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Mackie Onyx 400F FireWire Computer Recording Interface

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Jointly designed by the analog engineering experts at Mackie and the digital gurus at Echo Digital Audio, the 400F performs equally well as an ultrahigh-performance studio mic preamp and a superb 192k... Click To Read More About This Product

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Jointly designed by the analog engineering experts at Mackie and the digital gurus at Echo Digital Audio, the 400F performs equally well as an ultrahigh-performance studio mic preamp and a superb 192kHz FireWire interface. It features 4 of Mackie's flagship Onyx mic preamps and no-compromise analog circuitry that provide premium audio fidelity, loads of headroom, and impressive sonic depth. With 24-bit/192kHz A/D converters, dual FireWire ports, a 10 x 10 DSP Matrix Mixer the Onyx 400F also makes a killer computer audio interface.

With the 400F you also get a full copy of Tracktion audio/MIDI production software and a raft of plug-ins from IK Multimedia, LinPlug, reFX, Raw Materials, Big Tick (PC only), Maxim Digital Audio, and Mackie.


  • FireWire-based recording preamp/audio interface
  • 4 Onyx mic preamps with 48V phantom power
  • 4 balanced line inputs
  • 8 balanced line outputs
  • AKM 24-bit/192kHz A/D/A converters
  • 10 x 10 DSP mixer
  • TRS inserts on inputs 1 and 2
  • Control room and dual headphone outputs with independent level controls
  • Dual FireWire ports
  • Tracktion 2 audio/MIDI production software
  • IK Multimedia plug-ins: AmpliTube LE, SampleTank SE
  • LinPlug plug-ins: RM IV, FreeAlpha
  • reFX plug-ins: Slayer 2, Claw
  • Raw Materials plug-ins: Plug-in Suite, Rack Filters
  • Big Tick plug-ins (PC Only): Hexaline, DualDelay, NastyShaper, Mabento
  • Maxim Digital Audio plug-ins: Plug-in bundle
  • Mackie plug-ins: Final Mix, DSR-1, Mono Compressor, Mono Sidechain Compressor, Stereo Compressor, Stereo Sidechain Compressor, Stereo 3-band Compressor, M-Clav (Ticky Clav on Mac), M-Pad (CheezeMachine on Mac), SoundFont-1, ZR-3
  • Propellerhead ReWire enabled
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Amazing piece of interface

By binaryhazard

from New York

I've tried toneport and tascam fw 1082, none of them come close to things. I just got this from guitar center last night with some monster cable. I am glad that I bought this item. It's headphone amp is best i've heard comparing to other interface i've heard from, and it's true 24bit 192khz. For 700 bucks, I think it's best value out there. I really love it.

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Works Great for Me!


from New York, NY

This is a very nice sounding interface and perhaps perfect for the home studio. While I don't have much experience with high-end preamps, I do have plenty of experience with "prosumer" pres and these are the best I have personally come across in my limited budget. They have a beautiful clarity to them which was something of a revelation to me. As an audio interface it has been solid even on my old G4 (500mhz) & Logic. I have read that some people have trouble with a high pitch wine (a firewire problem not exclusive to this interface) but I have not had that problem. I also own and use MOTU 828mkII with my other setup. I think the MOTU is a fine interface as well with its own plusses but the preamps just can't compare to the Onxy in detail. All in all I am very happy with the 400f and even consider trading my 828 for a second 400f.


Solid mic pre for many applications

By Fuzzball

from Ida, MI

I purchased this unit for my home studio in order to expand my variety of mic pres. I heard that the new Onyx pres were very good so I thought I would give them a try. After several mixes I found that these pres are a vast improvment over Makies old pres. The mixes sounded clear even when I piled up over 24 tracks. The unit provides an easy to use firewire interface (easy to use). The preamps provide a great amount of headroom, and clarity compared to others in the same price range. The unit also has inputs so that you can connect outboard gear. This is a very usable unit and I would recommend it as a great addition to any studio. The unit is built well and I believe that it will last a long time if used properly.

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