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Digidesign Digi 003 Rack Pro Tools LE System

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The Digidesign 003 Rack empowers you to achieve the same professional audio results as commercial facilities in your own personal recording studio. And Pro Tools LE provides everything you need (and ... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Digidesign 003 Rack empowers you to achieve the same professional audio results as commercial facilities in your own personal recording studio. And Pro Tools LE provides everything you need (and then some) to compose, record, edit, mix, and master audio for music and desktop post production projects”with truly professional results. You get an extensive range of audio and MIDI I/O, high-definition audio resolution, the creativity and speed of industry-standard Pro Tools software, high-speed FireWire connectivity, and a big, comprehensive bundle of powerful software included for free.

003 Rack”All the I/O, Streamlined
003 Rack mirrors all of the same audio and MIDI I/O, monitoring options, high-definition audio capabilities, and high-speed connectivity as its controlling 003 Factory sibling, but flaunts it all in a streamlined, space-saving 2U rack. Though it doesn't offer an integrated control surface, 003 Rack with Pro Tools LE software supports Digidesign's Command|8 and Control|24 control surfaces, giving you optional flexibility of choosing a console companion for hands-on mixing if you don't want to do it by mouse alone. It also provides individual gain and high-pass filter controls for all of its mic preamps as well as monitoring controls on its front faceplate for easy access.

Fuel Your Creativity with Pro Tools
Digi 003 Rack comes with award-winning Pro Tools LE software, which offers the ultimate in recording, editing, and mixing power and flexibility. It also provides many of the same professional Pro Tools features that commercial studios rely on to produce chart-topping albums and sound for major motion pictures.

You can perform just about every facet of music and audio production with Pro Tools LE. Compose music and loops quickly and easily. Generate sounds and ideas through virtual instrument performances. Sequence MIDI tracks to perfection with impeccable timing. Edit MIDI and audio waveforms nondestructively with complete precision. Punch in and out of parts effortlessly to fix recorded passages. Take advantage of the most powerful automation in the industry to add motion to your music. Create high-quality mixes with access to a wide range of professional effects and signal processing plug-ins. Even work with HD video projects right in Pro Tools LE for audio post production.

Not only does Pro Tools LE software offer an unparalleled breadth of creative options to help you develop ideas and bring them to fruition, it offers plenty of speed-enhancing and customizing features that enable you to work the way you want with the utmost efficiency. Make multiple changes to your mix configuration on the fly without having to stop and restart playback. Drag and drop plug-in settings for instant plug-in opening and settings recall. Set memory locations to instantly go to any point in your session. Save your favorite window views to always have the right tools ready for the task at hand. And grab track boundaries to resize tracks at your whim.

Plus, when you work with Pro Tools software, you're working with the industry standard for professional audio production. That means you can enjoy full session compatibility with every Pro Tools”equipped professional and personal studio around the world. Exchange entire sessions, individual session elements, or stereo mixes for easy collaboration with your friends, colleagues, and clients.

Bundled Plug-ins
003 Rack Factory Pro Tool LE system includes over 70 professional plug-ins, incredible virtual instruments, high-quality sound libraries, compatible creative applications, special artist promotion services, and other handy tools.

Many of these outstanding plug-ins have been used on countless professional recordings”and many are exclusive to Pro Tools systems.
The Bomb Factory and Digidesign plug-ins included in the 003 Rack Factory Pro Tools LE system plug-in bundle are considered among the best in the industry, offering intuitive interfaces and delivering outstanding sonic results.


High-speed FireWire connectivity
18 simultaneous channels of audio I/O
24-bit/96 kHz resolution
8 analog inputs, 8 analog outputs
4 professional mic preamps; 48V phantom power enabled on channel pairs
8 channels of ADAT optical I/O or two channels of S/PDIF optical I/O
2 channels of S/PDIF digital I/O
1 MIDI input, 2 MIDI outputs (16 channels in/32 channels out)
BNC Word Clock I/O
Dedicated studio monitor output, plus alternate control room output
Alternate Source input for external device monitoring
Dual headphone outputs

