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Open-Box Mackie Onyx 1640i Firewire Mixer

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The Mackie Onyx 1640i professional compact mixer is one of Mackie's Onyx-i series consoles. It offers built-in FireWire, along with a mix of modern f...Click To Read More About This Product


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(Open Box) 16-channel premium analog mixer with FireWire, Onyx mic preamps, 4-band Perkins EQ, and more.

The Mackie Onyx 1640i professional compact mixer is one of Mackie's Onyx-i series consoles. It offers built-in FireWire, along with a mix of modern features and technologies for live sound reinforcement and analog or digital studio recording - all in a durable, roadworthy package. While the Onyx 1620i is compatible out of the box with most major DAWs, from April 1, 2010, to May 31, 2010, you can get a free Mackie Universal Driver Upgrade downloadable driver on Mackie's website that makes it qualified for use with Pro Tools M-Powered 8.

The Onyx 1640i is equipped with 16 of Mackie's premium, precision-engineered studio-grade Onyx mic preamps. Mackie is renowned for the topnotch mic preamps used in their mixers, and today, they're better than ever, with specifications rivaling expensive standalone mic preamplifiers.

Channels 1 and 2 feature high-impedance instrument/line-level inputs so you can connect an acoustic, electric, or bass guitar directly into the mixer, eliminating the need for an external direct box.

Extremely adaptable DAW integration Recording and Mixing

The Mackie mixer's channels, aux sends, or the master L/R can be sent straight to your computer via FireWire for recording. Pre/post EQ taps on every channel allow you to integrate our renowned Perkins EQ into the record path. Plus, a stereo return from your DAW, or iTunes is assignable to the control room section or straight back into two channels panned left and right for mix integration.

Powerful Effects Engine

With six aux sends routable to your DAW, the Mackie Onyx 1640i allows you to use your favorite plug-in as a realtime effect. Just route an aux send to your DAW, apply the plug-in, and assign your DAW outputs to the control room or to a channel strip for instant integration into the mix.

Live Recording
Live sound recording could not be simpler! The 1640i mixing console offers the ability to record individual channels, either wet or dry, for studio-quality multitrack recordings that you can edit and mix down later on. It also lets you simply record the main mix, allowing for immediate creation of CDs right at the gig.

The Mackie Onyx 1640i recording mixer is Pro Tools M-Powered compatible and 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.

16-channel premium analog mixer with integrated 24-bit/96kHz FireWire I/O
16 Onyx boutique-quality mic preamps
4-band Perkins EQ with sweepable mids on all channels
Full 16x16 FireWire channel streaming for ultimate DAW integration
Flexible FireWire routing, including aux sends,
groups and pre/post EQ assignment for all channels
6 aux sends with pre/post assignment and solo
Smooth 60mm channel and master faders
Built-in DI on first two channels for direct connection of guitars, bass, etc.
Individual 48V phantom power switches on all mic inputs
4-segment metering on every channel
4-bus architecture for flexible sub-grouping of channels
Talkback section for use with internal or external mic
Rotating I/O pod for desktop or rackmount operation ” rack ears included
"Planet-Earth" switching power supply for worldwide use
Comes with Tracktion 3 music production software
System Requirements
Windows XP SP 2 or greater (Home and Pro)
Windows Vista 32 RTM or greater (Home, Business, and Ultimate)

Noise Characteristics:
Equivalent Input Noise (EIN), mic input at insert, 150 Î source
impedance, 20 to 20kHz:
60dB (max) gain: -129dBu
40dB gain: -128dBu
Output Noise Figure (1/4" Main out, all channels assigned to
main, Gain knobs at unity, 20Hz to 20kHz):
Main Mix knob down, channel Level knobs down: -100dBu (-104dB SNR, ref +4dBu)
Main Mix knob unity, channel Level knobs down: -93dBu (-97dB SNR, ref +4dBu)
Main Mix knob unity, channel Level knobs unity: -91dBu (-95dB SNR, ref +4dBu)
FireWire Through (Record + Playback) Dynamic Range:
0dBu mic input, to DAW, routed back to mixer direct to Control Room, all gain stages unity, 20Hz to 20kHz:
All sample rates: -103dB

