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Mackie Onyx 1620i Firewire Recording Mixer

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Product Description

Compatible with Pro Tools; Mackie Provides Power Mixing to Your Stage or Studio!
The Mackie Onyx 1620i Firewire recording mixer combines the benefits of a powerful computer interface with the tactile, hands-on control of a premium analog mixer. Equipped with eight premium precision engineered studio grade Onyx microphone preamps, the Onyx 1620i is great for live sound reinforcement or studio recording, all in a durable road-worthy package.

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.

Mackie Onyx 1620i Firewire Mixer Features

  • Premium 16 channel super compact analog mixer with integrated FireWire I/O
  • Includes free download of Tracktion software for Mac or PC
  • Qualified by Mackie for use with all major DAWs, including:
    • Pro Tools  
    • Logic
    • SONAR
    • Cubase
    • Ableton Live
    • Final Cut Pro
  • 8 mono channels (mono mic and mono line inputs)
  • 4 stereo channels (stereo line inputs)
  • 8 Onyx mic preamps with sound comparable to boutique preamps
  • 4-band Perkins EQ iwth sweepable mids on mono channels
  • 3-band Perkins EQ on stereo line channels
  • Flexible FireWire routing with up to 16 channels pre/post EQ
    • Aux sends and master L/R routable to computer
    • Monitoring routable to the control room or channels 15 and 16
  • 4 independent aux sends with separate pre/post switches
  • Selectable instrument inputs on first two channels-no DI box needed
  • Individual 48 volt phantom power switches on all microphone inputs
  • Talkback section with built in mic and flexible routing
  • Planet-Earth switching power supply for worldwide use
  • Optional rack kit available
Recording and Mixing
Send all channels, aux sends or the master L/R straight to your computer for recording. Pre/post EQ taps on every channel allow you to integrate our renowned Perkins EQ into the record path. Plus, returns from your DAW are assignable to the control room section or straight back into a channel for mix integration.

Powerful Effects Engine
With all aux sends routable to your DAW, Onyx-i 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 with Onyx-i. The ability to record individual channels either wet or dry allows for studio quality multi-track recordings for later editing and mixdown. Or simply record the main mix, allowing for immediate creation of CDs right at the gig. Compatible with all major DAWs, including  Pro Tools, Logic, SONAR, Cubase, Ableton Live and Final Cut Pro.

Product Specifications
Mackie Onyx 1620i Compatability

DAW Software Compatibility Includes:
  • Pro Tools
  • Logic
  • Cubase
  • Ableton Live
  • Final Cut Pro
System Requirements
  • Windows:
    • XP SP2 or greater (Home or Pro)
    • Windows Vista 32 RTM or greater (Home, Business and Ultimate)
    • Windows 7 (32 and 64 bit) Drivers available for download from Mackie
  • Macintosh: OS10.4.11 and higher

Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
Phone:  800-258-6883 Warranty:  All SRM, DLM, HD, iP and C Speakers, Reach, PPM Mixers, HRmk2 Studio Monitors: 3-year inclusive of electronics, 2-year drivers (where applicable), nontransferable; Thump, Freeplay, Onyx Mixers and Interfaces, DL, VLZ4, ProFX mixers, MRmk3 Studio Monitors, Big Knob, MCU Pro Series, SP260, FRS Series Amplifiers, Mixer Bags/Covers/Hardware, Loudspeaker Bags/Covers/Hardware: 1-year nontransferable; FreePlay Lithium Ion Battery: 90-day all inclusive, nontransferable;B-Stock items, 90 days.
Marco Submitted: 9/23/2015
Product Rating brightstarbrightstarbrightstardullstardullstar
It's ok, but too much latency for some features to be usable
Product Rating
What is your opinion of this product?
I bought this mixer over a year ago. I can get a pretty good sound with it, and I love being able to mix in analog. The only problem is ridiculous latency that makes many of the advertised features unusable (--I have a beefed up Mac Pro 8-core, over 20gB ram, so I know it's not on the computer end---). For example, sends can be routed through firewire to use software plugs and still mix in analog. But routing to Aux plug-in and back adds so much latency to that track you would have to adjust timing of every track (or group of tracks) on each channel of the Onyx just to utilize that feature.. I thought it would simplify my work-flow but it was just a hassle so I went back to doing nearly everything in the box, and just mixing stems or tracks on the Onyx AFTER I already do a pre-mix and filters/etc in the box. But at this point I may just sell the Mackie Onyx and buy a midi-controller with faders and knobs to just Stay in the box. Maybe better for live sound & recording, but not mixing.
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