– The Digi 002 and the Command | 8
The Digi 002 Resembling a typical small digital mixer, the Digi 002 actually combines the features of a high-quality audio interface, a MIDI interface, a touch-sensitive control surface, and a stand-alone digital mixer, all in one unit. Connecting to your computer through a single FireWire connection, Digi 002 pairs Pro Tools LE software with a dedicated control surface for hands-on control of the software. Audio and MIDI data are passed back and forth between your computer and the Digi 002 via the FireWire cable along with control information generated by or returned to the Digi 002 control surface. Any moves you make using the Pro Tools software on the computer screen will be reflected on the control surface – and vice versa. At the push of a button, the Digi 002 unit can be switched into Standalone mode to become an 8 2 digital mixer, complete with two internal and two external effects sends, EQ, dynamics, effects, reverb, and automation snapshots. So you can use Pro Tools LE with the Digi 002 to record, edit, process, mix, and master your projects in your home studio, then put the Digi 002 under your arm, take it to a gig, and use it as a digital mixer on-stage. Whoopee! It’s your flexible friend! The Digi 002 lies somewhere in that grey area between an entry-level product and a professional product that is sometimes referred to as ‘prosumer’. It is definitely going to give you better audio quality than an Mbox, for example, but it is not quite in the same league as Digidesign’s HD systems which offer much higher-quality converters and analogue electronics and much more choice when it comes to building systems with many inputs and outputs. Nevertheless, the Digi 002’s analogue inputs and outputs support the most important sample rates that you are likely to encounter, with A/D and D/A converters allowing sample rates of 44.1, 48, 88.2, or 96 kHz. The coaxial S/PDIF
connectors support up to 24-bit, 96 kHz audio. If you use the optical connectors in ADAT mode then these can only support the original 44.1 and 48 kHz sample rates that they were designed for. But if you use these in Optical S/PDIF mode they will also support the higher sample rates of 88.2 and 96 kHz.