Room to Spare: The Ins and Outs of the Onyx 1200F
With any other recording interface, you’ll be lucky to get eight individual analogue input channels. While this might work if you’re overdubbing everything, let’s say a band or producer tells you he wants to track the band live. With some other interface, you may only get as far as the drumkit before you realize you’ve run out of mic channels. At this point, you’re talking about going direct with the guitar and people are giving you that polite sneer, thinking about where else they can go to do what they need to do.
With the 1200F’s twelve Onyx mic preamps, you’re in good shape. Mic up that kit, the guitar cabinet, the percussion player, the sax, even the bassist if he doesn’t want to go direct. You’re ready. If you find you do need direct signals, channels 11 and 12 also have front-panel Hi-Z instrument jacks. No direct boxes required. With the 1200F, not only do you have the channels you need, you’ve got flexibility as well.
We’ve gone similarly overboard on the output stage. The Onyx 1200F houses eight discrete analogue output channels on 25-pin D-Sub connectors. These balanced output connectors conserve valuable real estate and help to keep the cable spaghetti to a minimum. Multiple outputs have a variety of uses. If you’re a surround mixer, you can use the Matrix Mixer to store custom output path assignments all the way up to 7.1 mixing. You can also send analogue signals via stems to do an analogue mixdown. Or you could send these outs to different recorders and other devices.
Any serious recording studio is probably going to have a couple of outboard boxes, whether it’s a favorite valve compressor for vocal tracks or classic EQ unit. Rounding out the 1200F are two separate balanced insert sends and returns, specifically designed to integrate these units seamlessly into your workflow. These TRS inserts are post gain, but pre-A/D-conversion, which means that your outboard signals will be treated with loving care in the digital realm.