Mackie has announced the Onyx 400F ($899.99), a 10-channel FireWire audio interface with Onyx-series microphone preamps, on-board DSP matrix mixing, and 192 kHz resolution. According to Mackie, the on-board DSP mixing matrix allows latency free headphone mixing and routing, independent of the DAW software.
The front panel includes two instrument inputs and two independent headphone outputs. The rear panel includes four combo mic/line inputs, balanced TRS sends and returns, word clock I/O, MIDI I/O, S/PDIF I/O, and two FireWire ports. The Onyx 400F is bundled with Tracktion (Mac/Win) and the Mackie Final Mix mastering toolkit (Mac/Win).
Mackie has also announced the HM54 Headphone Amplifier and HMX56 Tabletop Matrix Mixer/Amplifier. The HM54 is a 1U rackmount headphone amplifier that offers eight headphone output jacks—four on the front and four on the rear. It has balanced TRS main inputs, as well as left and right TRS direct inputs on each of the four channels. From the front panel, each user can select either the main stereo mix, which has its own input level control, or the stereo direct input on each of the four available channels. Each channel includes a dedicated headphone volume control, and a button that allows musicians to switch between the direct mix and main mix.
The Mackie HMX56 is a tabletop headphone matrix mixer/amplifier with routing capabilities. The unit includes stereo main inputs, which are automatically routed to each of the six discrete headphone outputs. Four additional mono source inputs can be combined as needed with the main input feed on a channel-by-channel basis using the on-board 4 x 6 source matrix. The HMX56 also includes an individual effects send for each mono source input and stereo main mix channel, as well as an effects return control on each of the six channels. For more information, visit www.mackie.com.