Mackie Debuts New Onyx Recording Interfaces

Jul 15, 2010 4:25 PM, By George Petersen


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Mackie has expanded its Onyx family with two new premium-recording interfaces—the Onyx Blackjack and Onyx Blackbird. Both units combine Mackie’s Onyx mic preamps with high-end Cirrus Logic A/D and D/A converters and workflow-friendly features equally useable by novices or pros expanding their studio capabilities.

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Mackie Onyx Blackbird interface

Retailing at $629.99/MSRP, the rackmount Onyx Blackbird delivers studio-grade recording via eight Onyx mic preamps. A 16x16 FireWire interface, Blackbird also features 8x8 ADAT and word clock I/O, providing ultimate expandability. Two front-panel “Super Channels” also offer dedicated low-cut switches, phantom power and true hardware monitoring options for quick zero-latency tracking. The other channels are equally flexible, using the powerful Blackbird Control DSP Matrix Mixer for quick setup of independent mixes and the ability to route any input to any output. Monitor, main, alt and dual headphone outs with dedicated source selection and level control ensures plenty of mix routing options.

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Mackie Onyx Blackjack interface

The Onyx Blackjack ($249.99) is an ultra-compact desktop 2x2 USB interface, perfect for the home studio. It has two Onyx mic preamp channels, each featuring built-in DIs for connecting guitars, etc. Separate level control for studio monitors and headphones, along with zero-latency, true analog hardware monitoring take the guesswork out of computer-based production. Blackjack is bus-powered, with a rugged, ergonomic chassis that’s ideal for both portable and desktop studio production applications.

Slated for delivery worldwide in August, both units are Mac/PC compatible, work with most major DAWs and include Tracktion 3 recording/music production software.

Visit Mackie's Onyx interface page for details on the entire new line of Onyx interfaces.

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