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Mackie Onyx Blackjack Premium 2x2 USB Recording Interface

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Boutique-quality preamps and industry-leading AD/DA converters deliver unmatched fidelity, headroom, and transparency.

Mackie Onyx Blackjack-If you could fit one of Mackie's flagship Onyx 1640i consoles into your workspace and budget, you probably would do it. But that shouldn't mean you have to settle for the cheapest, plastic 2x2 interface available. Mackie has spent serious time and research creating the Onyx Blackjack Premium 2x2 USB Recording Interface. It delivers the same proven Onyx preamps as Mackie's other flagship Onyx products in an ultra-compact, ergonomic desktop design perfect for your home studio. Other professional features include high-end AD/DA converters, built-in DIs, phantom power and true analog hardware monitoring of inputs for hassle-free zero-latency tracking, in either mono or stereo. The USB connection provides bus-power to the Blackjack, eliminating the need for another cable run. Plus, it's Mac/PC friendly and ready for most major DAWs right out of the box. So, don't settle. Be smart and check out the Onyx Blackjack - the utmost in sonic quality and simplicity.

Boutique-quality Onyx preamps
Great recordings start with high-quality preamps and you will simply not find preamps at this price range better than Blackjack's Onyx preamps. Mackie invested significant R&D efforts into developing their flagship Onyx mic preamps. Found on Mackie's most expensive studio consoles, Onyx pres are designed 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 ultra-wide dynamic range. And with a full 60dB of available gain, would-be competitors are left in the dust.

High-quality AD/DA conversion
Quality doesn't stop at the boutique Onyx preamps. The Onyx Blackjack uses Cirrus Logic converters offering 114dB dynamic range (A-weighted) - a specification other companies sometimes charge thousands of dollars to achieve. Mackie's preamp circuitry is aligned precisely with the onboard analog-to-digital conversion to always provide you with the most headroom and the lowest noise and distortion possible, a real sonic benefit that is often ignored on smaller interfaces.

Zero-latency recording
Latency is evil and must be punished. If you have recorded with digital gear, chances are you feel the same way. It's a pesky computer-induced delay that can quickly kill the vibe of any recording session. Blackjack puts this issue to rest once and for all, featuring a true analog monitoring path directly from the preamps to your studio monitors and headphones. This means you can track while listening to the direct analog source with zero routing. Not only that, it also means you can adjust your buffer settings to maximize your computers processing ability. Oh yeah, Blackjack also allows you to track with zero latency in either mono or stereo, so you can get the right vibe when recording stereo signals like acoustic guitars and keyboards.

Professional tools
No other ultra-compact desktop interface delivers as many professional features as the Onyx Blackjack. Both channels double as built-in DIs for direct connection of guitars, basses, keyboards, drum machines, etc. Both channels also deliver 48V phantom power, so you can use studio-quality condenser mics with no problem. The studio monitor and headphone outputs have independent level controls for maximum flexibility. Plus, the Onyx Blackjack is bus-powered via USB, so there's no power supply to lose or another cable cluttering your workspace. It also comes with Mackie's Tracktion 3 Music Production software, so you can get started recording right away.

Ergonomically inclined
Most desktop interfaces have a serious flaw: their construction. First off, most are made of cheap, breakable plastic. Onyx Blackjack features a sleek, powder-coated all-metal chassis that is truly "Built-Like-A-Tank". You could literally use it as a hammer to smash the competition (not recommended at your local store). Second, when they are sitting on your desk, the competition lies flat, with no way to read the markings on the front panel. Have you ever accidently turned the wrong knob during your session? Not fun. The Onyx Blackjack sits with a 25-degree inclination, allowing for full view of all controls at all times, meaning more recording time and less hassle. A good idea - right?

The Onyx Blackjack Premium 2x2 USB Recording Interface is an extremely simple, but very powerful desktop interface that delivers all the features you want in a design that could fit in your man purse. Small studio. Big solution. Onyx Blackjack.

