Mackie revealed updated versions of their CFX range of live sound effects mixers. Scheduled for release later this year, the new CFX.mkII Series mixers have been updated with more comfortable Onyx series knobs, new graphics for better visibility in less-than-ideal lighting conditions, and improved durability thanks to impact-resistant rubber side panels that have been added to the entire range. Best of all, the CFX.mkII mixers come at a suggested retail price significantly lower than the original CFX series.
Available in 12, 16 and 20 channel configurations, the CFX.mkII Series mixers all feature four subgroups, precise nine-band stereo graphic equalizers for greater sonic control, and Mackie's high-quality EMAC 32-bit digital effects processor that virtually eliminates the need for outboard effects processors.
The EMAC (Extended Multiplication and Accumulation) processor started with the development of the best possible reverb, delay and modulation algorithms the Mackie engineers could devise. These algorithms are backed by a powerful 32-bit effects processor that is much better than the jangling 16-bit processors found on most other "effects" mixers available today.
All CFX.mkII mic/line channels have unbalanced inserts and input trim controls with individual Zero Level LEDs, 3-band EQ with swept midrange, and 100Hz low-cut filers. Each channel strip has a 60mm long-taper fader, one external, and one internal/external effects send; plus two aux sends, pan, mute, solo (PFL), and bus assigns. All three models allow two separate stage monitor mixes to be created with their own effects levels.
Like the original CFX Series mixers, the CFX.mkII Series mixers are designed for rugged, day-in and day-out road use. Their sturdy-yet-light steel construction houses rugged, double-sided SMT-plated fiberglass circuit boards as well as faders with ultra-tight lip seals for keeping out dust and other contaminants. The new Onyx-style knobs are mounted so that they ride just above the steel chassis and absorb impact without transferring damage to the internal components.
The Mackie CFX.mkII Series will be available from authorized Mackie dealers in early Q2, 2005. The CFX12.mkII has a manufacturer's suggested retail value of $599, while the CFX16.mkII is priced $749, and CFX20.mkII is now $899.
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