NAMM 2021: Mackie’s Onyx analogue mixers are built for all types of audio creators

USB multitrack recording and onboard DSP effects make Mackie’s mixers readily-equipped for a range of environments

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NAMM 2021: Building on the legacy of its Onyx mixers, Mackie has released four new analogue mixers: Onyx8, Onyx12, Onyx16 and Onyx24. Each model name references the number of tracks the mixer can record simultaneously.

Mackie’s Onyx mixers record at 24-bit/92kHz with low-noise, high-headroom mic preamps with up to 60dB of gain. USB connectivity allows all channels of multitrack audio to be sent to your DAW; alternatively, there’s SD card compatibility to record your mixes without a computer. The mixers can also stream two stereo channels from your DAW, along with the option to hook up a Bluetooth device to stream audio into a channel.

Each channel of the Onyx mixer sports a three-band Perkins EQ, which is based on British EQs found on 60s and 70s mixing desks. The mono channels on the mixers feature semi-parametric midrange controls, while the stereo channels have a static mid-band.

Studio Command is Onyx’s control centre, where you can apply a host of effects including chorus, delay, reverb and a combination of multiple effects. With the full-colour display, you can also select, modify and save presets and apply a dedicated EQ on effects.

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Every Onyx mixer comes with a software bundle to get you hooked up to a DAW with plug-ins right off the bat. You’ll get Pro Tools First DAW, Mackie’s Musician Collection featuring 23 plug-ins, Waveform OEM and the DAW Essentials Collection.

Due to their compact nature, versatility and range of effects, Mackie’s new mixers could be ideal for a range of applications, from live band recordings and mixes to podcasting and content creating. Mackie Onyx mixers are available for $500, $600, $700 and $900, for the Onyx8, Onyx12, Onyx16 and Onyx24, respectively.

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