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Mackie Onyx 820i Review

Pro-Tools inside a Mackie? It's been a while since the first Onyx mixers with the FireWire option first came out, and now Mackie carries on with the Onyx 820i, which comes with Pro Tools M-Powered 8. Hmm...so what does M-Audio think about that? read more…

User reviews on FireWire/USB/mLan Mixer products

Excellent value, fairly clear audio, easy to use (Behringer - Xenyx Q502USB)

By jbateman904, 20/07/2015
I specifically bought this mixer as a stopgap between owning a Mackie 1604 VLZ board and a replacement. I also used, for a while, the Alesis Multi Mix 6, and the Xenyx 10 channel.

Despite not having faders, it's easy to set your levels. The clarity is there. It's not what you would get from some more expensive boards, and not very booming, but it's in there. I used it as my main desk mixer between a PC, drum machine, SP-202 sampler, and a guitar line in. No problems.

The USB connection to the PC will only record at 16-bit, 44.1 khz WAVE file so it's not really good for mastering or tracking. Demo purposes only, or out in the field recordings.

The pros are that it is incredibly inexpensive, a good value for the money. Well built. Cons include the recording sample rate, lack of faders, and lack of power button.
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What a beautiful console! (Midas - VeniceF VF16)

By guthlebeny, 24/12/2015
I've had it for one day... Came from an Allen ZED14 which lacked "In"s for our blues band.
First use in rehearsal yesterday evening, no time for precise settings and yet it immediately delivered a great sound. A huge headroom, no distortion whatsoever, very round lows.
The routing features seem perfect to play live. We won't use the Firewire, we got it for the preamps and EQs. Plus, it DOES look good.
At first sight, it seems sturdy. Yet, I find the plastic knobs and switches to look really cheap...
The parametrics' concentric knobs are hard to move and when turning up the gain the difference is immediately heard. It takes very accurate movements... But that's just a detail compared with all this device offers.
I'll be back and complete my review when I've used it for a bit longer...
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BUYER BEWARE These units are defective. (PreSonus - StudioLive AR12 USB)

By DebErney, 29/04/2017
I bought the PreSonus AR12 from Sweetwater. I had it for slightly over 2 weeks before noticing a cracking/popping sound. Sounded like a short in a cable. After replacing cables and checking the AR12 on both a Bose Compact L1 and Sterling Studio Monitors I realized there was a problem with the sliders cracking/popping whenever they were moved up or down.
The volumes on main, control, and headphone outputs are very low with the crackling/popping especially noticeable on the Main, Control and Headphone outputs. It wasn’t as noticeable on Mon 1 & Mon 2 outputs.

The dials/control knobs for effects, trim and volume have a noticeable difference from the 10 to 3 o'clock positions. Before that and you don’t hear any difference and after 4 o’clock that the sound becomes distorted.

The sound from the PreSonus AR12 is pristine, clear, clean even though the volume is low. The effects have a very warm, clean sound as long as you aren't adjusting the sliders which cause a cracking/popping sounds.

The SD recording, on the first unit, was nice with a clean, precise sound. PreSonus claims this is a stereo file but, only one file shows up in DAW showing a stereo link with no way to separate the R/L. The only way I found to get R/L was to record with hard R/L pan onto the AR12 SD card. I then imported the file twice, into Logic Pro X, panning one file hard right, the other hard Left. I had no options to pan. It was all or nothing. Guitar was on RT, vocal was on Left and there was no way to pan without getting both signals.

Other users have complained about low volume and wobbly sliders and I agree with that. Volume was very low and difficult to get into my DAW. The sound I did get was a clean, clear, precise sound with barely enough volume.
I’ve posted a youtube video showing these problems and explaining what I experienced with two of these units.


I’ve also posted a few demo’s of the AR12 which can be viewed on
www.youtube.com/c/deberney go to the Presonus AR12 playlist

In my opinion, I had two units that had similar defects and I’ve read others that are experiencing similar problems. This appears to be a problem that they are not ready to admit or fix and unfortunately, buyers are going to be stuck with a defective product until PreSonus decides to address it.
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[MUSIKMESSE] Soundcraft Signature 22 MTK

Published on 04/08/16
Soundcraft present the 22 MTK, the biggest model in the brand's Signature range.

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