Digidesign Digi 002 Rack
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Digidesign Digi 002 Rack

Digi 002 Rack, FireWire audio interface from Digidesign.

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Average Score:4.2( 4.2/5 based on 30 reviews )
 12 reviews40 %
 11 reviews37 %
 4 reviews13 %
 2 reviews7 %
Value For Money : Poor
AlanForPresident09/07/2012

AlanForPresident's review"The 002 Rack vs. the 002 Board"

Digidesign Digi 002 Rack
I have used both the DigiDesign 002 Rack as well as the actual console model. There are some small differences between the two. Mainly just that the rack doesn’t have the mixing sliders on it (because there is no room) but that doesn’t mean that the 002 Rack isn’t good. The great thing about this interface is that it is affordable, there are not many interfaces that are great with PC or with MAC that run on Fire wire and are made for pro tools. It is like having a real full professional studio right in your house. With the 8 channels that are balanced analog and also 8 of ADAT optical I/O you cant go wrong. On the DigiDesign 002 Rack there are 4 mic preamps with 48V phantom power, there is also some midi ports as well, I cant remember exactly how many there are though but there are well more than the average home musician needs.


UTILIZATION

When you purchase DigiDesign 002 Rack it will come with Pro Tools LE (if I remember correctly). Since this rack is pretty much made for Pro Tools it makes it really easy to configure and to set it up and start using it right away. If you are new to Pro Tools then that’s where the trouble will come in. Pro Tools is not easy to understand right away, it will take some time. But the DigiDesign 002 Rack will cause you no problems setting it up. The latency is almost 0 and the drivers are very stable, I don’t think I have every had any updates for it though. I used it on a Quad Core PC and also with a Mac Book.


GETTING STARTED

The manual isn’t the easiest thing in the world to understand, but you can get through it if you need to use it.


OVERALL OPINION

My favorite thing about the DigiDesign 002 rack is that its like having a major studio right in the privacy of your own home, and it’s a great tool to understand how things will work in the major studio. I do suggest getting the actual 002 Digital Mixing Console (board) over the rack though, it will come in handy later down the road.
theaudioandvideoguy03/20/2012

theaudioandvideoguy's review"Awsome interf"

Digidesign Digi 002 Rack
I have used the DigiDesign 002 Rack in a few different studio’s and I must say that its amazing! I wish I could have this at my house! Its an amazing audio interface with all of the ins/outs you need to have a powerful session.


UTILIZATION

It seems pretty simple to run, they had it in pro tools in the studio that I was in. I am very familiar with pro tools so it was simple. I am not too sure if you can use it on a different DAW though. Digidesign does create other audio interfaces that can be used on several platforms though. But the whole time we were using it, we had no lag/latency. Well there is no such that as 0 latency , but you would think the DigiDesign 002 Rack had 0 latency with how well it worked! Probably the best interface of I have every worked on. It didn’t crash on us or anything. We had absolutely zero problems with it, for the few hours we were using it.


GETTING STARTED

Getting started with it wasn’t hard at all , as I said before I am really good with pro tools. But with a newbie it could be an issue getting started. But I am sure the manual will clear up any questions or concerns you might have. It does allow you to run several tracks at once, so if you are running this on a mac with a lot of ram you will be good to go! Very powerful tool right here!


OVERALL OPINION

Overall, I say if you can afford this unit buy it now! You probably wont find anything better on the market that can fit in your rack at home. This unit is used in major studios all across the world, and after using it I See why. No complaints at all with this one! Buy it!
ejendres10/27/2011

ejendres's review"Great piece of hardware"

Digidesign Digi 002 Rack
Four channels, 24-bit at up to 96kHz sample rate support. Analog, digital, and MIDI capabilities with dedicated monitor and headphone outputs. The unit can supply phantom power if need be.

I ran it into an ancient mac book and used the version of protools that came with it. Worked great.

UTILIZATION

This unit is (i think) discontinued, which means no more driver updates. I had no issues with the unit crashing or freezing, so no updates were needed.

There was some latency, but the unit allows you to directly monitor the signal (with the monitor and headphone outs) which means latency is a moot point.

I never used it with anything besides the version of protools it came with, which worked flawlessly.

It allows you to record 4 tracks simultaneously. I only ever did it with 2. I had no issues what so ever.



GETTING STARTED

The only issue I ever had with it was when it came to MIDI. I tried to use it to program my FCB1010, however the 002 rack wouldn't recognize it. Its was just a compatibility issue between the two units, the MIDI worked fine when it came to anything else.

I never had a need to consult the manual, so I cannot comment.

As for the setup, it was really simple. Simple enough that I did not need the manual.

Everything is clearly laid out and clearly labeled, so its really easy to find and access all the functions.

