The landscape for the creative artist in any audio environment is about to leap into a new future with the arrival of new UK company Dark Matter Audio and its debut hardware product: DMA1, according to Dark Matter Audio. DMA says that this new audio device is anything you want it to be – guitar effects processor, high quality studio tool or performance instrument – thanks to its open architecture and Online Store that lets you wirelessly update DMA1 with a growing range of pro audio apps.
Much like a Smart Phone, musicians and producers will be able to wirelessly download applications to make DMA1 into a drum machine, sampler, loop recorder, digital patchbay, video tutorial device, chord and scale matcher, database of transcribed music, lyric organizer, composition sketch tool...
But unlike today's explosion in Smart Devices, DMA1 is built from the ground up for music making and is entirely focused towards musicians and producers, while rugged construction means it can be used anywhere – on stage, on the road, in the studio and even in outside broadcast situations. It's been designed without compromise, featuring both high quality audio processing power – by way of a SHARC and an ARM processor for the user interface – and professional connectivity, while the 7-inch Touchscreen makes for quick, intuitive hands-on control, making DMA1 inspirational to use with professional results every time.
Dark Matter Audio CEO Jon Stuart said: "with DMA1 we've endeavored to create a paradigm shift in the world of audio production and performance. DMA1 is the future of audio and music production precisely because it can be any future that a musician or producer could want. This is a very exciting time for us, and for music production generally, and I'd like to take this opportunity to thank the team for their ceaseless toil (bar the occasional spot of skiing) to make DMA1 the revolutionary product that it is."
Alan Greensall, Dark Matter Audio CBDO, said: "in my 35 years in this industry I have only ever come across revolutionary products like this two or three times. This industry is in need of the next big shake up, and we are dead set on making sure its Dark Matter Audio leading the way."
- 7" Touchscreen.
- Studio Quality Processing.
- Wi-Fi and Ethernet.
- 3 x USB, 2 x Analogue and 2 x SPDIF connections.
- HDMI support.
- 5.1 Surround Sound Mixer.
- 4 Channel Architecture.
- Battery and Mains powered.
- Open Developer Community.
DMA1 will be available in the fall 2011. Pricing is TBA.