The Apple MacPro Power Trio Studio Package contains all the equipment needed to create a solid home recording studio. It has a fully loaded MacPro Tower computer with a 2.66GHz Quad-Core processor and... Read More
The Apple MacPro Power Trio Studio Package contains all the equipment needed to create a solid home recording studio. It has a fully loaded MacPro Tower computer with a 2.66GHz Quad-Core processor and 640GB hard drive bundled Apple Logic 8 production software. The package includes a Euphonix MC Control DAW controller, Apogee Ensemble FireWire interface, a pair of KRK Rokit 8 Generation 2 Powered Studio Monitors, and the Audio-Technica AT2020 cardioid condensor mic. You also get a Musician's Gear MS-220 tripod mic stand, 20ft. Gear One XLR cable, and two 10ft. LiveWire 1/4"-RCA dual patch cables. Put it all together and you're ready to make some music.
This Apple Mac Pro computer is loaded with a 2.66GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon "Nehalem" processor, 3GB of RAM, a 640GB hard drive, NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 with 512MB of GDDR3 memory, 18x SuperDrive, and so much more.
The Apple Mac Pro computer has a redesigned interior that feels like the well-organized workstation that it is. Designed to be customized, you won't find a rat's nest of components inside the Mac Pro. You don't need to turn the system on its side or struggle to reach into awkward spaces to make changes. Just remove the side panel for instant, easy access to everything. Slide out the processor tray to add memory. Slide out hard drive bays to add storage. Slide a simple bar to change up to 4 expansion cards at once. And with the Mac Pro computer's abundance of I/O ports both front and back, you'll have room for all your external devices, if you want to expand.
Many quad-core processors are composed of two separate dies, which means some cached data has to travel outside the processor to get from core to core. That's an inefficient way to access information. Enter the Quad-Core Intel Xeon "Nehalem" processor. Its single-die, 64-bit architecture makes 8MB of fully shared L3 cache readily available to each of the four processor cores. The result is fast access to cache data and greater application performance. Combine that with the other technological advances and you get a Apple Mac Pro that's up to 1.9x faster than the previous generation.
Memory bottlenecks begone
System memory is often connected to a processor through a separate I/O controller. But each Intel Xeon "Nehalem" processor features an integrated memory controller”another leap forward for workstation system architecture. By connecting memory directly to the processor, this Apple Mac Pro processor has faster access to data stored in memory, and memory latency is reduced by up to 40 percent.
The integrated memory controller, along with fast 1066MHz DDR3 ECC SDRAM, also gives Mac Pro up to a 2.4x increase in memory bandwidth over previous generations. More bandwidth allows for more data to be fed to the processor faster, helping each core spend its time processing data, not waiting for information to arrive. The computer's Error Correction Code (ECC) corrects single-bit errors and detects multiple-bit errors automatically. That's especially important in mission-critical and compute-intensive environments.
Power when (and where) you need it
This Mac Pro computer introduces Turbo Boost: a dynamic performance technology that automatically boosts the processor clock speed based on workload. If you're using an application that doesn't need every core, Turbo Boost shuts off the idle cores while simultaneously increasing the speed of the active ones.
The virtue of virtual cores
The Intel Xeon "Nehalem" processors support Hyper-Threading, which allows two threads to run simultaneously on each core. With this 8-core version, it presents 16 virtual cores that are recognized by Mac OS X. Performance is enhanced because Hyper-Threading enables the processor to take better advantage of the execution resources available in each core.
Path of least resistance
A bidirectional, point-to-point connection called QuickPath Interconnect gives the Intel Xeon "Nehalem" processor quick access to the disk, I/O, and other Mac Pro subsystems. It's just another way the Apple Mac Pro computer boosts performance across the board.
Based on 45-nm process technology and combined with improved power management capabilities, the Intel Xeon "Nehalem" processors are more energy efficient than before. So the Mac Pro is faster than ever, while using less energy when idle.
Don't keep those pixels waiting
If you want a desktop computer that keeps pace with your imagination, the Mac Pro is perfect for the studio because it delivers with faster graphics application performance across the board. Whether you're decoding H.264 content in Final Cut Pro, creating 3D graphics in Motion, processing massive RAW images in Aperture, or playing the latest games, the graphics hardware in the Mac Pro makes graphics applications faster.