FEATURES
  • Two boutique-quality Onyx mic preamps with class-leading fidelity and dynamic range
  • High-headroom design with ultra-low noise and distortion
  • Professional 24-bit recording/playback via 2x2 USB
  • High-end Cirrus Logic AD/DA converters with 114dB dynamic range (A-weighted)
  • True analog hardware monitoring of inputs, in mono or stereo, for easy zero-latency recording
    Compatible with most major DAWs
    Logic
    Sonar
    Cubase
    Ableton Live
    Final Cut Pro
    And More
    Built-in DI on each input for direct connection of guitars, basses, etc.
  • 48V phantom power for use with studio-quality condenser microphones
  • USB bus-powered, eliminating need for separate power cable
  • Separate studio monitor and headphone outs with independent level control
  • Sleek, ergonomic "Built-Like-A-Tank" desktop design
  • Includes Tracktion 3 Music Production Software for Mac or PC

Work smarter and sound professional with an Onyx Premium Recording Interface.

SPECIFICATIONS
Software requirements :
  • For PC
  • Microsoft Windows 7 32 / 64, Vista 32 / 64 RTM or XP SP 2
  • Pentium 4, Celeron or Athlon XP processor
  • 512 MB RAM
  • For MAC
  • Mac OS X 10.4.11 - 10.6.2
  • G4 processor
  • 512 MB RAM
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MackieOnyx Blackjack Premium 2x2 USB Recording Interface
 
3.3

(based on 30 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (8)

56%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (13)
  • Compact (11)
  • Good audio (11)
  • Easy to use (8)
  • Lightweight (4)

Cons

  • Unreliable (4)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (12)
  • Amateur recording (5)
  • Professional recording (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (9), Experienced (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Yup, Asio4All FTW. Great interface, stupid drivers.

Drivers are this unit's downfall. The 1.9 driver needed to be reset if the ASIO buffer filled even briefly, as it would continue to create glitches in the audio afterward. The 2.0 driver...Read complete review

Drivers are this unit's downfall. The 1.9 driver needed to be reset if the ASIO buffer filled even briefly, as it would continue to create glitches in the audio afterward. The 2.0 driver worked well on my laptop but produced no sound at all on my desktop when using ASIO (directsound worked fine). The only thing that has worked consistently well has been Asio4All. This is fine, as I've generally found Asio4All to be slightly more efficient than most manufacturers' own ASIO drivers, but it's rediculous that Mackie's own drivers fail so completely in this regard. Support will give you the runaround about using the DPC Latency checker, trying different USB ports, looking for IRQ conflicts, etc., but I've never had to go through this much trouble to get an audio driver to work properly. An updated driver is supposed to be coming by March, but who knows. Another issue is that the download link for the driver on their website is (at the time of writing) unavailable, which means you have to call tech support to have them email you the driver, as there is no driver CD included in the box.

Infuriating as all this is, I'm still keeping the Blackjack, because I'm convinced after using it that it's the best 2x2 USB interface for the price, and maybe even regardless of cost. A firewire interface is still a better option, but most are much more expensive and likely aren't a significant improvement in fidelity.
There are few interfaces in this price range with decently-speced preamps, and I was down to the choice between this and the Scarlett 2i2, so I bought both to try out. I found the Mackie bests the Focusrite in almost every respect (except for drivers... more on that later). The preamps on the Blackjack were clearly better. I couldn't say how good they are in their own right as I don't have a lot of experience with pres, but I know my V67g sounded dull and lifeless on the Scarlett, whereas vocals sounded much more natural and detailed through the Mackie. The headphone output is stronger as well, able to drive a pair of DT880s without issue. There were other things I appreciate about the Mackie that I wouldn't have otherwise considered without comparing it to the Focusrite, like having markings around the knobs that made it easier to remember where I set the gain for a particular instrument / microphone, and being able to adjust the monitor level in the headphones (the 2i2 only allows you to adjust the monitor level for speakers via that big silver knob).
While it's not the prettiest-looking interface, it's impressively heavy for it's size. There's no give to the jacks or any other part of the interface, and no paint to wear off of the knobs. By far, it's the best build quality I've seen in an interface.
It's hard to think of another interface that offers this level of sound quality at this price. The only other USB interface I would have considered (aside from the Scarlett) is the Steinberg CI1, which is cheaper and has the same 60db of gain on the preamps but lower-quality ADC/DACs and a cheaper build. If I could use a firewire interface I'd jump at the TC Electronic Desktop Konnect 6, though it is slightly more expensive.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great Interface no recent driver updates

