Mackie Onyx Blackjack - USB Recording Interface

Mackie Onyx Blackjack - USB Recording Interface

Mackie Onyx Blackjack - USB Recording Interface

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Product Highlights

  • 2 Input / 2 Output
  • 2 Onyx Microphone Preamps
  • Phantom Power
  • 24-bit/48kHz
  • USB Bus Powered
  • Mac OS X
  • Windows XP/Vista/7
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Mackie Blackjack overview

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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
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Mackie Onyx Blackjack - USB Recording Interface
  • USB Cable
  • One (1) Year Warranty to Original Purchaser
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    Mackie Blackjack specs

    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)

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

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

    18kΩ balanced
    9kΩ unbalanced

    Gain Range Microphone:
    Output Level Monitor:
    +10dBu (@ unity/maximum)

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

    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:

    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

    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)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.45 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.6 x 6.5 x 5.0"

    Mackie Blackjack reviews

    Onyx Blackjack - USB Recording Interface is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 32.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Quality Product 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.
    Date published: 2012-01-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very useful 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.)
    Date published: 2012-08-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great audio interface Mac Connect and start to used it, work like a dream in a Mac product
    Date published: 2015-11-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ear-blowing clarity and pick-up! Home-studio pro voice-over recording direct to PC. I've used a number of combos to get the best voice into PC/Software and this is... BY FAR.... the most outstanding quality. I want to keep things simple, shortest signal path, minimal coloration, maximum monitoring options etc., and this interface beats everything I've used so far. It looks and feels superb - the pre-amps operate exactly as you'd hope... the layout is logical and user-friendly...the XLR/1/4 jack inputs (2) mean optimum flexibility for inputting stereo sources (guitar pedals, synths, sub-mixers) and the mono/stereo input monitor option is very useful. NOTE: If you have a nose-picking spider in the attic, you WILL now hear it, if you plug a microphone into this unit! I wouldn't say the GAIN control is 'hot', but, unless you're careful, you'll capture sleeping gnomes snoring on planet Ivox. Mackie have outdone themselves by making/keeping a solution-based piece of kit exactly as users would want. The 'tilt' bracket sets the unit up perfectly for desktop use... this is something I'll stick to for a Loooong time - 'don't know how it could be bettered.
    Date published: 2015-12-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome value and it works so well (Onyx Blackjack) I have used Mackie mixers in the past, so I was pleased to see this offered for connecting high quality mics to a laptop through USB (MacPro laptop). It worked right out of the box with Garage Band and it is the same quality audio pre-amps that come with the Mackie mixers - super quiet. This unit is also very heavy duty - nice and solid feeling. For the price at B&H, you just can't beat this for connecting mics to a laptop. Excellent value!!
    Date published: 2015-07-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best bang for the buck For the price, this interface can't be beat. Preamps are much cleaner and less noisy than the Steinberg interface I used to own, which is the main reason I switched. I love not having to install drivers on OS X - even though this interface is already a few years old, I can rest assured that it will still work for a long time since it's class compliant. My guess is that they're discontinuing it soon (hence the price drop), so pick one up soon!
    Date published: 2015-09-24
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from A solid interface This is a solidly built interface. Smooth controls, clean output, and easy to use. The ONLY drawbacks: I have to keep my laptop plugged into a charger when I use it, especially if I'm running a mike with phantom power. Secondly, the drivers didn't immediately work with Windows 10 - be sure that you install them in compatibility mode for windows 7. The Tracktion software is easy to use, and very robust. Overall a great product!
    Date published: 2016-08-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cool Product 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.
    Date published: 2011-04-11
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