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Mackie Big Knob Studio Command System
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Easy-to-use controller that'll make your recording system a breeze to run.

The Mackie Big Knob Studio Command System is a simple yet powerful desktop audio control center. It lets musicians and engineers get right to the business of making music in 4 major ways: level control, studio monitor selection, input source selection, and talkback and headphone control.

Precise Level Control

Using a big, convenient volume knob, Big Knob lets you adjust volume levels the way our ancient audio ancestors did, with a simple, intuitive knob, not with a mouse and screen. The end result is greater precision and faster 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 among 3 pairs of studio monitors, 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 and 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 2 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 3 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 has 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.


Big Knob is perfectly suited to a range of applications beyond desktop music making, including home stereo systems, keyboard/guitar rigs, high-end multimedia systems, archiving LPs to CD, classrooms and boardrooms, and more.

Mackie Big Knob Studio Command System Features:

  • Tabletop level control/monitor switcher/source selector & talkback box
    Big, convenient volume knob for precise level adjustments
    Switches among 3 sets of studio monitors
    Built-in talkback microphone eases 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

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  • Get one now!

    As reviewed by Pete on 2/26/2010

    I've worked in real studios for 30 years. The advent of digital production has made the creative process available to anyone with a computer but there are some real annoyances. This one bit of hardware serves to tie the two processes together in a big way. Having a substantial control Knob and a few push buttons at hand instead of mousing around is a tool that seems at first inconsequential. But let me tell you, it makes work so much easier. The sound quality, build integrity and feel of this thing are clearly worth much more than the investment and I wouldn't be without it. Unless you are working at a real desk you should do yourself a favor and get one now.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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  • Great Device!

    As reviewed by Ry on 4/14/2010

    Amazingly simple to use, and can't believe I've gotten along this long without this piece of my studio! The only gripe I have is the talk-back function had a problem with volume increase (almost like a feedback loop) when depressed. This quickly led to ear-fatigue, and for the life of me, I can't remember what I did to fix this problem, but I was able to just change the inputs of the monitoring. Otherwise, FANTASTIC device, well built and HIGHLY recommended.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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  • The "Mackie BIG Knob"-more than what you Expect.

    As reviewed by Abe Bravo on 4/18/2011

    When It comes to Mixing Down a track or monitoring during the recording stage its self, its always good to have a PARTNER by your side. "The Mackie Big Knob" Is That PARTNER. Very easy to use and extreamly flexable, with the ability to Do more than just what is Specificied. I Purchased this Item and Use it Quite Often due to the requirments of being a producer. The Mackie Big Knob has Not disapointed me yet in the fact that It is built incredibly Sturdy, Very Price friendly and Worth more than just money is conserned. It is a very dependable system to have. It Lets you Focus your entire attention on Your project with easy. You never have to think about over working The Big Knob, It can take care of its self. Recomended with out a doubt in mind for Anyone that is involved with The music Business. The Monitoring System alows you to Switch Your monitors to be able to get that perfect sound you want by Simply Pressing A, B or C, and if you feel like it all Three. I have My monitors set as Follows: "A" button I have sterio monitors. "B" button MONO, and "C" button for my Sub. The Key is to find that Center Point from Sterio and Mono in order to get that perfect mix. For me The "Mackie Big Knob" is the best for flexability, Portability, Affordability, And Ease of use that will be there for you for a long time.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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