I purchased this interface because I have used a Mackie mixing board with the Onyx pre-amps for years for live performances. When I upgraded back then I was blown away by the real and...Read complete review

I purchased this interface because I have used a Mackie mixing board with the Onyx pre-amps for years for live performances. When I upgraded back then I was blown away by the real and warm feel of the sounds compared to other boards available on a working mans budget. The other boards had a graininess and flatness to them. When setting up my home studio over this past Holiday break I wanted to get the best sounds I could on a budget. Looking at two channel interfaces less than 200 bills I was delighted to see the Onyx Blackjack because of past experience. I definitely did NOT want to try three or four products in succession attempting to find one that did not have that dreaded grainy sound. I also did not want to fill my workstation area with tube warmers and other accessories to mask a bad interface. Once I got over one major pitall (more on this later) I was not disappointed. Very warm, realisic, and faithful reproduction of vocal and accoustic instruments. Further, the thing is bullet proof and zero learning curve easy to use. For these reasons I would rate this product 5 stars. Now for the down side. For the first day and a half I thought I was going to need to return the product because it did not work with my DAW software, Propellerhead Reason 8 running on Windows 10. The monitors worked immediately but the audio input interface would not work. The problem was with the driver. Reason requires the use of an interface with an ASIO type driver, as do most if not all higher end DAW software. No problem I thought, just go online to Mackie's web site and download the latest driver. This was my biggest disappointment. Mackie is not supporting driver updates for this product any longer and looks like they haven't since 2008. Fortunately I found a third party driver available via free download called ASIO4All. I installed this and BAM I was in business. It runs in t he background and takes care of the interface adaption like it wasn't there.

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(7 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

MACKIE IS MILKING THIS MARKET

By Vinny

from Lafayette, Indiana

About Me Professional Musician

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Pros

  • Brand name
  • Compact
  • Durable

Cons

  • Drivers Lack Thereof
  • Inputdaw Balance Knob
  • Limited compatibility
  • Limited Functions
  • Poor Sound Quality
  • Pricey / Poor Value
  • Random Power Failure
  • Unreliable

Best Uses

  • None

Comments about Mackie Onyx Blackjack Premium 2x2 USB Recording Interface:

I am a recording engineer/producer with my own studio. I bought this to supplement my rig and replace a cheap Lexicon Alpha (great interface btw). This is so much worse than the Alpha. The only thing good is the durability. The monitor knob is set to "blend" instead of "pan", meaning that you can never solo the input monitor over the DAW output, only mix it in, which is useless because you can never hear yourself in the headphones when you try to monitor. To turn up your input level in the headphones turns up the DAW output too. Also, the drivers must be downloaded (no disc included) and they don't work on Windows 7 (32 bit OR 64 bit), nor on any decent software for that matter. It also randomly shuts off on a number of different nice PCs. DO NOT BUY THIS SUPPOSED MACKIE PRODUCT. A lot of companies are putting out USB sound cards even though its not their forte, and they fail miserably. Mackie, leave this market niche to someone who cares.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great interface for the money

By Soundmixer

from Roslyn, PA

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Compact
  • Durable
  • Easy To Use

Cons

  • 441k48k Only No 96k

Best Uses

  • Audio for Video
  • Home Studio
  • Voiceover Recording

Comments about Mackie Onyx Blackjack Premium 2x2 USB Recording Interface:

Wow, I can't believe some of the negative reviews this thing has gotten recently, because I really like it. I'm using it on both Mac OS 9 and Windows 7 and never have any problems with it. On Mac OS, using it with both Logic 9 and Pro Tools 10 Native and it works great and sounds great. On Windows I'm using it more for video work and narration (Sony Vegas and Sound Forge Pro), but if there's a bug in the driver somewhere I haven't experienced it.

