Mackie dXb*400, Onyx, Many Others

Apr 2, 2004 12:00 PM, Editors


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Mackie will use this year's NAB show (booth #5913) to introduce its new equipment, including the new FireWire-capable Onyx analog mixers and the dXb*400 professional recording and post-production console.

Following the introduction of the dXb*200 digital production console at NAMM earlier this year, Mackie’s dXb*400 (pictured) is designed specifically for high-level recording and post-production applications. Both the dXb*200 and dXb*400 share the same basic architecture and footprint, in addition to the dual touchscreen interface, 96kHz operation (optional to 192 kHz), o-board automation and effects, 25 high-quality 100mm Penny+Giles faders, configurable I/O card cage and a FireWire I/O card option for streaming to/from desktop or laptop computers. Both are compatible with select VST plug-ins and integrate Mackie Control Universal functionality to control Pro Tools, Logic and other audio software applications.

The dXb*400 features an expansive 96x96 channel I/O matrix (48x48 at 192 kHz) and 72 channels of EQ and dynamics at 96 kHz (36 channels with DSP at 192 kHz). The dXb*400 is also equipped with more advanced surround sound functionality that includes 24 buses, flexible panning assignment and complete surround monitoring features.

An onboard UAD-1 DSP Card comes preloaded into the dXb*400, providing instant access to plug-ins such as Teletronix LA-2A and 1176LN compressors, Pultec Program EQ and DreamVerb high-end reverb.

The dXb*400 will be available in late 2004.

Mackie's new Onyx 1220, 1620 and 1640 analog mixers combines new technologies such as extremely low-noise microphone preamps and circuitry, extended durability, numerous direct instrument inputs into a modern footprint that includes a FireWire option to integrate into any computer-based system.

The entire Onyx family derives its name from the inclusion of Mackie's Onyx mic pre, a low-noise microphone preamp circuitry based on the XDR mic pre found in Mackie's compact mixers. They also feature an all-new EQ circuit that was developed for the Onyx line by industry veteran Cal Perkins.

Three small-format mixers make up the Onyx line. The Onyx 1220 is a 12-channel (four mic/line inputs and eight line inputs) mixer with two buses and a 3-band Perkins EQ with sweepable midrange. The Onyx 1620 is a 16-channel (eight mic/line inputs and four stereo line inputs) mixer with two buses and a 4-band Perkins EQ with dual-sweepable midrange. The Onyx 1640 is a 16-channel (16 mono mic/line inputs) mixer with four buses and a 4-band Perkins EQ with dual-sweepable midrange.

Each Onyx mixer also includes an upgrade slot for an optional FireWire card, which allows the mixers to output a combination of direct outputs (from every input channel) and the L-R mix directly into a FireWire-equipped computer, and, simultaneously, return two channels of computer audio back to the mixer for monitoring through the phones matrix.

Also part of the Onyx family is a new rackmount mic preamp called the Onyx 800R. The 8-channel 800R is geared for professional and project studios seeking a premium mic preamp with 192kHz digital output, as well as any band or sound engineer needing additional high-quality mic inputs for analog or digital mixing consoles. Features include simultaneous analog and 24-bit/192kHz digital connectivity via ADAT Lightpipe, AES/EBU and S/PDIF to work seamlessly with both analog and digital systems. The front panel provides easy access to features such as selectable mic/line inputs per channel and two instrument input jacks, replacing the need for an outboard DI box.

Mackie's Onyx mixers will begin shipping in early Q2 2004. Suggested retail prices are $639 for the Onyx 1220, $919 for the Onyx 1620 and $1,539 for the Onyx 1640; the optional FireWire card has a SRP of $499. The Onyx 800R will begin shipping later in Q2 2004 and has a suggested retail price of $1,279.

Also being shown at NAB is Mackie's Big Knob Studio Command System, a source selection and communications box for DAW-based studios. Big Knob's name is inspired by its most prominent feature: a large, convenient volume knob that provides easy access for precise level adjustments. Also featured are three buttons for quick switching between three sets of studio monitors, a built-in talkback microphone, input source select for up to four different stereo sources, dual headphone outputs with an independent headphone mix bus and mono/mute/dim switches.

Rear panel connections include a dedicated DAW mix input and three independent 2-track stereo inputs, each with variable gain control and +4dB and -10dB selection buttons. Three 2-track stereo outputs also provide +4dB and -10dB selection buttons. Other connections include a DAW phones mix input, a phono preamp input, outputs for up to three sets of control room monitors and one set of in-studio monitors, and a talkback foot switch input.

The Mackie Big Knob Studio Command System will begin shipping in Q2 2004 and has a suggested retail price of $384.

Mackie’s Spike is a complete recording solution that includes the XD-2 24-bit/96k USB audio/MIDI interface with the company’s digital preamps and onboard SHARC dynamics processing. Spike is bundled with Tracktion recording software with VST support, Ableton Live and a free Nomad Factory plug-in.

Tracktion, which is also being distributed independently of the Spike Powered Recording System, is a new audio/MIDI workstation that is easy to use due to a single-screen interface that provides instant access to functions requiring multiple screens. Tracktion is compatible with Windows 98/2000/ME/XP and Mac OS X 10.2 and above. The Spike Powered Recording System has a suggested retail price of $495.

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