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April 24, 2006 - Las Vegas, NV, NAB - Mackie is exhibiting an exciting line up of brand-new recording and live sound products this week at the NAB Convention in Las Vegas.

New Satellite FireWire Recording System
The Mackie Satellite FireWire Recording System is an innovative new approach to digital recording, featuring a two-part audio interface designed to get the best out of computer recording in both live and studio environments.

The heart of the Satellite System is the Satellite Pod, a sleek, portable two-channel FireWire interface that incorporates two of Mackie's acclaimed Onyx preamps, as well as 24-bit/96kHz A/D and D/A converters. Additional Satellite Pod features include dual headphone/control room outputs with individual level controls, two inputs, two outputs, and a rugged portable design.

A compelling feature of the Satellite System is the Satellite Base Station, which the Satellite Pod snaps into to provide AC power, additional I/O, talkback and monitor switching functions. By plugging the Satellite Pod into the base station, the Satellite System becomes a two-input, six-output FireWire audio interface with professional features such as an advanced routing matrix, built-in talkback microphone, advanced monitoring functions and surround speaker control.

Both Mac and PC compatible, the Satellite System works with all ASIO and Core Audio compatible software. It comes bundled with a full version of Mackie's award-winning Tracktion 2 software, providing a complete out-of-the-box recording setup with professional features like a 64-bit high-definition mix engine, unlimited track count, ReWire and VST support, MIDI controller mapping, external synchronization, and integrated support for Mackie Control Universal and C4 control surfaces. Also included is a full set of Mackie's Mixing and Mastering plug-ins.

Key Satellite FireWire Recording System Features:

  • Innovative 2-piece FireWire Recording System for professional recording to Mac or PC
  • Dual Onyx mic preamps for superior sound quality versus competing interfaces
  • 8 inputs (2 active at any time) for connection of microphones, line sources, and instruments
  • 6 line-level outputs
  • 24-bit/96kHz capable sound quality
  • Built in control room functions include talkback and A/B monitor switching
  • 6-channel volume control allows for surround sound mixing
  • FireWire protocol for low latency real time recording
  • Satellite Pod can be bus powered for field use, or externally powered, for added convenience
The new Mackie Satellite FireWire Recording System has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $519.99 and will be available Q2 2006.

New Quad Series Digital Processors
Mackie, in collaboration with Acuma Labs and SIA Software, is introducing the Quad Series of digital signal processors which combine high-quality 24-bit processing, advanced audio performance with an intuitive and feature-packed user interface designed for serious live sound applications.

The Mackie Quad EQ is an innovative four-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.

Key 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 four 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.

Key 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 will be available in Q2 2006 and will have a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $1159.99 and $1029.99, for the Quad/EQ and Quad Comp/Gate, respectively.

M-Series Power Amplifiers
Mackie is showing its new M-Series line of power amplifiers designed to deliver high-efficiency stereo power with stellar audio performance. The M-Series is available in three configurations: the M-2000, M-3000 and M-4000, delivering 2000W, 3000W and 4000W of Class-H power, respectively, making them the highest powered offerings in their price range.

Key M-Series Power Amplifier Features:

  • High Efficiency Class-H Stereo Power Amplifiers deliver more clean power and less destructive heat from a standard 120/240V power outlet
  • Adaptive Slewing Technology for incredibly fast transient response with minimal distortion
  • Fast Recovery circuitry reduces distortion at the edge of clipping and beyond
  • Switchable 150Hz LPF/HPF for instant 2-way loudspeaker systems
  • Extensive Protection Circuits for power supply over-temperature protection, low voltage / brownout protection, and fusible resistors throughout
  • Low feedback / Low distortion design with triple Darlington output stages.
  • True 2-Ohm power drive capability means the M-series can sustain real-world 2-Ohm loads
  • Baker Clamp-based Fast Recovery circuitry to prevent harmonic distortion
With up to 50-percent more output transistors than their competition, the Mackie M-Series amplifiers deliver increased power and better headroom, as well as resistive loading of all stages and fully complementary/differential design from input to output. The result is an amplifier with higher power and lower distortion than any other amp in its class.

The new Mackie M-Series amplifiers will be available Q2 2006 and will have a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $899.99, $1099.99, and $1299.99 for the M2000, M3000, and M4000, respectively.

Onyx 24.4 and 32.4 4-bus Mid-Format Live Sound Consoles
Mackie is introducing the newest members of its evolving Onyx family— the Onyx Premium 4-bus Mid-Format Live Sound Consoles. With the additions of the new Onyx 24.4 24-channel and Onyx 32.4 32-channel consoles, Mackie brings the innovative feature set and unequalled sound quality of their Onyx Series to the world of mid-format live mixers, effectively filling the gap between the Onyx Small-Format and 8-bus Onyx 80 Large-Format Live Sound Consoles.

Key Onyx 4-bus Mid-Format Live Sound Console Features:

  • Premium Onyx Mic Preamps on all mono channels
  • Four-Band Perkins EQ
  • Six fully assignable Aux Sends with Pre/post switches, mute and AFL solo
  • Smooth, long-throw 100mm Panasonic Faders
  • Analog direct outs per channel
  • Two Dedicated Stereo Inputs
  • 4 segment channel metering
  • Dedicated talkback section
  • 6 x 2 matrix
  • Built in stereo compressor/limiter
The new Mackie Onyx 4-bus Series will be available Q2 2006 and will have a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $2049.99 and $2599.99 for the Onyx 24.4 and Onyx 32.4, respectively.

The complete Mackie product line is currently on display at the Las Vegas Convention Center, April 24-27, 2006. Mackie is located in booth SL561.


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