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Digidesign Digi 003 Factory FireWire Music Production System

Go big with the Digidesign Digi003 production system, which includes over $3,000 worth of professional quality plug-ins. (105) Rate and review this product
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Today's cutting-edge, top-rated recording studios usually have a Pro Tools recording system. And, it's likely they've got themselves a fancy Icon-series control surface for complete hands-on control over this game-changing, industry-standard multitrack recording software. If you've seen pictures of these control rooms then you've probably salivated over the rows of flying faders, rows of rotary encoders, and endless lines of blinking lights. What if you, too, could own a similar setup for your home studio--an authentic Pro Tools system complete with all the routing, inputs, software, and automated control to start working on the next top 40 hit in your basement? The DigiDesign Digi 003 Factory audio interface/Pro Tools control surface offers all that at a price any serious amateur or project studio owner can afford. You get the power of Pro Tools, the pristine sound quality of a DigiDesign interface, and the hands-on control of a dedicated and automated control surface. Time to start thinking big.

Get Your Digits On Some Digi

If you've ever mixed on an analog console, you know that the difference between automating with faders and pots and automating with a mouse is like night and day. Not only does having your control parameter laid out in front of you speed up the mixing process, but it fundamentally changes the way you think about your mix. As soon as you push your first flying fader, you'll remember that mixing is as musical an endeavor as placing a mic, writing a chord structure, or strumming a guitar. The Digi 003 recreates as much of this experience as possible with eight motorized, touch-sensitive, long-throw faders. There are also eight rotary encoders for controlling pan, EQ, or plug-in parameters. Each of these eight virtual channels sports dedicated mute, solo, and record arm buttons. These, plus the full transport controls, give you instant access to all of the most common functions during tracking. A jog/shuttle wheel makes navigating through big projects a breeze, and a separate input select section makes assigning channels a mouse-less affair. You can even assign inserts and sends directly from the 003 Factory. Perhaps best of all, however, is the 003 Factory's two-line LCD display, a dynamic channel indicator that provides feedback like what parameter is being edited and to what amount. It's hard to explain how radically a dedicated control surface and software package like the 003 and Pro Tools will make to your recording process; suffice to say you'll wonder how you got anything done without tactile control.

High-Speed, High Fidelity FireWire Audio

The wider bandwidth that FireWire provides allows for more audio channels while maintaining stable operation. For the Digi 003, FireWire connectivity provides up to eighteen channels of simultaneous I/O. Four microphone preamps with balanced XLR jacks let you connect high-quality studio microphones directly to the interface, with no need for any external hardware. Individual gain and filter controls for each mic input are easily accessible along the front face of the Digi Rack. A total of eight channels of analog input allow for recording of full bands or even live performances, and that channel count is expandable with ADAT and S/PIDF digital I/O. If you do add additional hardware, the Digi 003's super-stable Word Clock keeps everything in sync, eliminating common problems like digital "jitter" that can otherwise taint a professional-sounding project. The 003 Factory's own analog-to-digital converters are top-notch, with a higher than CD-quality 24-bit depth and up to 96 kHz sampling rate. You'll be able to accurately capture the musical nuance of any instrument, from a high-gain guitar stack to a classical lever-harp to a warm and jazzy trap kit. There's also one MIDI input and two MIDI outputs for connecting external sequencers and tempo-syncing MIDI-enabled rackmount effects. With eight, balanced 1/4-inch analog outputs you can send your mix to any ADAT or 1-inch tape machine, and with three pairs of stereo monitor outs and dual headphone jacks, you've got plenty of monitor routing options, including 5.1 and even 7.1 surround mixing setups.

Industry Standard Pro Tools Recording Software

Your new Digi 003 Factory is the key to the world of Pro Tools, the industry-standard recording software that ushered in the digital recording revolution. Pro Tools HD systems are used the world over in the most discriminating studios, and as a Pro Tools user, you'll have a worldwide support network and massive online community to exchange ideas with. You'll also be able to take projects you've been working on at home and transfer them seamlessly to a professional studio environment, and vice versa. Record drums at the studio, then bring those tracks home and overdub guitars and vocals, on your own time. Collaborate on a song with like-minded producers across the globe. Hire a session-vocalist in New York for your Minnesota-based project. This kind of international musical community is only possible when you tap into the power of Pro Tools. Pro Tools LE is the native version of the flagship HD system, and is both powerful and simple to learn. With 48 tracks of stereo audio supported, full-fledged MIDI capabilities, extensive virtual mixing and bussing, and pristine audio processing, you'll enjoy the same creative flexibility as any world-class studio.

