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Mackie Onyx 820i 8-channel Premium FireWire Recording Mixer
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- Mixing board 8 channel
- 8 channel mixing board
- Analog mixing board
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The feature-packed and performance-optimizing Onyx 820i is the most compact and desk-friendly version of the Onyx-i Series. With eight channels, three Onyx mic preamps, two aux sends, talkback, flexible control room routing and a variety of Perkins EQ configurations, there is plenty of analog goodness to go around. Plus, FireWire I/O lets you route all channels, auxes and the master L/R to nearly any DAW for recording and return a stereo signal to the control room or into a channel for mix integration. The 820i packs a big punch in a very small package.
DAW-Friendly Doesn't Even Begin to Cover It
Mackie-designed gear is more often than not the result of customer interaction and suggestion. After all, we are making gear for you. For years, our customers have been asking for the freedom to work with any DAW they choose. So when we designed the Onyx-i series, we took this suggestion to heart. We are very proud that Onyx-i mixers are more DAW-friendly than any other interface ever. Onyx-i mixers are qualified by Mackie for use with all major DAWs, including Pro Tools M-Powered 8* Logic, SONAR, Cubase, and more. Now, dedicated Mackie customers can enjoy using their Mackie mixer with the world's most popular DAW. And Pro Tools M-Powered 8 users now have a variety of new--and different--tools to use with their favorite DAW. It's a win-win situation.
*Pro Tools M-Powered 8 users will need to purchase the Mackie Universal driver upgrade available at Mackie.com.
Deep FireWire Integration
The Onyx-i Series features deeper FireWire integration than any other mixer out there and offers immensely powerful routing capabilities:
- 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--All 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 flexibility offered by the 820i allows you to work faster and more intuitively than ever before. Imagine a world where your recording sessions run smoothly, every single time. Dream of a live sound mix that is both archived for history and simultaneously recorded multi-track for later mixing. No need to dream, the 820i is here.
Premium Analog Mixer
When it comes to the high pressure environment of a recording session or live performance, you simply cannot beat the stability and reliability of an analog mixer. With features honed over 20 years of design by some of the legends in the industry, the Onyx-i Series mixers are simply the best sounding full-featured analog mixing boards available to the modern sound engineer.
The 820i has a plethora of analog features that are sure to please. First off, there are three Onyx mic preamps which have been proven as some of the best boutique quality preamps available today. That is, without having to re-mortgage your house in order to pay for all the inputs you need. Then there’s the Perkins EQ, which offers highly musical Q filter without sacrificing the precise control that Mackie EQs are known for. Two mono mic/line channels feature 3-band Perkins EQ with a sweepable mid, the stereo line channels have 3-band EQ and (talk about flexibility) a unique hybrid channel features 4-band Perkins EQ. So, regardless of the type of signal you need to input, there is sure to be a channel with the right EQ for the application. Other analog tools include two aux sends with pre/post fader assignment, allowing for monitor mixes, effects loops or additional headphone mixes. There are built-in DIs on the first two channels for direct connection of guitars or bass and a dedicated talkback section with a built-in mic that lets you easily communicate with band members while on stage or recording. With all these proven, great-sounding analog features, it is easier than ever to create a memorable mix.
Smacks of Quality
The Onyx 820i offers a tremendous collection of professional analog features and extremely deep DAW integration, but it is so much more than that. The sleek, modern design might even tempt you build a museum quality display for your engineer friends to admire. Plus, since it’s a Mackie, you can be sure that it is "built like a tank" and will survive years of abuse.
Any audio company can cram a bunch of inferior components into a chassis and, believe us, a lot of them do. This is never the case with a Mackie mixer. Everything about the Onyx-i Series smacks of quality, because only the most quality, high-end components are used throughout the entire signal path. At the front end, you have the pristine signal boost offered by the Onyx mic preamps, which will likely get routed through the legendary Perkins EQ. The signal then passes through a series of sealed rotary knobs, which keep dust and grime out of the potentiometer. Then your mix hits the summing bus, which has been custom-designed to offer the highest possible headroom while preserving the sonic quality offered by the aforementioned components. Maybe you assigned the signal to stream across the FireWire outputs. If so, they had the pleasure of passing through the high-quality Cirrus analog-to-digital converter on their way to your computer. Or maybe you were overdubbing and streamed your backing tracks from your DAW and integrated them into the mix. In that case, you can thank the ridiculously high-end AKM digital-to-analog converter for the immaculate quality of the playback. These converters are extremely high-quality and easily rival the most esoteric (and expensive) interfaces out there today. From start to finish, no matter how you use it, the 820i offers the quality demanded by industry professionals.
- Microsoft Windows 7 32 / 64, Vista 32 / 64 RTM, or XP SP 2
- Pentium 4, Celeron or Athlon XP processor
- 512 MB RAM
- Mac OS X 10.4.11 – 10.6.2
- G4 processor
- 512 MB RAM
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I had a great deal of difficulty finding software that would actually work with the firewire feature, despite Mackie's claim that the 820i "is compatible with every major DAW" it's not. Even if that's true, the mixer definitely does NOT work with every major operating system. I've tried to use the mixer with 3 different computers it will allegedly work with, of those attempts only one was successful.
When i contacted Mackie about my issues I was told that my firewire cable was likely broken (IT WASN'T), and/or I should update the firmware in my mixer (- which is difficult to do if it isn't recognized by your computer).
I've updated software, hardware, spent a ton of money, waited months, and I STILL cant get this damn thing working.
Now I'm told even if I do, it has a built-in -18db on the firewire channel? WTF? Mackie should've advertised that too.
For all it's bells and whistles, I've seen $50 mixers that function infinitely better than this unit. Do yourself a favor, and buy one of those instead.
The huge problem is that Amazon does indicate which version of the mixer they sell (nor do other seller's typically). If you happen to get the 204 mixer you'll need to install Mackie's driver and on OSX > 10.8. And then you must to set the kernel to dev-mode which disables security (extension signing specifically). And this puts you at risk for malware... etc...
If you happen to get a version 003 mixer, then no driver is needed because it works with CoreAudio.
I purchased fairly recently and got the 204 mixer which is a huge bummer.
It does have a number of features I never use, and I've seen people on forums having various problems with them. I'm so lucky that however I am using it, it just works flawlessly, and for less money than I would normally expect to pay for all this.
Mackie, please keep up this two-decade trend of being awesome.
The board features high end EQ on many channels, monitoring, solo and muting features making it perfect for live audio mixing, disc jockey work, radio production and voice overs. In short, the Onyx 820i is one versitile mixer. It is built like a tank with copious use of metal throughout. These are things that are unexpected in a mixer that is well south of a half K.
Some caveats. Because the board supports FireWire it may be easily to assume that the Onyx 820i is a digital mixer. It's not. The Onyx 820i is an analog board with FireWire in/outs. (That is not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, many pros and semi pros consider analog boards to offer better sound than their digital cousins.)
Also, while there are two FireWire 400 connectors, they are wired in parallel and represent only 1 interface. That means that, while in theory you can connect a computer and a FireWire device such as an external hard drive to the Onyx 820i, in reality you can not connect two computers to the 820i. And that is a bit unfortunate as the ability to connect one computer as a sound source and a second as a recording source would have been very desirable. Still, the 820i supports simultaneous 8-in and 2-out over the same FireWire connection, so the loss of a second FireWire interface isn't a killer.
The bottom line is that, for its value per dollar, there is little to miss and much to enjoy on the Mackie Onyx 820i.
It's a shame, because the Onyx is powerful board, but the level issue is a real pain and makes quite a mockery of one of this mixer's key features: Integrated Firewire and routing to/from it.