Mackie Onyx

Jan 21, 2004 12:00 PM, Editors

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At the recent Winter NAMM show, Mackie showed Onyx, a new family of FireWire-capable analog consoles that derived their name from the inclusion of Mackie's Onyx mic pre, the next generation in 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, developed especially for the Onyx line by industry veteran Cal Perkins, and a new industrial design and layout.

Three small-format mixers make up the Onyx line. The Onyx 1220 (pictured) 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. Like Mackie's 1604-VLZ Pro, the Onyx 1640 also includes a rotatable I/O pod that can be easily configured for rack or desktop use.

Each Onyx mixer includes an upgrade slot for an optional FireWire card, which allows users to output a combination of direct outputs from every single input channel on the mixer and the L/R mix directly into a FireWire-equipped computer and, at the same time, return two channels of computer audio back to the mixer for monitoring through the control room/phones matrix.

Mackie's Onyx mixers will begin shipping in Q2, 2004. Suggested retail prices are $639.99 for the Onyx 1220, $919 for the Onyx 1620, and $1539.99 for the Onyx 1640. The optional FireWire card has a suggested retail price of $499.99.

Part of this announcement, Mackie introduced a 1RU mic preamp—the 8-channel Onyx 800R— that provides 192kHz digital output. The Onyx 800R offers low-noise circuitry based on the XDR mic pre found in Mackie's compact mixers, and incorporates a variable microphone impedance control on the first two channels so that the user can adjust input impedance to achieve different types of sounds.

The 1U rackmount Onyx 800R features simultaneous analog and 24-bit/192kHz digital connectivity via ADAT Lightpipe, AES/EBU and S/PDIF to work 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. Other features include individual low-cut, phase and phantom power control on every channel.

The Mackie Onyx 800R will begin shipping in Q2, 2004 and has a MSRP of $1,279.99.

For more information on the Onyx line, visit www.mackie.com/namm/onyx.html. For more information on the Onyx 800R, visit www.mackie.com/namm/800r.html. For more sound reinforcement products, visit mixonline.com/live_sound_products/index.htm.






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