You are here

Mackie Onyx Artist 1.2 & Producer 2.2

USB2 Audio Interfaces
Published December 2018
By Paul White

Mackie Onyx Artist 1.2 & Producer 2.2

Mackie offer a straightforward and affordable approach to audio interfacing with two new Onyx units.

There’s no shortage of small USB audio interfaces on the market but, like Focusrite, who already have a strong foothold right across the audio interface range, Mackie are making the most of the reputation of their analogue preamplifiers. After all, if the converters are as good as you can get at a certain price, it is the analogue circuitry that will most strongly differentiate one model from another. In these two Mackie interfaces, the mic amp circuitry follows the design created for their respected Onyx mixers. The two models we’re looking at here, the Artist 1.2 and the Producer 2.2, are both well-suited to the desktop musician who wants to record only one or two tracks at a time. They also offer a practical mobile solution when paired with a laptop.


Built in China to keep them affordable, both models feature stylish, tough metal enclosures housing 24-bit converters that can run at sample rates of up to 192kHz. The shells have a black anodisied finish with the familiar Mackie running man logo on top, and their overall weight is around half a kilogram each. Rubber feet on the bases keep the units from sliding off the desk, and the knobs have a rubbery feel making them easy to grip. These interfaces are USB2 bus-powered, so there are no extra PSUs to worry about, and they offer full compatibility with Apple’s...

You are reading one of the locked subscriber-only articles from our latest 5 issues.

You've only read 20% of this article, so to continue reading...

Option 1: Buy and download this single SOS article in Adobe PDF format

  • Buy this article now and immediately download the PDF file to your computer.
  • Single article PDFs look identical to the printed magazine layouts (but exclude advertisements).
  • Note: Some shorter articles don't always have a PDF version.

Option 2: Buy the Full Issue PDF **NEW**

  • From the January 2018 edition onwards, it is possible to buy a FULL ISSUE PDF 'replica magazine' (with adverts) for the price of a handful of single PDF articles, and instantly download it. More info...

Option 3: Buy a Digital subscription from our shopstore and open ALL web articles instantly!

  • A DIGITAL sub can be bought from our online ShopStore and used immediately. It opens ALL web articles, the tablet edition, plus Full Issue PDF download... or contact our Subs staff to discuss an upgrade price to add Digital access to your existing Print subscription.
Published December 2018