The foundation of this graphics architecture is the latest generation of GPUs connected to the system via a fast and wide PCI Express 2.0 16-lane bus. Couple that with Core Animation, Core Image, and Core Video technologies in Mac OS X Leopard. The result is a graphics platform for applications to seamlessly tap into a teraflop of graphics power.
Performance, it's in the card
The high-performance NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 graphics card with 512MB of GDDR3 memory comes standard, making the Mac Pro graphics technology faster than before. Perfect for motion graphics, 3D modeling, rendering, or animation, it provides up to 2.9x the performance of previous Mac Pro standard graphics cards.
Graphics on display
Every Mac Pro graphics card features two display ports for maximum workspace flexibility. A Mini DisplayPort connects to a 24-inch Apple LED Cinema Display (sold separately) with ease. A dual-link DVI port connects a 30-inch Apple Cinema HD Display or any other DVI display (sold separately). And with support for up to four NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 cards, you can connect more displays”up to eight total.
The Apple Mac Pro comes with four 3.5-inch internal hard drive bays for an enormous amount of internal storage”up to 4TB if you install four 1TB Serial ATA 3Gb/s drives. Each bay provides its own independent 3Gb/s channel for fast access to data. Thanks to the cable-free, direct-attach installation system, adding (or replacing) hard drives is a surprisingly simple process.
Double-layer burner times two
Sure it's great to have one 18x SuperDrive at your disposal, but think how much more productive you could be with two. Imagine backing up your data to two double-layer DVDs at once, or burning Aperture projects to one DVD, while importing music from a CD into your iTunes library. With two optical drive bays in every system, the Mac Pro computer makes it possible if you so desire.
Mac OS X Leopard
Mac OS X Leopard is engineered to get the most out of the advanced architecture in the Mac Pro. Built on a rock-solid UNIX foundation, Leopard delivers true 64-bit performance and incorporates intelligent developer tools.
What makes Mac OS X Leopard a powerful operating system is the technology behind it: a fully certified UNIX foundation. With a rock-solid UNIX infrastructure, it's one of the most secure and stable operating systems on any platform. As a developer, you'll appreciate Leopard even more because it's fully UNIX compliant. That means it compiles and runs all your existing UNIX code, so you can deploy it in environments that demand full conformance. The result: Software performs exactly as it's meant to. And, because the powerful tools built into Leopard improve application performance on multicore processors, the Mac Pro is the ideal workstation.
Leopard is to the Mac Pro what a skilled driver is to a car with a powerful engine”a perfect match. Since the entire operating system is 64-bit ready, you can take full advantage of the 64-bit architecture of the Quad-Core Intel Xeon "Nehalem" processors inside the Mac Pro. Add to that the 32GB of memory available for the Mac Pro, and the performance of Leopard is even better than before. Leopard also enables developers to build complete 64-bit applications using the Cocoa, Quartz, OpenGL, and X11 GUI frameworks. And, because Leopard supports 64-bit and 32-bit applications, you don't need a new set of devices or drivers.
At the heart of the Mac Pro is an Quad-Core Intel Xeon "Nehalem" processor with an incredible amount of processing power. Optimized for multicore technology, Leopard provides powerful tools that make it easy to reap the benefits of the Mac Pro. The scheduler in Leopard, for instance, is very efficient at allocating tasks across multiple cores and processors. So Leopard spends less time managing tasks and more time performing computations. As a developer, you can build applications that execute the same efficiency, thanks to NSOperation, a breakthrough API that optimizes applications for multicore processing.
From the cascading windows of Time Machine to the smooth animation of the reflective 3D Dock, stunning visual effects truly set Leopard apart. Behind all that beauty is a technology built into Leopard called Core Animation. The performance of Core Animation benefits from the multicore processors and advanced graphics hardware in the Apple Mac Pro. For developers, Core Animation easily opens up the power of Apple's graphics technologies. You can create animated user interfaces and visualizations that simultaneously layer different media types, such as text, 2D graphics, OpenGL rendering, and QuickTime video, all in realtime.
Xcode developer tools.
Xcode is the graphical development environment that comes with every Mac. It's the same software used by Apple to produce Mac OS X, and it's packed with tools and features, including a powerful graphical debugger, a code editor supporting dozens of languages, and the amazing Instruments tool to visualize your application's performance. Xcode is optimized to take advantage of the multicore Intel Xeon "Nehalem" processors and system memory in the Mac Pro. It performs 20 percent faster than before, supports multiple languages (both computer and human), and offers programmers everything they need to make stunning Mac OS X applications.
