When Dark Matter Audio first hyped its new DMA-1 as the “first product specifically designed to work in a 21st century environment”, we were skeptical. Can an audio interface really be a “game-changer”.
Now that they have officially announced the Dark Matter Audio DMA-1, though, we getting seriously interested in this thing.
The DMA-1 is basically designed to be the iPad of audio interfaces.
It’s a software-powered audio interface with a touch-screen interface. Because it’s software-powered, the DMA-1 can be a guitar effects processor, a multi-FX processor, a digital multitrack recorder, MP3/4 player, MIDI interface, a 5.1 digital mixing desk and whatever else developers imagine.
According to Dark Matter Audio, you’ll 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 or a composition sketch tool.
But unlike iPhones or iPads, DMA1 is built from the ground up for music making.
- 7-inch 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
Think that a “smart audio hub” could actually be a “game-changer”? Check it out and let us know what you think!
While the DMA-1’s technology looks pretty interesting, Dark Matter Audio’s marketing is pretty over-the-top.
Here’s what they have to say about it:
DMA1 is the ultimate studio and performance tool, right there at your fingertips.
Dark Matter Audio CEO Jon Stuart said: “with DMA1 we’ve endeavoured 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.”
We’d like to see a little more show and less telling on this, but the specs do have us intrigued……