A Wealth Of Bundled Software

In addition to Pro Tools LE 8, the Digi 003 Rack comes bundled with a bounty of virtual instruments and software signal processors to get you started on fully realized, professional sounding projects right out of the box. Seven virtual instruments including the powerful BOOM! drum machine, a grand piano, a tonewheel organ, and an analog synthesizer plug-in will help you realize and produce compositions of any style, from simple to complex. No fewer than seventy audio effects plug-ins are also included, ranging from compressors, equalizers and reverbs to phasers, delays and pitch-shifting effects. The 003 Factory sweetens the deal with over $3,000 of premium tracking and mixing plug-ins from trusted names like Joemeek and Moogerfooger, including vintage compression and EQ algorithms, and radical effects like flanger and ring mod. You even get M-Audio's digital DJ software Torq LE, so you can get started on your next hip-hop masterpiece. Expand your tonal palette with thousands of third-party virtual instruments and effects plug-ins with Pro Tools' support of the RTAS plug-in format.

Pro Tools is a name with unmatched recording industry recognition. The DigiDesign 003 Factory gives you a piece of that experience with the kind of tactile DAW control integration usually reserved for A-list studio engineers. Don't let them have all the fun: call zZounds and upgrade your home studio with a new 003 Factory today.

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Mic Inputs
Connector: Four balanced XLR jacks

Mic Phantom Power: 48V

Equivalent Input Noise: -129 dBu

Frequency Response: +/- 0.1 dB, 20 Hz - 20 kHz

Dynamic Range: 105 dB / 107 dB A-weighted

THD + N: 0.0007% (-103 dB)

Mic EIN: -129 dBu

Input Sensitivity: +2.2 dBu

Input Impedance: 2K Ohm

Line Inputs
Connector: Four balanced 1/4 in. jacks

Frequency Response: +/- 0.1 dB, 20 Hz - 20 kHz

Dynamic Range: 111 dB / 113 dB A-weighted

THD + N: 0.0007% (-103 dB)

Input Sensitivity: +17.38 dBu

Input Impedance: 22K Ohm

DI Inputs
Connector: Four unbalanced 1/4 in. jacks

Frequency Response: +/- 0.1 dB, 20 Hz - 20 kHz

Dynamic Range: 104 dB / 106 dB A-weighted

THD + N: 0.0008% (-102 dB) - Balanced input

Input Sensitivity: +17.16 dBu

Input Impedance: >300K Ohm

Aux Inputs
Connector: Two balanced 1/4 in. jacks

Frequency Response: +/- 0.1 dB, 20 Hz - 20 kHz

Dynamic Range: 111 dB / 113 dB A-weighted

THD + N: 0.00055% (-105 dB)

Input Sensitivity: +17.16 dBu

Input Impedance: 10K Ohm

Line Outputs (1-8)
Connector: Eight impedance balanced 1/4 in. jacks

Frequency Response: +/- 0.5 dB, 20 Hz - 20 kHz

Dynamic Range: 110 dB / 113 dB A-weighted

THD + N: 0.0007% (-103 dB)

Output Sensitivity: +18 dBu

Monitor Outputs (Main & Alt)
Connector: Two impedance balanced 1/4 in. jacks

Frequency Response: +/- 0.5 dB, 20 Hz - 20 kHz

Dynamic Range: 110 dB / 112 dB A-weighted

THD + N: 0.0008% (-102 dB)

Output Sensitivity: +18 dBu

Headphone Outputs
Connector: Two unbalanced 1/4 in. jacks

Frequency Response: +/- 0.5 dB, 20 Hz - 20 kHz

THD + N: 0.0009% (-101 dB)

Dynamic Range: 110 dB / 112 dB A-weighted

Output Sensitivity: +23 dBu

Digital Specifications
Supported Sample Rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96 kHz

Maximum Word Length: 24-bit

S/PDIF: 2-channel optical or RCA jack pair

Digital Optical: TOSLINK (ADAT, max 48 kHz sample rate)

Word Clock: Two BNC jacks

Host Connection: Two IEEE-1394a (FireWire) ports (6-pin-to-6-pin FireWire cable included)

MIDI: 5-pin MIDI DIN connectors - one input, two outputs

Size / Weight / Power
Height: 5.125 inches / 13 cm

Width: 19.25 inches / 48.90 cm

Depth: 19.25 inches / 48.90 cm (including all connectors)

Weight:16.1 lbs / 7.3 kg

Power Requirements: 100 - 240V, 50 - 60 Hz A/C (power cable included)
Digidesign Warranty ´╗┐Digidesign offers a 90 days parts and labor warranty.
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 650-731-6300

Product Description

With an extensive range of audio and MIDI I/O, high-definition audio resolution, the creativity and speed of industry-standard Pro Tools software, FireWire connectivity, and a big, comprehensive bundle of powerful software included free, 003 Factory enables you to attain the same high audio production quality as commercial facilities in your own personal or project studio.

