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  • Digidesign

    An affordable FireWire-based Pro Tools mini studio!

    The Digidesign Digi 002R Music Production System packs all the punch of Digi 002 (minus the control surface interface) into a 2U rackmountable unit.

    Create everything from topnotch demos to masterful DJ mixes to superb radio spots, all with 24-bit clarity and up to 96kHz sample rate support. Analog, digital, and MIDI capabilities for a wide variety of I/O configurations, with dedicated monitor and headphone outputs.

    Single-box design includes a sole FireWire connection to your PC or Mac (OS 10.4.3), so you just plug in and go. No additional hardware is required—great for laptops. Everything you need to create professional audio productions with Pro Tools ease, power, and flexibility. FireWire-based portability makes it equally viable for studio and live applications.

    8 channels of balanced analog I/O, 8 channels of ADAT optical I/O, and 2 channels of S/PDIF I/O, all easily accessible via the back panel. 4 mic preamps with 48V phantom power; 96 kHz converters; one MIDI Iine and 2 MIDI out ports for a total of 16-in/32-out MIDI channels; a separate unbalanced RCA-based, -10dBV main input and output (for recording from/to cassette decks or CD players); and an alternate source input for monitoring tape or CD players at the touch of a button.

    24-bit robust signal throughout. Sample rates extend up to 96kHz, and a >105dB dynamic range further ensures the sonic quality of your end results. Whether you are working with raw audio, MIDI, or a combination of the 2, Digi 002 Rack and Pro Tools LE work together seamlessly to allow you to optimize your time and creativity. Ships with the latest 32-track Pro Tools LE software, giving you greater functionality and ease-of-use than ever before.

    RTAS/AudioSuite-format plug-ins offer even more production options. Pro Tools LE software includes a variety of professional Digidesign plug-ins with the DigiRack plug-in bundle. And, as Digi 002 Rack includes native support for the RTAS format, you can always augment your system with a large variety of professional plug-ins created by Digidesign.

    Connecting the Digi 002 Rack to your computer is as simple as plugging in a FireWire cable, which facilitates the flow of all audio streams, MIDI data, and Pro Tools control data between Digi 002 Rack and your host computer. For storage and throughput, an extra FireWire port allows you to connect another FireWire-capable device, such as an external hard drive, to your computer while simultaneously running the Pro Tools application. For Windows XP users, Digi 002 Rack works with leading 1394 (FireWire) controller cards.

    Digi 002 Rack works with any FireWire-enabled system to give you serious creative power. You're neither restricted to bulky, desktop CPUs, nor to a software-only working environment. And your sessions are equally viable in your own studio and in a professional Pro Tools TDM studio, sharing the same interface, and in many respects, the same functionality.

    No other product prepares you as effectively to make the transition from an all-in-one home/project solution to a professional DAW environment. And, no other product can touch the value.

    Included With All Pro Tools LE Systems

    When you buy a Pro Tools LE interface you get an incredible Music Production Enhancement Suite that includes Reason Adapted, Ableton Live Digidesign Edition, IK Multimedia SampleTank SE, IK Multimedia AmpliTube LE, and IK Multimedia T-RackS EQ.

    Reason Adapted

    An easy-to-use studio package providing a
    virtual rack of innovative synthesizers, samplers, and effects along with a mixer and MIDI support. All sound from Reason Adapted can be streamed directly into the Pro Tools mixer via ReWire for additional processing.

    Ableton Live Digidesign Edition

    A flexible, incredibly intuitive sample sequencer application that enables you to both create, modify, and playback loops, phrases, and songs via Ableton's "elastic audio" technology. Multiple
    samples can be automatically played back simultaneously at a user-defined tempo, and, as with Reason, all audio readily finds its way into Pro Tools via ReWire.

    IK Multimedia AmpliTube LE

    A guitar processing plug-in, AmpliTube LE gives
    you easy access to several amplifier and cabinet
    models as well as classic stompbox and other
    effects. Use them on guitars and/or experiment with other track treatments.


    IK Multimedia T-RackS EQ

    The EQ module from IK Multimedia's acclaimed T-RackS analog mastering suite, T-RackS EQ offers Pro Tools users a powerful, tube-modeled parametric EQ to use during mixing and mastering.

