Mackie Big Knob

Tabletop Studio Monitor Management Device w/Talkback, Headphone Send & Monitor Switching
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Get Your Hands on the BIG KNOB!

Now, more than ever, professional, project and home studios need a Big Knob. You know, a simple monitor switching and level control box with built-in talkback functions that sits on your desktop. With the Big Knob's multitude of rear-panel connections, this Mackie marvel lets you easily switch between three sets of studio monitors, four different stereo sources, and even send musicians their own custom headphone mixes while communicating with them via the built-in Talkback microphone. And with its high-end sound quality and robust construction, Big Knob is right at home in professional studios.

Mackie Big Knob Features:
  • Tabletop level control / monitor switcher / source selector & talkback box
  • Big, convenient volume knob for precise level adjustments
  • Switch between 3 sets of studio monitors
  • Built-in Talkback microphone for easy communication with musicians
  • Monitor 3 independent Stereo inputs plus Mix input
  • Dual Headphone outputs with independent headphone mix bus
  • Phono preamp for turntable connection
  • High-end esoteric studio sound quality and robust construction
  • Perfect for computer-based studios

Additional Media

Big Knob User Manual
Studio Monitor Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Input Channels 8
Output Channels 16
Analog Inputs 6 x TRS, 2 x RCA
Analog Outputs 6 x TRS, 2 x 1/4" (Headphones)
Talkback Yes
Form Factor Desktop
Height 3.2"
Width 13.5"
Depth 5.9"
Weight 3.5 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number 0008466-00

Customer Reviews

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This is a great piece of gear and really nice to have in my studio especially when doing a mix. I can select to only monitor my NS10's, my JBL's or all including my subwoofer, with the touch of a button! I am very pleased!
Music background: Producer

You Must Have Big Knob

The Big Knob is an absolute must have. Love having my main monitors and sub on separate channels to A&B my sound. Built like a tank. All equipment should be built like this. Very transparent sound. I have top end cables and tested in and out of the system. I can not imagine the Big Knob not being apart of my studio. Just the right amount of control with out being a mixer.

The Big Knob is a swiss army knife

I'm not a studio guy, instead I'm more of an audiophile / music geek. The big knob does more to control audio on my desk, headphone rig, and apartment than any other piece of gear I've seen. It allows me to switch between or combine my Apogee Mini-DAC and onboard sound card, choose what gets routed where, and wire music to different places in my apartment. All in all, this is a phenomenal product. I'm generally a purist in terms of signal path, but I can't find any real problems with inserting the Big Knob in it.
Music background: Hobbyist

Great piece of equipment....

This is a great piece of equipment, has all the features that I need to route 4 set's of monitors & a sub, using DIGI 002. The sound quality is outstanding, no-coloration, sturdy & does exactly what I need it to do.
Music background: Producer/Engineer/Composer/Song-writer

The Big Knob is Big Deal (No Sarcasm)

Just hooked everything up last night. I can't believe I haven't been using this since the beginning of my music "career"! Of course, it didn't exist 10 years ago, but still. This piece of hardware has made my recording 100 times easier and extremely resourceful. There are several neat recording tricks I know I can do with this that I haven't experimented with yet, but what it immediately offers was well worth the price. The volume knobs are smooth and the sound is excellent. If you do any mixing or recording from a home studio, you should get this product. It'll make things much easier for you. A common tip from the pros: any successful mixing engineer uses multiple monitors to check mixes on. This is an essential piece of gear for that reason alone.
Music background: recording engineer, producer, musical artist, hobbyist
See also: Monitor Switches, Mackie, Mackie Monitor Management