Mackie Onyx 1220iItem ID: Onyx1220i
12-channel Mixer/FireWire Audio Interface with Four Onyx Preamps, 3-band Channel EQ, and 24-bit/96kHz FireWire Connection
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Mackie-quality Mixer with FireWire!The Mackie Onyx 1220i FireWire recording mixer gives you the power to mix on a familiar, classic analog console while sending audio to your computer via a fast, reliable FireWire interface. Certified by Mackie for use with all major DAW software, the Onyx 1220i opens up a new world of options for anyone interested in computer recording. In addition to an ultra-high quality 24-bit/96kHz FireWire recording interface, the Onyx 1220i mixer offers proven analog features like boutique-quality Onyx mic preamps, classic "British-style" Perkins EQ, and pre/post assignable aux sends, all of which can be flexibly routed via FireWire. The Onyx 1220i is a better way to record!
Mackie Onyx 1220i FireWire Mixer at a Glance:
Premium-quality mixer with proven components
The Onyx 1220i is, first and foremost, a Mackie mixer. It houses four of Mackie's premium-quality Onyx mic preamps for natural, transparent sound. Its mic/line channels are equipped with 3-band Perkins EQ with sweepable mids. Signal routing is easy and flexible. On top of all that, the Onyx 1220i is built Mackie-tough.
24-bit/96kHz FireWire audio interface
The digital side of the Onyx 1220i is equally robust. Mackie has tested and certified the Onyx 1220i for use with all major DAW software. It allows you to send channels, aux sends, or master L/R signals discretely to your Mac or PC for recording. The Onyx 1220i also routes a stereo return from your DAW to a control room or to a channel for further mixing. You'll be impressed by how smoothly the Onyx 1220i integrates with your favorite software!
Pro features and I/O options
The Onyx 1220i includes the tools you'd expect from a quality mixer. Phantom power is available for each of the Onyx preamps. The first two channels include DIs for direct connection of guitars and other instruments. A talkback section offers a built-in mic and flexible routing. All in all, the Mackie Onyx 1220i is the ideal solution for both mixing and computer recording!
Mackie Onyx 1220i FireWire Mixer Features:
For mixing and computer recording, you can't beat the Mackie Onyx 1220i!
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Hector, Kissimmee, FL
Reviewsbased on 6 reviews
by Dave Bangert from New Haven, IN.I had my aging Mackie 1220 board in to Sweetwater for service in 2010 and got the 1220i as a loaner for my next weekend gigs. My keyboard player and I both looked at each other at the end of the first... read more [+] set that weekend and said wow! What a clean and detailed sound. He wanted to know what I was doing deferent. I pointed to the 1200i board. He said there was no way he would let me return the board to sweetwater so I bought the 1220i to repalce the aging Mackie 1220.
April 1, 2011
Music Background: Musician, Studio owner.
I found that the quality difference between the two board was incredibly noticible at the gig.
Several months later I was asked to record a local three piece band. I had previouly sold most of my recording gear so I was short on a good interface for recording. It just hit me that the 1220i board, that was packed away in my van, has a firewire interface. I pulled out the board, installed the mackie drivers on my laptop and within 15 minutes I was recording with the 1220i. I am very impressed with the clean, low noise, and great mic pres on this board. If you want an all around board for giging and recording at a dirt cheap price then this is it. Thanks Mackie! close [-]
Great Recording Interface
by Keenan from Cedar Falls, IAFantastic recording interface with great pre-amps and lots of headphone routing options. The only reason I'm giving this 4.5 rather than 5 is that the virtual channels could have been better implement... read more [+]ed to allow for a "cue" channel to route through the headphones as well. In other words, there are only one set of stereo outs coming from the computer back to the board, and I think it would've been beneficial to include another set (since it advertises multi-outs). That said, its a good blend of digital and analog and does most of what I need it to do very reliably. close [-]
March 22, 2012
Music Background: Producer/DJ/Guitarist/Vocalist
Smaller version of the 1604 I already love
by Finding Reason from United StatesI wanted a smaller version of my Onyx 1604 that I use for live applications to use in my home studio (the 1604 is in a rack box and takes up a lot of space). I looked at lots of USB and Firewire mixe... read more [+]r options and decided to stick with the Onyx because the preamps are consistently given high marks. Though I would prefer to have more preamps, the 1220i has enough to get me through most recording situations at home. 4 stars instead of 5 because it's a little pricey, but I guess you pay for quality, right? Also, the Firewire software has given me no issues. close [-]
January 6, 2013
Music Background: Working musician, amateur sound engineer.
by David Butterfield from hi-desert, CAI upgraded from the 1202 vlz analog mixer I had for about ten years. This firewire interface is good and the 1220i is quiet. I'm very inexperienced with computer recording and had some "figuring" to d... read more [+]o to make this work with my iMac and Logic. I was sitting in front of the computer about a week after my purchase when the phone rang--it was Dennis Konicki from Sweetwater following up to see if all was well with my purchase.
May 15, 2011
Music Background: garage bands, roots, filmmaker
My problem was: setting the input levels and recording on multiple channels from multiple channels on the 1220i. Problem #1 was solved by Dennis.
I did not understand that the faders on the mixer only control the analog signal to the analog outs, and analog monitoring levels on the mixer. The digital levels are set by the GAIN knob at the top of 1220i channel strip. In other words, no matter how the faders are set (off to full-on) it doesn't change the record level in Logic (or whatever you use) Nor does changing the software fader level effect the record level in Logic. The software faders only effect levels in playback and mixdown (bounce in Logic). The record level is set by the Gain knob on the Mackie.
The other problem I had was recording simultaneously on multiple (more than 1&2) on the mixer and more than 1 in Logic. Dennis referred me to Sweetwater Tech Support for this answer.
In Logic the routing of hardware mixer channels is selected in Tracks/new track/format/input. If in mono format, only one hardware mixer channel can be recorded. If in stereo format only 2 mixer channels can be used on that channel input (say 1&2). To record multiple stereo format tracks from multiple hardware mixer channels. So if you have mixer channels 3 and 4 in use, the input (dropdown menu in new track) set for 3&4. Then record enable your two stereo tracks. Only two channels per stereo track, or one channel per mono track.
Now I'm up to speed on this basic stuff. Thanks Sweetwater. My first purchase from this company. I am impressed with the service and follow up of Sweetwater.
I was a little disappointed to find out the faders on the Onyx are not used for setting record or software playback levels. The only function the Onyx faders serve in Logic recording is balancing live sound in headphones while overdubbing--I like live sound louder than prerecorded tracks for example. The record level setting with GAIN knobs is touchy and those brand new pots are scratchy when adjusting, too. The range is tiny also. So getting the levels , stereo balance, requires microscopic turning of the knobs. This seems less than great to me.
So I give Sweetwater 4 stars and the Onyx 1220i, 3 stars. close [-]
by from Seattle, WA USAGood mixer, don't be fooled into thinking you'll be able to use your universal audio plugins in a live situation, native plugins are fine. The faders are made of VERY cheap plastic and are inconsiste... read more [+]nt with the otherwise solid design of this product. Setup with ProTools was annoying. close [-]
February 13, 2012
Music Background: Musician
Mackie Onyx 1220i
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