    IK Multimedia SampleTank SE

    A powerful sample playback module providing quick access to a host of included samples and the ability to easily move between them. Acting as a plug-in within the Pro Tools mixer, SampleTank SE enables you to start creating in Pro Tools immediately.

    NOTE: Registered users of IK products are entitled to an upgrade to the IK Studio Bundle—an awesome suite of music production tools.

    All features, specifications and prices subject to change without notice. Digidesign reserves the right to terminate this offer at any time.

    ATTENTION POWER MAC QUAD OWNERS

    Digidesign Pro Tools LE 7.0cs2 is a free update for Pro Tools LE 7 customers that introduces compatibility for Pro Tools LE 7 software and the Digi 002, Digi 002 Rack, Mbox, and Mbox hardware interfaces on the Apple Power Mac G5 QUAD. Customers can download the update at: http://www.digidesign.com/download/cs.

    Features
    • Single FireWire connection to PC or Mac host computer
    • 8 analog inputs with 4 mic preamps with individual gain and high-pass filter
    • 48V phantom power enabled on channel pairs
    • 8 analog outputs
    • Outputs 1 & 2 mirrored on 1/4" TRS monitor output (with dedicated volume control), headphone output on 1/4" TRS (with dedicated volume control knob), and RCA-based —10dBV fixed output
    • 8 channels of ADAT optical I/O or 2 channels of optical S/PDIF I/O
    • 2 channels of S/PDIF I/O on RCA connectors
    • Alternate source Input for direct monitoring of -10dBV audio equipment (CD players, tape players, etc.)
    • 24-bit/96kHz converters, up to 108dB dynamic range and 98dB (0.002%) THD+N
    • MIDI I/O—1 IN port, 2 OUT ports (16 channels in, 32 channels out)
    • Footswitch jack for QuickPunch control
    • 2U rackmountable chassis
    • Support for PC and Mac (OS 10.2.5)

    Incredible power at your fingertips for a fantastic price. Order today and break into true pro-quality recording.

     

    Digi 002 Rack Music Production System Specifications:

    • A/D:
    • Sample rate: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96 kHz
    • Max Input:
    • Inputs 1-4 (mic): +3 dBu
    • Inputs 1-4 (line): +18 dBu
    • Inputs 5-8 (line/+4 mode): +18 dBu
    • Gain Range:
    • Inputs 1-4: Mic Setting: +15 - +65 dB; Line/DI Setting: +0 - +50 dB
    • Inputs 5-8—fixed +4 dBu or —10 dBV, -14 dB headroom
    • Mic E.I.N (unweighted):
    • Inputs 1-4: —126 dBu @ 65 dB gain, 150 ohm source, 20 Hz—20 kHz
    • THD+N:
    • Inputs 1-4 (mic): 0.004%, 62 dB gain see 1,3
    • Inputs 1-4 (line): 0.004%, +17 dBu signal (minimum gain) see 1,3
    • Inputs 5-6: 0.002% @ +17 dBu input level
    • Inputs 7-8: 0.003% @ +17 dBu input level
    • Dynamic range: see 1,2
    • Inputs 1-4: >101 dB (A-weighted), 98 dB (unweighted)
    • Inputs 5-8: >108 dB (A-weighted), 105 dB (unweighted) see 5
    • Alt Source Inputs: >99 dB (A-weighted), 97 dB (unweighted)
    • Frequency Response:
    • +0.15 / -0.5 dB, 20 Hz—20 kHz
    • Input Impedance:
    • Inputs 1-4 (XLR): 2 kohm
    • Inputs 1-4 (1/4"): 10 Mohm
    • D/A
    • Sample Rate:
    • 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96 kHz
    • Max Output:
    • Main (1-2), Monitor, and Outputs (3-8): +18 dBu
    • Alt. —10 dBV Outputs: +4 dBV
    • Headphone Outputs: +15 dBu, 150 ohm load
    • THD+N: see 1,3,4
    • Main Outputs: <0.0016% (-95 dB)
    • Monitor Outputs: <0.0016% (-95 dB)
    • Outputs 3-8: <0.0023% (-93 dB)
    • Alt. —10 dBV Outputs: <0.0023% (-93 dB)
    • Dynamic range: see 1,3,4
    • Main Outputs: 114 dB (A-weighted), 112 dB (unweighted)
    • Monitor Outputs: 112 dB (A-weighted), 110 dB (unweighted)
    • Outputs 3-8: 114 dB (A-weighted), 112 dB (unweighted)
    • Alt. —10 dBV Outputs: 98 dB (A-weighted), 95 dB (unweighted)
    • Frequency Response:
    • +0.15 / -0.5 dB, 20 Hz—20 kHz
    • Output Impedance:
    • 50 ohms
    • 1 - Measurement made using balanced connectors
    • 2 - ADC measured -60 dBFS method with a gain setting such that +18 dBu = 0 dBFS at S/PDIF output
    • 3 - Measured relative to level at 1 kHz
    • 4 - Measured with digital input at -60 dBFS @ 1 kHz
    • 5 - Measured using "+4" setting
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    4.4

