Having acquired KLANG:technologies in December 2018, DiGiCo has been integrating the 3D in-ear monitoring specialist’s technology into its digital mixing consoles. The pairing has now, however, resulted in a new piece of hardware: the DMI-KLANG, an immersive in-ear mixing expansion that can be mounted directly into DiGiCo consoles and comes equipped with DMI slots.
The DMI-KLANG follows the formula of KLANG:fabrik individual in-ear mixing system. ‘This is the first hardware product since KLANG and DiGiCo joined forces,’ explained DiGiCo general manager, Austin Freshwater. ‘We took KLANG:fabrik’s immersive in-ear mixing core and rebuilt it with today’s latest FPGA technology. With one device, we can now deliver immersive mixes of 64 inputs for 16 musicians. This is the highest input count of any KLANG product to date. And the best thing is, we were able to bring the processing latency down to a quarter of a millisecond.’
DMI-KLANG connects directly to the internal audio stream of anDiGiCo console without the need for additional hardware I/O or overhead, allowing users to route any audio channel from the console to the DMI-KLANG and return an immersive mix to an aux merge input. Using the DiGiCo-KLANG console link, monitor engineers can retain their familiar mixing workflow while gaining immersive in-ear mixing functionality.
DMI cards are available, offering MADI (TP, BNC), Optocore, Dante and several other digital formats. Additionally, the KLANG:app can be used in conjunction with the system, enabling personal mixing via a smart device or computer.
‘The DMI-KLANG is just the beginning of a new line of products,’ revealed KLANG’s co-founder, Pascal Dietrich. ‘Together with the DiGiCo OrangeBox and the many I/O expansion cards available today, we can now interface with almost any professional digital mixing console.’