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Digidesign Digi 003 Rack Music Production System

Set your studio up right with the Digidesign 003 production system, combining professional hardware with industry-standard Pro Tools software. Rate and review this product
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Digidesign Digi 003 Rack Audio Interface

It sure seems like a lot to get a project recording studio off the ground, especially if you're thinking about going digital. Once you decide which software you're going to run (an epic decision in and of itself), you've still got a ton of other purchasing decisions. Which interface should I get? What mics do I need first? Should I get monitors or headphones? What kind of additional software am I going to need to start recording? We feel your pain; heck, most of us have been through the same process already. We want to make professional-quality computer recording accessible to everyone, and that's why we've put together a recording bundle that's centered around one of the most successful home studio computer recording interfaces around: the DigiDesign Digi 003 Rack.

Industry Standard Pro Tools Recording Software

Your new Digi 003 Rack 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.

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 Rack'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 MIDI in, out, and thru ports for connecting external sequencers and tempo-syncing MIDI-enabled rackmount effects. With XLR studio and control room outputs as well as dual headphone jacks, you've got plenty of monitor routing options, and the Digi 003's rugged, streamlined, two rackspace chassis is equally at home in your project studio or out on the road.

A Wealth Of Bundled Software

In addition to Pro Tools, 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 plugin will help you realize and produce compositions of any style, from simple to complex. No fewer than seventy audio effects plugins are also included, ranging from compressors, equalizers and reverbs to phasers, delays and pitch-shifting effects. 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 plugins with Pro Tools' support of the RTAS plugin format.

Add The Session Pro Bundle For An Instant Recording Studio

For the recording enthusiast or semi-professional who's just starting out, zZounds has put together an amazing deal that will get your home or project studio off to a running start. Many of the folks who work at zZounds run project studios themselves, and we've put our heads together to come up with a comprehensive package deal. Any studio needs a solid microphone foundation, and we've included two pairs of our favorite condensers for use in just about any recording scenario. Two AKG C214 large diaphragm condensers handle vocals, drum overheads, guitar cabs and a wide variety of acoustic instruments. A pair of Rode NT5 small-diaphragm condensers handle just about every thing else, and complement the AKGs perfectly. A C214 matched with an NT5 results in some truly stunning acoustic guitar tones, which you'll enjoy in beautiful detail thanks to the M-Audio Studiophile BX8a active reference monitors. These DigiDesign-designed, self-powered monitors will sit comfortable atop the two On Stage SMS6000 Adjustable Monitor Stands we've included as well. For alternate audio reference, we've provided a pair of Audio Technica ATHM40FS Precision Monitor Headphones, because music lovers listen on personal portable systems at least as often as at home or in the car. Add a mic stand, pop-filter and all necessary cables, and you're looking at a great deal, exclusively when bundled with the DigiDesign Digi 003 Rack.

zZounds and DigiDesign know what makes a successful project studio--zZounds because we're all musicians ourselves, and DigiDesign because they've been working with recording professionals and enthusiasts for decades. The Digi 003 Rack and Session Pro Bundle represent the dedication we both share to providing home recordists with the best equipment, software, and recording experience possible; there's no better way to join the home studio revolution!

Session Pro Bundle contents (optional):

- 1 x AKG C214 Stereo Set Matched Pair w/Shockmounts and Case
- 1 x RODE NT5 Matched Pair of Condenser Mics w/Case
- 1 x M-Audio Studiophile BX8a Deluxe Studio Monitors (Pair)
- 1 x Stoppit Microphone Pop Filter/Popper Stopper
- 1 x On Stage 7701B Tripod Boom Mic Stand
- 1 x Audio Technica ATHM40FS Precision Monitor Headphones
- 1 x Hosa CSS410 Dual Heavy Duty TRS Cable (10 Foot)
- 1 x On Stage SMS6000 Adjustable Monitor Stands (Pair)
- 1 x CBI MLC20 Mic Cable (20 Foot)
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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: 2U rack (3.5 in. / 8.89 cm)

Width: 19 in. / 48.26 cm

Depth: 13.5 in. / 34.29 cm (including all knobs / connectors)

Weight: 11.22 lbs / 5.09 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

Digidesign Digi 003 Rack Audio Interface

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, Digidesign 003 Rack enables you to attain the same high audio production quality as commercial facilities in your own personal or project studio.

Take advantage of the plethora of I/O to connect and monitor all of your studio equipment. Its streamlined design will help save space in even the most gear-packed studio, and give you the freedom to take a professional Pro Tools system anywhere your creative skills are needed--or inspired. And with over 60 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.

Digidesign 003 Rack Audio Hardware

003 Rack is professionally 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.

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; 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

Streamlined Interface:
- 2U rackmountable chassis
- 4 individual input gain controls
- 4 discrete high-pass filter switches
- Individual headphone source and level controls
- Mute switch

Pro Tools 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 Rack Factory (optional)

003 Rack 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 Rack 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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"Great for new Protollers!"
Sound: Sound is really good. I could notice the sound quality improvement compared to my last interfase (MOTU 896HD, that sounded really good for the price). I also worked on a 002 a couple of times, and I cannot remember the sound was this good. But anyway, that was with other monitors and another room too, so... The pres acomplish there mission and far more. This system is destined for small project studios and perhaps some overdubbing, so they really work fine. If you are looking for some state-of-the-art pres, you should be thinking in spending some more money. Feature: Really good! Lots of ins and outs, mic pres, digital i/o, Pro Tools, Asio drivers, what else... Many people agree that there's been no big improvement since 002, and I think so too, since the i/o's are the same. But the fact is that as I didn't own a 002, and I was looking foward to move to pro tools, this 003 thing with improved converters and at the same price was all that I was asking for, and since I own nothing but a home studio, there is nothing else I need. I can do my recording in an HD system, a SSL console and Neumann mic in a World-Class studio and come back home to edit and make some overdubs on my own. It really works for me. Ease of Use: Pro Tools makes it all easier once you had taken the time to learn the basic shortcuts. After that is all music you think about. And I want to make clear I am not in a MAC, not even a PC, but a PS (Peace-of-Sh**), the hardest way to do things. Ant still was really easy to install and work with it. Quality: So good! I was wondering what I was going to get when opening the box. The Digi 003 happends to be a really well made, solid, metal, peace of gear. The pots are not the best, though. As for Pro Tools... two words: Rock Solid! (Even in my P4 2.0 PS) Value: Yeah man! Pro Tools, lots of work, compatibility with each and every studio in the planet, rock solid playback/record. Manufacturer Support: Ok, this I can't really tell. All I can say is that registering and getting authorization codes for Digidesign soft was really quick. But, as for other manufacturers softs (IK, Celemony, and so on) is a pain in the butt. Copy this, paste that, conect here, check e-mail, go to hell! I cannot say anything about tech support. I live in South America, and I don't think Digidesign knows where that is. The Wow Factor: Yes. I do. Overall: I spect to use this thing for a while. Eve if a I get an HD system, I would keep this for homework and field recording.
Style of Music: Rock
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