Woodinville, WA (February 11, 2004)–Mackie has introduced a compact monitor switching, source selection and communications box for DAW-based studios known as the Big Knob Studio Command System. The first Mackie product of its kind, Big Knob is designed for professional and project studio owners who record with computer-based systems and need the essential control room functions absent from many of today’s software-based systems.
Big Knob’s name is inspired by its most prominent feature–a large, convenient volume knob that provides easy access for precise level adjustments. Also handy are three buttons for quick switching between three sets of studio monitors, a built-in Talkback microphone, Input Source Select for up to four different stereo sources, dual headphone outputs with an independent headphone mix bus, as well as Mono, Mute and Dim switches.
A host of rear-panel connections include a dedicated DAW mix input as well as three independent 2-track stereo inputs, each with variable gain control as well as +4dB and -10dB selection buttons. Three 2-track stereo outputs also provide +4dB and -10dB selection buttons. Other connections include a DAW Phones Mix Input, a Phono preamp input, outputs for up to three sets of control-room monitors as well as one set of in-studio monitors and a Talkback Foot Switch input.
“We employed all aspects of Mackie’s trademark sound quality and robust construction to make Big Knob a perfect tool in DAW-based professional or project studios,” commented Dan Steinberg, Mackie Big Knob product manager.
The Mackie Big Knob Studio Command System will begin shipping in Q2, 2004.
Mackie, a LOUD Technologies Inc. brand