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Mackie Onyx 400F

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Mackie Onyx 400F

Mackie Onyx 400F Description:

There are plenty of FireWire audio interfaces on the market today. But if you're a musician or engineer who insists on absolute quality, then the Onyx 400F Studio Recording Preamp with 192kHz FireWire I/O is the pre-eminent professional choice. Jointly developed by the analog engineering experts at Mackie and the digital gurus at Echo, the 400F brings superior sound, robust construction, and several "world's first" features to those looking to record to Mac or PC. And it comes bundled with Mackie's popular Tracktion 2 software for easy recording right out of the box.

The Onyx 400F is a 10-channel premium mic preamp and FireWire audio interface featuring four boutique-quality Onyx mic preamps. These highly acclaimed preamps offer superior headroom, sonic detail, and clarity vs. the competition -- delivering 123dB dynamic range and an amazing .0007% THD --and a sound that has been widely praised as exceptionally "open" and "revealing." The Onyx 400F also offers TRS inserts for inserting your favorite outboard gear into your signal path before sending it to your Mac or PC, plus an internal 10 x 10 DSP Matrix Mixer with full recall and 64-bit floating point processing -- a feature not found on any other FireWire interface, at any price.

With four Onyx mic preamps and four line inputs, the 400F is the ideal box for tracking anything from smaller overdub-style projects to a full band. Operation is refreshingly straightforward. You simply plug in your mics and instruments to the front or rear panel, and plug a FireWire cable into your Mac or PC. The 400F's eight individual outputs can be used for surround mixing, or for sending four discrete stereo headphone mixes to a headphone amp like one of our new HM Series. For overdubs, the 400F's dual headphone outputs give both the engineer and musician their own headphone outs with independent volume control. And the internal 10 x 10 Matrix Mixer allows near-zero-latency routing of any input to any output, completely independent of your computer, with full recall capabilities.

A common question regarding the sound quality of any digital audio interface is often "What converters does it use?" Specifically, the Onyx 400F features mastering-grade 24-bit/192kHz AKM® 5385 and 4358 audio converters -- the same top-notch, phase-accurate converters you'll find in our flagship Digital X Bus.

But at the same time, the 400F's "sound quality" is a function of its entire system -- the superb Onyx preamps, the well-engineered summing circuitry, the 64-bit floating point processing, and more. Unlike other audio interface manufacturers, Mackie has a grizzled team of veteran analog engineers in-house. So we didn't just design the 400F, we over-designed it, paying attention to every last detail. The end result is an audio interface which was designed as a great-sounding mic preamp, first and foremost, bringing depth and detail to any mic or instrument you plug in.

The Onyx 400F is the first FireWire audio interface with a true 64-bit onboard Matrix Mixer with floating-point DSP. The DSP-controlled mixer lets you route any input to any output with panning, level control, mute and solo controls, storing your mixes for instant recall. And it operates with or without a computer. So you can, for example, make five custom mixes of incoming live inputs, plus two channels coming back from your computer -- patch in external compressors or reverbs -- and send individual stereo headphone mixes to up to four musicians, with an extra independent digital mix going to your DAT or CD recorder.

The 400F remembers how you have set the Matrix Mixer via control panel software and retains this routing when you power it up, even with no computer attached, for convenient standalone mixer functionality. With 64-bit floating-point processing and high-definition 192kHz sampling rates, the DSP mixer ensures absolute fidelity and clarity of your sound sources -- a feature not found on any other FireWire interface. Applications for the Matrix Mixer include mobile recording applications, keyboard mixing, video production and more.

Onyx 400F "extras" include dual high-impedance instrument inputs so you can connect an acoustic, electric, or bass guitar directly to the unit without a direct box. There's also stereo Control Room outputs and dual stereo headphone outputs on the front panel, each with independent volume controls. In addition to 192kHz S/PDIF and Word Clock (BNC) I/O connections, the rear panel of the 400F offers dual FireWire connectors for daisy-chaining devices like external hard drives, optical drives, and even another Onyx 400F on Mac OSX 10.4 and higher systems.

On the construction side of things, the Onyx 400F features an extremely robust design with an all-steel chassis, aluminum faceplate and front-panel knobs, long-life switches, and ultra high-quality connectors on front and rear panels.

The Onyx 400F makes a perfect recording preamp and audio interface for all the major audio software applications. But for those looking to record and produce music with minimal hassle, we've included Mackie's Tracktion 2 Music Production Software. This popular new application is drawing raves from the press and users alike, thanks to its refreshingly simple single-screen interface and fast workflow. Yet it offers serious features like a 64-bit mix engine, unlimited track count, QuickTime support and much more. There's even a plug-in bundle with a complete suite of Mackie Mixing and Mastering tools.

Mackie Onyx 400F Features:

  • Premium FireWire-based studio recording preamp/audio interface
  • 4 flagship Onyx mic preamps with class-leading fidelity and dynamic range
  • Superb AKM® 24-bit/192kHz A/D and D/A converters
  • Internal 64-bit floating point processing for superior sound and minimal CPU drain
  • 10 x 10 DSP Matrix Mixer with powerful software interface and flexible, recallable routing
  • Onboard DSP provides custom Control Room / Headphone mixes at near-zero latency
  • Stand-alone operation: DSP mixer retains settings even when computer is not connected
  • No channel count sacrifices, even at 192kHz sampling rate
  • 4 additional balanced line inputs; 8 balanced line outputs
  • TRS inserts on Inputs 1, 2, 3 and 4
  • Control Room and Dual Headphone Outputs with independent level controls
  • Dual FireWire ports for daisy chaining and direct connection to Mac or PC
  • MIDI, Word Clock and S/PDIF I/O
  • Includes Tracktion 2 Audio Production software and plug-in bundle

Mackie Onyx 400F Specifications:

  • Microsoft Windows XP SP1 or later
  • Pentium 4, Celeron, or Athlon XP processor
  • 256 MB RAM
  • OS X 10.3.9
  • G4 processor
  • 256 MB RAM

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