Avid 003 Factory Rack Recording Interface  From Avid

Firewire Audio Interface from Digidesign including 4 Mic Pres and Pro Tools software.


Manufacturer's Description from Avid

With an extensive range of audio and MIDI I/O, high-definition audio resolution, the creativity and speed of industry-standard Pro Tools software, FireWire connectivity, and a big, comprehensive bundle of powerful software included free, 003 Rack Factory enables you to attain the same high audio production quality as commercial facilities in your own personal or project studio. 


Take advantage of the plethora of I/O to connect and monitor all of your studio equipment. Its streamlined design will help save space in even the most gear-packed studio, and give you the freedom to take a professional Pro Tools system anywhere your creative skills are needed — or inspired. And with over 80 powerful plug-ins, virtual instruments, and compatible applications included, you have everything you need (and then some) to compose, perform, record, edit, mix, and master audio for music and desktop post production projects — with truly professional results.


Looking for a complete Pro Tools LE workstation geared for post production and music creation? Check out 003 Rack Factory Complete, which pairs 003 Rack Factory with the Complete Production Toolkit at great savings, providing full 7.1 surround mixing capabilities, up to 128 simultaneous audio tracks, and specialized tools and features for total post production and music creation versatility.


003 Rack Factory also includes over $3,000 worth of additional professional plug-ins, plus an iLok USB Smart Key to handle your plug-in authorizations.



003 Rack Factory is professionally engineered to deliver the stunning clarity of high-definition audio, and durably built to withstand any knocks and bounces it encounters when your creative skills are needed on the road.


Wide Range of I/O

  • High-speed FireWire connectivity
  • 18 simultaneous channels of audio I/O
  • 24-bit/96 kHz resolution
  • 8 analog inputs, 8 analog outputs
  • 4 professional mic preamps; 48V phantom power enabled on channel pairs
  • 8 channels of ADAT optical I/O or two channels of S/PDIF optical I/O
  • 2 channels of S/PDIF digital I/O
  • 1 MIDI input, 2 MIDI outputs (16 channels in/32 channels out)
  • BNC Word Clock I/O
  • Dedicated studio monitor output, plus alternate control room output
  • Alternate Source input for external device monitoring
  • Dual headphone outputs


Streamlined Interface

  • 2U rackmountable chassis
  • 4 individual input gain controls
  • 4 discrete high-pass filter switches
  • Individual headphone source and level controls
  • Mute switch



Pro Tools software is used in countless professional studios around the world, and includes all the tools you need to easily compose, record, edit, mix, and master your projects with pro results — every time.




  • Award-winning Pro Tools recording, editing, and mixing
  • 48 simultaneous stereo audio tracks (expandable with Toolkit options)
  • Includes dozens of pro effects processing plug-ins and virtual instruments
  • Professional MIDI sequencing with dedicated MIDI Editor window
  • Integrated Score Editor based on award-winning Sibelius notation software
  • Full Elastic Time and Elastic Pitch to easily adjust timing and pitch on your tracks
  • Unique Beat Detective LE automatic groove analysis and correction tool
  • ReWire support for streaming your favorite applications right into Pro Tools
  • Support for the Command|8 control surface
  • Huge selection of compatible third-party plug-ins and software options
  • Works on Windows and Mac computers


Bundled Plug-ins

In addition to M-Audio Torq LE DJ software and an incredible 8 GB collection of pro-quality loops from industry sound heavyweights Big Fish Audio, Pro Tools software includes a comprehensive bundle of amazing virtual instruments, effects, and utility plug-ins.


003 Factory Plug-in Bundle

  • Bomb Factory BF-2A
  • Bomb Factory BF-3A
  • Fairchild 660 and 670
  • Purple Audio MC77
  • Cosmonaut Voice
  • JOEMEEK SC2 Photo Optical Compressor
  • JOEMEEK VC5 Meequalizer
  • Moogerfooger 12-Stage Phaser'


  • Moogerfooger Analog Delay
  • Moogerfooger Lowpass Filter
  • Moogerfooger Ring Modulator
  • SoundReplacer
  • TL EveryPhase
  • Tel-Ray Variable Delay
  • Voce Chorus/Vibrato
  • Voce Spin

IMPORTANT: The Factory bundle listed here is the most current bundle; your bundle may include a different assortment of plug-ins depending on when your Pro Tools LE Factory bundle system was purchased.



Virtual Instruments

  • Boom drum machine and sequencer
  • DB-33 tonewheel organ emulator with rotating speaker simulation
  • Mini Grand acoustic grand pian
  • Vacuum monophonic vacuum 
  • tube synthesizer


  • Xpand!2 multitimbral synth and sample workstation
  • Structure Free sample player
  • FXpansion BFD Lite acoustic drum module

