The iCON Pro Audio, a professional-grade musical equipment provider has announced the availability of its LivePod Plus Live Streaming Audio Processing Interface. It is the world’s first smartphone-sized micro studio for live streaming and recording device.
The new device is very compact, bringing real-time vocal processing and sound effects at the touch of a button, easy-to-use. The iCON Pro Audio’s LivePod Plus Live Streaming Audio Processing Interface literally fits into the palm of its user’s hand while letting them change effects at the touch of a button. It has a custom DSP (Digital Signal Processor) with four 24-bit DSP (Digital Signal Processing) cores and a 16-bit CPU (Central Processing Unit) unleashing advanced digital voice parallel operational processing.
It has color-coded, backlit buttons, there is instant access to eight DSP-derived presets perfectly suitable for singing and speaking in a variety of styles such as the self-explanatory (blue backlit) POP, Karaoke, MC, Live, Bypass, Pitch, Hi Tone, and Lo Tone, along with echo adjustment available on select presets. The three green-colored backlit buttons positioned above allow Hi (high), Mid, and Low adjustable tone effects to dial in the desired sound, while the adjacent Vocal Tune orange-colored backlit button automatically shifts vocal pitch to tune it accordingly (with a stick-on ‘template’ to assist).
Elsewhere, eight built-in samples — Fun, Laugh, LOL (laugh out loud), Siren, Thrill, Air-horn, Clap, and Slap, as indicated by the associated emojis on their respective light blue backlit buttons. Continuing in a downward direction, the red-colored row of backlit buttons below those quick-fire sample triggers include Dry Wet — sending a signal to the main output without and with effects, respectively — alongside Loop Back and Voice Over controls, the latter ducking audio when background music is present. Further front facia-sited features include eight-LED (Light Emitting Diode) mic gain level metering and eight-LED line in gain level metering (for the topside-sited 3.5mm stereo line input socket, labelled BGM IN — indicating background music input), while a four-colour LED indicates battery level — clearly crucial for any portable device, hand-held or otherwise.
The micro studio device is also available as part of the LivePod Plus Live Stream Toolkit (bundled with iCON Pro Audio’s C1 condenser microphone, MB-02 tabletop microphone stand, Scan-7 in-ear monitoring headphones, two tabletop LivePod Plus/smartphone stands, and all necessary cables).
Price and availability
The iCON Pro Audio’s LivePod Plus Live Streaming Audio Processing Interface is now available through the Bhphotovideo.com, priced at $229.99, and the Live Stream Toolkit cost $349.99.
Icon Pro Audio has also introduced the Duo44 Live 4×4 Livestream USB Audio/MIDI Interface for $169.99 is now also available to buy via the Bhphotovideo.com website.
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