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Microphone Month 5


We’re excited to announce that Digidesign launched major new products today: the 003 and 003 Rack. The 003 is a new FireWire-based audio interface/control surface, while the 003 Rack is a 2-space rack version of the FireWire audio interface part of the 003.

The 003 and 003 Rack offer a range of features:

  • Up to 18 channels of I/O
  • Eight analog inputs
  • 24-bit/96kHz support
  • Four mic preamps with phantom power and high-pass filter
  • Eight analog outputs
  • Main and Monitor output pairs
  • Aux input pair
  • Dual independent headphone outs
  • Optical I/O supporting 8-channel ADAT or 2-channel S/PDIF formats
  • Two-channel coaxial S/PDIF I/O
  • Word clock I/O
  • One MIDI in, two MIDI outs
  • Footswitch jack
  • Monitor control section

Control surface features of the 003:

  • Eight motorized touch-sensitive faders
  • Dedicated solo, mute, and select/record arm switches per channel
  • Eight rotary encoders
  • Easy access to sends, inserts, plug-ins, pan, and track functions
  • Automation mode switches
  • Large LCD display
  • Transport controls with loop playback, loop record, and QuickPunch
  • Dual-concentric Jog/Shuttle wheel
  • Save, Undo, and Enter switches
  • Memory Location switch
  • Windows switches for Pro Tools plug-in, Mix, and Edit windows
  • Navigation and Zoom controls
  • MIDI mode switches
  • Utility mode switch

Both the 003 and the 003 Rack come with Pro Tools LE software for Windows and Mac, which provides:

  • 32 mono or 16 stereo audio tracks
  • Up to 128 audio tracks per session (with 32 voicable)
  • 128 Aux Input tracks
  • 64 Master Fader tracks
  • 256 MIDI tracks
  • 32 Instrument Tracks
  • 16- or 24-bit resolution with up 96kHz sample rate
  • Non-destructive random access editing
  • Mix automation
  • Support for RTAS and Audiosuite plug-in formats
  • Up to five RTAS plug-ins per track
  • Up to five hardware inserts per track
  • Up to 10 sends per track
  • Up to 32 internal mix buses
  • Session exchange with Pro Tools HD systems
  • Tons more!!

You’re going to want to check the 003 family out – the preamps have been completely redesigned as have the A/D and D/A converters, it has a stylish new look and feel, and it’s designed to function as the hub of your studio.

Each member of the 003 family includes a broad selection of bundled software:

There’s also the 003 Factory and 003 Rack Factory, which include an additional $3,000 worth of bundled plug-ins – more than 80 total, comprising everything you need to get into your studio and start making music.

The 003 family is compatible with both Mac and Windows computers. Check our new exclusive Pro Tools Resources Center for complete compatibility information.

These are going to be hot – call your Sales Engineer now to reserve yours!

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