Frequency Response:
Mic input to main output (all gain stages at unity): +0, -1dB, <10Hz to 80kHz; +0, -3dB, <10Hz to >100kHz
Channel line input to any output (all gain stages unity): +0/-1dB, 20Hz to 20k
FireWire in and out (mic input to FireWire send, returned to Control Room, all gain stages at unity):
44.1kHz sample rate: +/-0.5dB, 20Hz to 20k, -3dB at 21kHz
96kHz sample rate: +/-0.5dB, 20Hz to 20k, -3dB at 45kHz

Distortion (THD+N):
20Hz to 20kHz, 20Hz to 80kHz bandwidth
Mic input at insert: (+4dBu in, 0dB gain, +4dBu out): 0.005%
Mic input at insert: (-10dBu in, +20dB gain, 20Hz to 20kHz bandwidth) 0.0007%
Stereo channel line input to any output: (+4dBu in, all gain stages at unity +4dBu out): 0.005%
FireWire in and out (+4dBu in, mic input to FireWire send, returned to Control Room, all gain stages at unity):
44.1kHz sample rate: 0.02%, 10Hz to 20kHz
96kHz sample rate: 0.02%, 10Hz to 10kHz 0.05%, 10kHz to 47kHz

Attenuation and Crosstalk:
Main Mix knob down: -80dBu
Channel Alt/Mute switch engaged: -96dBu
Channel Level knob down: -96dBu

Common Mode Rejection Ratio (CMRR):
Mic input to insert, max gain, 1kHz: >70dB

Maximum Input Levels:
Mic input, gain at unity (0dB): +21dBu
Mic input, gain at max (60dB): ”38dBu
Line input, gain at -20dB: +30dBu
Instrument input, gain at -20dB: +21dBu
Tape input: +21dBu
Aux return: +21dBu

Maximum Output Levels:
All outputs: +21dBu

Low: ±15dB at 80Hz
Lo-Mid frequency: 100Hz to 2kHz
Lo-Mid gain: ±15dB
Hi-Mid frequency: 400Hz to 8kHz
Hi-Mid gain: ±15dB
High: ±15dB at 12kHz

Sample Rates Available: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz
Buffer Size: 32 (44.1kHz and 48kHz only), 64, 128, 256, 512, 1024, 2048 samples
Resolution: 24-bit

4-segment pre-fader channel meters: OL (+18dBu), +10, 0, -20dBu
12-segment pre-fader Control Room meters: OL (+20dBu), +15, +10, +6, +3, 0, -2, -4, -7, -10, -20, -30 (0dB = 0dBu)

Input Impedance:
Mic input: 2.7 kOhms balanced
Hi-Z input: 1 MOhms unbalanced
Mono channel line input: 30 kOhms balanced, 15 kOhms unbalanced
Stereo aux returns: 20 kOhms balanced, 10 kOhms unbalanced
Tape in: 20 kOhms unbalanced

Output Impedance:
Main XLR output: 150 Ohms balanced
Phones output: 25 Ohms
Channel Inserts: 150 Ohms
Tape Output: 2 kOhms
All other outputs: 300 Ohms (balanced)

AC Power Requirements:
Power Consumption: 50W
Universal AC Power Supply: 100 VAC - 240 VAC, 50-60 Hz

Dimensions and Weight:
Height: 7.59" / 192.7mm
Width: 17.50" / 444.6mm
Depth: 26.24" / 666.7mm
Weight: 35lb. / 15.9kg

Tracktion 3 System Requirements
Windows XP
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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Very impressive

By Nick-uwwKF

from New Jersey

Comments about Mackie Onyx 1640i Firewire Mixer:

Ive been rec and mixing this past year and a half with logic pro on a Metric Halo 2882 which is a higher end ad da converter and recorder. I entered into digi recording with this as i wanted something that would last me and work. As of late ive wanted to get more than 7 mics on a kit for more definition. I was concerned at first with the Mackie because at first i thought all this for 1500. So i researched it and heard some recordings. After i received and mixed a couple pre recsessions i was greatly impressed. Ive never mixed analog so i couldnt understand the hype. I do now. Granted it is a different sound but in a good way. Like the cd is to the vinyl record. One not being better than the other, just different. The Onyx pres are great. Ive got some higher end pres such as BAE, Chandler, Blue, Sytek, and these hold their own. A little thicker than others but its a great color for my pre pallet. If i was starting all over again and i had to choose from MH2882 or the Mackie 1640i, i would go Mackie. But then again id never sell the MH 2882.

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Great Board

By Redwing Studios

from Harlan Kentucky

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Comments about Mackie Onyx 1640i Firewire Mixer:

I've only had this in the studio a couple of days now, and so far it is living up to the Mackie name. I'm hoping to push it to the limit sometime next month. But as of now, I have had no problems with it connecting to the pc. I'm running Vista with an Intel quad core with 6gb of ram. It is also working great with Sonar 8 Producer.

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)


Great board

By Jmando

from Alpine, CA

Comments about Mackie Onyx 1640i Firewire Mixer:

I have had this boad about a year now, and use it to record our band. I use Adobe Audition with it on a XP system, and the fire wire interface is great for recording. No more sound cards. My only complaint is that it is hard to get my fingers between the faders to push the sub asign buttons.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)


One of the best analog interfaces

By Gonga

from Upstate NY

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  • Accurate Controls
  • Compact
  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Versatile


  • Limited Functions

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Analog Audio Interface
  • Events
  • Live Mixing Recording
  • Performances
  • Professional Recording

Comments about Mackie Onyx 1640i Firewire Mixer:

I have the restocked unit and it arrived in beautiful condition. It'd be tough to squeeze any more analog controls into a rack-mount unit. The main difference between the 1640i and 1620i is the 1640i has 16 full mic pres with inserts. In addition to 16 channels of FW output to your DAW, it also has 16 channels of FW input from your DAW. This gives you the ability to do a real analog mix down af all 16 channels in real time. It also has flexible patching features the others don't so you can patch low-latency effects returns from your DAW back into the mix, etc. That means you can use DAW effects live. Besides more sends and returns, it also is the only mixer in the series that has 4 subgroups. I love the huge amount of balanced INS and OUTS. I'm running it in Windows 7 64-bit in SONAR X2 without a hitch. Make sure you install the latest drivers from Mackie. Know that you are limited to exactly 16 channels of FW I/O, no more. So if you want to monitor an entire analog input mix within your DAW, you'll need to use channels 15 and 16 as your mix monitor channels, leaving 14 channels for FW inputs. You can on the other hand record all 16 channels directly to your DAW while live monitoring, but your PC will only show 8 stereo interfaces, there's no stereo master section (which would be even nicer). I mix in the box so I don't miss midi. The only thing I would like to see would be ADAT and SPDIF I/O. If it had those it would be unbeatable.

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)


Don't buy it if you plan on using for multitrack recording

By Speckhead

from Chicago

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Comments about Mackie Onyx 1640i Firewire Mixer:

I bought the 1640i for the sole purpose of being able to record 16 separate tracks simultaneously into Logic Pro X.

Unfortunately, Mackie hasn't provided a driver update that is compatible with any OSX introduced after OSX 10.8, so the mixer is not able to interface with my Mac via the firewire, as it is advertised. 10.8 was introduced in 2012. Since 2012, 4 upgrades to Mac OSX have been introduced.

I called Mackie and they were very unhelpful. Basically, he said we get calls on this everyday and have no intention of doing anything about it.

I will likely be returning this shortly. UGH!

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