’s design also offers exceptional sound dispersion, enhancing the transparency and neutrality. The controlled dispersion minimizes the impact of room acoustics, for even truer monitoring. The end result is faster, easier mixing with better results. On top of that, this innovative design keeps the monitor dimensions to a minimum (30 to 50% smaller than comparable monitors), to fit in even the smallest spaces.

Instantly adjust to the acoustic environment
Today’s studios range from dedicated, acoustically-treated spaces to a spare bedroom. To help optimize the monitoring for any room’s particular acoustics, iLoud MTM monitors feature built-in acoustic auto-calibration derived from IK’s award winning ARC™ System, with IK’s reference ARC™ microphone included, to automatically adjust the frequency response to their positioning. Users simply set up the monitors, place the mic in the preferred listening position, and press a button to instantly provide custom calibration for the specific listening environment. iLoud MTM also offers a low-frequency extension control and low and high-frequency trim controls to adjust the response to suit individual tastes.

Always get the perfect angle
iLoud MTM includes a tilting mount that not only helps isolate it, but also adjusts from 0° to 20° for correct positioning in a wide range of setups. That’s higher than most other “tilting” monitors that too often can’t actually reach the required angle for desktop or other close-listening setups. To cover the full spectrum of installation options, a rubber base for horizontal shelf-placement, and a bottom thread to mount conveniently on mic stands, are also included.

Combined with its symmetrical design and phase-coherent response, iLoud MTM allows for ultra-focused, accurate monitoring anywhere.

Price and availability
iLoud MTM will be available in Q2, 2019 at a MSRP of €349.99* each.
*All prices excluding taxes

For more information, please visit: www.ikmultimedia.com/iloudmtm

To see it in action, visit: www.ikmultimedia.com/iloudmtm/video

See it at NAMM – Room#17202, ACC North Hall, Level 2