Streamlined Interface
2U rackmountable chassis
4 individual input gain controls
4 discrete high-pass filter switches
Individual headphone source and level controls
Mute switch

Pro Tools LE Software
Award-winning, industry-standard Pro Tools LE software for composing, recording, editing, mixing, and mastering
32 simultaneous audio tracks (128 virtual audio tracks), expandable to 48 tracks*
Fully integrated MIDI sequencing with 256 simultaneous MIDI tracks
Support for streaming ReWire applications
Beat Detective LE automatic groove analysis and correction tool
Supports Digidesign Command|8 and Control|24 control surfaces
Huge selection of compatible third-party plug-ins and software options

* Pro Tools LE software supports 32 mono (16 stereo) audio tracks, expandable to 48 mono or stereo audio tracks with optional Music Production Toolkit or DV Toolkit2

Included Plug-ins, applications, and tools
Virtual Instruments
Boom drum machine and sequencer
DB-33 tonewheel organ emulator with rotating speaker simulation
Mini Grand acoustic grand piano
Vacuum monophonic vacuum tube synthesizer
Xpand! multitimbral synth and sample workstation
Structure Free sample player
FXpansion BFD Lite acoustic drum module

Effects, Sound-Processing, Utility Plug-ins
1-Band EQ III
4-Band EQ III
7-Band EQ III
AIR Chorus
AIR Distortion
AIR Dynamic Delay
AIR Enhancer
AIR Ensemble
AIR Filter Gate
AIR Flanger
AIR Frequency Shifter
AIR FuzzWah
AIR MultiChorus
AIR Multi-Delay
AIR Nonlinear Reverb
AIR Phaser
AIR Reverb
AIR Spring Reverb
AIR StereoWidth
AIR Talkbox
AIR Vintage Filter
BF76 Compressor
BF Essential Clip Remover
BF Essential Correlation Meter
BF Essential Meter Bridge
BF Essential Noise Meter
Celemony Melodyne Essential
DC Offset Removal
Eleven Free
Extra Long Delay II
Long Delay II
Medium Delay II
Multi-Tap Delay
Ping-Pong Delay
Pitch Shift
POWr Dither
Signal Generator
Short Delay II
Slap Delay II
Time Compression Expansion
Time Shift
TL AutoPan
TL InTune
TL MasterMeter
TL Metro

Note: Bundled software and plug-ins are subject to change depending on when you ordered your 003 Rack Prp Tools LE system
003 Rack Interface
Mic Inputs:
Connector: Four balanced XLR jacks
Mic Phantom Power: 48V
Equivalent Input Noise: -129dBu
Frequency Response: ±0.1dB, 20Hz - 20kHz
Dynamic Range: 105dB / 107dB A-weighted
THD + N: 0.0007% (-103dB)
Mic EIN: -129dBu
Input Sensitivity: +2.2dBu
Input Impedance: 2KÎ
Gain Range: +18 - +65dB

Line Outputs (1-8)
Connector: Eight impedance balanced 1/4" jacks
Frequency Response: ±0.5dB, 20Hz - 20kHz
Dynamic Range: 110dB / 113dB A-weighted
THD + N: 0.0007% (-103dB)
Output Sensitivity: +18dBu

Line Inputs
Connector: Four balanced 1/4" jacks
Frequency Response: ±0.1dB, 20Hz - 20kHz
Dynamic Range: 111dB / 113dB A-weighted
THD + N: 0.0007% (-103dB)
Input Sensitivity: +17.38dBu
Input Impedance: 22KÎ
Gain Range: 0 - +50dB

Monitor Outputs (Main & Alt)
Connector: Two impedance balanced 1/4" jacks
Frequency Response: ±0.5dB, 20Hz - 20kHz
Dynamic Range: 110dB / 112dB A-weighted
THD + N: 0.0008% (-102dB)
Output Sensitivity: +18dBu

DI Inputs
Connector: Four balanced 1/4" jacks
Frequency Response: ±0.1dB, 20Hz - 20kHz
Dynamic Range: 104dB / 106dB A-weighted
THD + N: 0.0008% (-102dB) - Balanced input
Input Sensitivity: +17.16dBu
Input Impedance: >300KÎ
Gain Range: 0 - +50dB

