|Mackie - MIXER - Onyx
Premium 24-Channel/8-Bus Live Sound Console
When it comes to live sound, the margin for error is
tight. Nobody knows this better than regional sound professionals,
medium-sized venues, and houses of worship. Unlike the major
touring and live sound companies, these hardy folks must make a
difficult choice when buying a live sound console; it’s the
age-old tradeoff between channel count and sound quality. Pay for
quality, and you have to find some way to cram all your mics and
instruments into 16 or fewer inputs. Go cheapo, and you know
it’s only a matter of when—not if—the console
fails at some crucial moment.
As of today, that age-old tradeoff has gone the way of grunge and
dial-up modems. Introducing the new Onyx 80 Series 2480, 3280, 4080
and 4880 Premium Live Sound Consoles—the best value in the
history of live sound—from Mackie, of course.
Priority one for the Onyx 80 Series was to create a live sound
console that made absolutely no sacrifice in sonic integrity at any
stage of the design. So the Onyx 80 Series engineers started with
the highest quality analog components available—from premium
op-amps to IC chips costing exponentially more than previous
designs. By utilizing semi-discrete eight channel modular circuit
boards, the Onyx series combine the flexibility of single PCBs for
each channel, with the cost advantages and minimal cabling of
large-scale integrated circuit boards.
No corners were cut; Every Subgroup, Left, Right and Center main
bus is electronically balanced for an uncompromised signal from
input to output. All-new summing bus circuitry was designed from
the ground up to maximize master section headroom, while minimizing
noise and crosstalk. And most notably, we developed premium Onyx
mic preamps and Perkins EQ circuitry specifically for optimum
performance within the total Onyx system.
We also went overboard on the "toughness" factor, even by Mackie
standards, building the Onyx 80 chassis with beefy aluminum
extrusions and steel bulkheads for over-the-top physical protection
of the technology inside.
Creating our flagship Onyx mic preamps presented a unique
challenge. On one hand, we wanted to deliver traits more commonly
associated with boutique studio mic preamps: a tight, focused high
end, superior ambience retrieval, detailed lower bass octaves, and
highly textural midrange—no matter what you plug in. On the
other hand, we knew Onyx mic preamps would have to function in the
real world of live performance, which often includes high levels of
radio frequency and microwave energy, long cable runs and the
occasional “hot-patched” cable. Read more.
ALL-NEW PERKINS EQ
Before we tell you about the Perkins EQ section, we should probably
introduce you to its designer—the legendary Cal Perkins.
Along with Greg Mackie, Cal was the driving force behind Mackie
innovations like XDR mic preamps, HR Series monitors and more...
not to mention his 30-plus years of experience designing classic
audio gear for other big names in the business.
To create his all-new Perkins EQ, Cal started with the Wien Bridge
circuit topology—a very musical design inspired by the
hallowed “British” desks of the 60s and 70s. This
design essentially trades boost/cut capability for a wider, highly
musical Q filter. But Cal, ever the perfectionist, decided that
live sound engineers deserve a better bargain. Read more.
As important as great mic preamps and musical EQ sections are, they
are only part of the reason we can confidently call the Onyx 80
Series a "premium" live sound console. Equally as important, though
admittedly less sexy, is the Onyx mixers' proprietary negative-gain
architecture and minimized signal path.
For those of us who don't speak electrical engineer, negative-gain
architecture means that by running at internal levels of -6dB, Onyx
mixers can handle up to four times the number of hot signals of
regular mixers before clipping. Minimized signal path, on the other
hand, is the reason the Onyx mixers' EQ section is above the Aux
assignments - creating a linear signal path from the mic preamp to
the EQ, through the Aux sends and on to the channel faders -
resulting in a 50% shorter path (and less noise) than many of our
THE MOST FLEXIBLE FEATURE SET IN ITS
The Onyx 80 Series mixers break the “you get what you pay
for” adage by offering more channels and features than any
other mixer even remotely close in price. These features include
eight pre/post-switchable, stereo-linkable Aux Sends for in-ear
monitoring and effects routing—plus eight Stereo Aux Inputs
(yes, that’s 16 line inputs), each with 4-band Perkins EQ.
This means you’ll no longer sacrifice mic inputs to
accommodate effects returns and playback devices. We’ve also
added new features that any hardcore live engineer can appreciate,
like a Monitor Flip function; a 10x2 Matrix Mixer; four Mute
Groups; and an optional redundant power supply. Read more.
Who wants run-of-the-mill Aux and Group sends? Not our customers;
they’ve come to expect more value when it comes from Mackie.
That’s why each of the Onyx 80 Series' eight Aux Sends become
stereo pairs when the stereo switch is engaged, reducing the amount
of head-scratching when asked to provide four stereo mixes for IEM
(in-ear monitor) systems.
Aux/Group Flip switches “flip” the controls for the Aux
Sends and the Group Sends, so that the Group Faders control the Aux
Send levels, and the Aux Send GAIN controls adjust the Group
levels. The Group signals still appear at the Group Send outputs
and the Aux Send signals still appear at the Aux Send outputs. This
allows you to use the 100mm long-throw Group fader to make more
precise settings for the Aux Sends.
Extreme chassis rigidity is achieved in the Onyx 80 Series from the
tough-as-nails modular monocoque design, then reinforced with beefy
aluminum extrusions, plus strategically placed steel bulkheads.
Then, the console is torture-tested for impact, shock, heat,
vibration and humidity—it's even dropped repeatedly from a
height of three feet! So a block of onyx stone is gonna flex before
an Onyx 80 Series chassis does.
CHANNEL STRIP FEATURES:
- Premium Onyx microphone preamps
on all 24 channels
- 4-band Perkins EQ with hardware
- 48V Phantom Power, Mic/Line,
100Hz High-pass, and Polarity switches
8 Auxiliary sends with Pre/post switches
- Aux. Stereo Link feature for IEM
- Direct Outputs on DB-25
connectors (8 channels per connector)
- 4 segment LED level
- Smooth, long-throw 100mm
- Mute and PFL Solo
- Balanced XLR mic and 1/4 line
- Built-in "Real World" power
supply 100-240VAC, 50-60Hz, 105W
- Optional rack mountable
redundant power supply
MASTER SECTION FEATURES:
- 8 Stereo Aux Inputs w/60mm
faders, 4-band fixed Perkins EQ and 4-segment LEDs
- 8 Aux. Send Masters with
balanced 1/4" output, 1/4" insert, Mute and AFL
- 8 Groups with 100mm faders,
balanced 1/4" output and insert, Main Mix assign, Pan, Mute, and
AFL Solo and 4-segment LEDs
- 8 Aux Master / Group Flip
- 10 In x 2 Out Matrix with
balanced 1/4" outputs
- 4 Mute Groups
- Balanced XLR Talkback Mic input
with routing to all Aux Sends, Groups and Main Mix
- Dual 100mm Main Mix
- Phones / Monitor section with
Solo, Monitor and Phones level
- Main Mix to Monitor / Phones
- Big pair of 12-segment tri-color
LED meters dedicated to Main Mix and Solo levels
- Power Indicator LEDs for +15V,
-15V, +48V and +12V power supply rails
- Rude Solo