Mackie has introduced the Onyx 1200F ($1,999), a 30-by-34-channel FireWire audio and MIDI interface that supports 24-bit, 192 kHz-capable files. The mixer includes 12 Onyx preamps and on-board DSP matrix mixing among other features.
The Onyx 1200F offers four user-assignable headphone outputs, two stereo control-room outputs, a built-in talkback mic input, and remote switching capability. Among the Onyx 1200F's most interesting features is an assignable patch bay with DSP capabilities. The 1200F has an on-board mixing interface that allows you to route to any monitoring path and headphone output directly from the hardware inputs with near-zero latency, according to Mackie.
Front-panel controls on the Onyx 1200F include control-room output level with A/B monitor select, four discrete headphone outputs with dedicated level controls, two instrument inputs, and 4-segment metering for the mic/line input channels. The rear panel includes 12 combo mic/line inputs, balanced TRS sends and returns for the first two mic inputs, eight balanced line outputs, dual stereo control room outputs, Word Clock I/O, MIDI I/O, dual ADAT I/O, S/PDIF I/O, AES/EBU I/O, and two FireWire ports. Footswitch inputs are provided for monitor switching and talkback activation.
The Onyx 1200F is bundled with Mackie Tracktion 2 (Mac/Win) software and the Mackie Final Mix CD mastering toolkit. For more information, visit Mackie's Web site.