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Mackie Onyx Blackjack - USB Recording Interface

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Mackie Onyx Blackjack - USB Recording Interface

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  • 2 Input / 2 Output
  • 2 Onyx Microphone Preamps
  • Phantom Power
  • 24-bit/48kHz
  • Tracktion 3 Software
  • USB Bus Powered
  • Mac OS X
  • Windows XP/Vista/7
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The Onyx Blackjack from Mackie is a 2 x 2 USB recording Interface featuring two boutique-quality Onyx preamps and high-end 24-bit/48kHz conversion in a convenient tabletop housing. The analog to digital converters offer 114dB dynamic range (A-weighted) and the preamp circuitry is aligned precisely with the conversion to always provide the best headroom and the lowest noise and distortion possible.

Latency during recording is an issue that often requires a workaround. The Blackjack puts this issue to rest once and for all, featuring a true analog monitoring path directly from the preamps to the studio monitors and headphones. This means you can track in either mono or stereo while listening to the direct analog source with zero routing. Not only that, it also means you can adjust your buffer settings to maximize your computers processing ability.

Two boutique-quality Onyx microphone preamps with class-leading fidelity and dynamic range
High-headroom design with ultra-low noise and distortion
Professional 24-bit/48kHz recording/playback
High-end Cirrus Logic AD/DA converters with 114dB dynamic range (A-weighted)
True analog hardware monitoring of inputs, in mono or stereo, for easy zero-latency recording
Compatible with most major DAWs (Pro Tools 9, Logic, SONAR, Cubase, Ableton Live, Final Cut Pro, and more
Built-in DI on each input for direct connection of guitars, basses, etc.
48V phantom power for use with studio-quality condenser microphones
USB bus-powered, eliminating need for separate power cable
Heavy duty desktop design
Includes Tracktion 3 music production software for Mac or Windows
ADC 24-bit

Dynamic Range: 114dB typical, 10Hz to 20kHz, A-weighted
THD + N: 0.0006% typical, 0.0011% maximum, 10Hz to 20kHz, -1dBFS
DAC 24-bit

Dynamic Range: 114dB typical, 10Hz to 20kHz, A-weighted
THD + N: 0.001% typical, 0.002% maximum, 10Hz to 20kHz, -0dBFS
Inputs 2 x XLR/TRS Combi Microphone/Line
Outputs 2 x 1/4" TRS phone Monitor Out, balanced or unbalanced (rear panel)
2 x 1/4" TRS phone Headphone (front panel)
MIDI No
Connectivity USB
Sample Rate 44.1 and 48kHz
Buffer Size 96, 128, 256, 512, 1024
Input Level Microphone:
Maximum: +10dBu (gain @ minimum)
Maximum: -50dBu (gain @ maximum)

Line:
Maximum: +25dBu (gain @ -15dB)

Instrument:
Maximum: +8dBu (gain @ -15dB)
Input Impedance Microphone:
3kΩ

Line:
18kΩ balanced
9kΩ unbalanced

H-Z:
1MΩ
Gain Range Microphone:
60dB
Output Level Monitor:
+10dBu (@ unity/maximum)

Headphones:
8mW into 600Ω, 1% THD+N (@ unity/maximum)
Output Impedance Phones:
25Ω

Monitors:
300Ω balanced
150Ω unbalanced
Phantom Power 48VDC, 10mA maximum per microphone
THD + N Microphone to Monitor (direct monitor analog path, stereo) 22Hz to 22kHz bandwidth, 1kHz:
<0.002% (+4dBu In, unity gain, +4dBu Out)

Line to Monitor (direct monitor analog path, stereo) 22Hz to 22kHz bandwidth, 1kHz:
<0.002% (+4dBu In, unity gain, +4dBu Out)

Hi-Z to Monitor (direct monitor analog path, stereo) 22Hz to 22kHz bandwidth, 1kHz:
<0.004% (+0dBu In, unity gain, +0dBu Out)

Phones 22Hz to 22kHz bandwidth, 1kHz:
<0.003% (7mW into 600Ω

Microphone to USB Record (AD) 22Hz to fs2 bandwidth, 1kHz:
<0.002% (+4dBu in, unity gain, -7dBFS record)

