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Mackie Big Knob Studio Command System

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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 four major ways: level control, studio monitor selection, input source selection, and talkback and headphone control.Precise Level ControlUsing a big, convenient volume knob, B...  Click To Read More About This Product

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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 four 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 three pairs of studio monitors, two 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 four 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 two 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 three 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.


  • 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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By Pete

from LA, Ca.

Comments about Mackie Big Knob Studio Command System:

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.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


Great Device!

By Ry

from Seattle, WA

Comments about Mackie Big Knob Studio Command System:

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.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


The "Mackie BIG Knob"-more than what you Expect.

By Abe Bravo

from Chandler, AZ

Comments about Mackie Big Knob Studio Command System:

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.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Colors Sound & Makes Speakers Un-Balanced


from New York, NY

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Comments about Mackie Big Knob Studio Command System:

Well, first off I was very happy to grab this for the price, very good price. But now I understand why its only $299. It just doesn't do the job, has so many flaws. First of, all 3 outputs for your monitors are NOT balanced, therefore your left speakers are ALWAYS higher volume, even after you calibrate your speakers. Also, they made the LEFT output in MONO which is crazy to me. I have 3 sets of speakers and all Mogami cables, so trust me its the Mackie Big Knob. And no, my unit wasn't damaged. This is exactly how Mackie makes this product. ALSO when you turn the volume knob up and down, a massive amount of static comes out of all the right speakers. Again, no this is not because my unit is damaged, this is how Mackie makes this product. :-) I am returning this product immediately and upgrading to the Apogee Quartet, sorry Mackie you lost me again. Only upside is it has a great MONO button, yay! Sorry guys save your $300 and get something thats accurate.


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By SkillzTreyOhOne

from Maryland

About Me Experienced



    • Bulky/Heavy
    • Poor Sound Quality
    • Pricey / Poor Value
    • Unreliable

    Best Uses

      Comments about Mackie Big Knob Studio Command System:

      Colors audio, and low hum never goes away. This was an issue in the older models as well, just not as bad. When using the knob speakers crackle, and the unit tends to get super hot. Over all there are better options on the market. Get this only if you wanna be blown about crackling speakers and enjoy a good hum.



      By Steve

      from Chicago

      About Me Professional Musician


      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Versatile


      • Low volume hum

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio

      Comments about Mackie Big Knob Studio Command System:

      Purchased to help with some downsizing of a home studio. Plugged it it and there is a persistent very low volume hum. Enough to drive me nuts. Even without anything plugged in except speakers. Tried proven cables, several different breaker outlets, power conditioners, nothing would get rid of it. Using my old LM3204 line mixer and even an older 1204VLZ with same cables, sound it clean and hum-free. Determined it's the unit. Returned it. Reading more online, the reviews seem to be very inconsistent. So, buyer beware!


      Doomed from the Start

      By Robert Mohr

      from New York, NY

      Comments about Mackie Big Knob Studio Command System:

      I have owned a Mackie Big Knob for 3 years. I have been blessed with a properly functioning device for less than half of that time. My first Big Knob randomly started smoking and nearly burned itself to a crisp (luckily I was there to unplug it right away). Mackie then sent a replacement, which after several months of proper functioning revealed a broken mute button, which causes my right channel to go in and out without warning. Needless to say, having to "jiggle" the mute button to get sound in my right speaker doesn't make me feel very good about my sound quality. This would be a great product if it worked properly, but wouldn't every product?

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