Mackie announced two new recording interfaces at the 2011 NAMM Show, additions to the Onyx family — the Onyx Blackjack and Onyx Blackbird. The new interfaces combine Onyx mic preamps with Cirrus Logic AD/DA converters and workflow-friendly features.
The Onyx Blackjack is an desktop 2×2 USB interface for the home studio. It features two Onyx mic preamp channels, each featuring built-in DIs for connecting guitars, etc.
Separate level control for studio monitors and headphones, along with true analog hardware monitoring are designed to offer zero-latency recording. It is bus-powered.
The rackmount Onyx Blackbird delivers studio-grade recording via eight Onyx mic preamps. A 16×16 FireWire interface, Blackbird also features 8×8 ADAT and wordclock I/O.
There are two “Super Channels” on the front panel with dedicated low-cut switches, phantom power and true hardware monitoring options for quick zero-latency tracking. The other channels are equally flexible, utilizing the powerful Blackbird Control DSP Matrix Mixer for quick setup of independent mixes and the ability to route any input to any output. Monitor, main, alt and dual headphone outs with dedicated source selection and level control ensures there are plenty of mix routing options.
The Onyx Blackjack and Onyx Blackbird are Mac/PC compatible, work with most major DAWs and include Tracktion 3 Music Production Software.
The Onyx Blackjack has a U.S. MSRP of $259.99 and the Onyx Blackbird has a U.S. MSRP of $629.99. The Onyx Blackjack and Onyx Blackbird are now available worldwide.