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Sonic LAB: Mackie Onyx BlackJack
  30-Jul-10
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Marc JX8P    Said...

Nice review, Nick! How's the latency of the drivers when playing virtual instruments?

30-Jul-10 11:36 AM


Nick B    Said...

marc, I will check

30-Jul-10 04:54 PM


AndyB    Said...

Nick - do you have the iPad camera connection kit?

I'd be really interested if this worked as an audio interface for the iPad using USB hookup. It would make for a fantastic high quality portable rig.

Seems that the USB interface is standards compliant - although I'd be worried about the current draw, especially with phantom power turned on.

04-Aug-10 06:28 AM


Nick B    Said...

No, we dont, but I will investigate. The Apple store is just down the road. Wonder if the power will handle it , there is no power input, all from USB.

04-Aug-10 09:27 AM


AndyB    Said...

Thanks Nick - great reviewing! Shame it doesn't work.

FYI - I'm currently using the iPad and camera connection kit with an Allen and Heath Zed10FX mixer - which has a built in USB interface. Using 'Multitrack DAW' software on the iPad it's quite a nice little setup for audio note-taking.

I'm sure you'll get some good use out of the camera kit, and I can recommend Multitrack DAW if you haven't yet tried it. Just been playing with 'ThumJAM' too and that's also a great app!

05-Aug-10 05:07 AM


nick B    Said...

OKay, picked up an iPad cmaera kit today. No it doesnt, the BlackJack draws too much power. Though I did hook up the Zoom H4N okay, as that has its own power source.

05-Aug-10 05:59 AM


Daniel V    Said...

Hi Nick, thank you for the great review. I am very interested to know about connecting the Blackjack to record to an external recorder like the zoom H4n or sony PCM-10 or tascam model. I see that you say you used the zoom h4, can you say how you did it. Did you connect it to the USB of the zoom and just recorded? Any advice would be welcomed, thanks.

31-Oct-10 11:40 AM


Bill Caplinger Pensacola    Said...

The Blackjack DOES work with the iPad 2 with Camera Connection adapter IF you put a powered USB Hub in between (can deliver 500mA per port). The signal shows up using GarageBand (iPad) - and one or two other sound/notes apps -although not as an obviously stereo mode. (only one VU meter)

I wanted to be assured that the Blackjack does send Channels 1 and 2, so I connected to my Mac(s) and confirmed that at least one audio program Final Vinyl (Griffin Tech) does recognize and process both channels with excellent separation.

I tried Sound Studio and was able to get response from both sides, but not presented as two distinct channels.

Final Vinyl is/was a free program that bundled with i Mic, which is another way to get two channels into the iPad, but line level signals were all I could get to work in Stereo - that is why I bought the Blackjack. I think that Final Vinyl actually needs to see an i Mic, when I tested I used my G4 Cube which has an i Mic replacing the original USB speakers.

All of this is to say that I am sure it will not be long before someone has a DAW for the iPad that will deal with these wrinkles. I am now going to make an adapter cable that will supply the 500mA 5V needed to power the Blackjack and not have to use a hub.

25-Apr-11 05:47 PM


Dominic M    Said...

Hi Bill Caplinger

Did you ever succeed in making you own 500 mA 5V powered adapter cable to help connect a Onyx Blackjack to an ipad through the camera connection kit?

That's just the sort of thing I would find really helpful. I would love to record through my Blackjack onto an ipad. Surely that would be the most efficient and quiet set up for simple stereo (2 track) recordings.

If you didn't, could you advise me on what USB hub to use as an interface between the Blackjack and the Camera Connection Kit.

Thanks for getting back to me

Dominic UK

24-Aug-12 09:11 AM


Jesper    Said...

Hey, i know this is old, but i cant seem to get my Blackjack connected to ipad - even if i use a powered HUB ??

How did you do that - and did you really do it :)

Kindly

Jesper

05-Jun-14 08:08 AM


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