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Mackie Onyx 1620 16-Channel Mixer

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The premium, small format, analog Mackie Onyx 1620 16-Channel Mixer features all-new circuitry. Included are 8 boutique-class Onyx mic preamps with 4...Click To Read More About This Product

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The premium, small format, analog Mackie Onyx 1620 16-Channel Mixer features all-new circuitry. Included are 8 boutique-class Onyx mic preamps with 4-band Perkins EQ plus sweepable mids on mic/line channels. An optional 96kHz FireWire card (not included), supports streaming of 18 independent channels of audio to your computer with near-zero latency. Four aux sends with pre/post switches. Four stereo line-level inputs. Built-in Talkback section for use with internal or external mic. True hardware EQ bypass and "Planet-Earth" switching power supply for worldwide use. Other features include individual 48V phantom power switches on all mic inputs. 60mm logarithmic taper faders for smooth, linear fades. Balanced direct outs for every channel via DB-25 connections. Selectable instrument inputs on the first two channels means no DI boxes are needed.

  • Premium 16-channel small-format analog mixer with all-new circuitry
  • 8 new ONYX mic preamps with sound comparable to boutique preamps
  • 4-band Perkins EQ with dual sweepable midrange controls on Mic/Line channels
  • 96kHz FireWire option for streaming 18 independent channels of audio to computer with near-zero latency
  • 2 channels of monitoring from computer via FireWire option card
  • 4 Aux sends with Pre/Post switches
  • 4 stereo line-level inputs
  • Built-in Talkback section for use with internal or external mic
  • True hardware EQ Bypass
  • "Planet-Earth" switching power supply for worldwide use
  • Individual 48V Phantom Power switches on all mic inputs
  • 60mm Logarithmic Taper faders for smooth, linear fades
  • Balanced direct outs for every channel via DB-25 connections
  • Selectable Instrument inputs on first 2 channels--no DI box needed

This mixer has all the right stuff for live or studio use--order today!


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Beware, home-studio recording artists!

By IOkO_6O0f

from Hollywood

No question on Mackie's industry-standard quality, etc. However, one decision they made with this product is not entirely obvious up front - the optional Firewire card pulls signal from the mic pre's. You CANNOT eq, add effects, or use the faders on the signal that's passing through the firewire to your computer. It gets routed to the audio card pre-EQ, pre-FX, pre-Fader. This board is meant for mixing of a LIVE show in accordance with the acoustics of each venue, but with the convenience of laying down the pure un-fudged tracks to your laptop via firewire, on which you can do software eq and fx and mix later.

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The best recording interface ever

By JamminJay

from Des Moines, IA

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I record acoustic music and voiceovers in a professional, home studio environment. With the firewire card, this mixer provides the most convenient and reliable interface to the computer that I have ever seen or heard. And to top it off, the recorded sound is incredibly warm, with a real analog feel. Perfect for natural acoustic instruments and the human voice. I will never go back to a separate interface, and have sold my tube pre-amp. The Onyx's inputs and the A/D converters on the firewire card sound better, cleaner, and with a shorter signal path. Excellent pre's and EQ, too, when those are needed for monitoring. I do wish it was more compact, I would use it live for our duo performances in a heartbeat.


lack of features that bite

By Golden Ears

from HI

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My church has been using this mixer for 2 years now. There are two HUGE problems:1. You can't solo the aux channels -- no way to tell what kind of mix you're giving the musicians.2. Stereo channels don't have a sweepable midrange EQ -- hard to eliminate feedback on these channels.Sound quality is excellent -- as good as or better than Mackie's VLZ Pro preamps. Construction is excellent. FireWire option is great. Built-in direct-box on channels 1 and 2 are great.Recommendation: spend the extra $ and buy an Allen & Heath MixWizard3 16:2. It fixes all of the Onyx 1620's flaws. Or get the Mackie Onyx 24-4 -- flaws fixed.



By Mikdog

from Kamuela, HI

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I bought this mixer about a year ago and waited to write a review until I could get the "big" picture. The 1620 performs best in the live setting. Without a doubt, the perkins EQ takes this mixer far beyond the VLZ and other mackie products. I've had more compliments from musician's saying things like "What did you do to my voice? It sounds so clear!" or "The sound was excellent". This coming from the likes of grammy winners and other musicians that I have run sound for. This mixer coupled with mackie 450's and subs is efficient, powerful and a thing of beauty.That being said, there are obvious "downfalls" with this mixer. My biggest complaint is the size. This mixer is big and takes up a lot of space. I would take it to solo gigs just for the sound quality, however it's not practical. I use it with three or more musician's where EQ and mix is paramount. All the talk about inserts being pre fader, EQ is true, however i bought this mixer for live application (thank goodness). I never purchased this mixer for recording although I've tapped the inserts for drums, guitar vocal, just about everything and they definitely have character. I use an HD24 (alesis) for recording with nice pre amps and this seems far better. Again, I did not buy the fire wire card but I've heard other recordings using the firewire and I'll stay with alesis.In the end I rate products based on how much they give back to me. This mixer has more than paid for itself and continues to make me the $. I sold my VLZ 1402 and don't miss it. If you are looking for a live mixer with an unbelievable sound then this is for you. I recommend buying a hard case because it is very big and difficult to transport.


More than enough

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I bought this mixer w/firewire for my home studio. I wanted something that would be good at both recording and for live performances. I found the perfect balance. Not to mention the great software the FW card comes with.


Great Mixer

By Texan-PCUR4

from the South

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This is a great mixer, but unfortunately it sounds like some people don't understand the features. Of course the firewire card pulls the signal pre-everything. If you're taking your signals to a computer, you're eventually going to use software for effects, volume, EQ... (everything), and that feature is not exclusive to the 1620. All Onyx mixers with a firewire card work that way, and considering the integrity with chich Mackie products are made, surely there is a reason.If you're trying to solo an auxilary channel, you probably need a bigger mixer. Small bands, solo acts, and duets would benefit the most from a board like this. The features are truely great and the quality is hard to beat. It's a little expensive, but you'll appreciate it years down the road when it still works.

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