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Mackie ONYX BLACKBIRD 16 x 16 FireWire Recording Interface, 8 Onyx Microphone Preamps, 2 Super Channels with Inserts, Phantom Power

SKU: VDMAONYXBB MFR: ONYX BLACKBIRD
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The Onyx Blackbird from Mackie is a 16 x 16 FireWire recording Interface featuring eight boutique-quality Onyx preamps and high-end 24-bit/96kHz conversion in a single space, rack-mount chassis. The analog to digital converters offer 114dB dynamic range (A-weighted) and the preamp circuitry is aligned precisely with the conversion to always provide the best headroom and the lowest noise and distortion possible.

Two front-panel "Super Channels" provide quick access to crucial recording tools and feature true analog hardware monitoring, in both mono and stereo, for hassle-free zero-latency recording. The additional microphone inputs, 8 x 8 ADAT and Wordclock I/O provide easy integration into any digital or analog setup. Phantom power is available across all 8 channels and the "Super Channels" can accept Hi-Z inputs for recording guitars, basses and other instruments.

For more complex applications, the 18 x 16 Blackbird Control DSP Matrix Mixer application allows for customization and ease-of-use. This software looks and operates just like an actual mixer, with the ability to pan, solo, mute and control various output levels. Additionally, the user can route any input to any output at any volume and pan orientation, apply custom names to all channels and output mixes for quick, at-a-glance reference and control.

The unit can also function as a standalone 8-channel preamp rack with 60dB of available gain and delivers excellent fidelity, headroom and transparency, as well as improved radio frequency (RFI) rejection and ultra-wide dynamic range. The Onyx Blackbird features a powder-coated, all-steel chassis that can withstand the rigors of daily use. It's ultra-compatible, working with any DAW that supports WDM/ASIO or Core Audio. It also ships with Mackie's Tracktion 3 music production software.

What's Included With This Item

  • Mackie ONYXBLACKBIRD 16x16 FireWire Recording Interface
  • AC Power Cable
  • FireWire Cable
  • Tracktion 3 Software for Windows or Mac
  • Mackie Warranty

Key Features

  • Eight boutique-quality Onyx microphone preamps with class-leading fidelity and dynamic range
  • High-headroom design with ultra-low noise and distortion
  • Professional 16 x 16 24-bit/96kHz recording/playback
  • Flexible FireWire routing (route any input to any output)
  • 8 x 8 ADAT I/O for ultimate expandability
  • Wordclock I/O for studio and live integration
  • High-end Cirrus Logic AD/DA converters with 114dB dynamic range (A-weighted)
  • JetPLL jitter elimination technology
  • Compatible with most major DAWs (Pro Tools 9, Logic, SONAR, Cubase, Ableton Live, Final Cut Pro and more
  • Powerful and flexible "Super Channels"
  • Front panel connectivity for easy access
  • True analog hardware monitoring of inputs, in mono or stereo, for easy zero-latency recording
  • 80Hz low-cut switches
  • 48V phantom power on all inputs for use with condenser microphones
  • Built-in DI for direct connection of guitars, bass, other electronic instruments
  • Inserts for outboard processing gear
  • Functions as an eight input standalone preamp with up to 96kHz ADAT (S/MUX II) outputs
  • Studio monitor, main and alternative outputs with independent level control and source selection
  • Two headphone outputs with independent level control and source selection
  • Includes powerful Blackbird Control DSP Matrix Mixer
  • Quickly set up independent mixes for headphones and more
  • Easily aggregate up to four units on Mac or PC
  • Heavy duty and ergonomic chassis design
  • Includes Tracktion 3 music production software for Mac or Windows

