Mackie Onyx 820i FireWire Recording Mixer

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The Mackie Onyx 820i packs a big punch in a very small package!

With eight channels, three Onyx mic preamps, two aux sends, talkback, flexible control room routing and a variety of Perkins EQ configurations, there is plenty of analog goodness to go around. Plus, FireWire I/O lets you route all channels, auxes and the master L/R to nearly any DAW for recording and return a stereo signal to the control room or into a channel for mix integration.

DAW-FRIENDLY DOESN’T EVEN BEGIN TO COVER IT

Onyx-i mixers are qualified by Mackie for use with all major DAWs, including Pro Tools® M-Powered™ 8*, Logic©, SONAR™, Cubase© and more. Now, dedicated Mackie customers can enjoy using their Mackie mixer with the world’s most popular DAW. And Pro Tools® M-Powered™ 8 users now have a variety of new, and different, tools to use with their favorite DAW. It’s a win-win situation. (*Pro Tools® M-Powered™ 8 users must purchase $49.99 USD Mackie Universal Driver Upgrade - but FREE for a limited time!)

DEEP FIREWIRE INTEGRATION

The Onyx-i Series features deeper FireWire integration than any other mixer out there and offers immensely powerful routing capabilities:

•  Wet or Dry? — Every channel on the mixer can be routed pre or post EQ to the computer, allowing you to choose whether to implement ‘EQ to tape’ or not.
•  Studio Quality Effects—All aux sends are routable to the computer, allowing you to utilize your computer as a powerful FX engine by implementing your favorite plug-ins in a live scenario.
•  Preserve Your Mix — Master L/R is routable to the computer for recording your analog mix. Burn and sell CDs of the mix at the end of the gig!
•  Mix Integration — Stereo return from the computer can be routed to either the control room for instant monitoring or to a stereo channel for mix integration.
•  Latency-Free Overdubs — Having a “real” mixer has its benefits. Latency-free overdubs are simple since you are using an analog mixer. No more wasted time dealing with the complicated “DSP” mixers commonly used on standalone interfaces.

PREMIUM ANALOG MIXER

The 820i has a plethora of analog features that are sure to please. First off, there are three Onyx mic preamps which have been proven as some of the best boutique quality preamps available today. That is, without having to re-mortgage your house in order to pay for all the inputs you need.

Then there’s the Perkins EQ, which offers highly musical Q filter without sacrificing the precise control that Mackie EQs are known for. Two mono mic/line channels feature 3-band Perkins EQ with a sweepable mid, the stereo line channels have 3-band EQ and (talk about flexibility) a unique hybrid channel features 4-band Perkins EQ. So, regardless of the type of signal you need to input, there is sure to be a channel with the right EQ for the application.

Other analog tools include two aux sends with pre/post fader assignment, allowing for monitor mixes, effects loops or additional headphone mixes. There are built-in DIs on the first two channels for direct connection of guitars or bass and a dedicated talkback section with a built-in mic that lets you easily communicate with band members while on stage or recording. With all these proven, great-sounding analog features, it is easier than ever to create a memorable mix.

SMACKS OF QUALITY

The Onyx 820i offers a tremendous collection of professional analog features and extremely deep DAW integration, but it is so much more than that. Plus, since it’s a Mackie, you can be sure that it is “Built-Like-A-Tank” and will survive years of abuse.

Everything about the Onyx-i Series smacks of quality, because only the most quality, high-end components are used throughout the entire signal path. At the front end, you have the pristine signal boost offered by the Onyx mic preamps, which will likely get routed through the legendary Perkins EQ. The signal then passes through a series of sealed rotary knobs, which keep dust and grime out of the potentiometer.

Then your mix hits the summing bus, which has been custom-designed to offer the highest possible headroom while preserving the sonic quality offered by the aforementioned components. Maybe you assigned the signal to stream across the FireWire outputs. If so, they had the pleasure of passing through the high-quality Cirrus analog-to-digital converter on their way to your computer.

Or maybe you were overdubbing and streamed your backing tracks from your DAW and integrated them into the mix. In that case, you can thank the ridiculously high-end AKM digital-to-analog converter for the immaculate quality of the playback. These converters are extremely high-quality and easily rival the most esoteric (and expensive) interfaces out there today. From start to finish, no matter how you use it, the 820i offers the quality demanded by industry professionals.

Features:

•  8-channel premium analog mixer with integrated 24-bit/96kHz FireWire I/O
•  Qualified by Mackie for use will all major DAWs, including:

o Pro Tools® M-Powered™ 8 (For compatibility with Pro Tools M-Powered 8, users must also purchase the USD Mackie Universal Driver - sold directly by Mackie)

o Logic®

o SONAR™

o Cubase®

o Ableton® Live

•  3 Onyx boutique-quality mic preamps
•  3-band Perkins EQ with sweepable mids on mic/line channels
•  3-band Perkins EQ on stereo line channels
•  Hybrid mono/stereo channel with 4-band Perkins EQ with sweepable mids
•  Flexible FireWire routing, including aux sends and pre/post EQ assignment for all channels
•  Stereo playback from DAW, returned to control room or into channel for integration into mix
•  2 aux sends with pre/post assignment
•  Built-in DI on first two channels for direct connection of guitars, bass, etc.
•  Individual 48V phantom power switches on all mic inputs
•  Talkback section with built in mic and flexible routing
•  "Planet Earth" switching power supply for worldwide use
•  Optional rack kit available
•  Includes Tracktion 3 Music Production Software for Mac or PC

Things You Will Get:

  • Mixer
  • Tracktion 3 Software
Series Onyx-i
Other Features FW Return through Control Room OR stereo channel 7/8. Ability to send Aux 1-2 to FW 5-6 and Main Mix to FW 7-8.
Model Onyx 820i

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Onyx 820i FireWire Recording Mixer

The following Mackie products have drivers that are guaranteed for two years and electronics guaranteed for three years: Loudspeakers, power amps, and powered mixers; all SRM, HD, SAz, SWA, C and S Series speakers; all M, FR and FRS amplifiers; and all HRmk2 studio monitors. The following Mackie products are guaranteed for one year: All mixers, MR Studio Monitors, Control Surfaces, Processors, Audio/MIDI Interfaces, all other SR & recording products, all Onyx Compact, 4 bus and 8 bus, VLZ3, PPM, ProFX, d.Pro, U Series, CFXmk2 mixers, MR Studio Monitors, Big Knob, Quad Com, Onyx 800R, and MCU Pro Family Controllers. This warranty excludes damage from misuse, abuse, and contains other exclusions.