RECORDING WITH TRUE FLEXIBILITY
The Onyx Blackbird Premium 16x16 FireWire Recording Interface delivers professional-grade recording quality with performance, flexibility and expandability in mind. With eight boutique-quality Onyx preamps and high-end 24-bit/96kHz conversion in a sleek rackmount design, Blackbird gives your studio the tools and capability needed for world-class sound. Easily expandable via ADAT and Wordclock or device aggregation via the Blackbird Control™ desktop application, the Onyx Blackbird can be scaled up for any need.FIND A DEALER
Premium sound quality and I/O for the professional studio
Boutique-Quality Onyx Preamps
Found on our most expensive studio consoles, Onyx pres are designed to meet or surpass expensive, esoteric standalone mic pres in terms of fidelity, headroom and transparency – as well as improved radio frequency (RFI) rejection and ultra-wide dynamic range. And with a full 60dB of available gain, would-be competitors are left in the dust.
High-Quality AD/DA Conversion
The Onyx Blackbird uses Cirrus Logic® converters offering 114dB dynamic range (A-weighted) – a specification other companies sometimes charge thousands of dollars to achieve. Our preamp circuitry is aligned precisely with the onboard analog-to-digital conversion to always provide you with the most headroom and the lowest noise and distortion possible.
Professional Digital I/O
Blackbird is the perfect front end to your DAW using the FireWire connection and if you get more preamps later (like another Onyx Blackbird), you can connect them via Blackbird’s integrated 8x8 ADAT I/O, delivering a full 16-channel 24-bit/96kHz resolution recording solution. There’s also onboard word clock I/O perfect for any scenario incorporating multiple pieces of analog/digital gear
Two "Super Channels"
The two front-panel “Super Channels” offer extremely useful features, right within your reach. First off, both channels utilize combo inputs, dedicated 48V phantom power and true analog hardware monitoring, in either mono or stereo, allowing you to route the signals directly to your studio monitors or headphones. Zero-latency overdubs have never been easier to set up or control.
Blackbird Control DSP Matrix Mixer
The Onyx Blackbird is powerful all on its own. However, for more complex applications, Mackie provides you with the custom-designed 18x16 Blackbird Control DSP Matrix Mixer application. This powerful graphic user interface (GUI) allows for customization and ease-of-use that the competition is simply unable to achieve.
Tough but Friendly
In true Mackie tradition, Onyx Blackbird features a “Built-Like-A-Tank” design, with a powder-coated, all-steel chassis that can get bumped around with the best of them. With tons of boutique-quality pres, unmatched AD/DA conversion and a host of flexible, professional features…it’s the perfect solution for any studio.
A solution for any studio
Studios, regardless of size, can’t usually afford to buy all the gear they want at once. That’s why investing in gear designed with performance, flexibility and expandability in mind is critical. Whether you have a small home studio or you’re taking on big clients, the Onyx Blackbird will deliver professional results. With its “Built-Like-A-Tank” design, it is made to last. You can feel confident taking it on the road for mobile recording or even part of a live recording rig on tour