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Mackie SPIKE 24/96k Compact Recording System
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Recording music on a Mac or PC just got exponentially easier with Spike, a complete digital recording solution from Mackie. Spike consists of the XD-...Click To Read More About This Product
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A complete desktop solution for 24-bit/96kHz audio recording and MIDI production on Mac or PC.
Recording music on a Mac or PC just got exponentially easier with Spike, a complete digital recording solution from Mackie. Spike consists of the XD-2 USB 24-bit 96kHz Audio/MIDI Interface featuring clean, high-headroom Mackie mic preamps and onboard SHARC dynamics processing; incredibly easy-to-use Tracktion multitrack audio recording software with unlimited track count and VST plug-in support; and the Nomad Factory Blue Tubes Warmer Phaser plug-in. Quite simply, this is the easiest open-ended system for computer music production.
XD-2 USB audio/MIDI interface
The XD-2 is a 2-channel, mic/line/instrument USB audio and MIDI interface with 24-bit, 96kHz resolution, high-quality internal effects for tracking and monitoring, and support for ASIO 2.0, WDM and OS X Core Audio. Its footprint may be small, but this compact interface offers great sound, channel dynamics & EQ for tracking and monitoring, and comes with enough software to get up and running right out of the box. Since the XD-2 has an onboard SHARC processor, it allows things like low-latency monitoring and powered dynamics processing--all controllable via an intuitive on-screen graphic display.
Tracktion is intuitive audio recording and MIDI production software based around a refreshingly simple user interface, thoughtful features¦and personality!
Tracktion integrates all the major features of a professional digital audio workstation into a simple working environment that gets all the technical stuff out of the way, allowing you to focus on making music. And with full VST plug-in support, you can use all your favorite plug-ins from other applications.
Spike gives users several ways to tap into high-quality effects.
For starters, the XD-2's onboard DSP provides channel dynamics and EQ for tracking and mixdown, plus low-latency monitoring with no drain on host computer's CPU.
The bundled Tracktion software includes built-in Reverb, Chorus, Delay, EQ, Compressor, and Phaser. It also allows users to run any of thousands of VST effects plug-ins (sold separately) and comes bundled with all the Maxim Digital Audio (MDA) virtual instruments and plug-ins.
To get started, Spike also includes the Warmer Phaser plug-in by Nomad Factory: a special edition VST plug-in with all of the characteristics of a traditional analog phaser, plus panning, vibrato, and tube simulation.
2-channel 24-bit/96k USB audio and MIDI interface for Mac or PC
2 mic/line/instrument inputs with high-headroom Mackie mic preamps
Onboard SHARC chip for full channel dynamics and EQ with intuitive computer-based control - all without a drain on the host computer
Low-latency monitoring with effects
DSP available for mixdown
Easily fits in a laptop bag with unique, "swivel foot"
Unlimited track and effect count (based on computer's processing power)
Full VST support, including VSTi synths
Drag and drop waveform editing
Full automation capabilities
Built-in Sampler, Reverb, Chorus, Delay, EQ, Compressor, and Phaser
Pitch Shift and Time Stretch features
Full ReWire support
Audio file rendering, exporting, and archiving capabilities
Perfect for home studios, project studios, live performing and recording--anywhere that high-quality 24-bit/96k digital recording is needed
Compatible with Windows XP and Mac OS X, ASIO 2.0, WDM, and OS X Core Audio
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It says 24/96K, but in order to do that it says you need to download the updates........these updates were never released (atleast for Windows). The point is that it is actually 16/48K. Maybe if I complain to Mackie they will give me something newer that actually supports 24/96K.
Amazingly poor performance from Mackie labled gear. Horrible documentation - ok, non-existent. Sad software that wouldn't function on two computers. Version 1.0 drivers are sketchy. Requires too much work for very little reward. Disappointing pops, cracks and random garbled audio segments mean this baby's going back and it couldn't be fast enough!
Mackie has a lot of hudspah to release this package as cross platform. It just doesn't work in Windows from it's USB 1 design to it's inability to play nice with other IRQs, which pretty much hasn't been an issue since pre-1995. No matter how much memory you have, or how fast your bus speed, the Spike won't do the job in Windows. You can hook it into any old crappy G4 and it will work almost as advertised. Shame on Mackie. If you want that 96% Windows market share, then hire some software engineers who understand Windows.
I like Mackie products, but this is one item I believe will be deleted from the Mackie product line. The features, in theory, are great. When it works it's a nice tool, but unfortunately it's made off the shelf to give you trouble right away. This is a USB 1.1 product which means you are going to have latency hangups like you would not believe. At least once every five minutes (often more) there is an audio drop out during playback. Recording is a crap shoot. The device seems to invert 48 and 44.1 sample rate without warning, and this results in the pitch being wrong on my recording. Technically Spike is the combo of the XD-2 (the hardware) with Traction software. Confusing and stupid. I don't use Traction, although I may consider it once it becomes easier to work with. Right now I have my own software preference that has not let me down for years and I would like to use my Spike, er I mean XD-2 card but it simply is too unreliable to use. The price on this product has come down dramatically since it came out a little over a year ago. Also this device seems to not like high end Dell laptops. Considering it's USB portable device this is very odd. I'm keeping mine as a standby solution when I need an audio interface real fast. It does work, but you just don't know when it will do the sample rate switcheroo thing. For what it's worth when it records it is a clean sound and the buttons on the hardware are useful. Just too bad this machine can't do what it is supposed to do. Try PreSonus instead. I just got the FirePod and it outperforms Spike / XD-2 by a long shot.
I have been using Spike and Tracktion for several years now. First on my high end Dell laptop and eventually moving it onto my Mac. This is a very user friendly program that allows me to quickly record, edit, mix and master my music with extremely high quality. Of course, like any new program, it takes some practice time to move at full speed. The best part is that I can plug a cable into the Spike and record my drum machine, then plug the cord into the guitar, then the bass, then the keyboards and then stick a mic cable into the same input and record vocals. How much easier does it get. This is a great starter kit for home studios and after a while you will find all of the cool stuff that can happen and produce some very high quality recordings. I rate this as a wonderful product that anyone can have success with.
Although, I was disappointed with the ASIO drivers. The XD-2 Control Software seems to be a bit buggy. Maybe I can tweak it a little more. I've solved the ASIO drivers by using ASIO4ALL, since it practically solves any driver problems with WDM compatible devices. Now I can use those sweet Mackie preamps, but still would like the Control Software to not drop out audio. Most people are probably better off getting the Tracktion 2 bundle..which is loaded..and using money they save on a cheap USB interface..if audio is not a prime concern.