NAMM06: Mackie Introduces Quad Series Digital Processors
Four channel compressor and graphic EQ launched 01/02/06
Mackie, in collaboration with Acuma Labs and SIA Software has introduced the Quad Series of digital signal processors. The Quad Series processors combine high-quality 24-bit processing and stellar audio performance with intuitive and feature-packed user interfaces 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 Mackieâ€™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.
The Quad EQ includes a bundled SIA reference microphone for real-time frequency analysis and SPL monitoring, as well as a host of useful features like stereo linking of channels A/B and C/D, simultaneous A, B and C-weighted SPL meter functionality, a built-in Pink Noise generator, and professional XLR and TRS input and output connectors. Finally, 99 user-definable snapshots provide easy storage and recall of repeatedly used settings.
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
â€œPlanet Earthâ€� 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/Gateâ€™s â€œAutoâ€� feature automatically monitors input transients and adjusts attack and release times to eliminate the all-too-common â€œpumpingâ€� effect typical of most compressor/limiters.
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
â€œPlanet Earthâ€� Power Supply (100-240VAC 50/60Hz) Price and Availability
The Quad Series will be available in Q2 2006 and will have a manufacturerâ€™s suggested retail price of $1199.99 and $999.99, for the Quad/EQ and Quad Comp/Gate, respectively.