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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    3 years and still going...

    I've had my 002 rack for 3 years now, and I've never had a glitch with my setup. 'Rock solid' is the phrase that comes to mind. I've had a few hundred...Read complete review

    I've had my 002 rack for 3 years now, and I've never had a glitch with my setup. 'Rock solid' is the phrase that comes to mind. I've had a few hundred sessions, some lasting all day, and some just lasting for a few minutes while doing a quick edit, and the 002 has NEVER given me ANY problems in and of itself. I'm running a Mac G5, dual 2.7 processors, pre-Pentium. There are some feature issues that would be preferred, but are definitely not items that should keep you from exploring this setup, as they are not hinderances to the music-making process... It would be great to have 8 XLR inputs, instead of just 4. Also, like one other poster commented, it would be nice to have gain knobs on TRS channels 5-8. To me, these needs are miniscule. Regarding simplicity, monkey could set up this unit and get it running (once you get all your software authorized). The 002 rack is a solidly built product with great features and value that does exactly what a small studio needs it to do. No, you don't have high-end Avalon or UA or Focusrite preamps, but these are not bad.Actually running Pro Tools is another consideration you need to explore when considerint this purchase. With the advancements in Pro Tools software, there's almost no end to what you can do within the editing domain. You do need to realize that you are dealing with a software editing program that offers you abilities to edit to your heart's content, but there's always a learning curve if you aren't familiar with a DAW software system. Yeah, Pro Tools and related plug-ins may be a little more pricey, but like the old saying goes, "You get what you pay for", and Pro Tools is a recognized world-wide platform. I knew I wanted the power of Pro Tools when I purchased my 002 system, and I've never regreted the purchase. Don't bother with purchasing the 003 unless you've got the extra cash. The only difference that I can tell with the 002 & 003 setup is an extra headphone jack, and the 003 offers a BNC word-clock connection. The 002 system will do everything you need. Just get a good computer (prefereably a Mac or dedicated PC), and jack-up your processing capabilities (I recommend 1.5 gHz or higher), and you'll be able to make music for days - even years! I recently added a new Presonus DigiMAX D8 to my setup to offer 8 more mic inputs, and I connected via TOS-Link (light-pipe), and so far, no glitches. No regrets with my 002 setup.

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    Many, many problems

    This unit has MAJOR problems when working with a PC. First of all, there are only a handful of computers that are "digidesign certified" to work with it and Digidesign makes...Read complete review

    This unit has MAJOR problems when working with a PC. First of all, there are only a handful of computers that are "digidesign certified" to work with it and Digidesign makes NO GURANTEE that it will work at all unless ran on a certified computer. Even if the problem is with the unit itself (defective manufacturing), their customer service staff will fight you tooth and nail to avoid a return unless it runs on one of their certified computers. Expect to spend dozens of hours (no exaggeration) on the phone with them if you have ANY problems with their product. It can sometimes take over an hour just to reach a customer service rep on the phone.I bought this unit expecting it to work right out of the box with a fairly up to date computer (one capable of running the top MMO RPG at the time). However, I realized my computer was not compatible and the protools customer service could not even tell me why it wasn't. They had my buying new fire wire cards, new hard drives, and all sorts of other crap until I narrowed it down to the processor/motherboard. I wasted lots of money just to figure out why it wasn?t compatible. After a year of owning the unit and never using it, I finally managed to buy a Terra Audio Digidesign certified computer. Even then, I still experience difficulties fairly often. About half of the time it freezes up when starting Protools LE. Since it took me so long to get a compatible computer to run it, my unit is out of warranty. Now, I have to pay for customer support and any repairs that might need to be made to it. My unit may have been defective all along but they have not fixed it. I even returned it to the company once. I have spent THOUSANDS of dollars (rather foolishly at that) to try and recoup my investment in this unit and I still have many problems. Avoid this product at all costs if using a PC.

