Four years ago Mackie Designs shook up the recording console industry with the introduction of the 8 Bus series analog mixer. The 8 Bus series established new standards in affordable mixer performance by providing the equivalent of a $20K console in a $4K mixer. Mackie again is turning heads with the new Digital 8 Bus, a 48-channel digital console that rivals mega-consoles costing much, much more.
The Mackie Digital 8 Bus is a fully automated, 48 input, 8 bus digital console - with an analog feel - and analog features such as full meter bridge, trim control, mic/line switch, mute, solo, and 100mm motorized faders. These are individual controls, not multifunction buttons or pages on a screen. The "V-Pot" and "V-Strip" give rotary control with single button push accessibility to aux sends and pan-12 aux sends and pan on all 48 channels. With an abundance of DSP horsepower, the D8B offers 4 band parametric EQ, compression, and gating on all 48 channels and main L/R. The EQ, dynamics, and 2 on-board global effects (expandable to 8 stereo effects) are controlled from rotary controls in the "Fat Channel." A true 48 input, 8 Bus digital console with 24 bit main outputs.
The Mackie Digital 8 Bus features both 5.1 and 7.1 Surround Sound capabilities (actually from 2 to 8 speakers in several configurations) in a user-adjustable 3-D graphic floating window. Industry standard 5.1 configures five output channels, Left/Front and Right/Front, Left/Back and Right/Back, and Subwoofer/Center. The 7.1 configuration adds a pair of Left and Right Center speakers to the five. A green ball, found at the center of the graphics window, represents a visual cue in which users can move off the "sweet spot" (center), toward or away from the designated speakers, moving around the grid.
The Surround Sound window also includes 'Flyback' and 'Morph' time-based features. Flyback allows the user to drag the sound center around the stereo palette in real time and have it "fly back" to it's starting point over a specified time when released. The morph filter moves the sound center between point A and point B over a given time length. (screen shot included)
Not a Macintosh or PC based system, the D8B's on-board computer, 1.2G hard drive, 3.5" floppy drive, SVGA output, keyboard and mouse port, and 33.6k modem make this a completely stand-alone mixing console. The D8B runs on an exclusive Mackie operating system enabling the console to integrate into any existing system. There are optional analog and digital I/O cards, sync cards, upgradable and expandable effects cards, surround sound capabilities, all available via an open, upgradable architecture.
Mackie Designs is known worldwide as a manufacturer and marketer of ultra-quality, affordable professional audio systems. Mackie products can be found in professional and project recording studios, video and broadcast suites, post production facilities, sound reinforcement applications including churches and nightclubs, and on major musical tours. Mackie Designs is marketed by 54 distributors to over 100 countries.
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