OVERALL OPINION

Besides the lone MIDI issue there is not much to complain about, the built in mic preamps sound great, its really easy to setup and use, and its runs flawlessly.

I used this unit on lone from a friend, and as great as it is I can't really see paying full price for it. Its an excellent unit, but not $1200 excellent. I'd much rather pickup a Makie onyx board or some other equivalent unit for half that price.
mooseherman06/06/2009

mooseherman's review

Digidesign Digi 002 Rack
I only use this interface with ProTools LE, simply because I prefer that program. I use it with my MacBook Pro and it works well. Since I mostly record with it at home it serves every purpose I've ever needed. If I need to use a lot of mics I prefer to go to a studio. I tend to stick to guitars and vocals, as well as rough demos for my band. For these ends, it's great. The interface isn't great but it works fine. It is capable of running up to 16 tracks simultaneously. There are four built-in preamps that are pretty solid.

UTILIZATION

This interface works pretty well. It's compatible with Pro Tools and it doesn't cause my computer any problems. Everything tends to be pretty stable. The only problem occurs with the Pro Tools software, not this interface. The manual is pretty easy to read, too, in case it's too confusing, though it shouldn't be.

GETTING STARTED

There haven't been any compatibility issues for me, but then again my setup for it isn't particularly exhaustive. I only have ProTools on my Mac. I can't speak to how well it works with a PC, but from what I hear, anything and everything is more difficult to use with a PC when you're dealing with ProTools, so I doubt this would be any different. Every function that the interface can handle is accessible and easy to use. They are also identified pretty easily, which is good for me since I use larger boards in a studio.

OVERALL OPINION

The sound of this interface is pretty good. It's not incredible, but not many of its kind are. The price of this interface is really fair and reasonable. I have slowly upgraded my interfaces, and haven't tried any that are around this price range other than this one. However, at this point, this model more than serves my purposes.
FP User10/31/2008

FP User's review

Digidesign Digi 002 Rack
The feature on and in this unit are well thought out and placed. I wouldn't say anything was missing.

Price paid: $1900.00 USD

UTILIZATION

For your average DAW user the usability is a breeze.

GETTING STARTED

The first series of the 002R shipped with a power supply (harness) problem, which digi acknowleged and sent purchasers replacement wiring harnesses. With the newer units the problem has been fixed. I would change nothing in terms of usability.

Other than the harness problem with the earlier shipped units the quality as usual I find to be good. Durability is another issue, I wouldn't take this unit on the road with out the protection of a rack space. It's not that I feel the unit isn't durable, but why take a chance.

OVERALL OPINION

Lover factor. I really do love the 002R. I love the fact that this is a high quality unit, with great sound and features. Also the fact that digi puts Protools into producers/muscians on a budget hands at a fairly low cost.

Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: dutty ( 4-, 2006)
FP User10/31/2008

FP User's review

Digidesign Digi 002 Rack
I hate the plug ins and the mixer the eq is to difficult to me

Price paid

1200

UTILIZATION

Recorded an hour after I hooked it up very easy to use

GETTING STARTED

Leave at home

OVERALL OPINION

Sounds great

love it to death

Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: Plus One (January 0-, 2004)
FP User10/31/2008

FP User's review

Digidesign Digi 002 Rack
Plugins are alot. 002 has a built in mixing surface. rack version lacks it but im not a fan of the built in one. id recomend a mackie controller. you cant expand the number of tracks to mix on the 002 full. so im happy i got the rack version.

Price paid

1100

UTILIZATION

Easy to use if you have used any other audio program like cooledit and cubase cuz they all jock protools. the manual sucks if you dont know protools. it shows you some basics but is only 80 pages or so.

GETTING STARTED

It seems well built. nothing has broken. i havent had it for a long time to say it stands up to anything.

OVERALL OPINION

Sound quality is on point. more than enuff inputs good pres compared to other digi products. more than worth the money

yeah im really happy with my purchase. for a grand you cant get software and hardware that would ever touch a 002 rack or protools. i use this for hip hop and its the best for me. my mic sounds on point and its easy to run mpc or reason through. exactly fits my needs. if you need more than a protools le system id say look at higher end protools equipment

Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: dfacedxa ( 1-, 2004)
moosers03/23/2008

moosers's review

Digidesign Digi 002 Rack
Basically, I bought the 002 rack so that I could run Pro Tools. I use it with Pro Tools 7.4 with a Macbook Pro (2.2 Ghz Processor, 2 Ghz Ram) and use the ADAT feature to send it to a Behringer ADA8000 for more inputs. I used to have a MOTU 896HD and while I liked that more as an interface, I needed to start using Pro Tools.

UTILIZATION

It's pretty easy to set up depending on what other things you are using it with. I haven't had any compatibility issues with the interface, although I do have occasional issues with the Pro Tools software. The interface layout really couldn't be easier, plenty of monitoring options. I haven't had a need to ever look at the manual as it was easy enough to figure out.

