ONYX Mixer Design : Listening To Our Customers.
After 15 years of designing and building the world’s best-selling professional
compact mixers, Mackie knows a thing or two about what our customers want. (Naturally,
we also hear it regularly and vocally on the forums of this here website.) With
the Onyx series, we considered a host of these user-requested mixer features
and made them so.
Balanced Direct Outputs
Because you can never have enough direct outputs, we gave every single channel
of the Onyx mixers a balanced Recording output via a pair of rear-panel multi-pin
DB25 connectors. These industry-standard connectors will let you plug Onyx mixers
directly into a wide range of digital consoles, hard disk recorders, and analog
and digital tape machines, recording the cleanest possible signals coming right
off the individual channel preamps (12 channels on the 1220; 16 channels on
the 1620 and 1640). Importantly, these direct Recording outputs are post-channel
gain, but pre-EQ, pre-Insert, and pre-fader. So you can, for example, mix a
live gig using mixer EQ, outboard processors on channel inserts, and adjusted
fader levels--without affecting the signal going to your recording device.
Onyx mixers also feature a convenient Talkback section with a built-in mica
first in this class of mixer. Using the Talkback section, you can quickly communicate
with vocalists, musicians, and even drummers, simply by pressing the spring-loaded
Talkback button. The Talkback signal can be routed to the Control Room/Phones
output, to Aux. 1/2, or both. If you prefer, you can even connect an external
micletting your executive producer scream orders from the couch.
Individual 48v Phantom Power
Answering another often-heard request from our compact mixer owners, Onyx mixers
offer individually switchable, true 48v phantom power on every preamp. Thats
because, despite the widely-held notion that dynamic microphones dont
see phantom power, the presence of phantom power where its
not needed can adversely affect overall sound or even damage sensitive ribbon
mics. With individual phantom power on every channel, problem solved.
Full Aux Sections
All Onyx mixers feature fully discrete, high-quality Auxilliary sends with
individual Pre/Post switches (1220, 1620, 1640) and Solo control (1640 only).
Additionally, each send offers a dedicated Master control so you can dial in
the perfect level for your stage monitors, for example. The Onyx 1220 offers
2 Aux sends; the 1620 has 4 Aux Sends; and the 1640 gives you a whopping 6 Aux
Sendsperfect for live sound applications.
Planet-Earth Power Supply
Power supplies arent the most sexy feature of the Onyx mixers, well
admit. But developing a Planet Earth switching power supply for
one of the worlds quietest and most rugged audio mixers was no easy task.
Because we wanted Onyx mixers to perform flawlessly wherever and whenever you
plug them in, we enlisted the services of one of the Pacific Northwests
top power supply designers. (Hes the same guy who designed the power supply
for the gaming console from the worlds biggest software company.) The
end result of all this power supply design is that the Onyx mixers will work
wherever in the world you plug them in. Just use the appropriate IEC power cable
(weve included both 220v and 110v versions in the box).