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Mackie Quad Series Processors now Shipping

New Mackie digital live sound processors begin filling dealer showrooms

San Francisco, CA - October 6, 2006, AES:Mackie announced today that its new Quad Series digital signal processors have begun shipping to distribution centers in the U.S., and the company anticipates full retail availability worldwide before the end of 2006.

Mackie’s new Quad Series processors combine high-quality 24-bit processing and stellar audio performance with intuitive and feature-packed user interfaces designed specifically for serious live sound applications. The two models being introduced include the Quad EQ and Quad Comp/Gate.

The Mackie Quad EQ is an innovative 4-channel, 30-band digital graphic equalizer, which for the first time ever combines Smaart real-time analysis (RTA) and a sound pressure level (SPL) meter. It offers brilliant sounding 24-bit processing and Mackie’s Adaptive-Q filters for extremely precise EQ adjustments. A highly accurate, easy-to-read front panel featuring 31 bi-color LED ladders allows the user to view RTA and EQ settings simultaneously. This allows the Quad EQ to provide instant visual reinforcement of EQ changes and their effect through the sound system to the engineer.

The Quad EQ includes a bundled reference microphone for real-time frequency analysis and SPL monitoring, as well as a host of useful features like stereo linking of channels A/B and C/D, simultaneous A, B and C-weighted SPL meter functionality, a built-in Pink Noise generator, and professional XLR and TRS input and output connectors. Finally, 99 user-definable snapshots provide easy storage and recall of repeatedly used settings.

    Quad EQ Features:
  • 4 channels of digital 30-band, Adaptive-Q graphic equalizers
  • Variable High and Low pass filters on each channel
  • Built-in Smaart RTA (Real Time Analyzer) of input or mic signals
  • Simultaneous EQ and RTA display
  • A, B, and C weighted dB-SPL meter function
  • Built-in Pink Noise generator
  • 99 snapshots for instant recall of settings
  • Stereo linking of channels A and B, C and D
  • Intuitive, easy to use front panel
  • Professional-grade XLR & TRS input/output connections
  • "Planet Earth" power supply (100-240VAC 50/60Hz)

The Mackie Quad Comp/Gate features 4 channels of compression/limiting and expansion/gating and delivers superior precision and dynamic control through a highly intuitive and responsive user interface. Digital technology offers several advantages over analog compressors, including much faster attack settings, and offering 99 user-definable and instantly recallable presets, which can come in handy during fast changeovers from one act to the next. Built-in key filters provide incredible accuracy for independent triggering of the compressors and gates based on desired frequencies, while a Key Listen feature allows users to monitor the specific frequency range of the key filter. Plus, the Quad Comp/Gate’s "Auto" feature automatically monitors input transients and adjusts attack and release times to eliminate the all-too-common "pumping" effect typical of most compressor/limiters.

    Quad Comp/Gate Features:
  • 4 channels of 24-bit digital compression/limiting and gate/expansion
  • Custom algorithms developed by Acuma Labs
  • Individual per-channel gain reduction and output metering
  • Individual key filtering per comp and gate channels
  • 99 snapshots for instant storage and recall of settings
  • Stereo Linking of channels A and B, C and D
  • Intuitive, easy to use front panel
  • Professional input/output connections (XLR & TRS)
  • Additional external side chain connections
  • "Planet Earth" power supply (100-240VAC 50/60Hz)

The new Mackie Quad Series processors have a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $1199.99 and $999.99, for the Quad/EQ and Quad Comp/Gate, respectively. Both models are currently on display at the AES Convention in San Francisco, October 6-8. Mackie is located in stand #518.


 

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