Record to Your Computer with the Built-In Firewire Interface!
Bridge the analog and digital worlds with the Mackie Onyx 1220i. This Mackie mixer gives you four clear, detailed Onyx mic preamps plus four stereo channels that can handle line-level inputs such as keyboards or drum machines. Even better, the 1220i has a built-in 16-in/2-out FireWire interface. Connect this mixer to your computer via FireWire, and all 12 channels, both aux sends, and your stereo master show up as individual inputs in your digital audio workstation (DAW) with no need for a separate interface. With the 1220i, you get all the robustness of a Mackie analog mixer, plus complete integration with your digital recording setup. Add Mackie's high-quality Cirrus analog-to-digital converters, and you've got a space-saving, easy-to-use analog front-end for any DAW.
This video from Mackie explains the power of the Onyx-I series:
Analog Guts, Digital Brains
Even if the 1220i didn't
have a built-in FireWire interface, it would still be a serious analog mixer. First of all, it's a Mackie -- a company known for tank-like build quality. Mackie boards have long been indispensable in can't-fail environments like broadcast studios, live venues, and mobile recording rigs. Plus, the Onyx name means you're getting Mackie's flagship mic preamps -- four of them, in this case. Onyx mic pres are designed for accuracy, transparency, and detail, with phantom power available on individual channels. The first two preamps have a dedicated switch for accepting a Hi-Z input like a direct guitar or bass. And every channel has Mackie's "British-style" Perkins EQ, named for the veteran engineer who developed these natural-sounding filters. Because the 1220i is a full-fledged analog mixer, it's an excellent real-time monitoring solution: just use its two aux sends to build headphone mixes in the analog domain with zero latency, regardless of what is going on in your DAW.
Send 16 Channels To Your DAW Over FireWire
The Onyx 1220i really starts working its magic when you plug in a FireWire cable. Your 16 channels sail through high-end Cirrus A/D converters, through FireWire, and into your DAW at up to 96 kHz/24-bit resolution. Each channel has a pre/post-EQ button for the FireWire output, so you can record your tracks with or without the channel inserts and Perkins EQ applied. For example, if your bassist needs lots of low-end punch in his headphones during tracking, you can kick on his EQ, but press his channel's "pre" button so only the clean, un-EQ'd signal is sent out through FireWire and into your DAW. Or you can insert your trusty hardware reverb for the vocal channel for monitoring, but still record the vocal track "dry." However you set up the routing, FireWire is fully integrated into the Onyx 1220i -- making external interfaces or converters completely unnecessary.
Compatible with Rack Gear...and Plug-ins, Too
Got outboard gear? With 1/4-inch insert plugs on the first four channels, you can easily insert your favorite hardware compressor on that bass track. And with two aux buses, there's even room to feed your hardware reverb on from an aux send, and return the resulting signal to one of your four stereo channels. Now, if you're of more of a plug-ins power user, that's where the 1220i's FireWire integration comes in handy. For example, say you're multitracking a vocal group with the four Onyx preamp channels, and you're running everyone's headphones off Aux 1. Looks like you've got an aux available for reverb routing. Aux 2 appears in your DAW via FireWire, ready to be processed in real time by your reverb plug-in. Sent the plug-in's output channel, and press the FireWire Input button on the 1220i's last stereo channel. Now you're monitoring the "wet," reverbed signal on its own hardware fader, and instead of trying to mouse knobs on-screen, you're using the Onyx 1220i's orange knobs to adjust exactly how much the reverb is affecting each vocal mic. Powerful stuff.
- 4 Onyx mic preamps with individual phantom power, plus Hi-Z instrument inputs on channels 1 and 2
- 4 stereo line inputs
- Musical Perkins EQ section on each channel
- Integrated 16-in/2-out FireWire interface at up to 24-bit/96 kHz resolution
- Pre/post switch sends channels to FireWire with or without EQ and inserts applied
- Built-in talkback mic
- Tough Mackie build quality throughout
- Includes free download of Tracktion software
Some home studios seem to get by just fine without a hardware mixer. After all, with today's DAW software, you're likely doing your mixing "in the box." But to get your sound into
the box in the first place, the Mackie Onyx 1220i is an fantastic DAW front-end. After all, what good is software that can roll dozens of simultaneous tracks, when you're thwarted by an interface with cheesy, hollow-sounding preamps?
All told, the Mackie Onyx 1220i packs a whole lot of power into a decidedly desk-friendly footprint. You get four great-sounding preamps, four flexible stereo inputs, Perkins EQ, and built-in 16x2 FireWire integration for your home recording setup. And of course, you get legendary Mackie build quality. When it's time to replace your old audio interface, upgrade to real analog hardware with the Mackie Onyx 1220i.
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