One thing - yes, the input monitor is a blend knob. So just mute the track you're recording on in your DAW, problem solved - in fact I don't know any other two channel interface that works differently, so I don't understand the complaint.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Yup, Asio4All FTW. Great interface, stupid drivers.

By Evan Clinton

from Undisclosed

Comments about Mackie Onyx Blackjack Premium 2x2 USB Recording Interface:

Drivers are this unit's downfall. The 1.9 driver needed to be reset if the ASIO buffer filled even briefly, as it would continue to create glitches in the audio afterward. The 2.0 driver worked well on my laptop but produced no sound at all on my desktop when using ASIO (directsound worked fine). The only thing that has worked consistently well has been Asio4All. This is fine, as I've generally found Asio4All to be slightly more efficient than most manufacturers' own ASIO drivers, but it's rediculous that Mackie's own drivers fail so completely in this regard. Support will give you the runaround about using the DPC Latency checker, trying different USB ports, looking for IRQ conflicts, etc., but I've never had to go through this much trouble to get an audio driver to work properly. An updated driver is supposed to be coming by March, but who knows. Another issue is that the download link for the driver on their website is (at the time of writing) unavailable, which means you have to call tech support to have them email you the driver, as there is no driver CD included in the box.

Infuriating as all this is, I'm still keeping the Blackjack, because I'm convinced after using it that it's the best 2x2 USB interface for the price, and maybe even regardless of cost. A firewire interface is still a better option, but most are much more expensive and likely aren't a significant improvement in fidelity.
There are few interfaces in this price range with decently-speced preamps, and I was down to the choice between this and the Scarlett 2i2, so I bought both to try out. I found the Mackie bests the Focusrite in almost every respect (except for drivers... more on that later). The preamps on the Blackjack were clearly better. I couldn't say how good they are in their own right as I don't have a lot of experience with pres, but I know my V67g sounded dull and lifeless on the Scarlett, whereas vocals sounded much more natural and detailed through the Mackie. The headphone output is stronger as well, able to drive a pair of DT880s without issue. There were other things I appreciate about the Mackie that I wouldn't have otherwise considered without comparing it to the Focusrite, like having markings around the knobs that made it easier to remember where I set the gain for a particular instrument / microphone, and being able to adjust the monitor level in the headphones (the 2i2 only allows you to adjust the monitor level for speakers via that big silver knob).
While it's not the prettiest-looking interface, it's impressively heavy for it's size. There's no give to the jacks or any other part of the interface, and no paint to wear off of the knobs. By far, it's the best build quality I've seen in an interface.
It's hard to think of another interface that offers this level of sound quality at this price. The only other USB interface I would have considered (aside from the Scarlett) is the Steinberg CI1, which is cheaper and has the same 60db of gain on the preamps but lower-quality ADC/DACs and a cheaper build. If I could use a firewire interface I'd jump at the TC Electronic Desktop Konnect 6, though it is slightly more expensive.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Mackie is NOT What They Used To Be!

By Dennis J Barela

from Temecula, CA

Comments about Mackie Onyx Blackjack Premium 2x2 USB Recording Interface:

I have been struggling with this unit for almost a year now. I have over 30 years of pro audio experience. My computer was brand new when I purchased this unit and is very stout as well as being optimized for audio production. Mackie techs keep telling me that they are working on the issues with this unit and that updated drivers will be available in the next month but I hear this from them all the time. I can't even use the Mackie ASIO drivers because they create noise, do not function properly or fail outright. 355ms of latency is absolutely unacceptable in this day and age for a product of this caliber. "Signal chain" is very important in getting your mix perfected in the pro audio industry and a decent mix cannot be achieved with this product. Constantly having to readjust the settings and driver for audio anomalies and latency issues is extremely unproductive. Since they have strung me along for months I'm sure that they will no longer honor their warranty at this point. I will probably end up trashing the unit, buying another manufacturer's product and never purchasing another Mackie product ever again. In my eyes a product functioning this poorly over such a long period of time is "misrepresentation" pure and simple.
The Onyx preamps are appealing but the overall quality is appauling.
Appears to be very good construction but if it doesn't work, what does it matter?
I am never buying Mackie again!

