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Mackie is using this year's Musikmesse/Pro Light and Sound Convention in Frankfurt to offer an exclusive preview of its very first DJ Mixer, the Mackie d.2.
After two years of extensive research and development that included collaboration with some of the world's most notable DJ's, the d.2 combines Mackie technologies and premium analog VCA circuitry with some new ideas.
Among the most notable innovations is the Mackie d.2's optional FireWire connectivity, which allows DJs to easily mix in mp3s directly from a laptop, or even 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 easy-to-use music production software Tracktion, which is compatible with both Windows and Macintosh systems.
Also an industry first is the inclusion of a 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 unparalleled fingertip control, as well as the ability to personalize its "feel" with user-adjustable tension and cut-off points.
Other notable d.2 features include:
The d.2 should be available in Summer 2005.
For more information, visit their web site at www.mackie.com