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MACKIE SHOWS TWO NEW HEADPHONE MONITORING PRODUCTS AT NAMM

January 20, 2005 - Anaheim, CA, NAMM - Mackie is using this year’s NAMM exhibition to show their two recently-announced headphone monitoring products for home and professional studio use; the HM54 Four-Channel Headphone Amplifier and the HMX56 Tabletop Matrix Mixer/Amplifier. Available at authorized Mackie dealers in early Q2, 2005, both models offer Mackie’s trademark robust steel construction and exceptional sonic quality.

About the HM54 Four Channel Headphone Amplifier
The Mackie HM54 ($199 MSRP) is a 1U rackmount headphone amplifier that features balanced left and right TRS main inputs, as well as left and right TRS “direct inputs” on each of the four channels. From the front panel, each user can select either the main stereo mix with its own input level control, or the stereo direct input on each of the four available channels. In addition, each channel offers its own dedicated headphone volume control, and a button that allows musicians to switch between their custom-crafted direct mixes and the main mix at any time. The HM54 offers a total of eight headphone output jacks—four on the front of the unit, and four on the rear, so that cables can be hidden away where possible.

About the HMX56 Tabletop Matrix Mixer/Amplifier
The Mackie HMX56 ($299 MSRP) is a compact tabletop headphone matrix mixer/amplifier with advanced routing capabilities. The unit features stereo main inputs, which are automatically routed to each of the six discrete headphone outputs. Four additional mono source inputs can be combined as needed with the main input feed on a channel-by-channel basis using the on-board 4 x 6 source matrix. And to identify each source input, Mackie provides a selection of pre-labeled magnets with common instrument names that can be affixed adjacent to each input source row. In addition, the HMX56 also features and individual effects send for each mono source input and stereo main mix channel, as well as an effects return control on each of the six channels.

With all this functionality combined, the HMX56 allows up to six musicians to customize their own headphone mix, and allowing the engineer to focus on other responsibilities.

“These HM54 and HMX56 are the perfect companions for any analog or digital mixer, or desktop audio workstation where additional headphone outputs and routing flexibility are required,” comment Dan Steinberg, Product Manager for the HM54 and HMX56. “But they aren’t simply applicable to recording environments. The HMX56, for example, is a powerful tool for any performing musician looking to build, and have easy on-stage access to additional custom monitor mixes—thereby ending the time-honored battles between performer and the FOH or monitor engineer. ”

Both the Mackie HM54 and HMX56, along with over 20 new Mackie products, are currently on display at the NAMM Convention in Anaheim, California, January 20-23, 2005, booth #6690.

About Mackie
Mackie, a LOUD Technologies Inc. brand, is known worldwide as a leading developer and marketer of high-quality, affordable professional audio systems. Mackie products can be found in professional and project recording studios, video and broadcast suites, post production facilities, sound reinforcement applications including churches and nightclubs, retail locations and on major musical tours. For more information visit: www.mackie.com.

Mackie is a registered trademark of LOUD Technologies Inc. in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

For more information please contact: Mackie · 16220 Wood–Red Road N.E. · Woodinville, WA 98072 · Phone: (425) 487–4333 · Fax: (425) 487–4337 ·Internet:www.loudtechinc.com.

Forward–Looking Statements
This press release contains statements that are forward–looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on current expectations, estimates and projections about the Company's business based, in part, on assumptions made by management. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Therefore, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed or forecasted in such forward–looking statements due to numerous factors, including those described above and the following: changes in demand for the Company's products, product mix, the timing of customer orders and deliveries, the impact of competitive products and pricing, constraints on supplies of critical components, excess or shortage of production capacity, difficulties encountered in the integration of acquired businesses and other risks discussed from time to time in the Company's Securities and Exchange Commission filings and reports. In addition, such statements could be affected by general industry and market conditions and growth rates, and general domestic and international economic conditions. Such forward–looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made, and the Company does not undertake any obligation to update any forward–looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this release.


 

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