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Digidesign Digi 003 Factory Pro Tools LE Workstation

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Gives you fast, responsive, hands-on control of your own Pro Tools system!

With 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, the Digidesign 003 Factory empowers you to achieve the same professional audio results as commercial facilities in your own personal 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.

Take Control of Your Mixes
When your projects call for detailed precision work, 003 (the hardware component of the 003 Factory package) gives you powerful hands-on control of your Pro Tools sessions through its integrated control surface. Plus, its portable size gives you the freedom to take a professional Pro Tools system anywhere your creative skills are needed”or inspired.

The Hub of Your Personal Studio
003 offers an extensive array of analog and digital audio and MIDI I/O, making it the ideal hub of any home or project studio, or a powerful complement to an existing setup. You can connect just about any instrument and device found in your studio to 003. Plug in your guitar or bass for direct recording, connect line-level instruments such as synths or samplers, or capture sound from any source though a connected microphone”the interface's premium mic preamps deliver the utmost sound clarity. And with its studio-grade 24-bit/96kHz audio resolution, you can expect stunning, high-definition sound every time.

In addition, 003 provides the I/O you need to connect your MIDI gear, optical devices (such as ADAT), and S/PDIF digital equipment, and also features BNC Word Clock I/O to sync 003 to other external devices in your studio. It can also function in standalone MIDI mode, allowing you to integrate it into your MIDI setup sans computer. Plus, its FireWire connectivity ensures high-speed data transfers between 003 and your Windows- or Mac-based computer system”just plug 003 in and it's ready to go.

Mix with Your Hands”Not the Mouse
With its touch-sensitive, motorized faders and motion-sensitive encoders, knobs, and switches, 003 gives you direct hands-on access to the power of Pro Tools, enabling you to control multiple aspects of your mix with much more speed and accuracy than mixing with a mouse alone. Ride a bank of faders to mix track volumes collectively, move instruments across the stereo field simultaneously, or mute multiple tracks all at once without having to point and click variables within the Pro Tools software interface one at a time.

With the 003 Factory, you can easily control recording and playback, mute or solo tracks, grab control of track volumes, pan tracks, assign sends, insert plug-ins and tweak parameters, assign and write mix automation, scrub video, and more right from the control surface”every move you make on 003 directly affects the parameters within your Pro Tools session and vice-versa. And since 003 allows you to control your mix with your hands instead of relying on your computer screen, you can close your eyes and concentrate on using your most significant music mixing tool”your ears.

003 also provides essential visual feedback through its LCD display and plethora of LED indicators on the control surface so you can see how and what you're affecting in your session. Keep an eye on your audio levels on the control surface instead of looking away at a screen as you adjust volume or gain thanks to a bank of 5-segment LEDs that function as volume/gain meters. The same LEDs also double as automation status indicators, letting you know”>at a glance”which write mode is enabled on each track when you're automating mixes.

Listen with Options
The Digidesign 003 Factory features multiple options for monitoring your sessions as well as other external devices. Dedicated stereo studio monitor outputs allow you to always have reference monitors connected without sacrificing audio outputs, while a stereo pair of alternate control room outputs let you hook up a second set of speakers to allow easy switching between 2 studio monitor sources. 2 headphone outputs, each with its own level control, enable you to run 2 discrete monitor headphone mixes separately from your main mix. And an alternate source input allows you to monitor signals from a connected external device.

Fuel Your Creativity with Pro Tools
003 Factory 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.

Product Availability: Pro Tools 8.0.4
Free downloadable update offers Windows support (LE and M-Powered); improvements for all Pro Tools systems. Avid is pleased to announce the availability of Pro Tools 8.0.4, a free upgrade for all registered Pro Tools users. This latest update offers many performance enhancements and fixes, plus adds Windows 7 support for Pro Tools LE and Pro Tools M-Powered systems.

Everything You Need”Now
The 003 family comes with Digidesign's biggest, most powerful and comprehensive software bundle yet, providing everything you need to create music, perform a composition, record audio, sequence MIDI, edit sounds, fix problems, mix tracks, enhance audio, master projects, and promote your creations. To help you get started, all 003 family members come with the indispensable Pro Tools Method One instructional DVD, a valuable training resource that teaches you Pro Tools system essentials”from setting up sessions and recording audio to editing MIDI, working with loops and plug-ins, automating mixes, and more.

