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Cedar Audio DNS 2 dialogue noise suppressor

It's the dialogue noise suppressor that anyone can use anywhere.
CEDAR's dialogue noise suppression (DNS) technology eliminates traffic noise, air conditioning, wind, rain, babble and general background noise from audio signals. It will also help to compensate for unfavourable acoustic conditions and poor microphone placement, and will even suppress excessive reverberation.
 
The 2-channel DNS 2 is the first DNS designed specifically for portability and extreme simplicity of use. It hosts a new DNS algorithm that requires nothing more than switching on the Learn function that identifies and adapts to the background noise, and dialing in the amount of noise attenuation required. Retaining the near-zero latency of all its predecessors, it's suitable for use in all situations - location recording, live-to-air broadcasting, live sound in venues such as theatres, concert halls, conferences venues, and places of worship, as well as studio work and post.
 
What's more, despite being so small and light that you can slip it inside your pocket or equipment bag, the DNS 2 offers analogue line and microphone inputs (the latter with optional 48V phantom powering), an AES3/AES11 digital input, and both analogue and digital outputs. This increases its flexibility even further, and its 12V power input means that you can use it in the middle of a field as easily as in the studio or the edit suite.
 
Noise is all around us: traffic, aircraft, the noise inside vehicles, air conditioning, wind, rain and other water noises, the noise from domestic appliances and even excessive reverberation. It annoys people, and it can render many recordings unusable. So noise suppression techniques are used to clean up noisy dialogue for film production, suppress ambient noise for live TV and radio broadcasting, revitalise sound effects libraries, and enhance speech for forensic audio investigations.
 
Until CEDAR's Academy Award winning DNS technology appeared, people were forced to use processes such as low-pass filters, noise gates, dynamics processes, or processes developed from analogue encode/decode noise reduction systems to try to reduce this noise. These often proved inadequate. Filtering is not selective about what it removes, and there is no relationship between the input and the filtering effect. Gates have no effect when the desired signal is present and lead to unnatural gaps in the signal. Other processes generate pumping, distortion, and other unnatural effects.
 
The original CEDAR DNS process overcame all of these problems, and resulted in a string of awards from the movie industry and the wider audio community. Today, there is a further development of the DNS algorithm, designed specifically for portability and speed of use, and this forms the core of the DNS 2, which combines portability, flexibility and extreme ease of use in a unit so small and light that you can slip it inside your pocket or equipment bag.
 
Key features of the DNS 2
 
  • Small, light and portable
  • A unique DNS algorithm with super-fast setup and control
  • Analogue (mic/line) and digital I/O
  • 12V power
 
DSP
  • Two linkable channels of CEDAR DNS
  • Fully automatic processing in Learn mode
  • Floating point processor, 2.4 GFLOP/s, 40-bit resolution
  • Digital input and output (AES3)
 
AD/DA conversion
  • 24-bit resolution
  • Sample rate (internal sync.) 48kHz
  • Sample rate (external sync.) 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 96kHz
 
Balanced analog line inputs and outputs
  • Nominal level: +4dBu with 20dB headroom
  • Gain range: -6dB to +54dB
  • Dynamic range: > 102dB
 
Ultra low-noise microphone preamplifiers
  • Gain range: +18dB - +78dB
  • Dynamic range: >102dB (at 36dB gain)
  • Individually switchable phantom power
 
Power
  • 8VDC to 17.5VDC (nominal 12V)
  • Power consumption: 4W typical, 6W maximum
  • Mains operation (85VAC - 250VAC) via supplied adapter
 
Physical
  • Dimensions: 164mm x 110mm x 44mm
  • Weight: <500g