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Digidesign 003 Factory FireWire Interface with Pro Tools LE

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Product Description

Digidesign 003 Factory is Digidesign’s flagship Pro Tools LE system, delivering a truly all-in-one professional project studio workstation.
With an extensive range of features such as 8 channels of simultaneous recording and MIDI I/O, high-definition audio resolution, the creativity and speed of industry-standard Pro Tools software, FireWire connectivity, and a big, comprehensive bundle of powerful software included free, the 003 enables you to attain the same high audio production quality as commercial facilities in your own personal or project studio.

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In addition to the over 50 instrument and effects plug-ins that come with all Pro Tools LE systems, the Digi 003 Factory also includes over $3,000 worth of extra professional Digidesign and Bomb Factory plug-ins, plus an iLok USB Smart Key to handle your plug-in authorizations.

Plug-ins Include:
  • Moogerfooger Analog Delay
  • JOEMEEK SC2T Photo Optical Compressor
  • JOEMEEK VC5T Meequalizer
  • Cosmonaut Voice
  • Digidesign Maxim
  • Bomb Factory BF-3A Classic Compressor
  • Digidesign D-Fi bundle (Lo-Fi, Sci-Fi, Recti-Fi, Vari-Fi)
  • Tel-Ray Variable Delay
  • SansAmp PSA-1
  • Moogerfooger Ring Modulator
  • Voce Spin
  • Voce Chorus/Vibrato
  • iLok USB Smart Key
The Hub of Your Personal Studio
003 (the hardware component of the 003 Factory package) 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/96 kHz 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.

Digidesign 003 Factory Features
  • 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
  • Wide Range of I/O
  • 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 two 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
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.

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
003 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 two studio monitor sources. Two headphone outputs, each with its own level control, enable you to run two discrete monitor headphone mixes separately from your main mix. And an alternate source input allows you to monitor signals from a connected external device.



Pro Tools Ignition Pack 2 Pro
If you’re looking to make the most of your creativity, sometimes it’s good to think inside the box. There you’ll find either Pro Tools Ignition Pack 2 or the premium Pro Tools Ignition Pack 2 Pro, which come bundled free with all Digidesign Pro Tools LE and Pro Tools|HD systems. Both bundles offer an unprecedented, comprehensive collection of powerful effects and instrument plug-ins, creative compatible applications, high-quality sounds, artist promotion services, and other helpful utilities to professionally compose, perform, record, sequence, edit, mix, master, and promote your audio creations.

