Praise for Mackie Onyx Preamps and Mixing Consoles
"I have a couple of very high-end preamps I use in the studio, and one of them went down during a session. We plugged straight into the Onyx and were blown away with how good it sounded."
"When I first set up [the Onyx 800R], I recorded bass and compared it to some 70’s vintage API mic preamps, and was shocked with the fatness of the Onyx. It was so rich and wide, like it was 3D! It blew my mind!"
"Holy crap! ... I have to admit that (the Onyx mixers) sounded phenomenal. One of them is already working in Britney's dressing room. The other one we are passing around within the audio department at the moment doing everything from recording the band to routing talkback microphones."
"We do a lot of writing and recording on the tour bus, so the rig is really important. You need gear that sounds great in the space you’re in, can travel around the country, and is compact enough to fit in a limited space. The preamps on the Onyx have a really good sound, and the EQ feels just right to me. I run most of my keyboard modules through it."
"I’d have no worries about using (the Onyx preamps) for recording… To get something of this quality in a relatively inexpensive mixer is very good news indeed… With the Firewire card installed, the Onyx would make a seriously decent front-end for a computer-based recording system."
"The (Onyx) mic preamps are based on Mackie’s XDR (eXtended Dynamic Range) and sound clean and quite transparent."
"[Onyx] provides a full, open preamp with plenty of headroom, especially noticeable when using a quality condenser."
"We were immediately impressed by the quality of the mic preamps—the Onyx design was audibly better than our MOTU 828, which illustrated how many other FireWire interfaces compromise on such a vital area.."
"I'm always looking for mics and preamps that have dimension and accuracy. When I first heard the Onyx pres, I was amazed at their transparency and depth."