Portability is one of modern music technology’s greatest virtues. The ability to land a decent-sounding recording nearly anywhere you go – unless you’re gone with the wind or gone to a children’s birthday party – is a godsend to anyone tasked with capturing sounds. It’s why we’re always delighted to encounter mobile recording interfaces that have obviously had thought put into their development.
The DPA d:vice MMA-A certainly looks the part, despite having a specific target audience and related limitations. It’s a tool for journalists on the road who struggle to capture quality audio to complement the nice photos and videos that modern smartphones conveniently pull off.
Shaped like a miniature hockey puck, the gizmo connects to PCs, Macs, and iOS devices to capture live audio from microphones. It can be used with any application or DAW of your choosing, and is compatible with all DPA microphones that have MicroDot connectors. It can also be used with DPA’s recording app, which lets you store gain settings and low-cut filters in presets.
Alas, the d:vice only shakes hands with DPA’s proprietary microphones, so getting it also comes with expectations of buying into the company’s ecosystem of recording utilities. A dedicated pre-amp happens to be above them, but at this point, you will be carrying three devices – interface, preamp, and mic. You might be better off with more integrated solutions, of which there’s no shortage.
Perhaps you don’t have particular mic preferences, or are indeed a journalist looking up a go-to solution for your recording needs. In this case, you are going to like what DPA’s catalogue of duty mics has to offer. It includes a headset, double lavaliers, and a lavalier combo kit. The d:vice will be released next month, and the price is as yet unknown. Hopefully, it will stay within reasonable limits. Head to DPA Microphones for more information.