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Mackie Onyx Blackbird Firewire Recording Audio Interface

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Product Description

Mackie’s Onyx Blackbird Premium 16x16 FireWire Recording Interface delivers industry-leading recording quality via eight boutique-quality Onyx preamps and high-end 24-bit/96kHz conversion in a sleek rackmount design. True analog hardware monitoring, in both mono and stereo, provide simple zero-latency recording, while onboard word clock and 8x8 ADAT I/O allow for ultimate expandability. Two front panel Super Channels provide quick access to crucial recording tools and the powerful Blackbird Control DSP Matrix Mixer allows for quick mix creation and routing of any input to any output. Plus, since it works as a standalone 8-channel preamp rack, Blackbird offers a single box solution ready for integration into your studio or digital live setup.

Mackie Onyx Blackbird Firewire Audio Interface Features

  • Eight boutique-quality Onyx mic preamps with class-leading fidelity and dynamic range
  • High-headroom design with ultra-low noise and distortion
  • Professional 16x16 24-bit/96kHz recording/playback
    • Flexible FireWire routing
    • 8x8 ADAT I/O for ultimate expandability
    • Onboard word clock I/O for studio and live integration
    • Acclaimed JetPLL jitter elimination technology
  • High-end Cirrus Logic AD/DA converters with 114dB dynamic range (A-weighted)
  • Compatible with most major DAWs
    • Logic
    • SONAR
    • Cubase
    • Ableton Live
    • Final Cut Pro
    •  …and more
  • Powerful and flexible Super Channels
    • Front panel connectivity for easy access
    • True analog hardware monitoring of inputs, in mono or stereo, for easy zero-latency recording
    • 80Hz low-cut switches
    • Dedicated 48V phantom power
    • Built-in DI for direct connection of guitars, bass, etc.
    • Inserts for outboard processing gear
  • Ideal eight input standalone preamp unit with up to 96kHz ADAT (S/MUX II) outputs
  • 48V phantom power on all inputs for use with condenser microphones
  • Studio monitor, main and alternative outputs with independent level control and source selection
  • Two headphone outputs with independent level control and source selection
  • Includes powerful Blackbird Control DSP Matrix Mixer
    • Route any input to any output
    • Zero-latency tracking of all inputs
    • Quickly set up independent mixes for headphones and more
  • Easily aggregate up to four units on Mac or PC
  • Built-Like-A-Tank sleek and ergonomic chassis design
  • Includes free download of Tracktion software

Mackie Onyx Blackbird Firewire Audio Interface Specifications
  • System Requirements
    • PC
      • Microsoft Windows 7 32 / 64 RTM, Vista 32 / 64 SP 2 or XP 32 SP 3 
      • Pentium 4, Celeron or Athlon XP processor 
      • 512 MB RAM
    • MAC
      • Mac OS X 10.5.0 – 10.6.8 
      • G4 processor 
      • 512 MB RAM
Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
Phone:  800-258-6883 Warranty:  All SRM, DLM, HD, C Series Speakers, all PPM Mixers, all HRmk2 Studio Monitors: 3-year inclusive of electronics, 2-year drivers (where applicable), nontransferable.

Thump and S500 Series Speakers, all Onyx Mixers and Recording Interfaces, all DL, VLZ4, ProFX mixers, all MRmk3 Studio Monitors, Big Knob, all MCU Pro Series, SP260, all FRS Series Amplifiers, Mixer Bags/Covers/Hardware, Loudspeaker Bags/Covers/Hardware: 1-year all inclusive, nontransferable
Tim Harris from Madison, MS, USA,
Overall Rating
Ease of Use
Good looking Solid interface!
What do you consider to be the best features of this product? What features would you add to this product if you could?
This unit has just about everything. Too many features to list (read the AMS info on the left :) ). The best feature though would have to be the Blackbirds monitoring controls on the front. They're just "right there" in your face with two firm hard rubber knobs for the headphone volume housing a powerful amp built in which some units skimp on.
Ease of Use
How easy is this product to use? How easy is the product to use with other products? Did it take long for you to learn to use this product? Was the manual helpful? How playable do you consider this product to be?
It was SO easy hooking this unit up. Very user friendly. The knobs are easy to turn, not because they turn "thin" but because they have a nice feel to them as they have a "thick" turn and stick out from the panel just the right distance. All buttons seem to be just in the right place geometrically speaking and the ones by the two main channels even have a cool guitar graphic on them letting you know it's the one to push for high-z inputs such as a guitar. Just leave it out when you're using a condenser mic, for example.
Was this item an overall good value?
The overall value is good on this product mainly because of it's high quality AD converters (which is what we're all after).
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