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Mackie Big Knob Passive Studio Monitor Controller (Gray)

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Mackie Big Knob Passive Studio Monitor Controller (Gray)
Key Features
  • 2x2 Monitor Controller
  • Two Sources and Two Monitor Pairs
  • Classic Big Knob Volume Control
  • Mono, Mute, and Dim Functions
The gray Mackie Big Knob Passive is a monitor controller that allows you to choose between two audio sources and two monitor pairs. It can be used in project and professional studios and is designed to increase your workflow for recording and mixing applications.
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Mackie Big Knob Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Professional Source and Monitor Selection
  • 3Helpful Features for Project Studios
  • 4Professional Production Content
  • 5DAW Essentials Collection

The gray Mackie Big Knob Passive is a monitor controller that allows you to choose between two audio sources and two monitor pairs. It can be used in project and professional studios and is designed to increase your workflow for recording and mixing applications.

It features mono, mute, and dim functions and delivers pristine audio quality. Built with the classic Big Knob volume control, it is designed with a passive audio path, which requires no power supply. The Big Knob Passive studio monitor controller is sturdy and has a built-like-a-tank design.

The Big Knob Passive features a download for Waveform software and the DAW Essentials Collection, which includes 16 contemporary FX plugins including EQ, Compression, Delay, Limiter, Flanger, and more. To authorize the software, simply input the mixer's serial number on the website.

Professional Source and Monitor Selection
  • Choose between two sources and two monitor pairs
  • Classic Big Knob volume control
  • Mono, mute, and dim functions
Helpful Features for Project Studios
  • Flexible source connections including convenient 3.5mm input for your smartphone
  • 1/4" inputs and outputs support balanced or unbalanced connections
  • Passive design requires no power source
Professional Production Content
The DAW Essentials Bundle for Waveform OEM includes 16 powerful plugins like Equalizer, Compressor, Reverber8, and Limiter

DAW Essentials Collection
  • Introducing a collection of 16 contemporary FX plugins for use with any DAW. Utilizing the very latest algorithms and coding techniques, the plugins feature extraordinary sound quality in an extremely efficient package, allowing the plugins to be used liberally across a wide range of native computer systems
    • Equalizer: Allows you to sculpt and mix your frequencies. With an integrated analyzer, you can quickly identify areas of the frequency range and deploy the configurable 8 bands for precision adjustments. With up to ±30 dB gain, various shapes and ‘Q’ for each band there are ample capabilities for even the most demanding mix engineer
    • Compressor: Full featured mono/stereo side chain compressor is designed to be absolutely transparent even under the most demanding dynamic crushing scenarios. The compressor can be switched into expander mode for further versatility along with the side chain with dedicated filter and soft-clip function
    • Reverber8: High-quality reverb plugin. Produces a pristine, highly configurable solution that could challenge the finest convolution reverbs, yet be efficient enough to be used throughout a mix with confidence
    • Delay Studio: Build complex multi-tap delay lines for ultra-creative results or build classic dub style FX or go further into full sound design mode, crafting evolving and expressive soundscapes
    • Stereo Delay: Fast and creative stereo delay with a distilled set of controls that can quickly add expressive stereo delay effects. Tempo synchronization, filters, crossfeed,  and feedback come together to handle a wide range of stereo delay effects
    • Tape Delay: Classic tape delay effect with tape emulation features such as wow/flutter
    • Crossover: Allows you to separate frequency bands for downstream processing. Especially useful in environments such as T7’s ‘racks’ the crossover can be used to create frequency limited outputs
    • Limiter: Simple, fast, and extremely transparent, the Limiter gives you all the control needed to tame any signal. The look ahead capability allows the processing to operate realtime for low-latency situations or dial in look ahead for improved processing response on recorded clips
    • Gate / Expander: Two essential tools in a single plugin, the Gate/Expander is also extremely transparent and also features the look ahead capability for varied processing response
    • Ducker: Essential tool for managing levels of backing music and presenter vocal levels. The tool can also be used effectively in a mix to manage levels between elements—such as bass and kick drum
    • Flanger: Spacial time-based effect with the ability to tempo synch the rate to quickly dial in rhythmic effects to match your composition
    • Crusher: Reduces the resolution and/or bandwidth of your audio to impart varying degrees of distortion. Surgically sculpt the desired sound with comprehensive controls and clear visual feedback
    • Chorus: Quickly thicken up any track for a slick, produced sound. With the ability to tempo synch the rate, you can quickly dial in rhythmic effects to match your composition
    • Bus Compressor: Featuring the same processing algorithms as the flagship Compressor, the Bus Compressor is a simplified tool for deployment in areas of the mix that simply require outstanding sound quality and less tools
    • Phaser: Using a series of variable all-pass phase-shift networks, the Phaser gives your track a sweeping effect to add movement. Popular for electric guitar and low-frequency sounds
    • Auto Filter: Allows you to sweep, resonate, synch, and sculpt your tracks. Use a variable wave shape LFO to modulate the filter to add motion to your sounds
UPC: 663961050462