003 Integrated Control Surface
  • 8 touch-sensitive motorized faders
  • 8 motion-sensitive rotary encoders for pan/send/meter/plug-in control
  • Dedicated mute, solo, and select/record arm switches per channel
  • 6-character, 2-line LCD display per channel displays track name; pan, send, fader, and plug-in values; and timeline position
  • 5-segment LED display for viewing metering and automation mode status
  • Easily assign inserts and sends from the control surface
  • Dedicated automation controls and LEDs
  • Dedicated transport control
  • Standalone MIDI Mode functionality
  • Jog/Shuttle wheel
  • Includes iLok USB plug-in authorization key
  • 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 with individual gain and high-pass filter; 48V phantom power enabled on channel pairs
  • 8 channels of ADAT optical I/O or 2 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 with individual source and level controls
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 3rd-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 Toolkit 2.
  • Included Plug-ins, Applications, and Tools:
003 Factory Plug-in Bundle
  • Bomb Factory BF-2A
  • Bomb Factory BF-3A
  • Fairchild 660 and 670
  • Purple Audio MC77
  • Cosmonaut Voice
  • Joemeek SC2 Photo Optical Compressor
  • Joemeek VC5 Meequalizer
  • Moogerfooger 12-Stage Phaser
  • Moogerfooger Analog Delay
  • Moogerfooger Lowpass Filter
  • Moogerfooger Ring Modulator
  • SoundReplacer
  • TL EveryPhase
  • Tel-Ray Variable Delay
  • Voce Chorus/Vibrato
  • Voce Spin
  • The Factory bundle listed here is the most current bundle; your bundle may include a different assortment of plug-ins depending on when your Pro Tools LE Factory bundle system was purchased.
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!2 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 KillEQ
  • AIR Lo-Fi
  • 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
  • Chorus
  • Click
  • Compressor/Limiter
  • D-Verb
  • DC Offset Removal
  • De-Esser
  • Delay
  • DigiReWire
  • Dither
  • Duplicate
  • Eleven Free
  • Expander/Gate
  • Extra Long Delay II
  • Flanger
  • Gain
  • Invert
  • Lo-Fi
  • Long Delay II
  • Maxim
  • Medium Delay II
  • Multi-Tap Delay
  • Normalize
  • Ping-Pong Delay
  • Pitch
  • Pitch Shift
  • POWr Dither
  • Recti-Fi
  • Reverse
  • SansAmp
  • Sci-Fi
  • Signal Generator
  • Short Delay II
  • Slap Delay II
  • Time Compression Expansion
  • Time Shift
  • TL AutoPan
  • TL InTune
  • TL MasterMeter
  • TL Metro
  • Trim
  • Vari-Fi
  • 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 USB port (USB 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 USB port (USB hubs not supported); DVD-ROM drive
  • Note:
    • Pro Tools 7.4.2 is now compatible with Leopard 10.5.3.”Version 7.4.2 is available for free download at digidesign.com

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    DigidesignDigi 003 Factory Pro Tools LE Workstation

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    PT8 and 003 are a bad deal

    By Thing

    from SF

    Comments about Digidesign Digi 003 Factory Pro Tools LE Workstation:

    I bought this ?Pro? a few months ago, and now have realized that I have stopped making music.Instead of being creative, I?m a protools 003 owner. The time I used to spend making music is now spent taking care of this system; Searching the web for tech help, restarting my computer, cleaning out my preferences, pleading with the air plugin makers for fixes to my protools problems, tweaking my system to trying and get a workable latency and being a technical diplomat between competing 3rd party plugins.I have had it.I have Digital Performer 6, Logic8 and Ableton Live8 and this thing....003. These other applications just work. The 003 and PT8 require lots and lots of prep. The 003 doesn't like other audio hardware, so my 3 motu 828?s had to go, whatever, I?m a pro with ?Protools? now. The 003 also doesn?t really like other audio applications, so you may try and use it as an audio interface with great difficulty, but the control surface is Protools only. Also, buy the AIR plugins and you may only use them with Protools, that is, certain versions of PT and the MacOS, you are not allowed to use the latest version of the MacOS until Digidesign waits a year or so the approve it with an update. Many of your Native Instruments will not work well with Protools, so take half your collection that you come to love and fire them. When using Protools 8 and 003, get ready for lots and lots of dialogues jumping up during playback telling you that your system can?t handle the workload of those five VIs that you are running on your brand new dual quad core 3.0GHz macpro with 8 gigs of ram. Playback will stop and sometime you will need to quit and restart Protools to get it going again. About once a week I need to shut everything down and reboot just to get PT working. Protools also doesn?t like other app like iTunes or applications that do complex things like play audio.Pros: PT8 and the 003 might be pretty good if that?s all you do with your computer. Nice interface and good sound.Cons: This system reminds me of my 1983 Saab 950 turbo. Costs way too much and spent half the time in the shop getting fixed. Does not play nice with other audio apps and plugins and the protools community will tell you it?s your fault.I regret buying this system and would sell it in an instant.

