Mackie Onyx BlackbirdItem ID: Blackbird
16 x 16 FireWire Interface with 8 preamps, Built-in DI, ADAT Outputs, and Tracktion 3 Software
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Make This Mackie Interface Your Recording Rig's Nerve Center!Put Mackie quality right into your DAW rig! The 16 x 16 Onyx Blackbird FireWire interface makes it happen, thanks to eight premium Onyx preamps, 24-bit/96kHz AD/DA quality, a built-in DSP matrix mixer, and even a dedicated instrument DI. The Onyx Blackbird has two of its inputs right on the front panel, so you can quickly and easily access it when you get those bursts of inspiration. You'll love all the little details that add up to a major recording experience. Inserts let you patch in outboard gear. Dual headphone outputs each have their own level controls and source selectors. You get ADAT outputs and an onboard word clock. The rackmountable Onyx Blackbird even comes complete with Tracktion 3 music software!
Mackie Onyx Blackbird 16 x 16 FireWire Interface Features at a Glance:
Make Mackie's amazing Onyx Blackbird your studio's new front end!
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Christopher , Savannah, GA
Reviewsbased on 6 reviews
TOP NOTCH! Super warm with character to spare
by Keith Jackson from Los AngelesLet me start by saying, I've tried practically every 8 channel interface in this price range, including the Personus firestudio, Focusrite Pro 10/10 (which I own and do like), M-audio Profire, etc. ... read more [+]and I have an apogee duet as well. Now don't get me wrong, There is nothing wrong with the other interfaces, they functioned quite well at capturing audio clearly, but don't come CLOSE to the preamp character of the Blackbird. These pres ooze with that higher end "something," that these other's simply do not have. And for the price, WOW.
August 25, 2012
Music Background: Composer/Producter/Engineer
I work for an audio/tech company and was fortunate enough to get all of these interfaces in the same room at the exact same time for a session. I was tracking drums that day, and put each interface through its paces. As soon as I got to the Blackbird, the drummer stopped and said "Did you get new Mics?" When a drummer is noticing character differences in Pres (no offense drummers) BUT you know these things stand out. I bought this unit the next day. In fact, I just tracked an entire rock album from the group "Stateol" entirely on this interface because I enjoy the retro- meets- modern character of this guy.
So what about the conversion? Its a well known fact Apogee kinda runs the game when it comes to clear, crisp, in your face A/D. But again, The Mackie held up quite nicely. It doesn't quite give you the crispness of the Apogee, but it is certainly close enough to make it EXTREMELY hard to tell, which vocal I tracked on what.
If you've got $500, buy one of these today, If you've got $300, Save your money until you can afford one of these because it will definitely step up your sound. Not quite the big leagues, but in the Mid-range interface arena, this thing SMOKES. If you know what your doing with engineering and mixing, You can totally make some pretty convincing Pro recordings on this thing. close [-]
Really Nice Audiointerface
by youngkyun from Seoul, KoreaYou Don't have to hesitate
April 2, 2012
Music Background: Hobbyist with Recording Engineer Skill
Once You Hear the Sound(Recorded or DAW)
You must be regret why I hesitate so long
with a respect of converting power, blackbird has superior to M-audio... read more [+] 2626. lovely Clear Sound makes recoding work to be cheerfully.
Super Channer mic Pre with incredible presence save money. You need not buy another prestige mice pre over $1,000
I think why there are few reviews about this great machine
first. don't want this to be used by other person(competitors) because
this machine has so fanastic sound.
second, compatibility problem with Mac Notebook using Lion OS
But if you once have an experice with it
You might be prisoner who are eager to buy it close [-]
by JMiker from Boston, MASounds great and really clean. No color added, but not sterile either.
June 13, 2012
Music Background: Semi-Pro Musician/Engineer
by fromthese microphone preamps sound very clean. As a drummer the low latency monitoring is a dream come true. I don't have to worry if I'm slightly off because of the computer causing latency.
October 27, 2012
by Ernesto Fiks from San Jose, Costa RicaGreat features for the price.
October 29, 2011
Music Background: Audio Post Production
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