This is a 12 channel small format mixer with 4 of the new Mackie Onyx preamps, 4 stereo line level inputs, harware eq bypass, 60mm faders, DB-25 direct outs, instrument direct inputs with no DI box necessary. I've been playing multiple instruments for years and have recently started building a small project studio for myself in my office. I'm more of a tweaker and gear head than an accomplished musician, but I play well enough to create musical ideas and write songs, just not very technical and accomplished.
I paid $579 for this mixer at Sweetwater online. The project studio I mentioned earlier needed a central unit to control all of my instruments, inputs and the like and run them direct in to my PC for recording purposes. I ordered the unit on a Monday and it was there on Saturday, so Sweetwater rocks in my book. I figured 12 channels would be enough considering there were 4 mic preamps and two instrument level inputs on the first two channels. With 12 channels in all, I should be good to go for a long, long time.
Wow, let's start with the built in Firewire I/O card. Something that could easily cost a few hundred bucks and you'd have to buy extra is built in. Nice touch Mackie. I'm also a huge fan of the mic preamps. Mackie calls these their Onyx preamps, wasn't sure what the significance of that is, but they are crystal clear with very high headroom. Totally crisp. The faders are incredible quality as well. The rest of the unit is exactly what you'd come to expect from the folks at Mackie. I've been a fan of them for a long time and finally have one of my own.
There's nothing I have found that isn't absolutely great yet.
Build like a brick $hithouse - ever hear that phrase? The 1220 has a thick, almost armored shell, is built heavy and all the controls are tight, not flimsy like you'll sometimes see on cheaper models. First class all the way.
Overall, I would say this unit was price competitive with other 12 channel mixers, but totally blows everything else away as far as features are concerned. The built in Firewire I/O and the excellent preamps are probably some of my favorite features, but the high-end EQ's aren't far behind. Just a super unit for under $600. I actually stretched a little to get this, originally, I was looking in the $400 range for an 8 channel, but I'm glad I upped my range a bit, because I really have nothing but good things to say about this unit and it has the capability to last me for a long, long, time.
Theres is nothing missing, i have the firewire so it great. I wish i could have bought the one with 4 buss on it, but my budget limited me. It has all you need to record anything.
Its very easy to use and the fire wire is plug-n-play so it loaded up smoothly. Also the low latency abilty really helps out when im working on bigger projects.
Its very heavy duty can take a bit of a beating. but its my baby so i make sure its says in great shape.
I love it everything that comes through it sounds great. The preamps are great!
I just love it, i was using an Edriol UR-80 so its a vast improvement as far as recording. I have many more options and have the ability to ugrade other equipment w/o having to worry if its gonna handle it. Great purchase!!!!
Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: J2thaP ( 7-, 2005)
Prompt notice after a few hours of use ... I have not had the opportunity to test the mic preamps, so patience!
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Finally a feature solo by solo against the level is not adjustable, it is surprising quantity was inadvertently dropped the master. The channel peak meters are very useful, are clearly illuminated mute. EQ with Bypass, but flat, and on, the eq does not color and I wonder why this button?
Very good finish, largment than the Soundcraft Spirit M4 I had for some time. The faders are a little firm but it's going. The knobs are plastic rods, such as the M4 for that matter, but appear to be sufficiently firm and specific.
Implementation child, I have not opened the doc.
The spacing of the buttons is not enough to affect other buttons by mistake.
Sounds at least small qu'auparavent Mackie, and you really get away. Much less crosstalk than the M4, not the evils EQ, even on stereo channels can be corrected or an mp3 or add / remove from the presence in a synth without a problem. I would have preferred a smaller Q in the semi-parametric midrange, but it's even pretty good. Simply great value.
I am very happy with my choice, I hope the Firewire card will also be promising. This console is built, the buttons are clear and pleasant, Neutrik everywhere, Silk-screen Printing net. In addition to standard format, it takes very little space, even if it is thick at the back. It is not worth a Neve VR but compared to other small consoles, mixes etc are sisters VLZ Pro. It stands out, remains to be seen the quality of the preamp!