Included Software, Services, and More
  • Ableton Live Lite 6 Digidesign Edition - Compose music, create mixes, and perform musical ideas in real time with this intuitive sampler/sequencer. It also features Elastic Audio for easy real-time beat matching and track mashups, project management tools, multitrack warping to shape sounds, and Pro Tools compatibility via ReWire.
  • Propellerhead Software Reason Adapted - Be a one-man (or one-woman) band. This impressive virtual rack of synthesizers, samplers, drums modules, and effects lets you easily compose music, sequence sounds, enhance mixes, and stream your creations directly into Pro Tools via ReWire — no real instruments needed. Plus, its unique, virtual patching capabilities offer flexibility as you create sounds.
  • IK Multimedia AmpliTube LE - Buying, borrowing, or stealing amps isn’t always feasible to get the perfect guitar tone. Thankfully, this virtual guitar rig plug-in comes with amp and cabinet models, stomp boxes, and other effects to help you get all of the right tones right away. Re-create everything from your favorite vintage tube amp sounds to modern-day edgier tones, mellow jazz sounds, or your own creations.
  • FXpansion BFD Lite - Good drummers are hard to find. If it’s beats that you need, this virtual instrument lets you work with real acoustic drum kit sounds (three full kits in Pro Tools Ignition Pack 2, six full kits in Pro Tools Ignition Pack 2 Pro) and individual drum samples, all of which feature pristine sound quality, multiple velocity layers, and drum mic'ing options.
  • Celemony Melodyne uno essential - Got stellar songs but a so-so singer? Or maybe your drummer’s a little lazy on the beat. Correct pitchy performances, restructure melodies to create unique compositions, fix timing issues, and more — all without compromising sound quality. This easy-to-use audio editor enables you to improve mono tracks to create perfect performances in your mix.
  • Digidesign Xpand! by Advanced Instrument Research (A.I.R.) - Create your own unique sounds with this powerful sample-playback/synthesis workstation that enables you to craft everything from pristine-sounding acoustic instruments to complex soundscapes and beat-driven loops easily. The perfect tool for songwriters, DJs, sound designers, music producers, and anyone else looking to add originality to their compositions.
  • Digidesign Synchronic - If electronic or dance music is your groove du jour, this beat and audio manipulation instrument plug-in provides a deep set of tools to create truly distinctive loops and enhance the originality of your creations. Tweak audio loops on the fly, add effects to richen sounds, crossfade two mixes DJ-style, and more for spontaneous composition. A cool tool for sound designers too.
    Pro Tools Ignition Pack 2 Pro only.
  • Sound Libraries - Build up mixes quickly using high-quality samples from some of the best in the business. Both Pro Tools Ignition Pack 2 and Pro Tools Ignition Pack 2 Pro include the M-Audio ProSessions SE sound library. Pro Tools Ignition Pack 2 Pro provides even more sounds from premium sample sound creators Big Fish Audio, Cycling ’74, Sonic Reality, and Zero-G.
  • Way Out Ware TimewARP 2600 Lite - Add that classic 70s phat synth sound to your mixes with this virtual emulation of the vintage ARP 2600 analog synthesizer that’s so realistic, it’s even endorsed by the ARP’s original creator, Alan Robert Pearlman. Choose from over 60 different preset patches to instantly add analog warmth and texture to your mixes — or even play the synth live.
  • Arturia Analog Factory SE - Loaded with hundreds of analog synthesizer sounds, this versatile virtual instrument provides a wide range of classic to modern synth pad and lead line sounds, plus all the tweakability you need to make the sounds your own. Great for generating sounds in the studio or for live performance.
  • iZotope Effects - This lite collection of powerfully diverse iZotope plug-ins includes Ozone 3 Lite to help you master your mixes to perfection, Trash Lite to get a variety of classic guitar amp tones and stomp box effects that rival a real rig, and Spectron Lite, a complete spectral effects toolbox for truly unique signal processing.
  • Trillium Lane Labs TL EveryPhase - Get the classic sound of analog phaser effects with the flexibility of a Pro Tools plug-in to produce rich, modulated sounds in your mixes, ranging from a subtle tremolo to the most extreme filtered feedback. Choose one of a wide range of presets to instantly get the effect you want, or grab hold of the controls to dial in the exact phaser effect you need.
    Pro Tools Ignition Pack 2 Pro only
  • Trillium Lane Labs TL Utilities - This handy toolkit of plug-ins helps ensure that your sound sources are up to par as you lay down tracks, and includes TL Metro, a versatile metronome that creates click tracks with ease; TL InTune, a professional digital tuner; and TL MasterMeter, the first over-sampling meter for Pro Tools for critical mixing and mastering applications.
    Pro Tools Ignition Pack 2 Pro only
  • Pro Tools Method One Instructional DVD - If you’re new to Pro Tools or music creation in general, start here. Learn Pro Tools system essentials, from setting up sessions and recording audio to editing MIDI, working with loops and plug-ins, automating mixes, and more.
  • One-Year Membership to Broadjam.com - Promote your music online and reach new fans around the world with a free one-year Broadjam.com membership, which provides tools to sell music and merchandise, build a website and fan base, send music to radio stations, and more.
  • One-Year Subscription to Sonicbids.com - If you want to make waves in the industry, you need to let them know that you exist. This free Sonicbids.com subscription lets you promote yourself to the media, record labels, booking agents, and more using your own Electronic Press Kit (EPK).
  • Free GarageBand.com Contest Entries - Get feedback from listeners, online radio airplay, increased exposure, and a chance to get signed when you submit a GarageBand.com song contest entry. Get one free entry with Pro Tools Ignition Pack 2 and three free entries with Pro Tools Ignition Pack 2 Pro.
  • Free Plug-in with Pro Tools Education - If you want the very best Pro Tools education, Pro Tools Training Facilities worldwide offer a wide range of courses. And when you enroll and attend an eligible course, you’ll receive a school voucher to choose a Digidesign plug-in for free.


