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Mackie Designs Inc. and Universal Audio unveiled a new version of the award-winning Mackie UAD-1 card, called the UAD-8 I/O. The new UAD-8 I/O card features an ADAT optical interface that supports sample rates ranging from 44.1kHz to 192kHz. The UAD-8 I/O will allow users to interface directly with external devices which support the ADAT I/O, without having to purchase a separate PCI card for their PCs.

In addition, the new UAD-8 I/O platform is coupled with a stand-alone host application, with which the user can take advantage of all the Universal Audio plug-ins without using a third party VST host application. With both the new I/O and host application features, the UAD-8 I/O can turn an ordinary PC into a standalone digital effects processor, capable of 192kHz sampling rates and able to run ultra-low latency effects for any digital mixing console using the ADAT optical interface.

The UAD-8 I/O complements two other new Universal Audio and Mackie products announced at AES; UAD software version 3.0 and the 2192 Dual Channel A/D & D/A converter. UAD version 3.0 supports the use of up to four UAD-1 cards inside a single PC, so existing users can purchase an additional card and add I/O capabilities at the same time. The new 2192 provides high-quality A/D & D/A conversion at sample rates up to 192kHz, and supports S/PDIF, AES/EBU and ADAT digital interface protocols. Using the UAD-8 I/O and the 2192 together opens a whole new world of flexibility and processing options for any digital audio enthusiast.

"The UAD-8 I/O vastly expands the market for the UAD-1 plus enhances the options for any current UAD-1 user," said Keith Olsen, Corporate Director, Global Recording Market and Product Development at Mackie Designs Inc. "New users will now be able to avoid buying a separate I/O card. Existing UAD-1 customers will be able to take advantage of software version 3.0's ability to support multiple UAD-1 cards in a single PC. Perhaps most significantly, customers who want to take advantage of the amazing sound of the UAD-1 plug-ins can now turn an older PC into a standalone effects unit that will work with anything that has an ADAT I/O."

The UAD-8 I/O, which will begin shipping in December 2002, will be distributed worldwide exclusively by Mackie Designs Inc. and will have a suggested U.S. retail price of $1,295.

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