Technical Specs

ADC 24-bit: Dynamic Range: 114dB typical, 10Hz to 20kHz, A-weighted
THD + N: 0.0006% typical, 0.0011% maximum, 10Hz to 20kHz, -1dBFS
DAC 24-bit: Dynamic Range: 114dB typical, 10Hz to 20kHz, A-weighted
THD + N: 0.001% typical, 0.002% maximum, 10Hz to 20kHz, -0dBFS
Inputs Analog: 2 x XLR/TRS Combi Microphone/Line (front panel), 6 x XLR/TRS Combi Microphone/Line (rear panel), 2 x 1/4" TRS phone Inserts (front panel)
Digital: 2 x TOSLink ADAT Lightpipe (SMUX support), 1 x BNC Wordclock
Outputs Analog: 6 x 1/4" TRS phone Balanced Line (rear panel), 2 x 1/4" TRS phone Headphone (front panel)
Digital: 2 x TOSLink ADAT Lightpipe (SMUX support), 1 x BNC Wordclock
MIDI No
Connectivity FireWire
Sample Rate 44.1, 48, 88.2 and 96kHz
Buffer Size 64 (44.1 and 48kHz only), 128, 256, 512, 1024, 2048, 3072
Input Level Microphone: Maximum: +22dBu (gain at minimum), Maximum: -38dBudBu (gain at maximum)
Line, Maximum: +22dBu (gain at -20dB)
Instrument: Maximum: +22dBu (gain at -20dB)
Input Impedance Microphone: 2.8k ohms
Line: 30k ohms balanced, 15k ohms unbalanced
H-Z: 1M ohms
Gain Range Microphone: 60dB
Output Level +22dBu
Output Impedance Phones: 25 ohms
Channel Inserts: 150 ohms
All Other: 300 ohms
THD + N Microphone to Insert, 20Hz to 20kHz, 20Hz to 80kHz bandwidth: 0.001% (+4dBu In, unity gain, +4dBu Out)
Line to Insert, 20Hz to 20kHz, 20Hz to 80kHz bandwidth: 0.0015% (+4dBu In, unity gain, +4dBu Out)
FireWire Through, +4dBu microphone input, to Blackbird Control, routed to Main Output, all gain stages unity, 20Hz to 20kHz: 0.004% (all inputs muted except active channel, 0.006% (no analog inputs muted)
Noise EIN, microphone at insert, 150 ohms source impedance, 20Hz to 20kHz: -127dBu (maximum gain), 126.5dBu (40dB gain)
EIN, microphone at insert, 50 ohms source impedance, A-weighted: 130.5dBu (maximum gain), 130dBu (40dB gain)
Output Noise at unity gain: -91dBu (95dB SNR, reference +4dBu), A-weighted
FireWire Through (record + playback) dynamic range: 111.5dB, (reference +22dBu maximum output level), A-weighted
Crosstalk Main Out, direct monitor knob at minimum: -87dBu (1kHz relative to +0dbu, 20Hz to 20kHz BW, unweighted)
Main Out, direct monitor and monitor knob at minimum: -108dBu (1kHz relative to +0dbu, 20Hz to 20kHz BW, unweighted)
Main Out, direct monitor knob at maximum, monitor knob at minimum: -82dBu (1kHz relative to +0dbu, 20Hz to 20kHz BW, unweighted)
CMRR Microphone Input to Insert, maximum gain, 150 ohms termination: >-70dB at 1kHz
Frequency Response Microphone to Insert: <10Hz to 150kHz, +0.0dB/-1.0dB, Microphone to Monitor or Main Outs (direct monitor analog-only path), unity gain for XLR input: <10Hz to 80kHz, +0.0dB/-1.0dB
Line to Monitor or Main Outs (direct monitor analog-only path), unity gain for 1/4" TRS input: <10Hz to 22kHz, +0.0dB/-1.0dB
FireWire Through, microphone input to any output, unity gain: 20Hz to 20kHz, -3.0dB at21kHz (44.1kHz), 20Hz to 20kHz, -3.0dB at45kHz (96kHz)
Meters Bi-color channel meters
Power Supply Universal internal power supply, 100-240VAC, 50/60Hz
Power Consumption 25W
System Requirements Mac: PowerPC G4 or Intel processor, OS X 10.5.0 (Intel and PPC), OS X 10.6 (Intel), 512GB RAM, FireWire port
PC: Pentium IV, Celeron or AMD Athlon XP, Windows XP SP2, Vista (32- or 64-bit), Windows 7 (32- and 64-bit), 512MB RAM, FireWire port
Dimensions 19 x 10.2 x 1.8" (483 x 260 x 46mm)
Weight 8.2 lb (3.7kg)
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