(5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

blah

By Vinny

from Lafayette, Indiana

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Comments about Mackie Onyx Blackjack Premium 2x2 USB Recording Interface:

I'm disappointed. The Lexicon Alpha I was using was perfect, but it was just too old.
Everything is there and in good taste for the price point-- two inputs, 48v combination jacks, etc.. but the direct monitor is a real shame. It's set up as a "blend" knob instead of a "pan", which basically means you would always be turning up the main mix along with the input. I can never achieve a comfortable direct monitor, as the backing tracks get turned up no matter what, and I like some headroom on my mic channel.
"Built like a tank"... indeed. But the drivers don't work! Sound quality is so-so but latency isn't great, that is if I'm lucky enough with a stable third party driver.
Honestly I expected more out of Mackie, and until now the brand's aesthetic alone has stood for something worth the money. This is not the best card I've owned, but it is the most expensive.

(5 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Only buy if you have a Mac: Win drivers faulty

By thefyn

from fl

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Comments about Mackie Onyx Blackjack Premium 2x2 USB Recording Interface:

Amazing piece of hardware ruined by poor Windows support. They even released win drivers a few days ago, and there are still pops/crackles and a delay in recording. Windows 7 64, and even XP users can not use this for recording. AVOID.

(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Does NOT support Windows 8 as of 5-2013

By Range

from Antelope Valley California

About Me Professional Musician

See all my reviews

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Compact
  • Durable
  • Easy To Use

Cons

  • Unreliable

Best Uses

  • Home Studio

Comments about Mackie Onyx Blackjack Premium 2x2 USB Recording Interface:

Purchased this to use with Reaper DAW only to find that the Windows 8 default USB drivers incur a nearly 1 second latency when attempting to use VSTi amp simulations.

So, I go to the Mackie website recommended in their literature documentation that came with the device:
www.onynupdate.com - and get a TIME OUT error returned from the web address.

So, I go to Mackie.com --> locate Onyx Blackjack --> go the it's support page ---> download and install the zip file ---> run the Setup application and it reports back "Can't load drivers. This operating system is not supported".

Contacted Mackie support via email – they advised to "Watch this page closely for when they may support Windows 8 in the future" CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?!!!!

Behind the curve for Windows 8 support? Ah, YEAH... BIG TIME.

Now... to the credit of Musicians Friend, in the Specifications, they do not list support of Windows 8 32/64bit - the Windows 8 DEFAULT USB drivers work but, as stated before, there is a major latency issue when using a VSTi which renders the whole unit worthless.

I have a lot of Mackie hardware but... the Customer Support has changed. They don't support me? Well... then I don't support them any more.

This unit gets returned.

(4 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

No comptible

By Wills-LqRxV

from France

Comments about Mackie Onyx Blackjack Premium 2x2 USB Recording Interface:

This interface would be a good one if drivers work. I just want to say they don't ! You could see all testimories ont he web to confirm that. I use Windows 7 64 bits (probably a very strange adn unknonwed OS for Mackie developers !) and Blackbird is unuseable.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Mackie Onyx Blackjack 2x2 USB Interface - The best for Vegas editing work.

By JBird Four

from Florida

See all my reviews

Comments about Mackie Onyx Blackjack Premium 2x2 USB Recording Interface:

I changed from my old analog video edit system to a new 64 bit Windows 7 ultimate computer & system with Sony Vegas, and I needed an interface to run audio into a USB input for use in Sound Forge/Vegas. The Mackie works beautifully for this. Whether I give it the output of my Mackie 1402 mixer or feed a mic directly into it, it does the job transparently. Phantom power works for my condensor mic. This is a solid little interface for the price. I would recommend this to a friend
.This is a no frills unit, and the best feature is it works transparantly.
The Blackjack is built like a tank (a small tank). I don't thisk you can hurt this interface.
For the money it is just fine. It does what it is supposed to do with no hassles or problems.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Great Interface no recent driver updates

