$259, $629 list (Blackjack and Blackbird, respectively)
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Mackie has introduced two recording interfaces, additions to its Onyx family: the Onyx Blackjack and Onyx Blackbird. These new interfaces combine the sonic benefits of Mackie’s Onyx mic preamps with Cirrus Logic AD/DA converters and workflow-friendly features that are targeted for the studio.
The Onyx Blackjack is an 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 take the guesswork out of zero-latency recording. It is bus-powered, with an ergonomic chassis for both portable and home studio applications.
The rackmount Onyx Blackbird delivers studio-grade recording via eight Onyx mic preamps. A 16×16 FireWire interface, Blackbird also features 8×8 ADAT and wordclock I/O, for expandability. There are two “Super Channels” on the front panel with dedicated low-cut switches, phantom power and true hardware monitoring options for quick zero-latency tracking. The other channels are equally flexible, utilizing the Blackbird Control DSP Matrix Mixer for quick setup of independent mixes and the ability to route any input to any output.