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Mackie Big Knob Studio 3x2 Studio Monitor Controller w/96kHz USB I/O

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BIG KNOB STUDIO

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Mackie Big Knob Studio combines premium 96khz/24-bit recording with the proven performance of the world's bestselling monitor controller. Capture world-class recordings via dual Onyx preamps and professional studio features like zero-latency overdubbing and built-in talkback for artist communication. Easily select from three sources, including USB playback from your DAW and switch between two pairs of studio monitors. Only Big Knob Studio ensures balanced listening levels, offering independent gain trim on all inputs and outputs. Two separate headphone outs are available, each with separate level control. Plus, there's even a handy front-panel input for your smartphone. Big Knob Studio is the ultimate compact studio solution - just add monitors.

FEATURES:

• Professional source and monitor selection
> Choose between 3 sources and 2 monitor pairs
> Classic Big Knob volume control
> Independent trim on all sources and monitor outs
> Mono, mute and dim functions

• Flexible 2x2 USB recording interface
> Two boutique-quality Onyx mic preamps including phantom power for condenser microphones
> High-resolution 96kHz / 24-bit recording and playback
> Cue mix allows controlled blending of direct inputs with other signals for zero-latency recording
> Choice of recording paths provide flexibility for applications like podcasting

• Comprehensive feature set for professional studios
> Flexible source connections including convenient 1/8 input for your smartphone
> Dual headphone outs with independent level control
> Built-in talkback mic for easy communication with artists
> 16-segment high-resolution input source metering

• Sturdy Built-Like-A-Tank design

• Compatible with all major DAWs on both Mac and Windows

• Includes Tracktion recording software

Good value but consider defects before purchasing1 of 1 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreToronto - Bloor Street, Ontario
I usually hold back on new gear and let other people work out the bugs, but Mackie has been solid over the years and I took a gamble in Oct 2017 with the Big Knob Studio 3x2. Not bad for $300 but some things to note. The sound card is great and sounds very good to my ears on Focal 65's with all kinds of material. Negative stuff: 1) When you turn the unit off, you will get a loud, nasty transient on the monitor outs, regardless of whether they have been disabled via the monitor kill switch.. so I've been leaving this on 24/7 to avoid that. 2) The audio driver software is not pro quality and you can't see / match your levels to the physical meter on the unit. Software also forgets settings on reboot on Win7 PC. 3) Volume knob is already staticky on left channel after 4-5 weeks light use in a clean home studio. 4) If you write a polite letter to Mackie tech support about the above, don't count on them to respond.
Posted by James C on Nov 4, 2017
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Good gear, great value0 of 0 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreMississauga, Ontario
I've been deliberating for a while now on how to fill the monitoring role because so much low-mid range products these days blend features, just like supermarkets sell drugs and drugstores sell groceries. And so the new Big Knob does a good job in its main role but it can support other products like an interface, mixer, or software. So I think its great for those who don't have the money or intention to spend a lot more on dedicated gear, or for those needing to fill a weak or temporary spot. Some notes: - The (early October) Mackie USB driver supports only one Mackie device. - Pre's are good, low noise, and seem to work fine with guitars without the need for a Hi-Z switch.
Posted by Frank on Oct 22, 2017
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