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Mackie Onyx Blackjack

Model: Onyx Blackjack
2x2 USB Recording Interface

Let's face it. If you could fit one of our flagship Onyx 1640i consoles into your workspace and budget, you probably would do it. But that shouldn't mean you have to settle for the cheapest, plastic 2x2 interface available. We've spent serious time and research creating the Onyx Blackjack Premium USB Recording Interface. It delivers the same proven Onyx preamps as our other flagship Onyx products in an ultra-compact, ergonomic desktop design perfect for your home studio. Other professional features include high-end AD/DA converters, built-in DIs, phantom power and true analog hardware monitoring of inputs for hassle-free zero-latency tracking, in either mono or stereo. The USB connection provides bus-power to the Blackjack, eliminating the need for another cable run. Plus, it's Mac/PC friendly and ready for most major DAWs right out of the box. So, don't settle. Be smart and check out the Onyx Blackjack - the utmost in sonic quality and simplicity.


Great recordings start with high-quality preamps and you will simply not find preamps at this price range better than Blackjack’s Onyx preamps. We invested significant R&D efforts into developing our flagship Onyx mic 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.

Quality doesn’t stop at the boutique Onyx preamps. The Onyx Blackjack 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, a real sonic benefit that is often ignored on smaller interfaces.

Latency is evil and must be punished. If you have recorded with digital gear, chances are you feel the same way. It’s a pesky computer-induced delay that can quickly kill the vibe of any recording session. Blackjack puts this issue to rest once and for all, featuring a true analog monitoring path directly from the preamps to your studio monitors and headphones. This means you can track while listening to the direct analog source with zero routing. Not only that, it also means you can adjust your buffer settings to maximize your computers processing ability. Oh yeah, Blackjack also allows you to track with zero latency in either mono or stereo, so you can get the right vibe when recording stereo signals like acoustic guitars and keyboards.

No other ultra-compact desktop interface delivers as many professional features as the Onyx Blackjack. Both channels double as built-in DIs for direct connection of guitars, basses, keyboards, drum machines, etc. Both channels also deliver 48V phantom power, so you can use studio-quality condenser mics with no problem. The studio monitor and headphone outputs have independent level controls for maximum flexibility. Plus, the Onyx Blackjack is bus-powered via USB, so there’s no power supply to lose or another cable cluttering your workspace. It also comes with Mackie’s Tracktion 3 Music Production software, so you can get started recording right away.

Most desktop interfaces have a serious flaw: their construction. First off, most are made of cheap, breakable plastic. Onyx Blackjack features a sleek, powder-coated all-metal chassis that is truly “Built-Like-A-Tank”. You could literally use it as a hammer to smash the competition (not recommended at your local store). Second, when they are sitting on your desk, the competition lies flat, with no way to read the markings on the front panel. Have you ever accidently turned the wrong knob during your session? Not fun. The Onyx Blackjack sits with a 25-degree inclination, allowing for full view of all controls at all times, meaning more recording time and less hassle. A good idea – right?

So there you have it. An extremely simple, but very powerful desktop interface that delivers all the features you want in a design that could fit in your man purse. Small studio. Big solution. Onyx Blackjack.

  • Two boutique-quality Onyx mic preamps with class-leading fidelity and dynamic range

  • High-headroom design with ultra-low noise and distortion

  • Professional 24-bit recording/playback via 2x2 USB

  • High-end Cirrus Logic® AD/DA converters with 114dB dynamic range (A-weighted)

  • True analog hardware monitoring of inputs, in mono or stereo, for easy zero-latency recording

  • Compatible with most major DAWs
    » Pro Tools® 9
    » Logic®
    » SONAR™
    » Cubase®
    » Ableton® Live
    » Final Cut Pro®
    » ...and more

  • Built-in DI on each input for direct connection of guitars, basses, etc.

