Big Knob Series Monitor Controllers & Interfaces

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Studios of any size can benefit from the professional source/monitor selection and precise level control of the Big Knob Series. Plus, with the addition of high-resolution Onyx™ USB recording and playback, studios get a powerful, hybrid solution that is truly greater than the sum of its parts. 

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Than meets the eye

Sure, we all know the Mackie Big Knob is the go-to monitor controller for studios the world over. But, now that we've added in the high-resolution goodness of an Onyx recording and playback solution, Big Knob truly becomes the nerve center for your studio. Or, if you are looking for excruciatingly simple volume control/monitor switching, the Big Knob Passive delivers at an amazing price. No matter what size studio, Big Knob is always at the top of the recording studio equipment shopping list.

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Mackie Big Knob Series Monitor Controllers and Recording Interfaces

Series Overview
Big Knob Series

Features

Take a look at some of the reasons Big Knob Series delivers the solution you are looking for

professional source and monitor selection for recording studios
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Pro Source and Monitor Selection

The Mackie Big Knob has proven itself for more than a decade as the go-to monitor controlling solution for home and professional studios. The all-new Big Knob family takes the best of this classic workflow, delivering the right solution for the modern studio. 

Mackie Monitor Controller Onyx Mic Preamps
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Premium Onyx Recording/Playback

Both the Big Knob Studio and Big Knob Studio+ offer high-resolution USB interfacing at resolutions up to 192 kHz, featuring dual Onyx mic preamps, delivering an ultra-wide 60 dB of gain range and award-winning sound quality. 

Mackie Big Knob monitor controller being used in a home recording studio
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Flexible Integration

The expanded Big Knob lineup offers models with unique feature sets and I/O to suit a huge range of applications. Features like dual headphone outs, a dedicated amp-driven studio out, a true cue mix and more ensure Big Knob will fit right into your studio or workspace. 

Software Bundles Included

 

Pro Tools | First DAW

An industry standard for decades, Pro Tools | First is easy enough for beginners yet sophisticated enough for experienced musicians. Get many of the same tools used by your favorite artists and recording studios. And now you can collaborate online with anyone, anywhere, and create at the speed of your imagination. Available for MacOS® and Windows® operating systems. Learn More

 

Musician Collection*

Mackie Exclusive

 

In addition to the powerful plug-ins within Pro Tools | First, you get the exclusive Mackie Musician Collection featuring 23 fantastic plug-ins.

  • 304E EQ / 304C Compressor bundle
  • BBD Delay, Black Op Distortion, Black Shiny Wah, Black Spring Reverb, C1 Chorus, DC Distortion, Eleven Lite, Flanger, Graphic EQ, Gray Compressor, Green JRC Overdrive, In-Tune, Orange Phaser, Roto Speaker, Sci-Fi, Studio Reverb, Tape Echo, Tri Knob Fuzz, Vari-Fi, Vibe, Phaser, and White Boost

*Requires a new Pro Tools | First subscription at no cost

Waveform oem™ DAW

Waveform OEM is a multi award-winning workstation, featuring powerful and creative tools to inspire the modern musician. Unlike typical ‘Lite’ versions, it does not impose any restrictions – you get unlimited track count, powerful features, compatibility with all popular plug-ins and efficient performance on MacOS®, Windows®, and Linux® operating systems. Learn More

 

DAW Essentials Collection™

Introducing a collection of 16 contemporary FX plug-ins for use with any DAW. These plug-ins utilize the very latest algorithms and coding techniques to deliver extraordinary sound quality in an extremely efficient package, allowing the plug-ins to be used liberally across a wide range of native computer systems. Learn More

  • Equaliser, Compressor, Reverber8, Delay Studio, Stereo Delay, Tape Delay, Crossover, Limiter, Gate / Expander, Ducker, Flanger, Crusher, Chorus, Bus Compressor, Phaser, and Auto Filter

Series Line-Up

With three models, each delivering flexible solutions, there is definitely a Big Knob right for your application. 

Mackie Big Knob Passive Monitor Controller

Big Knob Passive

Monitor Controller
  • Excruciatingly simple 2x2 monitor controller
    • Choose between 2 sources and 2 monitor pairs
    • Classic Big Knob volume control
    • Mono, mute and dim functions
  • Pristine audio quality
    • Passive audio path with no power supply needed
  • Sturdy “Built-Like-A-Tank” design 
Big Knob Studio Monitor Controller and Interface

Big Knob Studio

Monitor Controller | Interface
  • 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 192kHz / 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 Waveform OEM™ recording software

 

Big Knob Studio+ Monitor Controller and Interface

Big Knob Studio+

Monitor Controller | Interface
  • Professional source and monitor selection
    • Choose between 4 sources and 3 monitor pairs
    • Classic Big Knob volume control
    • Independent trim on all sources and monitor outs
    • Mono, mute and dim functions
  • Flexible 2x4 USB recording interface
    • Two boutique-quality Onyx mic preamps including phantom power for condenser microphones
    • High-resolution 192kHz / 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 front panel 1/8” input for your smartphone
    • Dual headphone outs with independent level control and both USB and Aux source options
    • Flexible talkback options including external mic input and footswitch control
    • Dedicated amp-driven studio output perfect for headphone distribution system
    • 16-segment high-resolution input source metering
  • Sturdy “Built-Like-A-Tank” design
  • Compatible with all major DAWs on both Mac and Windows
  • Includes Waveform OEM recording software
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QUICK COMPARISON

PRODUCT SOURCE/MONITOR I/O USB I/O RESOLUTION MONO/MUTE/DIM DEDICATED STUDIO OUT HEADPHONE OUTS UP YOUR GAME?
Big Knob Studio+ 4x3 2x4 192 kHz / 24-bit Yes Yes 2, dedicated For sure
Big Knob Studio 3x2 2x2 192 kHz / 24-bit Yes No 2, dedicated You know it
Big Knob Passive 2x2 N/A N/A Yes No No Of course
               

 

SPECS & DOWNLOADS

SOFTWARE/FIRMWARE

Driver

Mackie USB Driver v4.47.0

(for PC only for Big Knob Studio and Studio+)

Driver Install Instructions

Mackie USB Driver v4.47.0

(for PC only for Big Knob Studio and Studio+)

 

 

 
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