Digidesign 003 Rack – 18 Input / 18 Output FireWire Hard Disc Recording System
The 003 Rack is a complete and full-featured Digital Audio Worksation, comprising a 2U rack-mount module with analog, digital and MIDI input and output, Digidesign Pro Tools LE software, with the whole system communicating with a computer via a single FireWire cable.
In addition to eight high-quality analog I/Os, four of which are phantom powered microphone preamps, the 003 provides eight-channels of ADAT LightPipe I/O (48kHz maximum), two channels of coaxial S/PDIF, WordClock I/O and MIDI I/O. The unit ships with two headphone outputs with individual source and level control, in addition to a studio monitor output, plus alternate control room output.
Pro Tools LE software offers thirty-two tracks of simultaneous record and playback, 256 MIDI tracks, real-time (RTAS) plug-in support as well as AudioSuite functionality, and a host of additional editing and mixing features. The software is cross-platform and all sessions are fully compatible with Digidesign Pro Tools HD systems.
Included with the 003 Rack are the standard Digidesign DigiRack plug-ins, as well as a comprehensive bundle of plug-ins from other manufactures. Together, the system provides everything needed to capture, edit, and output high quality audio with the user needing to only provide microphones, monitors and a computer.
While not a major upgrade from the 002 family, the 003 series does add WordClock, a second headphone output and slightly better audio specifications. The software runs on a Window XP (Professional or Home) or a Mac OS X computer.