The best way to sell yourself on the Mackie D8B Digital 8-Bus Mixer
is to ask someone who owns one. From Grammy-winning producers and
engineers like Walter Afanasieff , Don Was, and Ed Cherney, to artists
like Crystal Method and Naughty By Nature, the D8B is the standard
for powerful, easy-to-use digital mixing.
When you sit down at a Digital 8Bus, you'll feel as well
as hear a difference. It is as intuitive and easy to use as an analog
console because the D8B is the only mid-sized digital console designed
by large-console automation specialists. Now, with 5.1 software
and a wealth of 3rd-party plug-ins, the D8B boasts an incredibly
sexy new interface, Pro Tools control capabilities, Surround monitoring
and so much more. Take a tour.
v5 Software Enhancements
- New HUI Layer
Now you can use your D8B as a controller for Pro Tools and
any other HUI supported DAW.
- Improved FAT Channel Functionality
Enhancements to the FAT Channel include: an improved EQ algorithm,
Compressor with Limiting, Gate with Expansion Mode, Dynamics EQ
with full selection of EQ type, Channel Aux sends with On/Off
function, and gate trigger control via MIDI.
- More Ways to See What's Happening
With the completely redesigned GUI, take advantage of: top and
bottom on screen meters channel and master meters; expanded views
for EQ, Compressor, Gate, and Dynamics EQ; and Digital/Analog
Fat Channel Meter view and extended higher resolution Fat Channel
Meter display among other graphical enhancements. You also get
exportable Session/Track notes and on-screen HTML help.
- Effects Routing
Effect Input and Output can be independently configured, which
allows you to assign plug-ins to FX returns, masters, buses or
a channel DSP insert, and also lets you chain multiple plug-ins
on one channel.
- Event Editor Integrated Into Mix Editor
All events are now displayed as tabs on the Mix Editor and Events
can now be added, removed, edited, moved, locked, and muted from
Mix Editor. Also, Event Automation can be committed to Dynamic
- 5.1 Surround Monitoring Built In
Now you can control your 5.1 surround monitoring right from your
D8B. Among other new functions, the analog surround outputs have
independent level controls from digital surround outputs. You
can also set up appropriate levels digitally sent to the surround
recorder and set up different listening levels without external
surround controller. The master speaker V-Pot also enables you
to control the master surround speaker level.
New v5.1 Features:
- Use V3 Style EQ A Use V3 Style EQ preference has
been added to the Mix Options window. This global setting is saved
with the session and allows complete backward compatibility with
version 3 sessions.
- HUI Mode Improvements Cut, Copy, Paste, and Shift/Add
buttons were added to the HUI layer since Build 427, and Undo
was moved to the Undo button. More functional buttons are now
- Modify Levels Modify Levels for Trim Faders is now
calibrated in dB steps for improved ease of use.
- Vertical Channel Linking You can now link a channel
to a channel directly above or below it, between the Mic/Line
and Tape Return banks (Banks 1 and 2 only). This allows you to
control up to 24 stereo sources from a single bank.
- Peak Hold Option A Peak Hold option was added to the
TOP meter view. This is enabled from the Options/Meters menu.
- Overload Indicators Overload indicators can now be
manually cleared by clicking on them, or clear all overloads by
pressing F10 or selecting Clear Over Loads from the Options/ Meters
- Hot Keys Hot Keys have been added for Show HUI Layer
(F5), HUI mode On/Off (Shift+F5), and Meter Type in GUI (F6 =
Pre Fader, F7 = Post Fader, F8 = Post Fader/Mute).
- Rec Rdy MIDI Map Record Ready can now be mapped in
the MIDI Map window.
- Surround Panner in Fat Channel A Surround Panner replaces
the Pan control in the Fat Channel when a surround mode is selected.
- Copy Mix To Bus You can now optionally remove the
selected channels from the L-R bus when copying.
- Fat Channel dB Readout The Fat Channel now indicates
the fader level in dB.
- Updated Help Files The Help files have been updated
to version 5.1.
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