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Mackie Designs Announces Arrival of Baby HUI

Features eight channel strips that each include 60 mm touch-sensitive motorized fader By DMN Staff Writer
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Baby HUI has joined Mackie Designs' family of control surfaces designed for DAW users who want to use analog controls to manipulate software on their digital audio workstations (DAWs). The new arrival, with a MSRP of US $799, supports the HUI/MIDI-mapping protocol -- allowing it to work out of the box with any HUI-supported DAW on PC or Macintosh platforms, according to Mackie.

Baby HUI is the newest addition to Mackie's family of HUI-supported DAWs, including Mackie Broadcast Professional Soundscape 32, Mackie Mixtreme, Digidesign ProTools and Digi 001, MOTU Digital Performer, Steinberg Nuendo and Emagic MicroLogic.

The control surfaces are designed to improve workflow and creativity by allowing users to interact with their favorite DAW through a familiar analog-style interface rather than a mouse. "With Baby HUI, users will no longer have to rely on a mouse to delicately move a fader or rotate knobs on screen," explained Keith Olsen, Corporate Director, Global Recording Market and Product Development at Mackie Designs Inc. "These simple actions can become frustrating and even time-consuming when attempted with a mouse. Baby HUI provides the 'human touch' of analog faders and knobs. Actions that would require multiple mouse clicks can be accomplished with a simple push of a button, slide of a fader, or a turn of a knob."


Baby HUI features eight channel strips that each include a 60 mm touch-sensitive motorized fader, mute button, solo button and a signal LED. Multi-functional rotary encoders accompany each channel strip as well. These provide pan or send level controls along with channel select, record arming and automation arming functions. Baby HUI also supports a full automation assignment section, display buttons, undo, tape-style transport controls and a shift modifier to double up with certain controls.

"Baby HUI is ideal for hobbyists and professionals alike and is perfect for just about anyone looking to improve the ergonomics of their studio without straining their budget," commented Olsen. "And, it has a marked advantage over similar products because it will work right out of the box with a huge family of digital audio workstations that already support the HUI protocol."

Baby HUI Physical Specifications
Height: 3.4 inches (86 mm)
Width: 14.6 inches (371 mm)
Depth: 10.1 inches (257 mm)
Weight: 7.6 lbs. (3.4 kg)

For more information, go to www.mackie.com.

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