Effects, Sound-Processing, Utility Plug-ins

  • 1-Band EQ III
  • 4-Band EQ III
  • 7-Band EQ III
  • AIR Chorus
  • AIR Distortion
  • AIR Dynamic Delay
  • AIR Enhancer
  • AIR Ensemble
  • AIR Filter Gate
  • AIR Flanger
  • AIR Frequency Shifter
  • AIR FuzzWah
  • AIR KillEQ
  • AIR Lo-Fi
  • AIR MultiChorus
  • AIR Multi-Delay
  • AIR Nonlinear Reverb
  • AIR Phaser
  • AIR Reverb
  • AIR Spring Reverb
  • AIR StereoWidth
  • AIR Talkbox
  • AIR Vintage Filter
  • BF76 Compressor
  • BF Essential Clip Remover
  • BF Essential Correlation Meter
  • BF Essential Meter Bridge
  • BF Essential Noise Meter
  • Celemony Melodyne Essential
  • Chorus
  • Click
  • Compressor/Limiter
  • D-Verb
  • DC Offset Removal
  • De-Esser
  • Delay
  • DigiReWire
  • Dither
  • Duplicate
  • Eleven Free
  • Expander/Gate
  • Extra Long Delay II
  • Flanger
  • Gain
  • Invert
  • Lo-Fi
  • Long Delay II
  • Maxim
  • Medium Delay II
  • Multi-Tap Delay
  • Normalize
  • Ping-Pong Delay
  • Pitch
  • Pitch Shift
  • POWr Dither
  • Recti-Fi
  • Reverse
  • SansAmp
  • Sci-Fi
  • Signal Generator
  • Short Delay II
  • Slap Delay II
  • Time Compression Expansion
  • Time Shift
  • TL AutoPan
  • TL InTune
  • TL MasterMeter
  • TL Metro
  • Trim
  • Vari-Fi



About Manufacturer

From award-winning producers, of music and film, to producers of personal at home productions, Avid creates technology that people use for their music to be heard or videos to be seen on any platform. The shows, commercials, and news programs you watch on TV. The entertaining video and film stories you see on the web and on the big screen.  The personal audio and video treasures that people make at home to preserve their favorite moments in life. Avid has a myriad of products to fill your production needs.


Mic Inputs


Line Outputs (1-8)

Connector: Four balanced XLR jacks

Mic Phantom Power: 48V

Equivalent Input Noise: -129 dBu

Frequency Response: +/- 0.1 dB, 20 Hz - 20 kHz 

Dynamic Range: 105 dB / 107 dB A-weighted

THD + N: 0.0007% (-103 dB)

Mic EIN: -129 dBu

Input Sensitivity: +2.2 dBu

Input Impedance: 2K Ohm

Gain Range: +18 – +65 dB



Connector: Eight impedance balanced 1/4" jacks

Frequency Response: +/- 0.5 dB, 20 Hz - 20 kHz 

Dynamic Range: 110 dB / 113 dB A-weighted

THD + N: 0.0007% (-103 dB)

Output Sensitivity: +18 dBu

Line Inputs


Monitor Outputs (Main & Alt)

Connector: Four balanced 1/4" jacks

Frequency Response: +/- 0.1 dB, 20 Hz - 20 kHz 

Dynamic Range: 111 dB / 113 dB A-weighted

THD + N: 0.0007% (-103 dB)

Input Sensitivity: +17.38 dBu

Input Impedance: 22K Ohm

Gain Range: 0 – +50 dB


Connector: Two impedance balanced 1/4" jacks

Frequency Response: +/- 0.5 dB, 20 Hz - 20 kHz 

Dynamic Range: 110 dB / 112 dB A-weighted

THD + N: 0.0008% (-102 dB)

Output Sensitivity: +18 dBu

DI Inputs


Headphone Outputs

Connector: Four balanced 1/4" jacks

Frequency Response: +/- 0.1 dB, 20 Hz - 20 kHz 

Dynamic Range: 104 dB / 106 dB A-weighted

THD + N: 0.0008% (-102 dB) - Balanced input

Input Sensitivity: +17.16 dBu

Input Impedance: >300K Ohm

Gain Range: 0 – +50 dB



Connector: Two unbalanced 1/4" jacks

Frequency Response: +/- 0.5 dB, 20 Hz - 20 kHz 

THD + N: 0.0009% (-101 dB)

Dynamic Range: 110 dB / 112 dB A-weighted

Output Sensitivity: +23 dBu



Digital Specifications

Connector: Two balanced 1/4" jacks

Frequency Response: +/- 0.1 dB, 20 Hz - 20 kHz 

Dynamic Range: 111 dB / 113 dB A-weighted

THD + N: 0.00055% (-105 dB)

Input Sensitivity: +17.16 dBu

Input Impedance: 10K Ohm


Supported Sample Rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96 kHz 

Maximum Word Length: 24-bit

S/PDIF: 2-channel optical or RCA jack pair

Digital Optical: TOSLINK (ADAT, max 48 kHz sample rate) 

Word Clock: Two BNC jacks

Host Connection: Two IEEE-1394a (FireWire) ports (6-pin-to-6-pin FireWire cable included)

MIDI: 5-pin MIDI DIN connectors - one input, two outputs

Size / Weight / Power

Height: 2U rack (3.5 inches / 8.89 cm)

Width: 19 inches / 48.26 cm

Depth: 13.5 inches / 34.29 cm (including all knobs / connectors)

Weight: 11.22 lbs / 5.09 kg

Power Requirements: 100 - 240V, 50 - 60 Hz A/C (power cable included)

Max Power Consumption: 1A / 110 watts @ 110 volts


System Requirements

  • Avid-qualified Windows Vista- (32-bit Business or Ultimate), Windows XP- or Mac OS X 10.5-based computer
  • Minimum 1 GB of RAM
  • DVD-ROM or equivalent optical drive for software installation
  • Available FireWire port for 003 Rack system
  • Available USB port for iLok USB Smart Key