Euphonix MC Control
The Euphonix MC Control brings unparalleled speed, resolution, and DAW integration to your studio in a revolutionary ergonomic, slim-line design. The MC Control easily fits into any studio, sitting perfectly between a computer keyboard and screen. Multiple units can be connected to create a larger, integrated control surface. The Euphonix MC Control is the perfect mix of form and function.
The MC Control lets you effortlessly switch between multiple applications and even workstations at the touch of a button. The touch-sensitive knobs, motorized faders, and high-resolution touch-screen display automatically set themselves to whatever application is in the foreground to provide immediate access to multiformat metering, plug-in parameters, EQ curves and much more.
Most importantly, Euphonix has worked closely with the world's leading software developers like Apple, Steinberg, MOTU, Apogee, and others to deeply integrate native support for Euphonix' EuCon control protocol into their DAWs to deliver an unmatched editing and mixing experience.
Significant Control Features:
¢Controls multiple audio/video applications via Ethernet
¢250X faster and 8X the resolution of MIDI
¢Supports HUI and Mackie Control protocol
¢Slim-line design for easy studio integration and portability
¢Studio Monitor Express software
¢Add up to four MC Mix controllers for up to 36 faders total
The MC Control is designed to work with up to four additional MC Mix units to create a larger, integrated system with up to 36 faders. MC Control and MC Mix units can be elegantly clipped together or be situated anywhere on the network.
Customizable touch-screen interface
The high-resolution 800 x 480 pixel touch-screen interface not only displays all of your project's top-level information like track names/numbers, metering (from mono to 5.1 surround data), fader/pan values, automation mode, etc., but also lets you quickly access all plug-in and EQ parameters, effortlessly setup macro commands for any function (or sequence of functions), and much more.
Enable direct arming of tracks for recording and/or selection of each track's automation mode.
Lock the selected track to a dedicated fader while allowing you to bank through tracks with the remaining faders”perfect for master fader and submix applications.
Function Keys (Shift Keys)
Used in conjunction with other keys on the MC Control to provide alternate functions.
Punch in and out of recording when footswitch is connected.
Connects the MC Control to your Mac. Ethernet hub or switch required to connect additional MC Mix unit(s) or connect to a network.
Transport Controls: Jog/Shuttle/Zoom Wheel
Ergonomic layout puts transport controls and data entry wheel at your fingertips, as well as keys to quickly select what parameter the wheel will modify (zoom horizontally/vertically, jog/shuttle, trimming clip head and tail, setting clip gain, cross fading, etc.).
Assignable Soft Keys
Use these Soft Keys to trigger everything from simple keystroke commands to complex custom macros displayed on the touch-screen interface above. Use the up/down arrows to scroll through an unlimited number of commands.
Monitor/Control Room Level
Controls the included Studio Monitor Express software to provide professional monitoring (from stereo up to 5.1 surround) as well as complete talkback controls via any CoreAudio compliant interface.
Application Change lets you cycle through your applications, while the Workstation Change allows you to switch between multiple workstations.
Scroll through tracks using the Bank buttons (in groups of four tracks at a time) and Nudge buttons (one track at a time).
Touch-sensitive Rotary Encoders (8)
Offer direct control over everything from panning and gain to editing your most powerful plug-ins and EQ. These knobs can also be pressed to select/deselect and navigate through parameters.
Touch-sensitive Motorized Faders (4)
High-quality ALPS 100mm long throw faders offer accurate and smooth mixing. Touching a fader will automatically select the corresponding track.
Riser Brackets included to increase height and viewing angle.
EuCon is a high-speed Ethernet control protocol developed by Euphonix that allows the MC Control to connect to any Mac OS X application. EuCon carries control information for faders, knobs, displays and more between the MC Control and whatever application is in focus on your computer.
