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NAMM 2020: ESI Launches UGM192 And GIGAPORT eX Portable Audio Interfaces
Hollin Jones on Thu, January 16th 0 comments
These two new audio interfaces are small, bus powered and offer a ton of flexibility. Plus they look pretty cool as well. Here's the details.

UGM192 Ultra Mobile Guitar & Microphone 24-bit / 192 kHz USB Audio Adapter

Recording guitar riffs or vocals on the go? That’s possible with the new UGM192 from ESI. The ultra-compact interface with 24-bit / 192 kHz / 114dB audio quality can be connected to a PC or Mac, as well as to any smartphone or tablet with USB audio support. There are no creative boundaries!


Ultra-light weight and a compact size of 8.5 cm x 6.5 cm - thanks to these slim dimensions, the UGM192 is the ideal companion for music producers and musicians, whether on tour or in their own recording studio.

The UGM192's two analog jack inputs allow you to easily connect an electric guitar and microphone. This applies to both dynamic microphones and condenser microphones, thanks to the switchable +48V phantom power on the front of the unit. Both recorded signals can be listened to directly via the headphone input on the rear panel and thus can be processed in real time. That means: monitoring with zero latency.

The red design of the new compact series is a statement: All ESI products launched after 2020 in red/black are characterized by particularly high audio quality in 192 kHz. "We have developed a premium series of compact devices that can still be offered at a very favorable price," says ESI CEO Claus Riethmüller.
UGM196 will be available for less than 130€.

Specifications

  • USB 3.1 audio interface with USB-C connector (cable incl.)
  • USB 2.0 compatible (cable incl.)
  • USB bus powered
  • Separate power connector for optional use (microUSB)
  • Professional microphone preamp, balanced 1/4" TRS connector with switchable 48V phantom power support
  • Professional Hi-Z instrument input, unbalanced 1/4" TS connector
  • 100% class compliant

GIGAPORT eX

With 8 separate outputs, a compact size of 12 cm x 7 cm x 2 cm and a resolution of 24-bit / 192 kHz, this portable device forms the basis for playing powerful bass and filigree treble on countless systems. There is no need to compromise: Even when all 8 channels are in use, the output quality remains at 24-bit / 192 kHz on every single output. GIGAPORT eX offers outstanding audio quality with excellent localization of the individual signals. The device is PC compatible (with the trusted drivers from ESI) as well as Mac, iOs or iPadOs compatible. ESI’s new 3.1 USB audio interface is bus-powered via the USB-C port.

7.1 Surround sound in best audio quality - for producers, soundartists and DJs
GIGAPORT eX is suitable as a complete source for 7.1 surround setups. All eight outputs can be controlled independently. This makes this interface ideal for use in film or multimedia applications.

For DJs, Gigaport eX offers many possibilities and additional comfort due to the multitude of connections. For example, several stereo outputs can be used simultaneously to output different mixes, subgroups or effects in parallel. The headphone outputs can also be used to listen to certain signals in advance: While the first output sends out the signals from playback channel 1 and 2, the second one sends out a mixed signal of all playback channels. Also included is a license for Stanton's Deckadance LE v2 DJ software.

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