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Mackie Onyx 1220i Firewire Mixer  

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The 12-channel Mackie Onyx 1220i FireWire Recording Mixer combines the benefits of a powerful computer interface with the tactile, hands-on control o...Read More

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A premium analog mixer with FireWire convenience and connectivity.

The 12-channel Mackie Onyx 1220i FireWire Recording Mixer combines the benefits of a powerful computer interface with the tactile, hands-on control of a sleek, space-saving premium analog mixer. Proven, professional features like four Onyx mic preamps and classic Perkins EQ only accentuate the mixer's ample connectivity and clear-cut workflow. The 1220i allows you to send channels, aux sends, or master L/R signals discretely to your Mac or PC for recording. It also includes Tracktion 3 Music Production Software.

Tracktion 3 Music Production Software
Tracktion 3 Music Production Software doesn't make you bounce around endless menus and windows to make music. Based on a simple, single-screen interface, the award-winning Tracktion 3 is a fast, powerful, and complete solution for turning your ideas into finished songs. It comes a plethora of power and plug-ins to keep your music flowing-not locked in menus or limitations.

  • 12-channel premium analog mixer with integrated 24-bit/96kHz FireWire I/O
  • Qualified by Mackie for use will all major DAWs, including:
  • Pro Tools M-Powered 8 (Requires driver upgrade at www.mackie.com)
  • Logic
  • Cubase
  • Ableton Live
  • Final Cut Pro
  • 4 Onyx boutique-quality mic preamps
  • 3-band Perkins EQ with sweepable mids on mic/line channels
  • 3-band Perkins EQ on stereo Line channels
  • 16x2 FireWire routing, including aux sends and pre/post EQ assignment for all channels
  • Stereo playback from DAW, returned to control room or into channel for integration into mix
  • 2 aux sends with pre/post assignment
  • Smooth 60mm channel and master faders
  • Built-in DI on first two channels for direct connection of guitars, bass, etc.
  • Individual 48V phantom power switches on all mic inputs
  • Talkback section with built in mic and flexible routing
  • "Planet Earth" switching power supply for worldwide use

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Onyx 1220i Firewire Mixer

  • Tracktion 3 System Requirements
  • Windows XP
  • Pentium / Athlon 1GHz or higher
  • 512MB RAM or higher
  • OSX 10.4.8 or higher
  • G4, G5, Intel 1GHz or higher
  • 512MB RAM or higher

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MackieOnyx 1220i Firewire Mixer

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I don't know how I went so long without

By Fritzie

from Floyd, Virginia

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  • Accurate Controls
  • Compact
  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound


  • Came With Old Drivers

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  • Professional Recording

Comments about Mackie Onyx 1220i Firewire Mixer:

Great Mixer. The sound is top notch. I love the firewire integration with the computer. Works well with VST's

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Great sound and good features

By Jewcito

from Bishop, Ca

Comments about Mackie Onyx 1220i Firewire Mixer:

I purchased this unit as an interface with Pro Tools M powered and to be used as a mixing board for various applications. So far it has fulfilled my needs extensively. The routing options are nice and the mic preamps sound great. The only thing left to be desired for me would be a second sweepable mid on the first four channels as well as a couple more bussing options. All in all the unit is well built (like a tank) and the features are user friendly. It seems to work well in both capacities as a board and an interface. The universal driver for Pro Tools M powered will cost you the extra 50 bones but the functionality is great.

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Sweet machine!

By Musicians Fiend

from Los Angeles

Comments about Mackie Onyx 1220i Firewire Mixer:

First off , another reviewer complained of low vocal recording levels...They were trying to record vocals with a dynamic mic.. If he/she had connected ANY condencer vocal mic to this unit, they would have found its plenty loud for recording with the channel gain at about 45% to 50%. If your a singer trying to record live band practice using your hand held dynamic mic, you will need a externel pre-amp or a hand held condencer. I think you will find this is needed for ANY recording interface in the price range. My Motu 896mkIII was exactly the same way. This was supposed to be a "downgrade" from my Motu, but so far the drivers have proved far more reliable, both can be used as a mixer, this is far superior for that purpose, and the recording quality is near indentical. It feels like an upgrade!

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Logic Users Beware

By GtarGreg

from Atlanta

Comments about Mackie Onyx 1220i Firewire Mixer:

I had to send mine back. The mixer shows in the Apple Audio/Midi setup and can be selected in Logic, but channel routing does not work in Logic. you can search the boards on this as well, many have had this problem. From a purely analog stand point, this board is not as "warm" or "musical" as my old 1202-VLZ. I would avoid this one.

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By Sparky-.C4sf

from Charlotte

Comments about Mackie Onyx 1220i Firewire Mixer:

The Mackie Onyx 1220i is a solidly built board. Any "volume" issues you see in the reviews are usually operator (owner) error or the software or settings you are using. You have to take the time to learn how to use this board and it's features. Everyone just wants to rip open the box and go without getting up on the learning curve-me included-but the more I take time to experiment the more I've learned. I had some volume issues on my PC with Adobe 3.0-the wave files show up very small. But, when plugged into an I-Mac using Logic or Garage Band, you can change the view of the screen and see that volume levels are normal amd the recordings are clean and free of the "noise" I had on my PC. On playback, the volume levels are fine. I'm mostly using a Rode Tube condensor mic and the gain is at about 12 O'clock. Love the feel of the Mackie mixer vs. software mixers. The mic pre's are very good. The mixer is not "ugly" and it's built like a tank. It would be helpful if Mackie provided a video on features and "how to use" this mixer because there are so many different features and ways to use this console. I've owned Presonus and have tried other DAW interfaces and the Mackie Onyx 1220i is the best I've used so far.

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Too low level in recordings

Comments about Mackie Onyx 1220i Firewire Mixer:

The Mackie Onyx I series shows really low levels in recordings, compared with other (cheap or more expensive) competition products.Wit normal talking, gain trim at maximum (yes, at maximum) you only get peaks of 8% from the total space filled in your DAW.With any other product I have used, gain trimmed at 2 a clock, you get 90% of the total dynamic range.If you really want to use this for recordings... you will end up recording only REALLY lowd sources, like drums and snares.For voice is practically unusable.Sorry Mackie, this series is a lemon.Oh, an the driver is getting wild if more than one program tries to access simultaneous the firewire interface.The customer support claim that "this is normal behavior" for this series, nothing to fix.

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Not pretty but....

By Hawgly-cg9Rz

from Colorado

Comments about Mackie Onyx 1220i Firewire Mixer:

Mackie's mixers are the toughest, most dependable on the market and very reasonably priced. The new Onyx "i" class mixers incorporate a firewire interface that was previously a $400+ add on. Great for recording your band live, or getting your songs into the computer...BUT...for goodness sake did that have to make it SOOOOO ugly. What's with the "bootheel" profile. Looks like an afterthough compared to the smooth flowing lines of previous Onyx mixers. Would it have really cost that much more to incorporate a more visually pleasing case that would also sit better on uneven surfaces???? Not very pretty...but very functional.

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