¢Simultaneous control over multiple
applications and workstations via Ethernet
¢High-resolution, high-speed control over almost all DAW functions
¢250X the speed and 8X the resolution of MIDI
¢Support for HUI and Mackie Control protocols
¢Universal control of any software application
EuCon works with:
¢Apple LOGIC PRO
¢Apple SOUNDTRACK PRO
¢MOTU DIGITAL PERFORMER
¢Apple FINAL CUT PRO
¢Digidesign PRO TOOLS (HD/LE/M-Powered)
Apogee Ensemble FireWire Digital Interface
The Ensemble Multichannel Audio Interface from Apogee delivers high performance converters, pristine preamps, and tight integration with Core Audio. You can use the Ensemble easily with Logic, MOTU Digital Performer, Steinberg Cubase, Bias Peak, Propellerhead Reason, Ableton Live, or any professional Macintosh recording application that supports Core Audio to make flawless recordings. The Ensemble is the first professional audio interface that is all digitally controlled and designed specifically for Apple computers and Logic.
The Ensemble features 36 simultaneously available audio channels with 8 channels of Apogee's legendary A/D/A conversion and 4 transparent, digitally controlled 75dB mic preamps. It also has 8 channels of ADAT I/O, 2 channels of S/PDIF coax and optical I/O, and FireWire connectivity to and from the computer. When you get an Ensemble, you also get premium Apogee technologies such as Soft Limit, UV22HR, and Intelliclock. Soft Limit ensures your signal gets the maximum digital input level without overs, UV22HR gives you a superior dither from 24-bit resolution down to 16-bit, and Intelliclock is an advanced, dual-stage clocking tool. These technologies”combined with converters that set the standard for the audio industry”make Ensemble an ideal choice for professionals seeking a high-definition, integrated solution that's easy to use.
Apogee Ensemble is the first and only multichannel audio interface that is fully integrated into Logic Pro. With Ensemble, everything from mic pre and output gain to sample and bit rate selection are controllable from within the Apogee Control Panel in Logic.
IMPORTANT NOTE for OS X Leopard compatibility
To ensure your Apogee product works well with Mac OS X Leopard v10.5, it is critical that you follow the instructions provided at the Apogee website address below.
If you have an existing Apogee software CD or a previously downloaded installer, please do not use it with Leopard. Only use the software and driver versions provided at the link below that are specifically indicated as "Compatible with Leopard."
If you have any questions, please call Apogee support at 310-584-9394.
Apple Logic 8 software
This version of Apple Logic Express features a redesigned, next-generation, single-window interface that includes built-in browsers, a consolidated Arrange window, simplified track setup, and precrafted templates for a variety of music styles and production scenarios. Intuitive writing tools make it easy to utilize any of the 1000's of included Apple Loops or to record your own MIDI samples, notate your creations in real time, and even synch-up with QuickTime movies for more manageable scoring.
It's been said, no one understands creative types. At Apple, they've got a grasp on how musician's think as shown by the release of Logic Express 8. Many artists get ideas on the fly, want to get them captured immediately so they can tweak them, and won't leave them alone until they get the right sound.
Use the transition-smoothing crossfades of the Quick Swiping function to make seamless comps of the best portions of your takes. There are new instruments; effects; multitake recording, editing, and processing functions; portable possibilities as well.
KRK Rokit Powered 8 Generation 2 Monitors
KRK's Rokit G2 (Generation 2) powered studio monitor is designed to give amazing performance and accuracy for the home or project studio. The G2 Rokit studio monitor has radically curved edges which virtually eliminate diffraction and provides a wider sweet spot. The Rokit G2 monitor also features a great looking cabinet with a front-firing bass port and KRK's trademark yellow glass-aramid composite woofer and soft-domed tweeters. Dual high-power amplifiers in each speaker and active crossovers provide smooth and accurate reproduction. The Rokit monitor has the most accurate response curve in its class ensuring that you hear all of the details in your mix.
The KRK RokitG2 Series takes value-priced monitors to a new performance level. All of the great stuff that Rokit monitors have been known for (front-firing bass port, soft-domed tweeter, glass aramid composite yellow cone) are still there, but the G2 Rokit's feature refined voicing and a new curved baffle that looks great, reduces diffraction and provides even better monitoring accuracy.
Welcome to the all new Generation 2 RoKit Powered
Studio Monitor Series from KRK Systems. For years the Rokit series has been a popular choice for accurate monitoring in studios large and small. Now the all new Generation 2 RoKit monitor provides a new standard for even better performance and accuracy, raising the bar once again.