By Jeff

from Fargo, ND

About Me Experienced

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Durable
  • Easy To Use

Cons

  • Mackie is not keeping up with software drivers

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio

Comments about Mackie Onyx Blackjack Premium 2x2 USB Recording Interface:

I purchased this interface because I have used a Mackie mixing board with the Onyx pre-amps for years for live performances. When I upgraded back then I was blown away by the real and warm feel of the sounds compared to other boards available on a working mans budget. The other boards had a graininess and flatness to them. When setting up my home studio over this past Holiday break I wanted to get the best sounds I could on a budget. Looking at two channel interfaces less than 200 bills I was delighted to see the Onyx Blackjack because of past experience. I definitely did NOT want to try three or four products in succession attempting to find one that did not have that dreaded grainy sound. I also did not want to fill my workstation area with tube warmers and other accessories to mask a bad interface. Once I got over one major pitall (more on this later) I was not disappointed. Very warm, realisic, and faithful reproduction of vocal and accoustic instruments. Further, the thing is bullet proof and zero learning curve easy to use. For these reasons I would rate this product 5 stars. Now for the down side. For the first day and a half I thought I was going to need to return the product because it did not work with my DAW software, Propellerhead Reason 8 running on Windows 10. The monitors worked immediately but the audio input interface would not work. The problem was with the driver. Reason requires the use of an interface with an ASIO type driver, as do most if not all higher end DAW software. No problem I thought, just go online to Mackie's web site and download the latest driver. This was my biggest disappointment. Mackie is not supporting driver updates for this product any longer and looks like they haven't since 2008. Fortunately I found a third party driver available via free download called ASIO4All. I installed this and BAM I was in business. It runs in t he background and takes care of the interface adaption like it wasn't there.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sounds Great!

By Stephen Dawson

from Tennessee

About Me Professional Musician

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Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Compact
  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Mackie Onyx Blackjack Premium 2x2 USB Recording Interface:

    Operating System latency is a big factor in the performance of an analog/digital converter. Driver, latency, all solved by bailing on Windows and Mac.

    Preamp sounds wonderful, much like my VLZ Pro mixer. XDR pre-amp is very nice.

    (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Worst purchase I've ever made

    By Matt

    from Denver

    Comments about Mackie Onyx Blackjack Premium 2x2 USB Recording Interface:

    This doesn't work, period. I have a brand new computer running Windows 7 and this won't work at all. The driver download from Mackie fails 30 seconds into every recording I attempt. I've tried Cakewalk, Tracktion, Nuendo, and Pro Tools. I've been trying different I/O options for 4 hours. Nothing works. If you want static, distortion, and over 300ms of latency, this is the unit for you.

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    One of the best

    By TwoFish

    from California

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Mackie Onyx Blackjack Premium 2x2 USB Recording Interface:

      I've used a fair bit of recording interfaces like the Behringer UMC 202 and the Stienburg UR 22. Nothing really beats this interface on built or sound quality. Turns out it is also Windows 8.1 compatible if you install the drivers under compatibility mode and works fantastic in Pro Tools.

      Thought I would also mention the excellent customer service that helped me out when purchasing this product!

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great hardware, but use 3rd party driver

      By SReams

      from Sacramento, CA

      About Me Professional Musician

      See all my reviews

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Durable

      Cons

      • Poor Native Drivers

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Mackie Onyx Blackjack Premium 2x2 USB Recording Interface:

      To clarify a few things about this interface:

      It is probably the most rugged and reliable audio interface available at this price point.

      It -does- work on Windows XP/Vista/7/8 32/64bit wonderfully, so long as you use Asio4All instead of Mackie's own drivers. I use mine for live performance of softsynths and run the latency at 96 samples (2.2ms at 44.1KHz). It works flawlessly. The Blackjack is well worth every penny if you simply take this step.

      The Input Monitor knob works just fine as a "blend" knob. The trick is to turn down the main output in your audio software in order to get more of the relative input signal. Very simple, but many people simply don't think of it.