  • Choose from:
    • Synchronic
    • Hybrid
    • SoundReplacer
    • Maxim
    • Smack! LE
    • DigiTranslator 2

Digidesign 003 Specifications

Mic Inputs
  • Connector: Four balanced XLR jacks
  • Mic Phantom Power: 48V
  • Equivalent Input Noise: -129 dBu
  • Frequency Response: +/- 0.1 dB, 20 Hz - 20 kHz
  • Dynamic Range: 105 dB / 107 dB A-weighted
  • THD + N: 0.0007% (-103 dB)
  • Mic EIN: -129 dBu
  • Input Sensitivity: +2.2 dBu
  • Input Impedance: 2K Ohm
Line Inputs
  • Connector: Four balanced 1/4 inch jacks
  • Frequency Response: +/- 0.1 dB, 20 Hz - 20 kHz
  • Dynamic Range: 111 dB / 113 dB A-weighted
  • THD + N: 0.0007% (-103 dB)
  • Input Sensitivity: +17.38 dBu
  • Input Impedance: 22K Ohm
DI Inputs
  • Connector: Four balanced 1/4 inch jacks
  • Frequency Response: +/- 0.1 dB, 20 Hz - 20 kHz
  • Dynamic Range: 104 dB / 106 dB A-weighted
  • THD + N: 0.0008% (-102 dB) - Balanced input
  • Input Sensitivity: +17.16 dBu
  • Input Impedance: >300K Ohm
Aux Inputs
  • Connector: Two balanced 1/4 inch jacks
  • Frequency Response: +/- 0.1 dB, 20 Hz - 20 kHz
  • Dynamic Range: 111 dB / 113 dB A-weighted
  • THD + N: 0.00055% (-105 dB)
  • Input Sensitivity: +17.16 dBu
  • Input Impedance: 10K Ohm
Line Outputs (1-8)
  • Connector: Eight impedance balanced 1/4 inch jacks
  • Frequency Response: +/- 0.5 dB, 20 Hz - 20 kHz
  • Dynamic Range: 110 dB / 113 dB A-weighted
  • THD + N: 0.0007% (-103 dB)
  • Output Sensitivity: +18 dBu
Monitor Outputs (Main & Alt)
  • Connector: Two impedance balanced 1/4 inch jacks
  • Frequency Response: +/- 0.5 dB, 20 Hz - 20 kHz
  • Dynamic Range: 110 dB / 112 dB A-weighted
  • THD + N: 0.0008% (-102 dB)
  • Output Sensitivity: +18 dBu
Headphone Outputs
  • Connector: Two unbalanced 1/4 inch jacks
  • Frequency Response: +/- 0.5 dB, 20 Hz - 20 kHz
  • THD + N: 0.0009% (-101 dB)
  • Dynamic Range: 110 dB / 112 dB A-weighted
  • Output Sensitivity: +23 dBu
Digital Specifications
  • Supported Sample Rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96 kHz
  • Maximum Word Length: 24-bit
  • S/PDIF: 2-channel optical or RCA jack pair
  • Digital Optical: TOSLINK (ADAT, max 48 kHz sample rate)
  • Word Clock: Two BNC jacks
  • Host Connection: Two IEEE-1394a (FireWire) ports (6-pin-to-6-pin FireWire cable included)
  • MIDI: 5-pin MIDI DIN connectors - one input, two outputs
Size / Weight / Power
  • Height: 5.125 inches / 13 cm
  • Width: 19.25 inches / 48.90 cm
  • Depth: 19.25 inches / 48.90 cm (including all connectors)
  • Weight: 16.1 lbs / 7.3 kg
  • Power Requirements: 100 - 240V, 50 - 60 Hz A/C (power cable included)


Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
Phone:  650-731-6300 Warranty:  All Digidesign hardware is warranteed for a period of 1 year from date of original purchase from an authorized Digidesign Dealer.
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