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Mackie introduces Quad Series of digital processors

Mackie, in collaboration with Acuma Labs and SIA Software, chose winter Namm show 2006 and prolight + sound show Frankfurt to introduce the Quad Series of digital signal processors. The Quad Series processors combine 24-bit processing and best audio performance with intuitive user interfaces designed for serious live sound applications.
The Mackie Quad EQ is a four-channel, 30-band digital graphic equalizer, which for the first time ever combines Smaart real-time analysis (RTA) and a sound pressure level (SPL) meter. It offers 24-bit processing and Mackie's Adaptive-Q filters for precise EQ adjustments. A highly accurate, easy-to-read front panel featuring 31 bi-color LED ladders allows the user to view RTA and EQ settings simultaneously. This allows the Quad EQ to provide instant visual reinforcement of EQ changes and their effect through the sound system to the engineer.
The Quad EQ includes a bundled SIA reference microphone for real-time frequency analysis and SPL monitoring, as well as a host of useful features like stereo linking of channels A/B and C/D, simultaneous A, B and C-weighted SPL meter functionality, a built-in Pink Noise generator, and professional XLR and TRS input and output connectors. Finally, 99 user-definable snapshots provide easy storage and recall of repeatedly used settings.
Mackie Quad EQ
The Mackie Quad Comp/Gate features four channels of 24-bit digital compression/limiting and expansion/gating and delivers precision and dynamic control through an intuitive user interface with 99 snapshots for instant storage and recall of settings. Built-in key filters provide accuracy for independent triggering of the compressors and gates based on desired frequencies, while a Key Listen feature allows users to monitor the specific frequency range of the key filter. The Quad Comp/Gate's "Auto" feature automatically monitors input transients and adjusts attack and release times to eliminate the all-too-common "pumping" effect.
Mackie Quad Comp/Gate
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