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The stereo image was decent only when the Side was pushed up past the Mid level, but then the center would feel lacking. Now that we have pretty much covered the analog side of the unit, let’s look at its other features. As most people know, Mackie has become a leading manufacturer of affordable audio products. Sort by most recent most useful. And because the unit is capable of sampling rates up to kHz, buying an R is also an extremely cost- effective way of adding mic preamps and line inputs to higher-end systems. By using our services, you agree to our use of cookies.

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Mackie Onyx 800r 8-channel Preamp W/ 192khz Digital out

So what sets the Onyx R apart from the myriad of multi-channel mic preamps available? Nice and handy for quick hook-up of keyboards and guitar processors!

That being said, considering all its features and its decent sound, I think the Onyx R is a good purchase for any studio, regardless of budget. As a stereo option for overhead drums it works pretty well as the close mics will reinforce your center, and the MS decoder will keep those overhead mics mono-compatible, which is always a plus.

Mackie Onyx r 8 Channel Mic Preamp Cw Digital Out in Dublin 8, Dublin from Big Bear Sound Ltd.

Tape Op is a bi-monthly magazine devoted to mackiee art of record making. Our members also liked: It made that nice modern vocal sound that has come into favor as of late.

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mckie Good pramplis in terms of price, but unlike the opinion prcdant we are still far from what it does best. I prefer to use a SansAmp processor for direct bass recording, and the accuracy of the Onyx allowed the bass player to dial in the sound he liked.


I arrived in the digital world is new. Now that we have pretty much covered the analog side of the unit, let’s look at its other features. The decoder button, like the polarity and low-cut buttons, has a white band towards the rear half of the button that is visible only when the button is out, but this is pretty much impossible to see when the unit is in a wired rack. The Onyx hooked up to the Digi just fine with the lightpipe, and with the set to ADAT sync, the two boxes worked together flawlessly, and everything sounded just 8000r.

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Subscribe to our free newsletter Subscribe. In addition to the standard controls and indicators found on all the input channels, Channels 1 and 2 have impedance selection with settings for,and Ohms.

All eight inputs are always 800 to the converters, so having two front-panel DI’s with digital out is also very handy. So what sets the Onyx R apart from the myriad of multi-channel mic preamps available?

On acoustic madkie, using a small- diaphragm condenser, the Onyx was ontx and present, and on electric guitar, it was also accurate. The R also handled the Royer SF stereo ribbon quite well and was still very quiet even towards its full 60 dB of gain. My ears told me when there was overload, and the LED just confirmed it. This proved to be unnecessary as the Onyx preamps sound clean and accurate at 0 dB, and all changes made to the drum sound were through mic selection and placement. As mentioned at the opening of the review, the Onyx R is also a good- sounding A to D converter.


I also took advantage of the overdriven preamp’s distortion noyx record some lo-fi lead vocal tracks. The manual is well laid-out and provides accurate wiring diagrams so you can always make the cable you need. Mackie has clearly priced the Onyx R to attract budget- conscience studios.

What attracted me is the Swiss Army knife side. The connection is sufficient for me. I gave the Onyx a workout and macke it exclusively for all the basic tracking on a recent project with a local band. They’re not the first preamps we use, but if we need extra for larger sessions we’ll use this.

Hi, I’m afraid not.

For the many engineers who desire neither the mackkie nor the price tag 800rr old analog gear, the Onyx is perfect. The back of the unit is set up with a DB25 input connector for line input so you may need to invest in some D-Sub snakes if you plan to use the line ins. I use Red pramplis Focus SERIES o even if the source moves away macoie the microphone is your exact cohrent, full and dynamic, it is not the case, the sound quickly becomes Triqui mtallique and slightly, but good considering the price What I like most is the conversion and between instruments.

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