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Mackie ONYX 1220i Premium 12-Channel Mixer with Firewire interface
The Onyx-i series is a range of deeply integrated Firewire mixers that will delight those who wish to exploit the advantages of both digital recording and tactile mixing using a traditionally-laid-out mixing desk. Onyx-i mixers work with all major DAW programs including Pro Tools M-Powered 8.
The Onyx-i series is a step up from the original Onyx with Firewire connectivity included as standard. Thanks to innovative thinking and excellent execution, these mixers allow you to exploit digital technology with an analog workflow. Take a look at these examples to see what I mean...
Wet or Dry? - Every channel on the mixer can be routed pre or post EQ to the computer, allowing you to choose whether to implement 'EQ to tape' or not.
Studio Quality Effects - Aux sends are routable to the computer, allowing you to utilize your computer as a powerful FX engine by implementing your favorite plug-ins in a live scenario.
Preserve Your Mix - Master L/R is routable to the computer for recording your analog mix. Burn and sell CDs of the mix at the end of the gig!
Mix Integration - Stereo return from the computer can be routed to either the control room for instant monitoring or to a stereo channel for mix integration.
Latency-Free Overdubs - Having a "real" mixer has its benefits. Latency-free overdubs are simple since you are using an analog mixer. No more wasted time dealing with the complicated "DSP" mixers commonly used on standalone interfaces.
The mixers can be used in the studio to exploit the best of computer and analog mixing at the same time; or used live to record gigs, and take your sound to a new level by utilising your favourite plugins from your computer as live Aux effects.
This 12 channel model is ideal for small gigs where you only need 4 mic inputs. It contains 3-band EQ on the 4 mic channels with sweepable mid frequency. This model has a built in talkback and routing options geared towards recording via the firewire buss so is really ideal for small studios.
Here's what Mackie say about the Onyx-i 1220 Mixer
The 12-channel Mackie Onyx 1220i FireWire Recording Mixer combines the benefits of a powerful computer interface with the tactile, hands-on control of a sleek, space-saving premium analog mixer. Proven, professional features like four Onyx mic preamps and classic Perkins EQ only accentuate the mixer's ample connectivity and clear-cut workflow. Qualified by Mackie for use will all major DAWs, including Pro Tools M-Powered 8, the 1220i allows you to send channels, aux sends or master L/R signals discretely to your Mac or PC for recording. It's a premium analog mixer that integrates seamlessly with your favorite DAW. A better way to record - Onyx-i.
- 12-channel premium analog mixer with integrated 24-bit/96kHz FireWire I/O
- Qualified by Mackie for use will all major DAWs, including: Pro Tools M-Powered 8, Logic, SONAR, Cubase, Ableton Live, Final Cut Pro
- 4 Onyx boutique-quality mic preamps
- 3-band Perkins EQ with sweepable mids on mic/line channels
- 3-band Perkins EQ on stereo Line channels
- Flexible FireWire routing, including aux sends and pre/post EQ assignment for all channels
- Stereo playback from DAW, returned to control room or into channel for integration into mix
- 2 aux sends with pre/post assignment
- Smooth 60mm channel and master faders
- Built-in DI on first two channels for direct connection of guitars, bass, etc.
- Individual 48V phantom power switches on all mic inputs
- Talkback section with built in mic and flexible routing
- "Planet Earth" switching power supply for worldwide use
- Optional rack kit available
Colin | Purchase date: 22 January 2013
Although I haven't made full use of the Onyx 1220i as yet, it has an excellent build and great quality sound. Firewire recording into Cubase took very little time to set up as everything was fairly intuitive. I have only used the mixer at home so far, but it will be great as a live mixer and the firewire interface will make live recording quick and easy.
Mr T Datson | Purchase date: 07 April 2011
I use the Mackie 1220i in a small project studio as a DAC/mixer. It's a very confidence-inspiring piece of kit, with an extremely solid construction and a very logical layout. Having most of the inputs on the top of the panel is not all that aesthetically pleasing but it does make for an easy life. Judging sound quality is always a subjective affair, but the DACs are certainly lucid and lively and the EQ is powerful without being too brutal, it's a very easy tweaker. The Onyx mic pre-amps do a fine job, and of course you have switchable phantom power and Hi/Lo Z on a couple of the inputs so you can plug your guitar/bass straight in.
Being a Mackie it does exactly what it says on the tin, or in this case the very substantial steel casing. My only slight beef was that the driver kept uninstalling itself from Cubase 6, requiring several re-installations until it inexplicably settled down and has been problem-free for three weeks. For this the unit loses a star, which is probably a bit harsh but five stars means perfect, which almost nothing is. That said, this is a very good unit, and its relatively small footprint makes it perfect for applications like mine. Good value for money, too.