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Digidesign Introduces ICON D-Command

The newest addition to the ICON integrated console family (April 17, 2005)

Digidesign today announced D-Command, the newest member of the ICON integrated console family. ICON D-Command incorporates much of the same functionality, industrial design, and custom workflow capabilities that have made the flagship ICON D-Control tactile worksurface one of the fastest selling large-format consoles on the market today. With its compact size and powerful feature set ? including dedicated EQ and dynamics editing sections, custom fader modes, and touch-sensitive rotary controls ? ICON D-Command is a natural fit for facilities that want ICONs unique mixing capabilities at a more affordable price.

?Weve sold over 200 D-Controlbased ICON systems in less than a year, says Rich Nevens, Digidesigns director of worldwide console sales. ?With the introduction of D-Command, we are extremely excited to be able to bring the power of the ICON integrated console environment to more audio professionals than ever before. This level of advanced automation, audio processing features, and control surface functionality has never before been available at this price point.

ICON D-Command combines all the benefits of a console with the power and flexibility of the industrys leading high-definition digital audio workstation. In addition to supporting mixes up to 24-bit/192 kHz in up to 5.1 surround, ICON D-Command features direct integration with industry-standard Pro Tools recording and editing software. With non-destructive AFL/PFL solo functionality and brand-new automation capabilities, creating great mixes with Pro Tools and ICON is more intuitive, practical, and faster than ever.

Similar to D-Control, ICON D-Command employs an intuitive console layout. The D-Command Main Unit features an easily accessible, central control section with straight-forward monitoring and communications controls. Equipped with eight channel faders, ICON D-Command is expandable to 24 faders by adding a single 16-channel Fader Module. The ergonomic design of ICON D-Command enables control of multiple session parameters through channel strips and provides LCD displays, LED rings, and bar-graph meters for visual session feedback.

Featuring dedicated, center-section panels for EQ and dynamics plug-in editing as well as per-channel control over many processing functions, routing, and automation modes ICON D-Command gives operators powerful hands-on command over their projects in a smaller console.

ICON enables operators in a wide variety of fields ? such as music, post, and broadcast ? to customize their environments by choosing the right worksurface, effects plug-ins, I/O interfaces, and peripherals. With such a wide array of options, operators can make ICON D-Command sound like any console they want.

ICON D-Command Features:
* Full integration with Pro Tools|HD systems
* Ergonomic eight-physical fader/channel strip layout; expandable to 24 physical faders/channel strips
* High-quality, touch-sensitive motorized faders
* Two touch-sensitive, multi-purpose rotary encoders per channel strip with LED rings and LCD displays
* 17 illuminated pushbuttons per channel strip to facilitate fast selection of channel modes and attributes
* Two bar-graph meters per channel and eight Master section bar-graph meters
* Comprehensive monitor/communications control section
* Dedicated, center-section control panels for EQ and dynamics plug-in control
* Includes the XMON monitoring system; a remote, rack-mounted analog I/O audio monitor and communications system that is capable of monitoring up to 5.1 surround
* Patent pending, high-speed Ethernet protocol connects console worksurface to Pro Tools|HD Accel DSP mix engine, providing 200 times more bandwidth than MIDI-based controllers

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About ICON
The Digidesign ICON integrated audio production environment is redefining the state of the art in large-format recording and mixing technology. Featuring your choice of the flagship D-Control worksurface or the all-new D-Command compact worksurface, plus the Pro Tools|HD Accel system as its DSP mixing and processing engine and modular Pro Tools|HD audio interfaces for analog and digital I/O, ICON is the first truly integrated console solution of its kind.

About Digidesign
Digidesign, a division of Avid Technology, Inc., is the worlds leading manufacturer of digital audio production systems, and the winner of the 2001 Technical Grammy® Award and 2003 Academy Award® of Merit (Oscar® statuette) for the design, development, and implementation of the Pro Tools digital audio workstation. Digidesign provides the professional music, film, video, multimedia, and radio broadcast industries with tools for digital recording, MIDI sequencing, editing, signal processing, and surround mixing. Digidesign products are marketed in over forty countries worldwide through a distribution network of value-added dealers, distributors, and OEM relationships. M-Audio, a leading provider of digital audio and MIDI solutions for electronic musicians and audio professionals, is a business unit of Digidesign.

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