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


    wheres the beef?

    By rockerdude

    from placerville, ca

    Comments about Digidesign Digi 003 Factory Pro Tools LE Workstation:

    I got this little gem a few weeks ago and started running it with a mac pro. It loaded up easy and I was recording in a few minutes. I am new to pro tools and found it easy to use right away. But one thing was clear.... The preamps are not the greatest, I would never attempt to record soley with the control surface pre's. I ran some stuff through a avalon737 sp and it was all good. I plan on linking up this systym with my alesis hd24xr recorder and a old school console with alot of outboard gear. The console/alesis setup has way more clarity and richness to the sound. so far my recording on the pro tools sounds a little thin and muddy( Without the avalon) overall this is a great entry level setup for those new to the tools. I'm not selling my old rig anytime soon.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


    Check for compatibility

    By Lone Star Jazzer

    from Houston, Texas

    Comments about Digidesign Digi 003 Factory Pro Tools LE Workstation:

    If you are considering the Digi 003 Factory Pro Tools LE Workstation, check to make sure it is compatible with your hardware and software. If you have a Mac, no problem for the most part. If you have PC, check to make sure it is compatible with the software. Otherwise you may end up with a workstation you can't use because the software doesn't work with your machine. Pro Tools likes Mac's, Intel and XP. It's good hardware software. No doubt. However my recommendation from lessons learned is to go to Digidesign's website and use their compatibility chart to check out your machine. If you have yet to buy a PC, then you're in good shape because ou will know what to buy in advance. It will save you bucks in the end.

    (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)



    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Digidesign Digi 003 Factory Pro Tools LE Workstation:

    I don't think some of these reviews reflect the performance of this thing. I think the preamps and convertors sound great. And you got 48k adat as well. You can get a nice a/d and/or d/a converter and some more preamps and record 16 tracks of 48k audio. The whole industry is in this fuss about sample rates and does it really matter. I'm in the boat that I can't hear any difference between 44.1 and 88.2 samples. What you look for is signal-to-noise and crosstalk and frequency range on a/d converters. If you spend some money on mics and preamps, this, in my opinion, is the cheapest way to have a very powerful core to your home or project studio. Most native plug-ins support RTAS and AS format, so no worry about giving up you're precious UAD or Powercore plug-in processors. The bomb factory plug-ins are amazing. The cosmonaut voice plug-in is one of the coolest plug-ins I have ever had the chance to use. I could go on for days.Just make sure you have a speedy computer. Latency is no problem if you do. THe monitoring section is handy to do a/b speaker tests. If you record rock bands and are not afraid to spend a little cash (not pro-tools/HD cash or Apogee/Logic Studio cash) and you want to step up to pro-tools, now is the time. You can build a studio that I would record an album in, for sure.


    It's good

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Digidesign Digi 003 Factory Pro Tools LE Workstation:

    The actual console is great, feels good, faders work nice and most of the features I want are directly on the board. Pro tools however is a great product that can cause you a lot of headaches. Crashes, errors, and bugs were all I got for a few days, but now everything seems to be running smoothly. Remember no pro audio software is devoid of bugs or a long setup process.

    (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


    A little pricey for what you get.

    By High Q Columbus

    from Columbus

    Comments about Digidesign Digi 003 Factory Pro Tools LE Workstation:

    First and foremost, if you have a computer running Vista, make sure it


    Not a great value

    By J C Lawson

    from Cincinnati, OH

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    Comments about Digidesign Digi 003 Factory Pro Tools LE Workstation:

    I recently purchased a Digi 03 and I'm not all that impressed. The layout of the board is not logical and most functions are rather awkward. I realized the limited number of XLRs/balanced inputs before I bought it, but didn't think it would be a big deal, after using the board, I miss the ability to run more than 4 XLRs inputs simultaneously. It's a cool board, but for the $$$ they should have thought things through.

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