CEntrance MicPort Pro

Posted on November 27, 2011
Author: Sean Potter
Pages: 1 2 3 4

Introduction

Face it, PCI- and PCI-Express-based soundcards don't always cut it for professional-quality recording. Despite offering digital, optical, line-ins, and microphrone inputs, soundcards simply can't accommodate every piece of high-end audio equipment. Many companies have solved this issue by building external break-out boxes with a variety of additional inputs and outputs, but these boxes lack mobility. Where are the break-out boxes for laptop recording studios?

This is where the MicPort Pro from CEntrance comes in. The MicPort Pro bridges the gap between XLR connections and USB, bringing a wide range of audio options to the table. While promising true 24-bit / 96KHz audio, the MicPort Pro is no bigger than the handle of a microphone, so can it really deliver the audio quality we'd like to see?

The MicPort Pro acts as a microphone preamp, meaning it increases the voltage coming from a microphone. The more important idea behind the MicPort Pro is that it allows the mobile artist, musician, or even podcaster to easily record from almost any location with minimal equipment movement.

Packaging & Contents

The MicPort Pro came to us in simple black-and-white packaging, prominently displaying the name of the product, CEntrance's logo, and the product itself visible through a plastic window.

The rear of the packaging gives a full product description, as well as some of the key uses of the MicPort Pro. I think the big winners here are: "No drivers. No batteries. No latency. No headaches!" Below the description are the MicPort Pro's specifications.

Inside the packaging is the unit itself, an instruction manual, a USB cable, and a felt bag to carry the unit in.

Appearance

As I stated earlier, the MicPort Pro is no larger than the handle of a handheld microphone. There's an XLR female connection on one side. The body of the MicPort Pro is made from anodized aluminum for ruggedness, meaning it won't crush easily.

On the side opposite the XLR connection, there is also a 1/8" jack for hooking up headphones and a small button used to activate the MicPort Pro's phantom power.

On the side of the unit are two dial controls, one to control the input volume of the microphone itself, and one to control the output level of the headphones.

Before testing the MicPort pro, let's look at the unit's features and specifications.

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