Mackie Big Knob Studio Monitor Controller


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The Big Knob is a simple yet powerful desktop audio control center that lets musicians and engineers get right to the business of making music in four major ways: Level Control, Studio Monitor Selection, Input Source Selection and Talkback & Headphone Control.

Precise Level Control

Using a big, convenient volume knob, Big Knob lets you adjust volume levels with a simple, intuitive knob, not with a mouse and screen. The end result is a higher degree of precision and much quicker level adjustments.

Monitor Selection

When it comes to mixing, pros know it’s best to get a second, and third, opinion. So Big Knob lets you quickly switch between 3 pairs of studio monitors, or 2 studio monitors and a subwoofer, or studio monitors and a home stereo, or any other combination of powered speakers.

Source Selection

On the input side, Big Knob lets you connect up to 4 stereo input sources at once. This means you can simultaneously connect to your computer/DAW outputs, CD player, cassette deck and even a turntable using the premium onboard RIAA preamp. You can even connect keyboards, guitars, drum machines, samplers - anything you’d like to hear - through your monitors. This makes Big Knob great for comparing your mixes-in-progress to your favorite CDs, for archiving your old LPs, jamming along to your favorite tune, and lots more.

Talkback Section & Headphone Control

With its built-in Talkback mic and spring-loaded activation switches, Big Knob lets you quickly communicate with musicians in both the studio and tracking room - no more hand signals through the glass! Big Knob also sports two high-powered headphone outputs with a discrete headphone mix bus, solving the communications needs of most computer-based studios.

All the Right Connections

Although its shiny silver knob is a head-turning feature, Big Knob's rear panel is equally impressive. There you’ll find three distinct Monitor outputs with individual level control; 2-Track A and 2-Track B stereo outputs with level selection switches; a DAW stereo output for your computer; a Studio output with level control; a Phones Mix input with level selection switch; 2-Track A and 2-Track B Stereo Source inputs with level control; a DAW Mix input from your computer with level control; and even a Phono input with level control for direct connection to your turntable.

Sound Quality

Because Big Knob plays a crucial link between recording output(s) and studio monitors, Mackie placed the utmost importance on pristine, no-compromise sound quality. For this reason, Big Knob features ultra low-noise op amps, extremely low-tolerance components and state-of-the-art surface mount technology. All of this ensures superb sound in critical listening environments and long-term reliability - even under daily, and nightly, studio use.


•  Tabletop level control / monitor switcher / source selector & talkback box
•  Big, convenient volume knob for precise level adjustments
•  Switch amongst 3 sets of studio monitors
•  Built-in Talkback microphone for easy communication with musicians
•  Monitor 4 independent Stereo inputs including one for your DAW Mix
•  Dual Headphone outputs with independent volume controls and headphone mix bus
•  Phono preamp for direct turntable connection
•  High-end studio sound quality and robust construction
•  Perfect for computer-based studios

Things You Will Get:

  • Monitor Controller, power cable
Series None
Other Features Level Control, Studio Monitor Selection, Input Source Selection and Talkback & Headphone Control
Model Big Knob Studio Monitor Controller


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Big Knob Studio Monitor Controller

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.

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