USB Playback to Monitor Out 22Hz to 22kHz bandwidth, 1kHz:
<0.002% (-6dBFS playback, +4dBu out)
Noise EIN, microphone input to USB record, 150Ω source impedance, 22Hz to 22kHz:
-124dBu (maximum gain) EIN, microphone input to USB record, 40Ω source impedance, 22Hz to 22kHz:
126dBu (maximum gain)

Direct Monitor Output Noise, Monitor and To Monitor levels unity/maximum, 22Hz to 22kHz:
95dBu

USB Record Noise Floor/Dynamic Range microphone input/minimum gain, 1kHz -60dBFS:
-112dBu dBFS Noise, A-weighted, -101dBu equivalent microphone input noise @ unity gain
-110dB Dynamic Range, A-weighted

USB RPlayback Noise Floor/Dynamic Range (Monitor output, Monitor level unity/maximum, To Monitor off/minimum, 1kHz -60dBFS):
97dBu Noise, A-weighted, -107dBFS equivalent digital noise, 106dB Dynamic Range (relative to +9dBu)
Crosstalk To Mon or Monitor knob off/minimum:
<-100dB , 20Hz to 20kHz BW, 1kHz

Any Channel to Any Other:
<-80dB , 22Hz to 22kHz BW, 1kHz
CMRR Microphone Input, 150Ω termination:
>-50dB @ 1kHz
Frequency Response Microphone to Monitor Outputs (direct monitor analog-only path, stereo), unity gain:
15Hz to 50kHz, +0.0dB/-0.2dB

Line to Monitor Outs (direct monitor analog-only path, stereo), unity gain for 1/4" TRS input:
10Hz to 25kHz, +0.0dB/-1.0dB

USB Through, microphone input to monitor output, unity gain (To Mon off/minimum):
15Hz to 21kHz, +0.0dB/-0.2dB (44.1kHz)
15Hz to 22kHz, -3.0dB @45kHz (96kHz)
Meters Bi-color channel meters
Power Requirements USB bus powered (5V up to 500mA)
System Requirements Mac
PowerPC G4 or Intel processor
OS X 10.5.0 (Intel and PPC), OS X 10.6 (Intel)
512GB RAM
FireWire port

PC
Pentium IV, Celeron or AMD Athlon XP
Windows XP SP2 , Vista (32- or 64-bit), Windows 7 (32- and 64-bit)
512MB RAM
FireWire port

Dimensions 6.6 x 4.3 x 2.8" (167 x 110 x 71mm)
Weight 1.5 lb (0.7kg)
Specialties Includes Tracktion 3 software for Windows or Mac
Mackie Onyx Blackjack - USB Recording Interface
  • USB Cable
  • Software
  • One (1) Year Warranty to Original Purchaser
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    MackieOnyx Blackjack - USB Recording Interface
     
    4.5

    (based on 13 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    91%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (8)
    • Excellent sound (8)
    • Compact (7)
    • Low distortion (5)
    • Versatile (5)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home studio (9)
      • Professional recording (5)
      • Amateur recording (4)
      • Performances (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (9)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      strong, smooth, and simple

      I've never been impressed with the last few years' worth of ~$[$] USB audio interfaces... they all tried to do too much and/or look too cool. They also didn't...Read complete review

      I've never been impressed with the last few years' worth of ~$[$] USB audio interfaces... they all tried to do too much and/or look too cool. They also didn't seem to be designed from a studio perspective. Then I stumbled across the Mackie Blackjack.My old setup involved using the mixer to send the audio, power the monitors, and handle headphone mixes. This added extra cable, extra power drain, and extra noise into the system, plus latency was always an issue. Now I use the mixer only when I have to, and it sends straight to the Blackjack's inputs. Monitors and headphones go out of the Blackjack as well, allowing for the option of zero-latency monitoring, which makes a huge difference. Great low-noise preamps, very smooth-turning knobs, plenty of headroom... this is the simple piece of equipment I've been looking for for years. Some have decried it for not having MIDI or digital in/out, but I didn't need those things, so I was very happy not to pay for redundant hardware.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Almost a great unit

