Field Report: Digigram Cancun 222-Mic

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As would be expected, Cancun 222-Mic comes with easy-to-use control software. All physical controls are also available on the on-screen control panel. The software and drivers do not ship with the unit, but are quickly and easily downloadable from the Digigram website. Within minutes, the interface is up and running with accurate level monitoring and full control of digital and analog input and output levels. Familiar controls like muting, soloing and on-screen faders make setup and control a breeze. The control panel also makes room for headphone monitoring setup and general configuration where clock and buffer changes are made along with other important operation features. The Cancun also allows for saving and restoring configuration settings as XML files. The control panel features an opacity parameter for adjusting the transparency of the GUI as it appears on the screen. This feature is handy in crowded workspaces. Other programs can be seen through the GUI as it hovers above.

During this review, I used a standard dynamic handheld microphone and a popular side-address condenser. My biggest curiosity was to see what kinds of preamps were stuffed into the Cancun. As it turns out, the preamps are stealthy and pure, with a low noise floor and crisp life-like performance. The control panel GUI meters showed accurate levels and headphone monitoring setup took seconds. The interface boasts an inaudible monitoring latency of less than 4ms.

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From a nuts-and-bolts perspective, Cancun has a digital and analog frequency response of 20Hz to 20kHz with very low harmonic distortion and noise floor. Sampling frequencies range from 32kHz to 192 kHz. A/D and D/A convertor resolution is 24 bits, as is the optical ADAT I/O (at 192kHz). It can handle analog inputs up to +25dBu, and mic preamps can provide up to 55dB gain. Most popular Windows XP, Windows 7 and Mac OS X audio drivers are supported. The audio format is 8-, 16-, 20- and 24-bit PCM only.

As mentioned earlier, Cancun 222-Mic stands out primarily because of its ergonomic friendliness. By making input, output and monitoring controls in addition to professional XLR connections available at an arm's reach, workflow is greatly increased. On-screen GUI control is great for detailed control and configuration backup. Additionally, packing high performance preamps inside gives flexibility in a critical recording environment. The Cancun 222 and its accessories slip easily into a laptop bag because of its lightweight and slim design. A snazzy protective carrying case is also included for extra protection. The Cancun is a brilliantly designed professional audio interface for the hard-working audio editor.

Wygal is the programmer and engineer for Victory FM at Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA.

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