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MACKIE ANNOUNCES TRACKTION 2 AT NAMM

Mackie's Popular Audio Software Gets a Feature-Rich Update

January 20, 2005 - Anaheim, CA, NAMM - Mackie announced today the upcoming release of Tracktion 2, the first major update to their critically acclaimed recording and MIDI production software.

The new update, dubbed T2, is a major step forward, adding numerous new capabilities, while still maintaining the core feature set that has made the original Tracktion a runaway success. The program’s clutter-free, single-screen design and intuitive user interface still offers unparalleled productivity, combining multitrack digital audio, MIDI programming and automated mixdown into a simple yet powerful package. T2 continues to offer full VST instrument and plugin support, import and export compatibility with all major audio file formats, and cross-platform Mac and PC compatibility.

The new T2, which will soon be available in a boxed version through major music retailers, introduces an enhanced, more powerful MIDI editor, more comprehensive keyboard control and the ability to map hardware MIDI controllers to filter parameters. T2 also brings a new high-definition 64-bit mix engine, improved external synchronization support, eight auxiliary sends and returns, and full integration for Mackie Control Universal and C4 controllers.

A host of professional enhancements are also onboard, including support for recording/importing industry-standard Broadcast .WAV files, making it easier than ever to import audio from other applications, as well as direct import support for Mackie’s own HDR, MDR and SDR hard disk recorders. And while T2 still sports the same familiar look, its user interface incorporates a number of updates, including new user-configurable color schemes, flexible display options, improved metering, and a fully scalable graphical interface.

Among the most exciting news for the T2 update is the inclusion of a full suite of high-quality plug-ins from some of the industry’s most respected names. The collection, spanning several additional CD-ROM’s packaged in the boxed retail version, includes a full range of high-end effects processors from Acuma Labs, mda and Raw Materials Software, as well as IK Multimedia’s popular AmpliTube LE guitar amp modeler. T2’s bundled virtual instruments include IK Multimedia’s Sampletank SE and the RM IV drum machine to name just a few. Also included is a massive assortment of loops and samples, bundled exclusively with T2 and available nowhere else.

Tracktion 2 will be on display at the NAMM Convention in Anaheim, CA, January 20-23, 2005 in the Mackie booth #6690. A downloadable demo version of the application will be made available through www.mackie.com in the weeks following NAMM, at which time pricing and availability for both the boxed retail version, as well as upgrade options for existing users will be announced.

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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