Woodinville, WA (November 3, 2003)–Mackie has pulled the wraps off its new dXb digital production console. More than a mere upgrade to its d8b predecessor, the dXb features an entirely new 3 Gig Pentium 4 engine facilitating 32-bit floating-point processing.
The human interface offers two large touchscreens, each over soft controls and 12 automated moving faders housed in a stylish new with wood end panels. At 96 kHz, the console features a 72 x 72 I/O matrix, and can operate at up to 192 kHz sampling. The fully automated console offers processing supercharged with an onboard UAD-1 powered plug-in card. It can also run approved VST plug-ins. Transport and DAW control interfaces are built-in, with tape style transport features.
Equipped with a generous complement of the many modular I/O options (including FireWire support–native for the Mac), the dXb is expected to sell for around $20,000, with shipping predicted for the end of Q1, 2004.