Mackie introduced the first commercial product derived from its dXbplatform, dXb•200, as well as preview a new dXb•400 conceptdirected at post-production and broadcast applications at the WinterNAMM show.
The dXb•200 shares the same basic architecture and footprintwith the dXb, including the unique dual touchscreen interface, 96kHzoperation (optional to 192 kHz), onboard automation and DSP, 25high-quality 100mm Penny+Giles faders, configurable I/O card cage, anda FireWire I/O card option for streaming to/from desktop or laptopcomputers. Both models are compatible with select VST plug-ins and bothintegrate Mackie Control Universal functionality to control Pro Tools,Logic and other audio software applications.
The dXb•200 features a 72×72-channel I/O matrix (36×36 at 192kHz) or 64 channels with DSP at 96 kHz (32 channels with DSP at 192kHz). Channel DSP includes compressor/limiter, gate/expander and 4-bandparametric EQ. A UAD-1 Powered Plug-ins Card can be installed in thedXb•200 as an optional accessory.
The new dXb•400 concept features a more expansive96x96-channel I/O matrix (48×48 at 192 kHz) or a minimum of 72 channelswith DSP at 96 kHz (36 channels with DSP at 192 kHz). The dXb•400is equipped with more advanced surround sound functionality thatincludes 24 buses, flexible panning assignment and complete surroundmonitoring features. Additionally, the dXb•400 ships with a UAD-1DSP Card preloaded.
Like the dXb concept shown at this past AES, development of the dXbwas a collaborative effort between Mackie and Sanewave Inc., anengineering and design company specializing in digital audio technology(www.sanewave.com). The dXb•200 will beginshipping in early 2004.