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003 Wows the UK Press

Published: Tue August 28, 2007  News Feed

Since the launch of the Digidesign 003 Family the reviews have been coming in thick and fast and have earned the range major approval across the board, plus a few awards along the way. With reviews appearing from as far as Tokyo and Finland, here is a round up of what the UK music technology and professional audio trade press have to say about Digidesign’s flagship Pro Tools LE product:

“…But the 003’s main strengths over its predecessor are in the increased sense of integration. My favourite new feature is the MIDI integration with other software programs, so that a whole bunch of buttons and the silders can be used to control MIDI parameters. For the other user, however, the improved mic pre amps or the additional outputs will be the most welcome updates.

One way or another this redesigned box keeps the 00 where it needs to be – as a serious contrender for anyone who’s looking to get serious and take control of a powerful, fully fledged Pro Tools LE system.”

Future Music, June 2007 - Reviewer: Jono Buchanan http://www.futuremusic.co.uk

“… If you are familiar with the 002 you’ll feel instantly at home, because 003’s appearance and size are very similar. It’s still beautiful but it’s what’s inside that counts, and the new arrival has many new tricks up its sleeve…

“…With the addition of Automation Modes as well as Inserts and Send assignment, there’s little need to resort to the mouse, which makes this a more wholesome experience. Finally, the control surface is coming of age for the project studios.”

Computer Music, August 2007 - Reviewer: Tim Oliver - http://www.computermusic.co.uk

“…To our minds, arguably the most significant new feature is the inclusion of comprehensive automation. By selecting an automation mode and the appropriate Channel Select buttons, you can quickly set any number of faders into Touch, Write, Latch and Read operation. Of course, automation was possible on the 002, but the extent of the implementation on the 003 means that you’ll spend far less time using the mouse and far more time actually mixing.”

Music Tech Magazine, June 2007 - Reviewer: Mark Cousins -

“…Digidesign have taken the extra features introduced with the Mbox 2 Pro and rolled them into the 003R and 003. They have also added a number of extra controls features to the 003: the jog/shuttle wheel is particularly welcome, but the improved mic preamps are the unsung hero in the remodel.

“…Digidesign have cleverly chosen to upgrade features that will benefit most users in both the professional and home studios arenas, such as the world clock I/O and extra monitor and headphone outputs. All of the new features make it easier to operate Pro Tools using the control surface rather than a mouse and keyboard, and will suit users who prefer a more tactile connection to their equipment.”

Sound on Sound, May 2007 - Reviewer: Mike Thornton - http://www.soundonsound.com

So what do the rest of the world think about it?

“…teetering over 80 plug-ins and applications, this is everything you need to go from recording scratch tracks to promoting your finished project on the web.”

“Sonically, the 003 is the best LE interface that Digidesign has come up with yet.”

Remix, August 2007 - Reviewer: Jason Scott Alexander

“The build quality of the 003 impressed me right out of the box.”

“The improved LCD display is light years better …”

“…a nice step up for M-Box users…”

Recording, August 2007 - Reviewer: Justin Peacock

“…the 003 is actually quite a step up in terms of usability, and as would be expected, audio quality has been improved too.”

“Furthermore, I/O has been greatly improved.”

Tape Op, May/June 2007 - Reviewer: Andy Hong

"…if you are just starting out in Pro Tools or are upgrading from a legacy LE system, the 003 is worth investigating.”

Electronic Musician, August 2007 - Reviewer: Nick Peck

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