      Bottom line: -Great- interface, so long as you do a couple of things to get it there.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      ASIO4ALL (free driver do a google search) driver works perfectly!

      By Marv-LmC-P

      from Cleveland TN

      See all my reviews

      Comments about Mackie Onyx Blackjack Premium 2x2 USB Recording Interface:

      Do not install the Onyx drivers at all!!!!!!!!!! It will still clash with windows. Each time attach the onyx to your computer and it asks if you want to install, select no.

      The ASIO4ALL Drivers works very good with the Onyx BlackJack if you do not have the Onyx drivers installed. I used it through Sonar 8 and was able to record many more tacks that my Tascam 1608

      If you install or accidentally install Onyx drivers, you will have problems even if using ASIO4ALL driver.
      Onyx drivers do did not work at all with Windows 7 BUT! Worked perfectly with free ASIO4ALL Driver. I will give more detail, keep reading.

      Able to record several tracks. Better than my Tascam 1608

      Preamps are awesome

      Converters are not the greatest, so kind of defeats the preamp quality
      overall a great unit for the price. Using ASIO4all drivers, able to record several multiple tracks outperforming more expensive items costing $400 to $500 like Tascam 1608. Sound quality a little better the the Tascam 1608 and a good bang for the buck.
      For the price, can't beat it.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      One Sturdy Beast

      By Alexi

      from Santa Barbara, CA

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      Comments about Mackie Onyx Blackjack Premium 2x2 USB Recording Interface:

      This is one purchase I don?t regret. I used to own an M Audio Fast Track and could never get enough gain out of the preamps, never mind ongoing issues with pops and clicks during playback. In comparison to the Mackie, the Fast Track made my recordings sound like a cassette player. Now I?ve got gain! ?and so much more definition in the high end. The metal construction and angled design style at home and on the road are unbeatable too. I don?t really need MIDI so there was a bit of sticker shock at the $200 price for so few features, but once put it to use all of my fears went away. Very stable. Very sturdy. And very cool.

      (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Interface

      By Rockin' Rod

      from Texas

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          • Home Studio

          Comments about Mackie Onyx Blackjack Premium 2x2 USB Recording Interface:

          Highly recommended. Great product.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Excellent hardware, horrible driver

          By Swampstomper

          from Daytona Beach, Fl

          Comments about Mackie Onyx Blackjack Premium 2x2 USB Recording Interface:

          The Blackjack is a nice piece of hardware. Well made, nice features, great sounding and extremely quiet. Unfortunately my experience with the Mackie driver has been similar to the first reviewer. Click, pops, completely unuseable regardless of buffer settings. I was going to return the Blackjack but decided to keep it because I've been able to use it with the ASIO4ALL driver. Not ideal really, but I liked the hardware enough to make it worthwhile. I would think that Mackie should be embarrassed by the fact that a two year old freeware ASIO driver is necessary to make this device useable. Hopefully they will get on the ball and improve their own driver for the Blackjack. I would rate the hardware a 5 and the driver a 0, thus the 2.5 rating. The ASIO4ALL driver worked for me, but if you aren't comfortable with that I suggest you stay away until Mackie gets their own driver working properly.

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          The audio quality is top-notch!

          By Tony-6VJLM

          from Layton, UT

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          Comments about Mackie Onyx Blackjack Premium 2x2 USB Recording Interface:

          Just picked this up today and I'm still impressed over how great the preamps are. You can get a loud clean signal. Vocals sound great, acoustic guitar sounds full. I did a test recording of Polly and I was totally digging it.It worked right away with Cubase 4 LE. The monitor is zero lag. I was listening to my tracks and laying down vocals perfectly in time. Perfect for someone who sings and plays guitar. I can't say enough good things about this device. Not sure why the other guys are rating it low because it works great here.

           
          5.0

          great product

          By arachan

          from Uruguay

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          • Clear Sound
          • Durable

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            • Amateur Recording

            Comments about Mackie Onyx Blackjack Premium 2x2 USB Recording Interface:

            great product, well constructed, strong, reliable

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