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Mackie Reveals Onyx 80 Series Pricing at SIEL

Paris — February 6, 2005 - SIEL : Mackie’s recently-announced family of premium live sound consoles, the Onyx 80 Series, are being shown for the first time in France this week at the SIEL convention in Paris. At the same time, Mackie is announcing pricing for all Onyx 80 Series models.

The new Onyx 80 Series benefit from much of the technology developed for Mackie’s successful Onyx small-format analog mixers introduced in 2004. As such, the Onyx 80 Series consoles feature all-new analog circuitry, a full compliment of Mackie’s flagship Onyx microphone preamps, and the renowned “British-Voiced” four-band Perkins EQ.

The Onyx 80 Series consoles are offered in four sizes: the 24-channel Onyx 2480, 32-channel Onyx 3280, 40-channel Onyx 4080, and 48-channel Onyx 4880. All four models incorporate features that any hardcore live engineer will appreciate including eight Aux Sends with Stereo Link function for up to four IEM mixes; an Aux/Group Flip function; an 10x2 Matrix; four Mute Groups; eight stereo Aux inputs; and an optional rack-mountable redundant power supply. The master section and channel strip configuration are the same across the line; the mixers differ only by channel count and footprint.

In addition to the features set, Mackie invested significant resources to ensure that the 80 Series consoles are durable enough to handle pretty much anything that regular road use can dish out. Extreme chassis rigidity is achieved through a modular bucket design and the addition of several heavy-duty aluminum I-beam extrusions that run the entire length of the chassis. “Basically, a block of Onyx stone is going to flex before these mixers do,” commented John Boudreau, product manager for the Onyx 80 Series line.

The entire Mackie product line is currently on display at SIEL in Paris, France, February 6-9, 2005, booth #J32.

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 all 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.mackie.com

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