GETTING STARTED

Using the 002, I've had no issues with latency, but it depends what kind of machine you are running it with. I have heard it doesn't work as well with a PC, but I have no experience with that. As the 002 only runs with Pro Tools, I have had no option of trying it with another type of software. I can run 16 tracks at once, using the 4 built in preamps, the 4 1/4'' inserts and my ADAT external 8 channel preamp.

OVERALL OPINION

I've had this for about a year and a half and there is no going back from it. Although I wish it had more built in pre-amps, it does everything I really need it to do (most of which is to run Pro Tools with). The 002 is a bit pricey but since Pro Tools is the industry standard theres nothing that can really be done to control the price of it. All in all, I'm very happy with my 002 and I would recommend it to anyone looking to do multi-track recording with Pro Tools.
xbassman_K04/03/2013

xbassman_K's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Digidesign Digi 002 Rack
Purchased to replace an aging Digi 001 through use in my home / project studio. It is connected to a Mac Pro 8-core (second generation) with 12GB of RAM. Recordings are made in ProTools and a dedicated fast disk 1 TB connected internally (SATA). In most cases and for most users, the Digi 002 is fitted satisfactorily and allows recordings of excellent quality without using the additional gear. But for my part I wanted to push the possibilities a little further made especially for "critical" (voice, acoustic instruments), which is why I use external preamps (Focusrite ISA and / or Mindprint Envoice Mk I) better than those fitted to the Digi 002 and above equipped with excellent AD converters and digital output (S / PDIF and ADAT) to avoid the Digi converters which work certainly adequate but not extraordinary. Output I use a Presonus Central Station that allows me to select different plays and juggling different sources, particularly useful to avoid latency when monitoring Digi while shooting.

UTILIZATION

Most of the time my projects are done in ProTools (in order of updates, versions were used PTLE 7.4 PTLE 8.x, and currently PT9HD PT10HD), but I also occasionally used Logic Pro 8 and Ableton Live 8. The drivers I was never posed problems (except perhaps those of the 9HD which were a bit tricky). No worries regarding updates either, except the price asked by Avid extravagant enough to move from 8LE to 9HD (which, remember, was the first version to be able to use the HD without all have dedicated hardware), and then to the 9HD 10HD ...
I did not do any tests to see how many tracks it is possible to reach before the machine is on his knees asking me pardon, because I do not see the interest in my case. My projects often do not exceed 24 tracks 24bits/48KHz (I'm old school), I think the most I can remember is reaching 33 tracks without the slightest concern, so far theoretical possibilities of PT10HD which are 256 tracks in 24bits/48KHz ...
The issue of latency is however the biggest flaw of this interface is not better than other interfaces much cheaper, and for this price you can find better (eg RME). But this is a false problem in my case since I bypass using my Central Station, and it can also be solved if you use a console ... But there is also the "Low Latency Monitoring" ProTools allows to comfortably work with this interface.

GETTING STARTED

Trouble-free installation particular configuration clear, no incompatibility encountered manuals and more comprehensive in scope, you die! We see here that Avid / Digidesign is firmly rooted in the professional market, nothing is left to chance. Flawless on that side ...

OVERALL OPINION

I use my Digi 002 since 2006, before that I used its predecessor, the Digi 001 since 1999! My choice was on these interfaces especially because I was using ProTools studio for several years. So, I have not really tried anything else, since I wanted to use THAT ProTools and it did not turn solely on the interfaces Avid / Digidesign. This problem is more topical today because ProTools is quite capable of running on any interface, whatever its manufacturer. So I'm not sure I would do this choice today, because at the same price, you can find much better! UAD Apollo example or Apogee, RME or a ...
kriska192804/01/2013

kriska1928's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" It's good"

Digidesign Digi 002 Rack
What characteristics have motivated your choice?
Many inputs and outputs on the FW.

For what purpose?
Applying effects Recording.

UTILIZATION

Driver sometimes capricious. The problem is well known (see Forum Avid and others)
Avoid standby.
More updated driver, Avid considers the machine obsolete.
I use 1024 sample latency under 44.1k. is 23.2ms. 50aine a track simultaneously readable.

GETTING STARTED

No problem.
Buttons in facade do not look anything but devilish practice. ie "mono" and "Alt Src to Mon"

OVERALL OPINION

For almost a year.
I had used these machines recording studio with ProTools (I use Ableton Live).
For that price yes. Namely, despite its good quality, this equipment is aging and no longer supported (which is largely lowered its rating). Nine for the price, there are much better now (with many entries, better preamp and DSP).
Namely: MacOS Lion, there is a problem with the driver CoreMIDI over medium noon.