Computer & Music
|At Musikmesse Frankfurt 2002 Mackie Designs will launch a complete recording/mixing system that provides users with all of the hardware and software necessary to track, mix and record music on a Windows-based PC. Available in Q2, 2002, the new Mixscape Recording System is a package designed expressly for recording enthusiasts, musicians, project studios, or even existing studios that want to increase the audio capabilities of their PC.
"Many people looking to get started in computer-based recording become discouraged when they learn of the initial hardware and software investment," stated Keith Olsen, Corporate Director, Global Recording Product and Market Development at Mackie Designs Inc. " Since there are more Windows-based computers in use around the world than any other format, the Mixscape system is an ideal solution-providing a simple and inexpensive upgrade path for PC users to experience the benefits of computer-based home recording."
Mackie's Mixscape Recording System is comprised of three specific hardware components that are also available as individual products. Included are the Mixscape 8-Pack Moving-Fader Controller, the proven Mixtreme PCI card, and the Mixscape I/O Audio Interface box. Also included is a copy of Emagic Logic Audio LE software-a multi-functional, entry-level version of the respected Emagic Logic series.
The nerve center of Mackie's new Mixscape Recording System is the Mixtreme PCI card that offers 16 channels of 24-bit digital I/O via two eight-channel TDIF ports, and also has full 24-bit digital mixing and real-time DSP effects plug-ins that can be accessed from the bundled copy of Emagic Logic Audio LE.
The two industry-standard TDIF ports will each support a Mixscape I/O module, or can be connected to the Mackie DIO-8 Tape I/O cards. These ports will also support any other TDIF-enabled product including digital consoles and recording systems.
With standard multimedia drivers for Windows 95/98/NT/2000, plus VST compatible ASIO drivers, Mackie Mixtreme can be used with any PC-based MIDI/Audio sequencing or recording/editing software.
The Mixscape I/O audio interface module is a plug-and-play system that allows users to record everything from keyboards to vocals directly onto the PC without having to worry about synchronization or other interface settings. One Mixscape I/O module ships with each Mixscape Recording System. Two Mixscape I/O modules can be connected to the Mixtreme PCI card to increase the overall capabilities of the system.
The front panel of the Mixscape I/O module includes a stereo headphone output with volume control, two input control sections with mic/line switches, clip and sync LED indicators, 48V phantom power selectors and rotary input level controls. Also on-board are two high-gain, low-noise balanced microphone preamplifier inputs, two balanced/unbalanced XLR line inputs and two balanced line outputs.
At the center of the Mixscape recording system is the Mixscape 8 touch-sensitive fader pack, a comfortable, hands-on alternative to the mouse. On-board are eight high-quality touch sensitive 60mm motorized faders, eight dedicated solo and mute buttons with LED indicators, and eight selectable rotary encoders that can serve as pan, send levels, or programmable parameters such as EQ controls.
The Mixscape 8 features real transport controls including play, rewind, fast-forward,sStop, and record buttons. Available are a bank/channel selector for accessing additional channels, new and locate marker buttons for creating and/or jumping to location points, and "jump" buttons enabling quick, precise access to virtual instruments or bus channels.
Included with the Mixscape Recording System, the Mixscape 8 is available as a stand-alone product for popular programs such as Cubase and Nuendo. It can also function as a compact interface for show control systems.
Bundled with every Mackie Mixscape Recording System is a copy of Emagic's multi-functional Logic Audio LE. This entry-level version of Emagic's respected Logic Audio series provides up to 24 audio tracks, interactive automation with the Mixscape 8 controller, real-time effects, integrated stereo sample editor and virtual MIDI applications.
The Mixscape Recording System can be upgraded as a user's skills become more advanced.