Mackie today announces the launch of its Onyx-i Series FireWire Recording Mixers, delivering premium analog features, tremendous flexibility and built-in 24-bit/96kHz FireWire I/O. Onyx-i FireWire mixers can be used with all major DAWs, and is qualified by Mackie for use with Pro Tools M-Powered 8*, offering those users a host of new hardware options.

“There are real benefits when using an analog mixer as a front end to your favorite DAW,” said James Woodburn, Mackie product manager. “Those who have been intimidated by digital recording will love the familiar layout and feel of a mixer. Those who are already into it will enjoy increased flexibility and speed.” Woodburn concludes, “Onyx-i mixers are the ideal combination of interface and mixer for anybody who needs the best of both worlds…simply put, it’s a better way to record.”

The new Onyx-i Series mixers feature extremely deep FireWire integration and a host of proven, high-quality analog features like Onyx mic preamps and Perkins EQ. Users can choose to implement the Perkins EQ into the recording path at the push of a button, and can also choose to record auxes, groups (1640i) and the master L/R signal. The flagship Onyx 1640i incorporates a massively flexible 16×16 FireWire interface, allowing the user to return up to 16 DAW channels right back into the channel strips for a true tape-style mixdown.

  • Qualified by Mackie for use with all major DAWs, including:
    • Pro Tools M-Powered 8*
    • Logic
    • SONAR
    • Cubase
    • Ableton Live
  • Boutique-quality Onyx mic preamps
  • Perkins “British style” EQ on every channel
  • Flexible FireWire routing, including aux sends and pre/post EQ assignment for all channels
  • Stereo playback from DAW, returned to control room or into channel for integration into mix
  • Full 16×16 FireWire channel streaming for ultimate DAW integration (Onyx 1640i only)

“Since we built the FireWire interface right into the heart of each mixer, Onyx-i offers a significant increase in performance and value over the older Onyx Compact Series where the FireWire was an additional cost option,” remarked Woodburn.

The Onyx-i Series arrives in four models, each with a unique combination of input and EQ types. The 820i will have a U.S. MSRP of $469.99, the 1220i will have a U.S. MSRP of $899.99, the 1620i will have a U.S. MSRP of $1299.99 and the Onyx 1640i will have a U.S. MSRP of $2199.99 (all models include built-in FireWire interface).


Onyx 820i — 8 channels, 3 Onyx mic preamps, 8×2 FireWire


Onyx 1220i — 12 channels, 4 Onyx mic preamps, 16×2 FireWire


Onyx 1620i — 16 channels, 8 Onyx mic preamps, 16×2 FireWire


Onyx 1640i — 16 channels, 16 Onyx mic preamps, 16×16 FireWire

* The Onyx-i Series Mixers are qualified by Mackie for use with Pro Tools M-Powered 8. Mackie will release a driver (via together with full details of how to use the Onyx-i Series with Pro Tools M-Powered 8 in the coming weeks.

Onyx-i Series mixers are available now. Visit the Mackie web site to find a local dealer or buy direct from Mackie online.

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