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Mackie Onyx Satellite Recording Interface  

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    Revolutionary 2-part, modular FireWire computer recording system!

    The Onyx Satellite FireWire Recording System features a sleek, portable FireWire recording pod and dedicated Base Station. The FireWire bus-powered recording pod has two premium Onyx preamps and top-notch 24-bit/96kHz capable A/D and D/A converters. The Pod easily secures into place on the Base Station for A/C power and additional I/O, turning the system into a two-input, six-output FireWire audio interface with an advanced input-patching matrix, talkback, monitoring, and surround speaker control.

    The Satellite System's two inputs can be switched between mic, instrument or balanced line input sources, and its six-channel volume control provides for surround sound mixing. Its control room section provides for switching between two separate monitor outputs for multiple monitor speaker setups.

    Both Mac and PC compatible, the Satellite System works with all ASIO and Core Audio compatible software. It comes bundled with a full version of Mackie's award-winning Tracktion 2 software, providing a complete out-of-the-box recording setup with professional features like a 64-bit high-definition mix engine, unlimited track count, ReWire and VST support, MIDI controller mapping, external synchronization, and integrated support for Mackie Control Universal and C4 control surfaces. Also included is a full set of Mackie's Mixing and Mastering plug-ins.

    Features
    • Innovative two-piece FireWire recording system for professional recording to Mac or PC
    • Dual Onyx mic preamps for superior sound quality
    • 8 inputs (2 active at any time) for connection of microphones, line sources, and instruments
    • 6 line-level outputs
    • 24-bit/96kHz capable sound quality
    • Built-in control room functions include talkback with onboard mic, and A/B monitor switching
    • 6-channel volume control allows for surround sound mixing
    • FireWire protocol for low latency real time recording
    • Satellite pod can be bus-powered for field use, or externally powered
    • Works with all ASIO- and Core Audio-compatible software, Mac and PC
    • Bundled with Tracktion 2 software for complete recording solution

    Superior sound quality and flexibility without having to disconnect your studio gear when you hit the road. Order now!

     
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    3.9

    (based on 14 reviews)

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    It is a decent Recording Interface.

    I have had this unit for a while now, and have put it through its paces very vigorously. It has some very nice options built into it. And features that are well thought out...Read complete review

    I have had this unit for a while now, and have put it through its paces very vigorously. It has some very nice options built into it. And features that are well thought out. I did have some problems, however.First, the sound. It sounds very good. It is probably the best sounding unit in its price class on the market. The highs are smooth, mids even, and bass clear. Although the bass is not as punchy or balanced with the rest of the output as it should be. If it was a freq. curve, it would show a dip at about 100Hz. This is great for recording vocals, bass, or guitar... but not so great for a full mix.The Hi-Z instrument input on the base station is superb. That preamp shines. Unfortunately, the satellite itself does not have load balancing on the line input. So you would have to use the base station to record a guitar with effect pedals direct.The microphone phantom power is @38 volts instead of 48v. And, I got a bit of noise with my condenser mics when using the phantom power with the base station. And my Neumann U67 and U87 barely functioned at 38V. Not really surprised there! Will stick with the tube pre-amp. I had some problems with the unit losing connectivity with my Mac. If the sample rate was changed by a host DAW, there was a chance I would lose the Onyx Satellite and have to restart the computer in order to get it back. It also defaulted to 48khz every time I booted the computer. And I had to change the samplerate a few times to get it to be true.Overall, it is a nice unit. It does have it's problems, but in its price range, it is better than the rest. The Satellite only has 2 outs, and that was annoying because it sounds better without the base station. At the price though, you will probably be happy. The preamps sound awesome, and dynamic mics shine through.

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    This is a great idea.

    Theoretically. I bought the Onyx Satellite with hopes of upgrading my home studio and do some sampling from vinyl for beats. I have an intel Macbook and the one thing Mackie does not mention ...Read complete review

    Theoretically. I bought the Onyx Satellite with hopes of upgrading my home studio and do some sampling from vinyl for beats. I have an intel Macbook and the one thing Mackie does not mention in any of the product descriptions or inside the actual manual is that the Onyx Satellite is not compatible with Intel Macs. The only way to make it work is to download an older driver which takes way too long to find on the mac site and essentially downgrades your laptop. Check out the Mackie Forum before you decide on this. You should also check out the MOTU UltraLite FireWire Audio Interface or the Apogee Duet coming out soon.

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    5.0

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    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Great product, great value, great deal. I've used it with Reaper, Sonar, and a few other things. Works very well, nice sound. For the price, without doubt the cleanest preamps out there. I'm running an AT4040, and a few small condensors, and it sounds great.

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    4.0

    Great w/ Firmware Update

    By jgb74

    from North Carolina

    This is a great little unit for recording tracks at home or on the go. Pro sound quality and flexible i/o make this a no-brainer at the current price. If you're used to hardware monitoring, you'll need to get a firmware update from Mackie that will allow you to monitor both the audio from your DAW and the input on the Satellite at the same time. For my purposes (and I would think anyone else who wants to record latency free), the Satellite was useless w/o this update. Only real negative is you will be punished for peaks - even a slight clip sounds horrible and sometimes playing back several tracks will cause this. Overall, a steal at the current price.

