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Mackie qualifies Onyx-i mixers for use with Pro Tools M-Powered 8      13/10/09
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Mackie have announced that Onyx-i FireWire Recording Mixers are now fully compatible with all major DAWs, including Avid's Pro Tools® M-Powered™ 8, Logic®, Sonar™, Cubase®, Ableton® Live, Acid® Pro, Digital Performer® and more. Mackie say that, featuring extensive FireWire integration, studio-quality mic pres and British-style EQ, the groundbreaking Onyx-i Mixers combine the best aspects of premium analog mixing with a high-quality computer interface.
Pro Tools M-Powered 8 users must purchase the Mackie Universal Driver upgrade ($49.99 USD) at www.mackie.com. Once the driver is downloaded and installed, the Onyx 820i, 1220i, 1620i and 1640i mixers can be used with Pro Tools M-Powered 8 software. Onyx-i Series mixers are compatible with all other DAWs right out of box (Core Audio compliant for Mac; included drivers for PC).
John Boudreau, VP of LOUD's Music Gear group, told us, "Historically, one of Mackie's primary goals has been to offer universally compliant recording tools -- from HUI and Mackie Control Universal to the new Onyx-i Series mixers. Audio engineers want to combine the familiar workflow of an analog mixer with the world's most popular DAWs. Mackie Onyx-i mixers now make this possible."
Pricing and Availability:
Mackie Onyx-i Series Mixers are now available at Mackie authorized dealers worldwide. More information:
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    Sceptic    Said...

    Still no official word from Avid/ Digi then.

    I wonder why Digi would let Mackie make this? I would imagine that there's reason they would and could break it anytime with a software update.

    Surely the copy protection routines are going to be more efficient in Digi/M-Audio hardware than at the driver level too?

    13-Oct-09 10:33 AM

    Rich    Said...

    These devices use the TC Electronic DICE chipset which is also used in the ProFire 2626. If Mackie can fool ProTools into thinking the Onyx is a ProFire then I'm not sure how M-Audio/Digi will get around this...

    Maybe they need help from TC Electronic??

    It will be fun to watch this one unfold

    13-Oct-09 01:01 PM

    Subz    Said...

    Well seeing as you have to pay for Pro Tools Support i'm Sure Avid are in on the deal!!

    16-Nov-09 05:45 AM

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