No Pain With Gain
Why compromise gain structure to achieve a comfortable listening level? As musicians and recording people themselves, KRK asked that question too. So each Generation 2 Rokit monitor comes with an Input Volume Control that provides an adjustable gain range from +6dB to -30dB. Just another way Rokit lets you focus on your mix, and not on compatibility concerns.
Catch A Wave, For A 3D Mix
Recessed tweeters may look the same, but they don't perform the same. KRK has designed a superior tweeter wave guide for the Rokit that provides optimal high frequency pattern control and focuses the sound outward, away from the cabinet. More conventional designs direct sound along the plane of the cabinet where waveform interaction can cause phase problems and increased diffraction. KRK knows a properly engineered high frequency wave guide is a critical component to great sound, and one key to KRK's award winning performance.
You've Got Connections
At KRK, the focus is your mix and they understand the need for accurate monitors. That's why, KRK makes monitors that not only sound great but work easily into your particular studio set up. That's why you'll find plenty of input options with your Rokit, sure to accommodate any studio environment. So if it's RCA, Quarter-Inch (balanced/unbalanced) or XLR inputs you require, KRK Rockit speakers have you covered.
Even More Accurate Than Before
KRK took a great monitor series and made it better. KRK's engineers and listening panel took the Generation 2 Rokits' speaker voicing to even more accurate levels. What you hear is what you are intended to hear, coloration is not part of the spec. This performance is brought to you by drivers that are custom-designed by KRK's world-class studio monitor engineering team, for clear, low-distortion performance.
While your Generation 2 Rokit leaves the factory voiced to demanding specs, KRK also knows that no two rooms "sound" the same. As such, each Rokit speaker comes equipped with a High Frequency Level Control. This feature provides specific adjustment of high frequency output most commonly affected by room acoustics. It's just one extra level of control that KRK gives you to ensure the most accurate mix for your
particular room's acoustics.
Don't Be Square, Curves Ahead
The KRK Rockit monitor looks different, so it can sound better, and in a wider "sweet spot". Traditional rectangular speakers suffer from diffraction as sounds leaving the edge of the cabinet are reflected back into the original sound field, and at different time intervals. This phase distortion creates a "narrow" or boxy" sound. The Generation 2 Rokit monitor series eliminates this issue with radically engineered curved surfaces, so diffraction is virtually eliminated. Simply put, you'll get better sound in a wider area.
Let's Be Up Front
Take a look at competitive monitors and you'll find ports on the back of the cabinet. These rear-firing ports tend create bass coupling with walls and corners amplifying low frequency information which will color your mix. The superior design of the KRK Generation 2 Rokit monitors include front-firing ports, which are just the right shape and taper to reduce port turbulence. You'll appreciate the clean and accurate bass
performance, this approach delivers, even at high SPL's.
A great sounding monitor doesn't stop with a great cabinet and custom drivers. KRK's true bi-amplified amplifier system provides discrete low-distortion power for each driver. While the active crossover systems provide smooth and accurate frequency response, and again, accurate diffraction control.
Audio-Technica AT2020 Microphone
The Audio-Technica AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Microphone is the ideal mic for project and home studio applications. Its specs put it in the big leagues, with a custom-engineered, 16mm low-mass diaphragm and smooth 20Hz-20kHz frequency response. The AT2020's low self-noise is suited to digital recording, plus it has a high 144dB SPL handling. It requires phantom power.
Musician's Gear MS-220 Tripod Microphone Stand
The MS-220 Tripod Microphone Stand has a thread adapter and tubular legs. Its adjustable height from floor to top thread is 35" to 61-7/8". The 30-1/4" fixed boom is not adjustable.
LiveWire 10ft. 1/4"-RCA Dual Patch Cables
These two 10ft. LiveWire mono 1/4" male-to RCA male dual patch cables have metal headshells. Like all Livewire cables, they are designed for serious musicians, with the strength and durability to withstand more than everyday use.
Top-notch wiring allows your signal to be quiet, eliminating frustrating hums, buzzing, and crackles.
Sturdy construction enhances signal and performance. Flexible design eliminates kinks and twists for a tangle-free performance whether you're in the studio or on the stage.
Gear One XLR Cable (20ft.)
This 20-foot XLR cable has sturdy construction for enhanced signal and performance. Its flexible mic cable design eliminates kinks and twists for a tangle-free performance in the recording studio and on stage.
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