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Mackie Onyx 1220 12-Channel MixerThe premium Mackie Onyx 1220 12-Channel Mixer is a small-format analog mixer featuring all-new circuitry. Includes 4 boutique-class Onyx mic preamps with 3-band Perkin... Click To Read More About This Product

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Mackie Onyx 1220 12-Channel Mixer
The premium Mackie Onyx 1220 12-Channel Mixer is a small-format analog mixer featuring all-new circuitry. Includes 4 boutique-class Onyx mic preamps with 3-band Perkins EQ plus sweepable mids on mic/line channels Other features include aux sends with pre/post switches, 4 stereo line-level inputs, a talkback section for use with internal or external mics, true hardware EQ bypass, and a Planet-Earth switching power supply for worldwide use. Other features include individual 48V phantom power switches on all mic inputs; 60mm logarithmic taper faders for smooth, linear fades; and balanced direct outs for every channel via DB-25 connections. Selectable instrument inputs on the first 2 channels means no DI boxes are needed.

Onyx mic preamps
Because a great audio mixer starts with great mic preamps, Mackie invested significant R&D efforts into developing their new flagship Onyx mic preamps. These preamps build upon their already-impressive XDR design to meet or surpass expensive esoteric standalone mic pres in terms of fidelity, headroom and transparency”as well as improved radio frequency (RFI) rejection and wider dynamic range.

Perkins eq circuitry
When it was time for the Onyx EQ section, Mackie turned to veteran audio engineer Cal Perkins to develop their new Perkins EQ circuitry”a "neo classic" 3- and 4-band design based on classic "British EQ" circuitry from mixing desks of the '60s and '70s. Cal devised a way to give Perkins EQ that sweet "British console" sound, but with greater filter control and minimum phase shift

Listening to our customers
Mackie rounded out the Onyx 1220 feature set by answering some common requests from our compact mixer customers: adding individual 48v phantom power and balanced direct outputs on every channel; a full Auxiliary section with Pre/Post control; and a new Talkback section with a convenient built-in mic. They even developed a "Planet Earth" switching power supply for worldwide use.

Onyx 24/96kHz Firewire I/O Card

The Onyx FireWire Card is a true first. This user-installable 24-bit/96kHz card transforms the Onyx 1220, 1620 and 1640 mixers into fantastic-sounding digital audio interfaces capable of sending up to 18 channels of audio to your Mac or PC ” without the need for additional converter boxes or hardware. Thanks to the use of flagship Onyx mic preamps, superior analog circuitry, and class-leading A/D converters, Onyx sound mixers with FireWire rival the sound quality of dedicated audio interfaces costing many times more. Not to mention the simplicity of plugging in up to 16 microphones and sending them directly from the mixer to your computer... and monitoring a stereo mix back through the mixer.

Up to 18 channels w/ adjustable sample rate
The Onyx FireWire Card allows you to stream up to 18 channels of 24-bit digital audio to your Mac (OSX 10.3.5 or greater) or PC (Win XP). These show up in your audio software as 16 individual audio inputs, plus a stereo L/R mix. You can also send two channels of audio back from the computer to the mixer for monitoring purposes.
Audio coming back from the computer is conveniently monitored through the Control Room Source matrix, where it is routed to the Phones, Control Room, or Main Mix outputs. Additionally, you can select the sample rate for the analog-to-digital converters in either the Onyx Control Panel (on the PC) or directly from your audio software (on the Mac ” no control panel needed). Sample rate options include 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz, and 96 kHz at 24 bits.

A hub of activity
The Onyx FireWire card features two 6-pin FireWire connectors that each supply all 16 channels plus the L/R mix. Having dual connectors allows you to place the Onyx audio mixer anywhere within a chain of FireWire-equipped devices. You can even daisy-chain two 16-channel Onyx mixers via FireWire and send a whopping 32 mic signals right to your laptop. (PC only; Mac support for mixer chaining coming soon.) This makes for a very high-quality live recording rig that conveniently fits in the back seat of your car.

The Onyx FireWire card has a small rotary knob that provides boost and cut for the L/R mix signal being sent to your computer. Since the L/R mix signal is tapped prior to the Main Mix fader, this rotary knob gives you control over the signal level going to your audio software application without affecting your main mix level ” a very convenient feature for live recording.

