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...
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