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Mackie Onyx 1640i
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Mackie Onyx 1640i

FireWire/USB/mLan Mixer from Mackie belonging to the Onyx-i series.

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«  A quality table with 16 IN / OUT Firewire for the price, unbeatable! »

Published on 11/04/11 at 02:55
Mixer-16 analog channels with 16 starts and 16 returns Firewire to record multitrack and / or use plugins in Live, see manufacturer data.

-I would say just that the preamps are excellent.
We can criticize as preamp give their max gain in the last quarter BUT sound with a battery and you will understand why it is better to also lower the reserve. For there is no PAD
For the voice I Live in 3 / 4. To snare a lot less.
They are very good, I heard a professional registered only with the Mackie preamps and it slams.


-The first 2 tracks have a switch to switch to DI, excellent for bass, or an electro-acoustic.

-Les-Eqs are excellent.

-No effect section

-XLR Line Inserts

-2 DI switch on first 2 votes

-No motorized faders and automation DAW.

Talkbalck-A, Control Room and six starts ...

UTILIZATION

Config easy to use manual clear
The table is small, on purpose to get dan a rack, so the buttons are perhaps a little too close to each other, but hey, you need to know what you want.

-Firewire is very well thought out, can be recorded before or after the EQ, hear or DAW return or direct monitoring while recording. out to live out the réamping, return the mix in the DAW.

-In the DAW is simple you can choose one of 16 entries for your track (or group of two if a track stereo 1-2, 3-4, 5-6 ...). Then for each track of a group of 16 outputs, or two if it is a stereo track if you mix in the DAW and want to get the final mix.
CAUTION: If you leave the final mix on the table eg 15-16, do not forget to put a PAN PAN left and a right on the table.

-The Control Room can listen to either the overall mix is ​​the first 2 outputs, or groups, or the return FireWire 1-2 (if you want to prepare an interlude Itunes to the public during the interval, for example) or tape IN, to prepare a CD for example.
-A talkback with the possibility to put another mic if the table is not suitable
A plug-in lamp
-The speaker outputs, Main Control Room, Mono ...

SOUNDS

Very quiet-Preamps
-Very Clean, they do a great job, even for the studio.
At worst, it takes an external preamp and you come back online or insert

OVERALL OPINION

My average used

This table is a killer because it allows both the Live and Studio via FireWire.
What is really extra is that each channel can be send on a track and ESPECIALLY software can be returned to any fader back. And you can listen to the choice or the processed signal into the DAW (with a plugin for example) the dry signal but still recording the track ... (I do not know if it's clear).

So Live with MainStage or MultiRack Waves, you plug your préaparer instrumentals for each and every song on a laptop and off you go, no need to rack effects (attention to the latency of some plugs)

In the studio, well that is stupid both mixer and sound card with 16 IN/16 OUT for that price, well I do not see month. The talkback to communicate in the Live Room. Personal to record, 12 microphones on the drums, the drummer alone in the Live Room, the other tracks for guitars, bass and vocals in the control room and hop your drummer can make its decision with the benchmarks.

16 more outlets in DB25 can bring out the tracks recorded clean DI réamping to make the mix and return to the table as you ask for!

If you are a rock band and you want to record a multi-battery, well it's up and more analog.

Competitors: Presonus tables, and more expensive digital. The allen and heath, more expensive, but have the advantage of having an integrated controller for the DAW.


In short a great table for the price, a bomb to record multitrack works perfectly in Logic and Pro Tools, not tried on other DAW.
Miss just one controller or the possibility of automation in the DAW, but it's good I did with the zippers on my MIDI keyboard.
Oh and I forgot, made a premix in the DAW and make tracks out groups on the table back into the DAW the final mix, it will give a little color analog. The converters are Cirrus Logic, it seems that it is the same as the 192 Digidesign (AVID).
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