Get powerful hands-on control of your Pro Tools LE 8 sessions through its integrated control surface and take advantage of the plethora of I/O to connect and monitor your studio gear. Its portable size gives you the freedom to take a professional Pro Tools system anywhere your creative skills are needed or inspired. And with over 80 powerful plug-ins, virtual instruments, and compatible applications included, you have everything you need (and then some) to compose, perform, record, edit, mix, and master audio for music and desktop post production projects with truly professional results.

Hardware

003 is professionally built to feel and act like higher-end mixing consoles, engineered to deliver the stunning clarity of high-definition audio, and durably built to withstand any knocks and bounces it encounters when your creative skills are needed on the road.

Integrated Control Surface

* 8 touch-sensitive motorized faders
* 8 motion-sensitive rotary encoders for pan/send/meter/plug-in control
* Dedicated mute, solo, and select/record arm switches per channel
* 6-character, 2-line LCD display per channel displays track name; pan, send, fader, and plug-in values; and timeline position
* 5-segment LED display for viewing metering and automation mode status
* Easily assign inserts and sends from the control surface
* Dedicated automation controls and LEDs
* Dedicated transport control
* Standalone MIDI Mode functionality*
* Jog/Shuttle wheel

*To use MIDI Mode on 003, you must first download and update the firmware on your 003

Wide Range of I/O

* High-speed FireWire connectivity
* 18 simultaneous channels of audio I/O
* 24-bit/96 kHz resolution
* 8 analog inputs, 8 analog outputs
* 4 professional mic preamps with individual gain and high-pass filter; 48V phantom power enabled on channel pairs
* 8 channels of ADAT optical I/O or two channels of S/PDIF optical I/O
* 2 channels of S/PDIF digital I/O
* 1 MIDI input, 2 MIDI outputs (16 channels in/32 channels out)
* BNC Word Clock I/O
* Dedicated studio monitor output, plus alternate control room output
* Alternate Source input for external device monitoring
* Dual headphone outputs with individual source and level controls

Software

Pro Tools software is used in countless professional studios around the world, and includes all the tools you need to easily compose, record, edit, mix, and master your projects with pro results every time.

Features

- Award-winning Pro Tools recording, editing, and mixing
- 48 simultaneous stereo audio tracks (expandable with Toolkit options)
- Includes dozens of pro effects processing plug-ins and virtual instruments
- Professional MIDI sequencing with dedicated MIDI Editor window
- Integrated Score Editor based on award-winning Sibelius notation software
- Full Elastic Time and Elastic Pitch to easily adjust timing and pitch on your tracks
- Unique Beat Detective LE automatic groove analysis and correction tool
- ReWire support for streaming you favorite applications right into Pro Tools
- Support for the Digidesign C|24 and Command|8 control surfaces
- Huge selection of compatible third-party plug-ins and software options
- Works on Windows and Mac computers

Bundled Plug-ins

In addition to M-Audio Torq LE DJ software and an incredible 8 GB collection of pro-quality loops from industry sound heavyweights Big Fish Audio, Pro Tools software includes a comprehensive bundle of amazing virtual instruments, effects, and utility plug-ins.

003 Factory (included)

003 Factory also includes over $3,000 worth of additional professional plug-ins, plus an iLok USB Smart Key to handle your plug-in authorizations.

003 Factory Plug-in Bundle;

- Bomb Factory BF-2A
- Bomb Factory BF-3A
- Fairchild 660 and 670
- Purple Audio MC77
- Cosmonaut Voice
- JOEMEEK SC2 Photo Optical Compressor
- JOEMEEK VC5 Meequalizer
- Moogerfooger 12-Stage Phaser
- Moogerfooger Analog Delay
- Moogerfooger Lowpass Filter
- Moogerfooger Ring Modulator
- SoundReplacer
- TL EveryPhase
- Tel-Ray Variable Delay
- Voce Chorus/Vibrato
- Voce Spin
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