Mackie has created a number of different mixers, including those in the very successful Onyx-i mixer series. The Mackie Onyx Blackbird is the latest in this series, and just like the other Onyx products, it is just as powerful. The Blackbird is a single-rackspace 16x16 24-bit unit that features eight mic preamps, eight in/out ADAT, a FireWire output, and a word clock I/O. It can be used as a stand-alone unit or as a S/MUX II connected to a PC or Mac DAW.
When it comes to inputs, the Blackbird features eight XLR analog inputs and eight Lightpipe ports. The extra ADAT-in port is also available for adding in two units. The Blackbird features two Super Channels, two channels which feature hi-Z switch for Dl inputs, TRS insert jacks, and more. It’s also possible to quickly add performer mixes very easily. The other six inputs feature 60 dB of max gain and excellent preamp quality. However, don’t count them out just because the first two are considered Super Channels. These six are just as excellent and useable as the others.
One of the downsides is that the Blackbird doesn’t support M-Powered Pro Tools, so if you use that suite, you may be disappointed. However, it does work with most other apps. There are also no individual analog outputs for the preamps such as those found on some of the other Onyx mixers. However, the preamps have excellent quality and are very clear. The interface is simple, and even the price is competitive—the Onyx Blackbird can be picked up for $629.
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