Digital X Bus

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Mackie - MIXER - Digital X Bus

Model: Digital X Bus(Discont.)
Digital Production Console w/ FireWire I/O

It was inevitable, really. Thanks to their ever-advancing horsepower and convenience, computers have become central to modern audio production. Yet no affordable mixing console to date has been designed to integrate seamlessly with today’s varied audio and music production techniques—analog, digital or hybrid. So after more than two years of intense research and development at Mackie and SaneWave, we proudly introduce the digital desk of the future: the Mackie Digital X Bus High-Definition Digital Production Console.

Developed to bring you features currently unmatched by digital consoles costing tens of thousands of dollars more, the x.200 and x.400 offer an upgradeable 192kHz-capable mix engine; dual 15" touch screens; 100mm Penny + Giles optical touch faders; onboard control of a variety of DAWs, including Pro Tools, Logic, and Nuendo; VST™ plug-in support; and streaming digital audio between the Digital X Bus and your Mac or PC via FireWire. Not to mention a full rear-panel card cage so you can configure the Digital X Bus’s I/O to suit your studio’s exact needs, now and in the future.

Because all the advanced technology in the world is useless if you can’t get to it quickly, we gave the Digital X Bus dual 15” touch screens—a first in this class of console. These touch screens put all major features and functions at your fingertips as “virtual” controls, with big, button-style graphics and a bare minimum of hierarchy (watch the demo). With advanced 5-wire technology and a proprietary tracking algorithm, the touch screens deliver incredibly accurate response. And they’re built tough too, with an operating life that’s rated at over 35 million finger pokes.

Of course, for fast adjustments, there are 24 rotary encoders (er, knobs), corresponding to the graphics on the screens directly above. And commonly used features such as mute, solo, pan, faders, and switches remain in hardware, just the way your fingers like. There’s also built-in USB ports so you can use your favorite mouse or PC keyboard, a smooth weighted jog wheel, and rock-solid transport buttons. This multi-control approach lowers the learning curve to the point that most users can start working from the moment the Digital X Bus boots—without the need for manual digging.

The Digital X Bus’s “modular” hardware architecture provides access to internal components simply by removing the rear panel of the chassis. And the Digital X Bus's full rear-panel card cage allows you to configure the console's I/O exactly as you see fit, without having to pay for I/O connections you'll never use. So, as the need arises, you can opt to add more RAM, swap or add I/O cards, and basically customize the mixer to your individual tracking and mixing applications. Importantly, the Digital X Bus platform allows all sample-rate related components to be upgraded, so you wont be left behind if or when new audio standards emerge.

It’s the 21st Century, so we felt it was time for a console that could work seamlessly with FireWire-equipped Macs and PCs. When equipped with the optional FireWire Card, the Digital X Bus can stream digital audio between any OS X Core Audio (Mac) or ASIO/WDM (Windows XP) compatible DAW software. FireWire has the bandwidth to support multiple channels of audio streams going back and forth between the console and your computer through a single cable for recording, playback, punch in/out, effect send/returns, and even using a laptop as a real-time sequencer. You can have multiple FireWire Cards installed in your Digital X Bus connected to different computers for complete versatility, as well as taking advantage of extended processing resources for any number of applications and projects. The FireWire Card eliminates the need to buy computer audio interfaces, and makes using the Digital X Bus with your computer painless, simple, and efficient.

Speaking of plug-ins, with the Digital X Bus’s extensive processing power, it is also the first digital console able to run select VST plug-ins internally. Currently, the Digital X Bus supports popular plug-ins from both Waves and Universal Audio (via the UAD-1 DSP card, included in the x.400 model). Better still, all plug-in windows are displayed right on the Digital X Bus’s built-in screens, just as they would be on your PC.

When it came to the Digital X Bus’s internal processing, we rewrote the book—developing a proprietary architecture with the largest-capacity, highest-performance PCI-based Accelerator Card ever created for the pro audio market. This Accelerator Card employs a Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) chip to handle the conversion of integer to floating-point math. In simple terms, this means the Accelerator Card does the hard work so the Digital X Bus’s processor is free to handle the toughest of mixing applications while simultaneously running VST plug-ins. It also provides for extremely low total system latency from analog input to analog output.
  • Professional digital production console with selectable operation up to 192kHz
  • Dual 15 touch-screen graphic user interfaces plus mouse control
  • Fully configurable I/O via rear-panel card cage and I/O option cards
  • Firewire I/O option for streaming audio to/from desktop or laptop computers
  • Twenty-five 100mm Penny + Giles motorized optical touch-sensitive faders
  • Full channel processing package including pre and post DSP inserts, parametric EQ and dynamics section
  • Mackie Control Universal Layer with built-in control for Pro Tools, Logic, Final Cut Studio 5, Nuendo, etc. See all
  • Support for select VST plug-ins, including the use of the Universal Audio UAD-1 Card
  • Full surround mixing and monitoring capabilities
  • Floating insert points for accessing external processing equipment from any channel, aux, or bus
  • Tape-style transport with memory location recall and weighted Jog/Shuttle wheel
  • Comprehensive automation system with event editing and dynamic/scene automation
  • LTC (SMPTE), MTC, MMC, and Word Clock sync
  • Various metering options, including VU meter, full size meter bridge, and scalable metering ranges
  • Full Control Room section including dual Phones, Talkback, Surround Level control and calibration to reference level
  • Multiple USB 2.0 ports for connecting CD ROM drives, Flash drives, keyboard/mouse, or other add-ons
  • Internal white & pink noise and variable tone generator with spectrum analyzer display

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