Woodinville, WA (July 20, 2010)–Mackie has debuted two recording interfaces as additions to its Onyx family–the Blackjack and Blackbird.
These interfaces provide Mackie’s Onyx mic preamps and Cirrus Logic AD/DA converters. “Our new Onyx interfaces offer unmatched recording quality,” remarked Mackie product manager, Matt Redmon. “The Onyx preamps alone are far superior to anything in this price range. Combined with the high-end converters and workflow-friendly features and design…the value is undeniable.”
The Blackjack is a compact desktop 2×2 USB interface. It features two Onyx mic preamp channels, each featuring built-in DIs for connecting guitars, etc. Separate level control for studio monitors and headphones, along with true analog hardware monitoring, is provided. It is bus-powered, with an ergonomic chassis.
The rackmount Onyx Blackbird sports eight Onyx mic preamps. A 16×16 FireWire interface, Blackbird also features 8×8 ADAT and wordclock I/O, providing expandability. There are two “Super Channels” on the front panel with dedicated low-cut switches, phantom power and true hardware monitoring options for zero-latency tracking. The other channels are equally flexible, utilizing the Blackbird Control DSP Matrix Mixer for setup of independent mixes and the ability to route any input to any output. Monitor, main, alt and dual headphone outs with dedicated source selection and level control reportedly ensures there are plenty of mix routing options.