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.