Mackie Onyx Blackjack 2 x 2 USB Audio Interface (As New)This item has been opened. It is as new and complete but has been shipped to a customer, opened and returned as unwanted.
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The Mackie Onyx Blackjack is a compact 2-in 2-out USB audio interface, featuring the same high-quality preamps as Mackie's other flagship Onyx products as well as high-end AD/DA converters, built-in DIs, phantom power and true analogue hardware monitoring in either mono or stereo. The compact design of the Blackjack makes it ideal for desktop use in a home studio and it is compatible with both Mac and PC systems.
- Two boutique-quality Onyx mic preamps with class-leading fidelity and dynamic range
- High-headroom design with ultra-low noise and distortion
- Professional 24-bit recording/playback via 2x2 USB
- High-end Cirrus Logic AD/DA converters with 114dB dynamic range (A-weighted)
- True analogue hardware monitoring of inputs, in mono or stereo, for easy zero-latency recording
- Compatible with most major DAWs
- Includes Tracktion 3 Music Production Software for Mac or PC
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Boutique Quality Onyx Preamps
Great recordings start with high-quality preamps and you will simply not find preamps at this price range better than Blackjack's Onyx preamps. Mackie invested significant R&D efforts into developing their flagship Onyx mic preamps. Found on their most expensive studio consoles, Onyx pres are designed to meet or surpass expensive, esoteric standalone mic pres in terms of fidelity, headroom and transparency – as well as improved radio frequency (RFI) rejection and ultra-wide dynamic range. And with a full 60dB of available gain, would-be competitors are left in the dust.
High Quality AD/DA Conversion
Quality doesn't stop at the boutique Onyx preamps. The Onyx Blackjack uses Cirrus Logic converters offering 114dB dynamic range (A-weighted) - a specification other companies sometimes charge thousands of dollars to achieve. The preamp circuitry is aligned precisely with the onboard analogue-to-digital conversion to always provide you with the most headroom and the lowest noise and distortion possible, a real sonic benefit that is often ignored on smaller interfaces.
Latency is evil and must be punished. If you have recorded with digital gear, chances are you feel the same way. It's a pesky computer-induced delay that can quickly kill the vibe of any recording session. Blackjack puts this issue to rest once and for all, featuring a true analogue monitoring path directly from the preamps to your studio monitors and headphones. This means you can track while listening to the direct analogue source with zero routing. Not only that, it also means you can adjust your buffer settings to maximise your computers processing ability. Blackjack also allows you to track with zero latency in either mono or stereo, so you can get the right vibe when recording stereo signals like acoustic guitars and keyboards.
No other ultra-compact desktop interface delivers as many professional features as the Onyx Blackjack. Both channels double as built-in DIs for direct connection of guitars, basses, keyboards, drum machines, etc. Both channels also deliver 48V phantom power, so you can use studio-quality condenser mics with no problem. The studio monitor and headphone outputs have independent level controls for maximum flexibility. Plus, the Onyx Blackjack is bus-powered via USB, so there's no power supply to lose or another cable cluttering your workspace. It also comes with Mackie's Tracktion 3 Music Production software, so you can get started recording right away.
Most desktop interfaces have a serious flaw: their construction. First off, most are made of cheap, breakable plastic. Onyx Blackjack features a sleek, powder-coated all-metal chassis that is truly 'Built-Like-A-Tank'. Second, when they are sitting on your desk, the competition lies flat, with no way to read the markings on the front panel. Have you ever accidentally turned the wrong knob during your session? Not fun. The Onyx Blackjack sits with a 25-degree inclination, allowing for full view of all controls at all times, meaning more recording time and less hassle.
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