Mackie tells us that the next generation of their Big Knob monitor controllers is now shipping worldwide. The newly expanded Big Knob series includes three models -Big Knob Passive, Big Knob Studio and Big Knob Studio+.
Mackie says that, for more than a decade, Big Knob's professional source/monitor selection and precise level control has been at the heart of studios large and small. They tell us that the new Big Knob series delivers all that and more, with the addition of high-resolution Onyx™ USB recording and playback delivering a powerful, hybrid solution that is truly greater than the sum of its parts and that both the Big Knob Studio and Big Knob Studio+ offer high-resolution USB interfacing, with dual Onyx mic preamps to deliver an ultra-wide 60dB of gain range and award-winning sound quality.
Matt Redmon, Mackie Director of Product Marketing, told us, "Big Knob has been the number one monitor controller for project and professional studios for more than a decade. These new Big Knob models take that concept to a completely new level, integrating a range of essential features for today's project or professional studio. With Big Knob Studio, you not only get a great-sounding USB interface, you get all the benefits of a premium monitor controller. With the expanded lineup and comprehensive feature set, the new Big Knob series offers flexible solutions for any type of setup. Big Knob will truly be the nerve center of your studio."
Here's Mackie's description of the three units...
The Big Knob Passive is a rock-solid monitor control solution that's compact, low-profile, and affordable. With switchable selection for two sources and two monitors, its no-power-required passive design ensures pristine sonic integrity for any home studio application or for integration into a large studio or group of editing suites.
Big Knob Studio adds USB recording/playback and expands the I/O routing to three sources and two monitor pairs. It also incorporates essential studio features like integrated talkback and dual headphone outputs.
Big Knob Studio+ adds even more features, with three selectable monitor outputs and four input sources, including a USB playback from a DAW with 192kHz / 24-bit audio conversion. Other tools like a dedicated, amp-driven studio out for a headphone distribution system are ideal for project and professional studios.
Pricing and Availability:
Big Knob Passive, Big Knob Studio, and Big Knob Studio+ are all shipping now worldwide. Big Knob Passive has a U.S. MSRP of $89.99, Big Knob Studio has a U.S. MSRP of $259.99 and Big Knob Studio+ has a U.S. MSRP of $389.99.