The ONYX Satellite from Mackie is an innovative product that "extends" the concept of the FireWire digital audio interface. Based around a two-piece recording system, the Satellite consists of a portable recording Pod with ONYX microphone preamps and a desktop Base Station with additional inputs and outputs.
For normal operation, the Pod remains seated in its Base Station and the complete unit provides a comprehensive set of I/O and control room monitoring functions, including a talkback microphone. For remote recording, the Pod can be removed and carried on location, leaving the Base Station connected to all the desktop studio gear (microphones, instruments, headphones, studio monitors, etc.)
On returning home, the Pod is simply replaced into the base for further recording or mixing. Phantom power is available for use with condenser microphones and the whole or individual parts can be powered using FireWire or the included power adaptor.
The Base Station's Control Room section allows for selecting between one of two monitor outs for multiple monitor speaker setups. Additionally, monitoring is available between the workstation's outputs and the connected inputs. Lastly, the Satellite/Base Station combo allows for controlling the volume of six outputs for Surround sound with a single volume knob.
For a complete recording solution, the ONYX Satellite comes bundled with Traction 2 software that functions on both the Mac and PC.
Two-piece FireWire recording system for professional audio production on the Mac or PC
Portable Satellite Pod docks into Satellite Base Station, allowing users to record on location without disconnecting and reconnecting cables
Dual Onyx microphone preamps for superior clarity, detail and dynamic range
Satellite Base Station features eight inputs, with two active at any time for connection of microphones, line sources and instruments
Base Station provides six line level outputs
Satellite Pod can be bus powered for field use, or externally powered via included power supply
Built-in control room functions on Base Station include talkback with onboard microphone and A/B monitoring switching
Six-channel volume control allows for surround sound mixing
Professional-grade 24-bit/96kHz A/D and D/A converters
Works with all WDM, GSF and ASIO compatible software on the PC and Core Audio software on the Mac
Bundled with Tracktion 2 software for a complete recording solution
44.1, 48, 88.2 and 96kHz
Pod: 2 x 1/4" TRS/XLR combi Base Station: 2 x XLR Microphone 4 x 1/4" TRS phone Line 2 x 1/4" TS phone Instrument 2 x 1/4" TRS phone Insert
Pod: 2 x 1/4" TRS phone Base Station: 8 x 1/4" TRS phone Line
Digital Input Connectors
Pod: 1 x 6-pin FireWire input/output Base Station: 1 x 6-pin FireWire input/output
Digital Output Connectors
Shared with input
THD + N
<0.02%, 20Hz to 20kHz, 1kHz input @ +4dBu, preamp at unity gain
103dB (microphone in to line out)
20Hz to 20kHz, +/-1dB @ 48kHz 20Hz to 40kHz, +/-1dB @ 96kHz
Minimum System Requirements
For use with Traction 2 software: Mac: G4 (or better) recommended OSX v10.3.9 (or higher) 256MB RAM
PC: Pentium III (or better) processor Windows XP, SP2 256MB RAM
Pod: 8" x 4 1/8" x 2 1/8" Base Station: 10 7/8" x 7 1/8" x 4 1/2"
Pod: 1.8 lbs Base Station: 6.1 lbs
Both units can be powered by the 6-pin FireWire connection or
by the included DC power supply
Mackie ONYX Satellite - 2-Piece Portable FireWire Recording System for Mac OS X and Windows XP