Mackie Big Knob Specs

Inputs
4 x 1/4" TRS Balanced/Unbalanced Line Inputs
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Unbalanced Stereo Input
Outputs
4 x 1/4" TRS Balanced/Unbalanced Monitor Outputs
Mono/Mute/Dim
Yes
Frequency Response
10 Hz to 30 kHz (±1 dB, 0 dBu Input)
THD + N
<0.005% (0 dBu Input at 1 kHz)
Crosstalk
< -85 dB (0 dBu Input at 1 kHz, 20 Hz to 20 kHz)
Attenuation
-100 dB
Signal-to-Noise Ratio
< -100 dB
Maximum Input Level
+22 dBu
Maximum Output Level
+15 dBu
Power Requirements
None
Dimensions
5.6 x 5.4 x 3.1" / 14.2 x 13.7 x 7.9 cm
Weight
2.2 lb / 1 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight
2.875 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
8.3 x 7.85 x 4.9"

Mackie Big Knob Reviews

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question

Would there be any issues using a Y cable to send audio to headphones as one of the outputs?
Asked by: Daniel E.
This is a passive unit. The outputs are not designed to drive headphones (or speakers for that matter). But you can easily DIY a headphone amp with an old stereo receiver, mixer, or something similar. Or buy the Big Knob Studio, which provides 2 headphone outs.
Answered by: Joe W.
Date published: 2021-11-03

Will it convert unbalanced to balanced?

Will it convert unbalanced to balanced?
Asked by: LEONARDO
This passive monitor controller accepts and outputs cables with either balanced or unbalanced connections, but it does not actively convert signals from balanced to unbalanced or visa versa.
Answered by: Steve
Date published: 2021-02-25

Is the DAW Essentials built in? If not, how are ...

Is the DAW Essentials built in? If not, how are those options accessed?
Asked by: Al
The Mackie Big Knob Passive Studio Monitor Controller includes Waveform OEM software and the DAW Essentials Collection, which features 16 contemporary FX plugins including EQ, Compression, Delay, Limiter, Flanger, and more. The software can be downloaded from the manufacturer's website and the URL will be provided.
Answered by: Lisa S
Date published: 2022-06-28

can i record vocals with the mackie studio or i ...

can i record vocals with the mackie studio or i need to buy a separate interface?
Asked by: Jorge
You can record your vocals on the Mackie Big Knob Studio model, as it has two mic inputs and it also operates as an audio interface.
Answered by: David M
Date published: 2022-07-29

Does it allow you to play both monitors at the ...

Does it allow you to play both monitors at the same time?
Asked by: Richard
No, the Mackie Big Knob Passive Studio Monitor Controller allows you to choose between two audio sources and two monitor pairs. This means that you can connect the monitor controller to two different pairs of monitors and choose which pair that you want to hear. You can only listen to one pair at a time, but not both pairs at the same time.
Answered by: Lisa S
Date published: 2022-08-27

Does this unit come with cables?

Does this unit come with cables?
Asked by: Lee
The Mackie Big Knob Passive Studio Monitor Controller does not include any cables.
Answered by: Calvin M
Date published: 2023-08-15

Will this record through USB to 4 separate ...

Will this record through USB to 4 separate channels? What exactly does 2x4 when referencing USB mean? I am NOT referencing the analog inputs/outputs, ONLY how it relates SPECIFICALLY to USB.
Asked by: Paul
The 2x4 means this interface will send 2 channels (Left and Right ) to a recording program for recording, and will return 4 playback channels for monitoring. This will only record 2 tracks at one time.
Answered by: Daniel
Date published: 2020-06-25

I have a ps5 and MacBook with usb interface. With ...

I have a ps5 and MacBook with usb interface. With one set of speakers. Can I switch between both sources and keep one speaker for all?
Asked by: Bobby
The Mackie Big Knob inputs and outputs are all TRS type. So if you have two usb interfaces (one for the ps5 and one for the Mac) then yes you can switch between the two sources to one set of speakers. But if you have only one usb interface there's not point in using the Mackie Big Knob. You would need a different device to switch the usb interface between the ps5 and the Mac.
Answered by: Larry
Date published: 2023-12-03
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