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MESSE05: Mackie Announce First DJ Mixer Ever
d.2 features premium preamps, optical crossfader and more 19/04/05
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The Mackie people were quite excited about their new DJ mixer - it's a bit of a new product area for them but they have done extensive research (2 years in fact) collaborating with some of the world's top DJs.
The d.2 combines Mackie technologies like intelligent ergonomics, bulletproof construction, and premium analog VCA circuitry with some revolutionary new ideas that have never before been implemented in a DJ Mixer.
"We have great relationships with some of the world's most active and respected DJs who have been dedicated users of Mackie active speakers and compact mixers for many years," explained d.2 product manager John Boudreau. "This group became a tremendously valuable resource for the d.2 development team. Their input, combined with our own analog design expertise, allowed us to make d.2 a true technology and value statement that we believe will set a new benchmark for two-channel DJ mixers."
One of the most interesting features is the Mackie d.2's optional FireWire connectivity, which allows DJs to easily mix in mp3s directly from a laptop, or record their sets directly into their computers. The optional FireWire card provides two stereo program channels into the mixer, as well as a single stereo output. In addition, every d.2 FireWire card ships with a copy of Mackie's Tracktion, which is compatible with both Windows and Macintosh systems.
Also an industry first is the inclusion of a revolutionary new contact-free, 45 mm digital cross fader from UK-based Infinium Technologies. In addition to lasting for an exceptionally long time, the contact-free crossfader provides DJs with excellent fingertip control, as well as the ability to personalize its feel with user-adjustable tension and cut-off points.
d.2 features include:
Premium Mackie-designed mic and turntable preamps with quiet, transparent sound quality
XLR main outs with mic/line switch for easy stage integration (no D.I.s needed)
Program and crossfader reverse switches and contour control knobs
3-band EQ per channel with dramatic cut filters and distinctive blue backlit knobs
Two stereo program channels with CD, Phono/Line, and FireWire input select
3-position spring-loaded Transform switch with latching mode
Flexible effects routing variable EFX send control
Neutrik combo jack for XLR and ¼-inch microphone connections
Planet Earth power supply - no need for power converters wherever your gig takes you
Available in Summer 2005