Mackie dXb•200

Feb 3, 2004 12:00 PM, Editors


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Mackie introduced the first commercial product derived from its dXb platform, dXb•200, as well as preview a new dXb•400 concept directed at post-production and broadcast applications at the Winter NAMM show.

The dXb•200 shares the same basic architecture and footprint with the dXb, including the unique dual touchscreen interface, 96kHz operation (optional to 192 kHz), onboard automation and DSP, 25 high-quality 100mm Penny+Giles faders, configurable I/O card cage, and a FireWire I/O card option for streaming to/from desktop or laptop computers. Both models are compatible with select VST plug-ins and both integrate Mackie Control Universal functionality to control Pro Tools, Logic and other audio software applications.

The dXb•200 features a 72x72-channel I/O matrix (36x36 at 192 kHz) or 64 channels with DSP at 96 kHz (32 channels with DSP at 192 kHz). Channel DSP includes compressor/limiter, gate/expander and 4-band parametric EQ. A UAD-1 Powered Plug-ins Card can be installed in the dXb•200 as an optional accessory.

The new dXb•400 concept features a more expansive 96x96-channel I/O matrix (48x48 at 192 kHz) or a minimum of 72 channels with DSP at 96 kHz (36 channels with DSP at 192 kHz). The dXb•400 is equipped with more advanced surround sound functionality that includes 24 buses, flexible panning assignment and complete surround monitoring features. Additionally, the dXb•400 ships with a UAD-1 DSP Card preloaded.

Like the dXb concept shown at this past AES, development of the dXb was a collaborative effort between Mackie and Sanewave Inc., an engineering and design company specializing in digital audio technology ( The dXb•200 will begin shipping in early 2004.

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