||Mackie took the opportunity of PLASA 2009 in London to launch its Onyx-i Series FireWire Recording Mixers in a venue close to the Earls Court exhibition center. The new analogue mixers offer flexibility and built-in 24-bit/96kHz FireWire I/O. Onyx-i FireWire mixers can be used with all major DAWs, and is qualified by Mackie for use with Pro Tools M-Powered 8.
"There are real benefits when using an analogue mixer as a front end to your favorite DAW," said James Woodburn, Mackie product manager. "Those who have been intimidated by digital recording will love the familiar layout and feel of a mixer. Those who are already into it will enjoy increased flexibility and speed." Woodburn concludes, "Onyx-i mixers are the ideal combination of interface and mixer for anybody who needs the best of both worlds…simply put, it’s a better way to record."
The Onyx-i Series mixers feature deep FireWire integration and a host of high-quality analogue features like Onyx microphone preamps with phantom power and Perkins EQ. Users can choose to implement the Perkins EQ into the recording path at the push of a button, and can also choose to record auxes, groups (1640i) and the master L/R signal. The flagship Onyx 1640i incorporates a flexible 16x16 FireWire interface, allowing the user to return up to 16 DAW channels right back into the channel strips for a true tape-style mixdown.
“Since we built the FireWire interface right into the heart of each mixer, Onyx-i offers a significant increase in performance and value over the older Onyx Compact Series where the FireWire was an additional cost option,” remarked Woodburn.
The Mackie Onyx-i Series comprise models 820i, 1220i, 1620i and 1640i. At Winter NAMM Show 2010, Anaheim, Mackie also announced a lincense agreement with Avid to allow Pro Tools 8 software to communicate with the Onyx-i series.