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    5.0

    3 years and still going...

    By C-Hutch

    from middle / south Georgia

    I've had my 002 rack for 3 years now, and I've never had a glitch with my setup. 'Rock solid' is the phrase that comes to mind. I've had a few hundred sessions, some lasting all day, and some just lasting for a few minutes while doing a quick edit, and the 002 has NEVER given me ANY problems in and of itself. I'm running a Mac G5, dual 2.7 processors, pre-Pentium. There are some feature issues that would be preferred, but are definitely not items that should keep you from exploring this setup, as they are not hinderances to the music-making process... It would be great to have 8 XLR inputs, instead of just 4. Also, like one other poster commented, it would be nice to have gain knobs on TRS channels 5-8. To me, these needs are miniscule. Regarding simplicity, monkey could set up this unit and get it running (once you get all your software authorized). The 002 rack is a solidly built product with great features and value that does exactly what a small studio needs it to do. No, you don't have high-end Avalon or UA or Focusrite preamps, but these are not bad.Actually running Pro Tools is another consideration you need to explore when considerint this purchase. With the advancements in Pro Tools software, there's almost no end to what you can do within the editing domain. You do need to realize that you are dealing with a software editing program that offers you abilities to edit to your heart's content, but there's always a learning curve if you aren't familiar with a DAW software system. Yeah, Pro Tools and related plug-ins may be a little more pricey, but like the old saying goes, "You get what you pay for", and Pro Tools is a recognized world-wide platform. I knew I wanted the power of Pro Tools when I purchased my 002 system, and I've never regreted the purchase. Don't bother with purchasing the 003 unless you've got the extra cash. The only difference that I can tell with the 002 & 003 setup is an extra headphone jack, and the 003 offers a BNC word-clock connection. The 002 system will do everything you need. Just get a good computer (prefereably a Mac or dedicated PC), and jack-up your processing capabilities (I recommend 1.5 gHz or higher), and you'll be able to make music for days - even years! I recently added a new Presonus DigiMAX D8 to my setup to offer 8 more mic inputs, and I connected via TOS-Link (light-pipe), and so far, no glitches. No regrets with my 002 setup.

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    5.0

    Great for young engineers to experienced engineers

    Pros - Decent sounding preamps, comes with Pro Tools, can move sessions from big studios using Pro Tools HD to home studios using Pro Tools LE, great for live recording and location recording, expandable (can add 8 more channels of input with additional adat preamp)Cons - Digidesign tech support is not very good, there is a problem internally with the 002 - a power adapter cable inside goes bad frequently but tech support will send you out a replacement and its easy to install, not sure if they corrected this problem yet.Overall the 002 is a great value and is worth every penny. I highly recommend to anyone who wants professional recording features without spending a ton of cash. I now use Pro Tools HD but still have the 002 around for location, live recordings and occasional mixing (moving from old sessions to new system is very easy)

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    5.0

    Great Investment for home recording enthusiast

    By zsgrnday

    from new hartford, NY

    Great piece of equipment. If you want to have a great home studio this is for you. This is as proffesional as you can get without getting Pro Tools HD. The 002 Rack is inexpensive and highly functional.Easy to install and start out, even if you are new to pro tools. Came with a phantom drive free when I bought it. Rack plugs into the drive, then the drive into my PowerBook. Get a mac, fastest proccesor, most RAM, decent size hard drive.

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    5.0

    Very Cool

    By MarkS-4v0BR

    from Indianapolis, IN

    This unit is a VERY effective tool to record music. I use it with both a PC and a MAC (Intel based). And though I have had a few problems when using it to mix with the PC it has always been noooo problems when using it for recording. I have an extra 8 channels of input though ADAT and have used it for up to 16 chs simultaneously. For mix and midi I always use the MAC. It is just much more effecient and just "feels" better on the MAC. If you follow their guide on compatability you should have no problems either way!