      I could not get this unit to work with Windows 7. This seems to be a recurring issue with this device and its Windows driver. I was able to connect guitar and get a...Read complete review

      I could not get this unit to work with Windows 7. This seems to be a recurring issue with this device and its Windows driver. I was able to connect guitar and get a great sound and signal. But playback was futile. If any sound came thorugh on playback, it was only crackles and pops. I know this was an issue with device driver and not an issue of configuration. There have been claims of success. I was not one of those lucky ones.

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      5.0

      Great Interface

      By ibmradio.

      from Clyde, Ohio

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Low Distortion
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Mackie Onyx Blackjack - USB Recording Interface:

        Love these things. Install them all the time in studios and churches. It is what most sound cards should be. Tactical controls, great sound, reliable interface and connections. Super.

        All metal chasis is a bonus too.

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        4.0

        jitter and non-standard behavior in AD conversion

        By audiophile

        from Stoneham, MA

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Ergonomic Case Design

        Cons

        • High Distortion At -1dbfs
        • Jitter

        Best Uses

          Comments about Mackie Onyx Blackjack - USB Recording Interface:

          The Onyx Blackjack I received has nonstandard behavior, excessive distortion at high level, in the AD conversion. At -1.0dBFS 50Hz, 2nd and 3rd harmonics are at -28dBFS. On a competitor product, Focusrite Scarlett 2i2, they are at -85dBFS.
          It might be by Mackie's design. The clipping indicator comes on earlier on Onyx Blackjack than on Scarlett 2i2. Maybe built-in soft clipping in the ADC for those who do not have limiter software?

          The Onyx Blackjack I received has more jitter in both AD conversion and DA conversion compared to Focusrite Scarlett 2i2, Behringer UCA202, Apple mac mini, and Audioengine D1.

          The ergonomic case design of Mackie Onyx Blackjack is far better than that of Focusrite Scarlett 2i2.

          I took off a star off due to jitter and non-standard behavior at high-level signal in the AD conversion.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          OUTSTANDING

          By iPad Productions

          from Seattle WA

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Low Distortion
          • Powerful
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Mobile DJ
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Mackie Onyx Blackjack - USB Recording Interface:

            This amp is very clean and powerful! Bought it for connecting to an iPad and iPhone. It allows for two mics or a mic and guitar or any combination there in. Hooked up with a battery using a Y USB cable and camera connector allows you to go mobile. With the phantom power it works great with shotguns and lavs that need power. Great control with the nobs.

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            5.0

            strong, smooth, and simple

            By smead

            from Seattle, WA

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Low Distortion
            • Powerful
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio

              Comments about Mackie Onyx Blackjack - USB Recording Interface:

              I've never been impressed with the last few years' worth of ~$[$] USB audio interfaces... they all tried to do too much and/or look too cool. They also didn't seem to be designed from a studio perspective. Then I stumbled across the Mackie Blackjack.My old setup involved using the mixer to send the audio, power the monitors, and handle headphone mixes. This added extra cable, extra power drain, and extra noise into the system, plus latency was always an issue. Now I use the mixer only when I have to, and it sends straight to the Blackjack's inputs. Monitors and headphones go out of the Blackjack as well, allowing for the option of zero-latency monitoring, which makes a huge difference. Great low-noise preamps, very smooth-turning knobs, plenty of headroom... this is the simple piece of equipment I've been looking for for years. Some have decried it for not having MIDI or digital in/out, but I didn't need those things, so I was very happy not to pay for redundant hardware.

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              5.0

              Good product

              By Ming

              from LA, CA

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Low Distortion
              • Powerful

              Cons

              • More Expensive

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Mackie Onyx Blackjack - USB Recording Interface:

              It's very good. The sound is super clear due to 114 dB. The only thing I don't like is the M-audio USB interfere has more features than this one and cheaper.

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              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              really super system.

