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Mackie Onyx 820i Firewire Mixer
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The ultra-compact Mackie Onyx 820i FireWire Recording Mixer combines the benefits of a powerful computer interface with the tactile, hands-on control...Read More
A premium analog mixer with FireWire connectivity and Pro Tool M-Powered compatible.
The ultra-compact Mackie Onyx 820i 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 three Onyx mic preamps and classic Perkins EQ only accentuate the mixer's ample connectivity and clear-cut workflow. The 820i 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.
- 8-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)
- Ableton Live
- Final Cut Pro
- 3 Onyx boutique-quality mic preamps
- 3-band Perkins EQ with sweepable mids on mic/line channels
- 3-band Perkins EQ on stereo line channels
- Hybrid mono/stereo channel with 4-band Perkins EQ
- 8x2 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
- 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
Onyx 820i Firewire Mixer
- Tracktion 3 System Requirements
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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Comments about Mackie Onyx 820i Firewire Mixer:
I buy almost all my gear at Musician's Friend now. I live in a less populated area, so the hardware pickings are slim around here. But that does not mean I will settle for less than the best. With the advent of online shopping, you don't need to settle. I have a great set up with an Intel 8 core Mac Pro with 8 TB of hard drive and 16 GB of RAM, and two Apple 27" monitors. My DAW is Pro Tools 10, and I have many plug-ins. My Mackie mixer fits into this environment seamlessly, and flawlessly. I am very pleased. I am still in the early stages of the learning curve with this device. So hopefully, it can only get better.
I had already been using a Mackie Big Knob Studio Command System in my home studio set up, so I knew I was getting quality. That thing is built like an anvil, so it stood to reason the Mackie Onyx-820i Premium Firewire Recording Mixer would be also, and I was not disappointed. I was replacing a fully operational Apogee Duet, which worked flawlessly. It just didn't have enough inputs, and my needs were expanding. The Onyx 820i has eight. What if my bandmate and I wanted to harmonize and play keys and an acoustic guitar at the same time? I love the built in equalizer, but I can bypass it, and thereby let Pro Tools' plug-ins handle the heavy lifting. There are also several output possibilities, with main out, control room or phones out, or monitor out. This can be used for live gigs, but is made for the studio. The 820i has several big brothers, with more inputs, if you need them.
My most positive thought about the Mackie Onyx 820i is the quality aspect. Everything about the mixer screams quality throughout. No plastic on the case of this monster - all metal. My feeling is it could take some abuse before being damaged. All design elements, the knobs, the jacks, the bottons, the potentiometers, show me a real effort was made in the esthetics department. The result of all this effort is the output to my DAW is pristine and quiet. Everytime I've had a noise problem, it's been because some other piece of gear was set up incorrectly, or some silly user (that would be me) error. I will say, it can help if you will read the schematic diagram in the Users Guide, which you can download free from Mackie support's website. It is essential that you read the directions. The routing possibilities are endless, so sometimes pushing a button at the wrong time will cut off the sound. That's why it is important to know the signal path. That said, it is not difficult to get used to the flow.
The value is great. This is quality at a reasonable price, actually less than what I paid at the Apple site for my Apogee Duet. More capability, more connectability, more quality throughout - all at a decent price. And, I also caught Musician's Friend at a sale time. Put it all together, and then throw in a helpful support staff when you need it. I also like Mackie's environmental commitment. This all means value to me.
Comments about Mackie Onyx 820i Firewire Mixer:
I bought this mixer at Guitar Center and I love the mixer hardware itself, but I've had lots of problems with the drivers (I use Windows PCs). The mixer audio was choppy and unreliable on both of my computers. One of the computers required ridiculously high latency to get steady sound at all. The driver doesn't appear to share audio between applications well (just cuts them off), it has problems with slightly unusual sample rates, it loses connection with the mixer and I have to power cycle... Tech support told me that only PC firewire chipset they've had consistently good results with is the TI firewire chipset. So it doesn't actually work with any firewire -- only reliably with TI chipset firewire. Tech support actually told me to buy a new firewire card for my computer! I would have just returned the mixer if I hadn't already committed so much time to learning it and getting it working. If the drivers worked well, this mixer would be perfect. Hopefully they'll fix it in future versions.
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