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    1.0

    Many, many problems

    By Jason-y2XK8

    from Mississippi

    This unit has MAJOR problems when working with a PC. First of all, there are only a handful of computers that are "digidesign certified" to work with it and Digidesign makes NO GURANTEE that it will work at all unless ran on a certified computer. Even if the problem is with the unit itself (defective manufacturing), their customer service staff will fight you tooth and nail to avoid a return unless it runs on one of their certified computers. Expect to spend dozens of hours (no exaggeration) on the phone with them if you have ANY problems with their product. It can sometimes take over an hour just to reach a customer service rep on the phone.I bought this unit expecting it to work right out of the box with a fairly up to date computer (one capable of running the top MMO RPG at the time). However, I realized my computer was not compatible and the protools customer service could not even tell me why it wasn't. They had my buying new fire wire cards, new hard drives, and all sorts of other crap until I narrowed it down to the processor/motherboard. I wasted lots of money just to figure out why it wasn?t compatible. After a year of owning the unit and never using it, I finally managed to buy a Terra Audio Digidesign certified computer. Even then, I still experience difficulties fairly often. About half of the time it freezes up when starting Protools LE. Since it took me so long to get a compatible computer to run it, my unit is out of warranty. Now, I have to pay for customer support and any repairs that might need to be made to it. My unit may have been defective all along but they have not fixed it. I even returned it to the company once. I have spent THOUSANDS of dollars (rather foolishly at that) to try and recoup my investment in this unit and I still have many problems. Avoid this product at all costs if using a PC.

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    5.0

    Weapon of choice

    By tom682

    from Mesquite, TX

    I have 2 groups of friends: people that record better than me and everyone else. I have friends that are doing great things with Cubase and Sonar. I bought a 002R rack unit to acquire a robust Pro Tools platform for some recent work with a studio / I was sharing files with a professional studio with me recording at home. It went flawlessly.I am more proud of the ability to produce studio quality tracks at home than I am of some of the performances on that session. It's mind blowing, considering the other ways I have recorded in the past. This is not my first computer based DAW, I also used Cooledit for years and it was great... but not the same quality as my Pro Tools recordings. My complaints? Plug ins. Be prepared to pay BIG TIME for the effects you want. My Cubase friends and their VST plug ins have a less expensive solution. My Cubase friends also master their recordings with perfection and I haven't learned to do that. I decided early on that (by buying the 002R), what I was really acquiring was a super clean A/D converter. It's true. To summarize: You can get great recordings cheaper than this with other DAW software like Cubase, but you'll love what you can record with Pro Tools. And the rest of your friends (the ones that are barely able to record anything) will be blown AWAY by what Pro Tools does. It's a giant leap up from most everything else. I wanted to learn Pro Tools so I could see what the studio engineers were doing, and whether they had any tools or magic or abilities that I needed. They don't. I have it all with the 002R. I wish plug ins were cheaper, I wish it had more than 32 tracks (yes, I'll be buying the expansion kit), I wish it didn't hog my PC's resources. But I never apologize for buying this package and I would replace it in a heart beat if it stopped working.

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    5.0

    LOVE IT

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    There is nothing better than working with ProTools. So easy to navigate, So many Features and saves time. I have used other interfaces before and I LOVE THE OO2. The money is well worth it. Dont buy the control surface. waste of money and the faders will WILL eventually break or something will jam up. Dont Do it. get the RACK Way better and its 900$ cheaper.....

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    5.0

    Industry Standards

    By Big L

    from Medina, OH

    I own protools on pc that I built and I have never had any issues and I have done so many projects with product. Steinberg products are no match when it comes to quality.

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    5.0

    Awesome..and then some

    By DaCutDr

    from Texas

    I have had the unit for about 6 months now and I am thouroughly satisfied. Like you, I did a lot of research on the different systems out there before I bought this one. I run it on a PC with a PIII and have had absolutely no problems. I don't know what these other people are talking about but, if you set your parameters like Digidesign suggest, you should be in recording heaven. I bought the Mackie Universal to go with it and Whew!! Buy it..quite thinking about it and buy it..

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    5.0

    Great way to start a studio

    By jonoby

    from Imperial, MO

    I wasn't sure I would be able to actually use the Digi 002. I honestly thought it would be very difficult to learn, and wasn't sure someone just starting out should start with this. I was completely wrong, the first night we were recording tracks that blew away anything we'd done before. Thanks DigiDesign.

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