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    5.0

    One tough cookie

    By E_Encarna

    from Paramount, CA

    I am a music teacher and find that recording your own tracks for teaching is a lot easier than finding them online, and dont forget having to pay for them. I do a little recording on the side to get this thing paid off. So when i taket his to work with me, i take the portable system along with me, but when i want to do some big recordings with synths and guitars and vocals i use it with the docking station for more options. The only thing is the gain control can be very sensitive at times, and i find, as an amerature recorder, i have no use for the control room/talkback feature. as far as everything else goes, i get superb sound quality and somewhat easy handling when it comes to using this. even though this is very tough, due to the metal contruction, i use a pelican case to keep it safe from dents.

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    5.0

    Wonderful Product

    By pastorronnie

    from Salinas, California

    I had a m-audio, for the same price, was cheesy feeling and cheap. Brought it back when I saw this was same price. Best choice ever. I use it all the time, from church, to youth band, works great. I did have to fix the firewire Mac Intel problem. Buts its not that hard to do. just look it up online. I love this. Very solid, not cheesy Phantom power, clean. I have not experienced any latency problems even with both channels simultaneously. Wonderful Product.

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    2.0

    Not that great

    By Nashwdog

    from Ohio

    This interface did not work so well for me. I always had to plug in the power cord before the firewire connection would power up, then I could remove the power cord. I also had latency issues, and dropped firewire connection. Some features worked when they wanted. I thought I would go cheap and see how it worked but this thing is such a pain to get started with. A good sound when it was working, but good luck getting it there. I tried this on several PC's with very adequate RAM and processor, with no luck.

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    5.0

    Mackie onyx Satelite

    By od's Audio Engineer

    from Chicago suburb

    Wow! I can take the pod out to do a remote recording or DJ job, and when I bring it home to my project studio, I plug it in to the base unit and I'm istantly interfaced to my DAW studio. Note: Go to the Mackie website to download the updated driver(FREE). I love the quality and ease of use! I have used it with Adobe Audition, Traction, Live, and OTS Turntables; works great with all!

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    5.0

    This Thing Rocks

    By drecgtr

    from Canada

    I was a little skeptical of this device when I got it, especially without direct monitoring, I mean who actually makes an interface without direct monitoring, but the mackie fixed that just recently with there Firmware update, now direct monitoring, awesome preamps sound, built like a tank lots of flexibility, and the price is perfect. I would recommend this to anyone who needs a 2 channel interface.

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    1.0

    This is a great idea.

    By Gimpytoad

    from Noth Carolina

    Theoretically. I bought the Onyx Satellite with hopes of upgrading my home studio and do some sampling from vinyl for beats. I have an intel Macbook and the one thing Mackie does not mention in any of the product descriptions or inside the actual manual is that the Onyx Satellite is not compatible with Intel Macs. The only way to make it work is to download an older driver which takes way too long to find on the mac site and essentially downgrades your laptop. Check out the Mackie Forum before you decide on this. You should also check out the MOTU UltraLite FireWire Audio Interface or the Apogee Duet coming out soon.

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    4.0

    It is a decent Recording Interface.

    By Ritchie Roberts

    from Western NC

    I have had this unit for a while now, and have put it through its paces very vigorously. It has some very nice options built into it. And features that are well thought out. I did have some problems, however.First, the sound. It sounds very good. It is probably the best sounding unit in its price class on the market. The highs are smooth, mids even, and bass clear. Although the bass is not as punchy or balanced with the rest of the output as it should be. If it was a freq. curve, it would show a dip at about 100Hz. This is great for recording vocals, bass, or guitar... but not so great for a full mix.The Hi-Z instrument input on the base station is superb. That preamp shines. Unfortunately, the satellite itself does not have load balancing on the line input. So you would have to use the base station to record a guitar with effect pedals direct.The microphone phantom power is @38 volts instead of 48v. And, I got a bit of noise with my condenser mics when using the phantom power with the base station. And my Neumann U67 and U87 barely functioned at 38V. Not really surprised there! Will stick with the tube pre-amp. I had some problems with the unit losing connectivity with my Mac. If the sample rate was changed by a host DAW, there was a chance I would lose the Onyx Satellite and have to restart the computer in order to get it back. It also defaulted to 48khz every time I booted the computer. And I had to change the samplerate a few times to get it to be true.Overall, it is a nice unit. It does have it's problems, but in its price range, it is better than the rest. The Satellite only has 2 outs, and that was annoying because it sounds better without the base station. At the price though, you will probably be happy. The preamps sound awesome, and dynamic mics shine through.

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    5.0

    Well Pleased

    By Sgt.Klepto

    from Planet Earth at least for now

    While I bought the Satellite Elsewhere I am well pleased with the performance of the Satellite & included software as this is my first audio interface.I now have near zero latency which may be in part because I bought I new/used/refurbished computer with a newer sound card. Recording software handles my Yamaha MotifES6 well with actually making the features of the Mo's arpeggiator easier to use for recording. Also recorded acoustic guitar & vocals very well.I was able to double track the vocals without any latency, but when recording beyond experimenting I use a vocal processor to handle the double tracking of vocals as well as harmonies, reverb, and such.

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