Headphone Outputs
Connector: Two unbalanced 1/4" jacks
Frequency Response: ±0.5dB, 20Hz - 20kHz
THD + N: 0.0009% (-101dB)
Dynamic Range: 110dB / 112dB A-weighted
Output Sensitivity: +23dBu

Aux Inputs
Connector: Two balanced 1/4" jacks
Frequency Response: ±0.1dB, 20Hz - 20kHz
Dynamic Range: 111dB / 113dB A-weighted
THD + N: 0.00055% (-105dB)
Input Sensitivity: +17.16dBu
Input Impedance: 10KÎ

Digital Specifications
Supported Sample Rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96kHz
Maximum Word Length: 24-bit
S/PDIF: 2-channel optical or RCA jack pair
Digital Optical: TOSLINK (ADAT, max 48kHz sample rate)
Word Clock: Two BNC jacks
Host Connection: Two IEEE-1394a (FireWire) ports (6-pin-to-6-pin FireWire cable included)
MIDI: 5-pin MIDI DIN connectors - one input, two outputs

Dimensions (HxWxD)
2U rack: 3.5" x 19" x 13.5", 8.89cm x 48.26cm x 34.29cm (including all knobs / connectors)
Weight: 11.22 lb. / 5.09kg

Power Requirements: 100 - 240V, 50 - 60Hz A/C (power cable included)
Max Power Consumption: 1A / 110 watts @ 110 volts

System Requirements
PC requirements: Intel Pentium 4, Centrino, Core Duo, or AMD Athlon XP and 64-class processors and chips; Windows XP Home or Professional, Service Pack 2 (Vista not supported); 768MB RAM; Open FireWire port (FireWire hubs not supported); DVD-ROM drive
Mac requirements: G4 processor (933MHz or higher), G5 processor, or Intel-based Macs; Mac OS X version 10.4; 768MB RAM; Open FireWire port (FireWire hubs not supported); DVD-ROM drive

Pro Tools 7.4.2 is now compatible with Leopard 10.5.3 - requires free download
Pro Coverage
Manufacturer's Warranty
90 day warranty on M-Box. One year parts and labor warranty on all other products.

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DigidesignDigi 003 Rack Pro Tools LE System

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pro tools

By hear_em_records

from texas`

Comments about Digidesign Digi 003 Rack Pro Tools LE System:

i was using cubase sL and i thought there was nothing better until i came accross pro tools. then i was amazed at how good the quality and sound that the mbox and pro tools gave me. i was totally impressed , nowounder the say its the best.

(4 of 16 customers found this review helpful)


Not even on a bet

By Alan Fraser

from Rhode Island

Comments about Digidesign Digi 003 Rack Pro Tools LE System:

would I touch DigiDesign again. I'm running Leopard 10.5.2 and ProTools LE does not run on it. The DigiDesign response is to downgrade to Tiger. That only means back-leveling most of the primary software on my computer. I've had the device for several weeks; it's non-returnable and it's nothing but a paperweight. I thought perhaps I could use only the audio interface and skip ProTools but even that doesn't work. You won't see any of this on the box. Ask around and you'll find it just doesn't work and there is no projection of when support will be provided. I gave it one star but only because I couldn't rate it any lower.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


003 Rocks!!!

By Epcsd

from Kansas City Mo

Comments about Digidesign Digi 003 Rack Pro Tools LE System:

I have mixed with protools for years.MBox 1 & 2, digi 001 & 002 and now the Digi 003.It has a better sound quality I think for a few reasons. The word clock, pre amps and finaly the software. If you could choose any industry standard It would be the only one..... PROTOOLS. And if you can't afford HD the LE 003 is still Industry Standard. I got one!


digi003 rack

By Mimbo

from Fords, NJ.

Comments about Digidesign Digi 003 Rack Pro Tools LE System:

Pleasant upgrade from digi002 rack. Was using Le 6.6. Le 8.0 is easy on the eyes, still can use old MOTU interface for tracks 9-16 I/O via ADAT Fiber. Had to upgrade to a new iMAC, but Guitar Center people were great help for the whole process.

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