              By harc

              from nyny

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Excellent Sound

              Cons

              • Unnecessary Functions

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio

              Comments about Mackie Onyx Blackjack - USB Recording Interface:

              great system

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              5.0

              Perfectly does what you need

              By Dane

              from Tahoe, CA

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio

                Comments about Mackie Onyx Blackjack - USB Recording Interface:

                I use this to port audio out from Premire CS6 and FCP7 to my M-Audio speakers when video editng and performing sound mixes for video.

                Love how small it is but does the job it's meant to to great!

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Very useful

                By David

                from Seattle, WA

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Video

                  Comments about Mackie Onyx Blackjack - USB Recording Interface:

                  If you're not already working with a large A/D converter and mixing board, this is a very handy and quality unit. I have it for audio/video editing at work, where we're not doing a lot of audio recording. Just being able to control headphone and speaker volume separately and have the option of adding a voiceover or keyboard track (with hardware monitoring) to a video is very useful. Also, the sound quality to the headphones is much better, especially in the low end, than using the little miniplug on my Mac. Works instantly on Mac Lion (no drivers to install) but will override the internal sound card (speakers in the CPU are shut off.)

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  High Quality at a great price

                  By JSPhoto

                  from Chicago, IL

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Excellent Sound

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Studio
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about Mackie Onyx Blackjack - USB Recording Interface:

                    Perfect high quality interface for monitoring audio with Final Cut Pro.

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                    (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Great hardware. Challenging software.

                    By Dan

                    from Boston

                    About Me Novice

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Excellent Sound
                    • Low Distortion
                    • Powerful
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                    • Difficult To Use

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Home Studio

                    Comments about Mackie Onyx Blackjack - USB Recording Interface:

                    I use this for creating and mixing sound effects.
                    The hardware is top notch. Controls are smooth. Very well built.
                    The software (which you have to get online. It's not included with the unit) on the other hand is very counter intuitive. It's clearly very powerful and can do many things; but first you have to figure out how. I may learn to love it some day but at the moment it's mostly just frustrating. I'm running this on an AMD quad core with Windows Vista 64

                    Pros:
                    Solid hardware. Not a flaw to be found.

                    Cons:
                    Software takes some getting used to.

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                    (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    2.0

                    Almost a great unit

                    By Scott R

                    from Palm Desert, CA

                    Pros

                    • Great Preamps

                    Cons

                    • W7 drivers need work

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Mackie Onyx Blackjack - USB Recording Interface:

                      I could not get this unit to work with Windows 7. This seems to be a recurring issue with this device and its Windows driver. I was able to connect guitar and get a great sound and signal. But playback was futile. If any sound came thorugh on playback, it was only crackles and pops. I know this was an issue with device driver and not an issue of configuration. There have been claims of success. I was not one of those lucky ones.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal
                      • Computer Platform:
                      • PC

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Great Quality Product

                      By James Newman

                      from Jamestown, NY

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Mackie Onyx Blackjack - USB Recording Interface:

                            We were looking for a low cost couple input couple output mixer to use as part of our Broadcast Streaming setup. The unit needed to be able to send the audio into a Laptop over USB, and also have other outputs to go to other recording devices.

                            This device fit what we wanted exactly. It is going to be replacing a $300.00 Mackie mixer that was overkill for the Job, was three to four times bigger, and a $40.00 USB Imic that we used to get the audio into the computer.

                            This device is also powered by the USB bus so we are eliminating a power block as well from the setup.

                            Quality is fantastic as you would expect from anything make by Mackie.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Business
                            • Computer Platform:
                            • PC

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                            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Cool Product

                            By Fighting Bill

                            from Durham, NC

                            About Me Experienced

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Clear Sound
                            • Compact
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Lightweight
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Home Studio
                              • Performances
                              • Professional Recording

                              Comments about Mackie Onyx Blackjack - USB Recording Interface:

                              Top-notch components, super solid design, simple operation. I'm using it with a 2 x 2.66 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon Mac Pro desktop with high-end speakers for audio work and Final Cut Pro projects with complex soundtracks. It is just what I needed to drive the studio monitors and plug in an xlr microphone, guitar or other instrument. Highly recommended.

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