Mackie has announced a new line of mobile, high-resolution audio interfaces - Onyx USB Interfaces - which they say are designed for singer/songwriters, home studios, content creators and more. Available in two models, the Artist 12 and the Producer 22, Onyx USB Interfaces feature Mackie's Onyx mic preamps, 24-bit/192kHz recording, zero-latency direct monitoring, and more, plus a full license for Tracktion™ T7 DAW + DAW Essentials Collection.
Jon Rundle, Mackie Product Manager, told us, "Mackie has a long history designing premium analog and digital studio gear. Our mission was to create affordable interfaces that were a reflection of that legacy, and with the new Onyx USB Interfaces, we delivered. Not all USB interfaces are created equal. Anyone can give you a high sample rate, but the premium sound and build quality won't be there, that's where Onyx USB Interfaces really rise above the rest.""
Here's more details in Mackie's own words...
Combining high-resolution converters with premium Mackie analog circuit and Built-Like-A-Tank™ hardware design, the bus-powered Onyx USB Interfaces are the ultimate combination of modern recording technology and proven Mackie analog sound quality.
Both the Artist 12 and Producer 22 are powered by USB for recording anywhere and are equipped with boutique-quality Onyx mic preamps, zero-latency direct monitoring, 48v phantom power, dedicated ¼" monitor outputs, headphone outputs and more.
Artist 12 features one Onyx mic pre and a dedicated ¼" line input with Hi-Z instrument switch perfect for a microphone and a guitar or keyboard. The Producer 22 features dual Onyx mic pres with XLR/TRS combo inputs and Hi-Z instrument switches per channel. Get the perfect blend between DAW audio and direct monitoring with the mix control. Full MIDI I/O allows for connection of controllers, synths, and more.
Included with Onyx USB Interfaces is a full license for the multi award-winning Tracktion™ T7 DAW recording software plus the DAW Essentials™ Collection which includes 16 plugins including Equaliser, Compressor, Reverber8, and more. Utilizing the very latest algorithms and coding techniques, the plugins feature extraordinary sound quality in an extremely efficient package, allowing the plugins to be used liberally across a wide range of native computer systems.
Pricing and Availability:
The Mackie Onyx USB Interfaces include the Artist 12 and Producer 22 and are available worldwide now. Sold individually, the US MSRP pricing is $139.99 for the Artist 12 and $209.99 for the Producer 22.