  • 48V phantom power for use with studio-quality condenser microphones

  • USB bus-powered, eliminating need for separate power cable

  • Separate studio monitor and headphone outs with independent level control

  • Sleek, ergonomic “Built-Like-A-Tank” desktop design

  • Includes Tracktion 3™ Music Production Software for Mac or PC

General Specifications
Noise Characteristics: Equivalent Input Noise (EIN), Mic input to USB record (A/D), 150Ω source impedance,
22 Hz to 22 kHz
60 dB (max) gain: -124.0 dBu
Equivalent Input Noise (EIN), Mic input to USB record (A/D), 40Ω source impedance,
60 dB (max) gain: -126.0 dBu
Direct Monitor Output Noise
Monitor and To Mon levels unity/max: -95.0 dBu, 22 Hz to 22 kHz
USB Record (A/D) Noise Floor/Dynamic Range
(From mic input/min gain, 1 kHz -60 dBFS):
-112.0 dBFS Noise, A-weighted, -101 dBu equivalent mic input noise at unity gain (11dBu = 0 dBFS)
-110.0 dB Dynamic range, A-weighted, (relative to -2 dBFS/+9 dBu)
USB Playback (D/A) Noise Floor/Dynamic Range (Monitor Output, Monitor level/unity max, To Mon off/min; 1 kHz - 60 dBFS):
-97.0 dBu Noise, A-weighted, -107 dBFS equivalent digital noise,
106 dB Dynamic Range (relative to +9 dBu)
Frequency Response: Mic to Monitor Outputs ( direct monitor analog-only path, stereo), unity gain
15 Hz to 50 kHz: +0 dB / 0.2 dB
Line to Monitor Outputs (direct monitor analog-only path, stereo), unity gain for 1/4" TRS input
10 Hz to 25 kHz: +0 dB / -1.0 dB
USB Through(Indirect monitor A/D+D/A),mic input to monitor output,unity gain (To Mon off/min)
44.1 kHz sample rate(15 Hz to 21 kHz): +0 dB / -0.2 dB
48 kHz sample rate(15 Hz to 22 kHz): +0 dB / 0.2 dB
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD+N): Mic to monitor (direct monitor analog path, stereo), 1kHz, 22 Hz to 22 kHz bandwidth:
+4 dBu in, min/unity gain, +4 dBu out: <0.002%
Line to monitor (direct monitor analog path, stereo), 1kHz, 22 Hz to 22 kHz bandwidth:
+4 dBu in, unity gain, +4 dBu out: <0.002%
Hi-Z to monitor (direct monitor analog path, stereo), 1kHz, 22 Hz to 22 kHz bandwidth:
+0 dBu in, unity gain, +0 dBu out: <0.004%
Phones,1 kHz , 22 Hz to 22 kHz bandwidth
7mW into 600Ω: <0.003%
Mic to USB Record (A/D), 1 kHz, 22Hz to fs/2 bandwidth
+4 dBu in, unity gain, -7 dBFS record: <0.002%
USB Playback to Monitor Out (D/A), 1kHz, 22 Hz to 22 kHz bandwidth
(To Mon off/min, Monitor unity/max)
-6 dBFS playback, +4 dBu out: <0.002%
Attenuation/Crosstalk: 1 kHz, 20Hz to 20 kHz bandwidth
To Mon or Monitor knob off/min: <-100 dB
1 kHz, 22Hz to 20 kHz bandwidth
Any channel to any other: <-80 dB
Common Mode Rejection Ratio (CMRR): Mic input, 150Ω termination(1kHz): >50 dB gain
Maximum Levels: Mic input, gain at min(0 dB): +10 dBu
Mic input, gain at max(60 dB): -50 dBu
Line input, gain at min(-15 dB): +25 dBu
Instrument input, gain at min(-15 dB): +8 dBu
Monitor Output at unity/max: +10 dBu
Phones at unity/max: 8mW into 600Ω (1% THD+N)
USB: Format: USB 1.1
Sample rates available: 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz
Mackie Driver Buffer Sizes: 128, 256,512, 1024
Resolution: 24-bit
Audio Class 1.0 compliant at 44.1 kHz/ 48 kHz, 24-bit
A/D: 114 dB typical dynamic range, 24-bit, A-Weighted, 10 Hz to 20 kHz BW
D/A: 114 dB typical dynamic range, 24-bit, A-Weighted, 10 Hz to 20 kHz BW
Meters: Bi-color channel meters:
Red Overload, +7 dBu(-4 dBFS)
Green Signal present, -20 dBu (-31 dBFS)
Input and Output Impedance: Mic Input: 3 kΩ balanced
Line Input: 18 kΩ balanced / 9 kΩ unbalanced
Hi-Z Input: 1 MΩ balanced
Phones Output: 25Ω
Monitor Outputs: 300Ω balanced / 150Ω unbalanced
Phantom Power: P48 specification compliant, 48VDC, 10mA max per mic
AC Power Requirements: USB Bus Powered, high-power device (5V, up to 500 mA)
Operating Temperature: 0° - 40°C, 32° - 104°F
Physical Properties: Height: 2.80 in / 71.2 mm
Depth: 4.32 in / 109.6 mm
Width: 6.57 in / 167 mm
Weight: 1.5 lb / 0.7 kg


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