Everything you need to get recording
The CD-ROM included with the Onyx FireWire card contains all the necessary drivers for PC, plus a software Control Panel. On a Mac, just plug in the FireWire cable and Mackie Onyx mixers will immediately show up as a 14x2 or 18x2 Core Audio device. (How's that for plug-and-play!)


Onyx 1220
  • 4 new ONYX mic preamps with sound comparable to boutique preamps
  • New 3-band Perkins EQ with sweepable mids on Mic/Line channels
  • 96kHz FireWire option card for streaming 14 independent channels of audio to computer with near-zero latency
  • 2 channels of monitoring from computer via FireWire option card
  • 2 Aux sends w/ Pre/Post switches
  • 4 stereo line-level inputs
  • Built-in Talkback section for use with internal or external mic
  • True hardware EQ Bypass
  • "Planet-Earth" switching power supply for worldwide use
  • Individual 48v Phantom Power switches on all mic inputs
  • 60mm Logarithmic Taper faders for smooth, linear fades
  • Balanced direct outs for every channel via DB-25 connections
  • Selectable Instrument inputs on first two channels-no DI box needed
Firewire I/O Card
  • User-installable 24-bit/96kHz FireWire I/O Card for Mackie Onyx Series analog mixers
  • Stream 12 or 16 independent channels of audio, plus stereo mix, directly to Mac or PC (12 ch. + mix on 1220; 16 ch. + mix on 1620 and 1640)
  • Monitor stereo L/R mix from computer back through mixer with a single button press
  • FireWire technology provides monitoring through audio software and plug-ins with no noticeable latency
  • Works with any Windows XP ASIO/WDM host (Cakewalk, Cubase, Sonar, Nuendo, Live, Tracktion, etc.) or any compatible Mac OS X Core Audio host (GarageBand, Logic, Cubase, Sonar, Nuendo, Live, Digital Performer, Tracktion, etc.)
  • Now includes the popular Tracktion 2 Audio and MIDI Production Software with Final Mix mastering tools and more
Firewire I/O Card
  • Frequency Response: +0, ”3 dB, 10 Hz to 42 kHz @ 96 kHz sample rate, +0, ”1 dB, 10 HZ to 20 kHz @ 44.1 kHz sample rate
  • Distortion (THD + N): < 0.025%, 10 Hz to 40 kHz, +4 dBu input @ 96 kHz sample rate, < 0.015%, 20 Hz to 20 kHz, +4 dBu input @ 96 kHz sample rate, < 0.010%, 20 Hz to 20 kHz, +4 dBu input @ 44.1 kHz sample rate
    Dynamic Range: > 98 dB, 20 Hz to 20 kHz @ 96 kHz sample rate,
  • > 100 dB, 20 Hz to 20 kHz @ 44.1 kHz sample rate
  • Main Mix Trim: +10 dB to ”10 dB, unity detent
  • Dimensions: Height: 1.3 in/ 32 mm, Width: 8.8 in/ 222 mm, Depth: 3.6 in/ 91 mm
  • Weight: 8.3 oz/ 235 g
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Mackie - Its all in the name alone

By Keys17

from Chicago, IL

Comments about Mackie Onyx 1220 & Firewire Card:

I setup my system at church 3 times weekly (live sound and multitrack recording)and the Mackie Onyx 1220 has been the perfect mixer for the job. Besides the input level, your live mix does not effect the signal coming from the firewire card. You can just connect to your laptop or pc, hit record and thats done. Now you can focus on the live mix alone. Its also built tough enough to handle the road. I accidentally dropped it in 6in of snow, let it dry off my a fan for about 30 mins, plugged it up and it worked with a smile. The EQ is unbelievable, compared to previous mixers i've used, the perkins EQ sounds amazing. The individual channel meters is another great feature allowing more accurate level control and troubleshooting. As far as outputs, the Mackie Onyx 1220 has more than enough,i haven't run out yet...i would recommend this mixer to anyone, especially those looking for a quick setup solution for simultanious live and recording applications...check it out, its all in the name...

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