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A pro-quality small-format mixer with FireWire connectivity!
Mackie Onyx 1640 16-Channel Mixer
The Mackie Onyx 1640 16-Channel Mixer is a premium 16-channel, 4-bus small-format analog mixer. It features all-new circuitry including 16 boutique-class Onyx mic preamps with 4-band Perkins EQ plus sweepable mids on mic/line channels.
Other features include six aux sends with pre/post switches, four stereo line-level inputs, a built-in talkback section for use with internal or external mic, true hardware EQ bypass, and a "Planet-Earth" switching power supply for worldwide use. It's also equipped with 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; and selectable instrument inputs on the first two channels, meaning no DI boxes are needed.
Onyx mic preamps
Because a great mixer starts with great mic preamps, Mackie invested significant R&D efforts into developing our new flagship Onyx mic preamps. These preamps build upon their already-impressive XDR design to meet or surpass expensive esoteric standalone mic pres in terms of fidelity, headroom and transparency—as well as improved radio frequency (RFI) rejection and wider dynamic range.
Perkins eq circuitry
When it was time for the Onyx EQ section, Mackie turned to veteran audio engineer Cal Perkins to develop their new Perkins EQ circuitry—a "neo classic" 3- and 4-band design based on classic "British EQ" circuitry from mixing desks of the '60s and '70s. Cal devised a way to give Perkins EQ that sweet "British console" sound, but with greater filter control and minimum phase shift
Listening to our customers
Mackie rounded out the Onyx 1220 feature set by answering some common requests from their compact sound mixer customers: adding individual 48v phantom power and balanced direct outputs on every channel; a full Auxiliary section with Pre/Post control; and a new Talkback section with a convenient built-in mic. They even developed a "Planet Earth" switching power supply for worldwide use.
Onyx 24/96kHz Firewire I/O Card
The Onyx FireWire Card is a true first. This user-installable 24-bit/96kHz card transforms the Onyx 1220, 1620 and 1640 mixers into fantastic-sounding digital audio interfaces capable of sending up to 18 channels of audio to your Mac or PC — without the need for additional converter boxes or hardware. Thanks to the use of flagship Onyx mic preamps, superior analog circuitry, and class-leading A/D converters, Onyx mixers with FireWire rival the sound quality of dedicated audio interfaces costing many times more. Not to mention the simplicity of plugging in up to 16 microphones and sending them directly from the audio mixer to your computer... and monitoring a stereo mix back through the mixer.
Up to 18 channels w/ adjustable sample rate
The Onyx FireWire Card allows you to stream up to 18 channels of 24-bit digital audio to your Mac (OSX 10.3.5 or greater) or PC (Win XP). These show up in your audio software as 16 individual audio inputs, plus a stereo L/R mix. You can also send two channels of audio back from the computer to the sound mixer for monitoring purposes.
Audio coming back from the computer is conveniently monitored through the Control Room Source matrix, where it is routed to the Phones, Control Room, or Main Mix outputs. Additionally, you can select the sample rate for the analog-to-digital converters in either the Onyx Control Panel (on the PC) or directly from your audio software (on the Mac — no control panel needed). Sample rate options include 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz, and 96 kHz at 24 bits.
A hub of activity
The Onyx FireWire card features two 6-pin FireWire connectors that each supply all 16 channels plus the L/R mix. Having dual connectors allows you to place the Onyx mixer anywhere within a chain of FireWire-equipped devices. You can even daisy-chain two 16-channel Onyx mixers via FireWire and send a whopping 32 mic signals right to your laptop. (PC only; Mac support for mixer chaining coming soon.) This makes for a very high-quality live recording rig that conveniently fits in the back seat of your car.
ADJUSTABLE MAIN MIX TRIM
The Onyx FireWire card has a small rotary knob that provides boost and cut for the L/R mix signal being sent to your computer. Since the L/R mix signal is tapped prior to the Main Mix fader, this rotary knob gives you control over the signal level going to your audio software application without affecting your main mix level — a very convenient feature for live recording.
Everything you need to get recording
The CD-ROM included with the Mackie Onyx FireWire card contains all the necessary drivers for PC, plus a software Control Panel. On a Mac, just plug in the FireWire cable and Onyx mixers will immediately show up as a 14x2 or 18x2 Core Audio device.
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Ok... i needed a new board, but i had a slight problem... i needed a board that could run live sound for bands, AND, i wanted to be able to record these bands at the same time. I also wanted to be able to use the board as a studio mixer. I researched for 3 weeks, and this MACKIE 1640 is the ONLY board that i found that could do BOTH... So, now i own it..!!! First off... the price in Musician's Friend on the combo package for $1399 is the best you will find, (at least it was when i wrote this...) Now, about the board... you will NOT find a better board to use to run live sound for a band... the only drawback would be if you need more than 16 channels... the features of this board are VERY functional... 4 band eq is awesome.. 6 aux sends, and ALL of them can be pre or post fader... very important... PLUS, you can SOLO each aux send..!!! VERY helpful for me as lots of bands are using in-ear monitors, and this feature lets me hear what they are hearing at anytime... the talkback with built in mike is very helpful during stage setup... each channel has 4 leds that act as mini level indicators... there is no need to solo up a channel to get an idea what the signal level is for that channel, you can see where the signal levels are for each channel at a glance... very helpful when you have guitar players and bass players who switch effects because most of the time you get a different signal level when they switch... if they are suddenly sending you too much signal level, you will have a red led lighting up on that channel and you will be able to fix the issue immediately... now to the recording function... all i can say is WOW..!!! very easy to record onto a laptop, just make sure you have a laptop that is up to the task... if you don't have a hard drive on your laptop that runs at least 5400 rpm, you will probably have to record at a lower quality setting so you do not have any "glitches" in your recordings... but that has nothing to do with the board... i have done some test recordings, and the most amazing thing i found is how QUIET the preamps are on the channels... i cranked the trim pod all the way up while recording and i got all kinds of room noise, but there was no noticable noise from the preamp... and with the trim set to around 12 o'clock, i had HUGE level on the recording when i talked or sang into the mic, but no other noise.... none at all..!!! most impressive... in conclusion, if you need a board that will run 95% of the bands out there, AND record anytime you want with the simple one wire hookup to your laptop, this board is ABSOLUTELY the right tool for the job...
this mixer has everything you need. 16 mic inputs with excellent pre amps and eq, 4 subs, 6 aux sends, AND you can get it with a firewire output. this is THE ultimate board for live recordings, it can handle almost any live set up and send every channel to a computer via firewire. this board even works in a studio, because it has enough aux sends and sub groups for everyone's monitors. this is my dream board; it has absolutely everything i want, nothing i don't need, and it's capable to expand with external effects and processors. anyone looking for an affordable mixer to record with - look no further. this is the perfect board.