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Best replacement for Onyx Satellite today?
Old 15th October 2013
Gear Maniac

Best replacement for Onyx Satellite today?

I have a small studio w/ voice booth (vo guy) at a second location where I've been using a Mackie Onyx Satellite as a sort of all-in-one solution. It's a kinda cool concept device actually but discontinued and has a known defect issue (hardware) where the monitor-output audio is no longer clean and basically they have to be junked when that happens.

I'd really appreciate a suggestion on something that comes close to this particular box - I do just single voice stuff for daily auditions - I have
no real need for full mixer which is what made the Satellite handy - just had the dock with mic line I/O, some balanced speaker I/Os - and a decent enough Pre for my needs. Easiest way to describe is to check a link on it:

Mackie Onyx Satellite Recording Interface | Musician's Friend

Looking to replace it asap and haven't found anything quite like it.

Thanks for any suggestions! Much appreciated!!

Old 31st October 2013
Gear Head

I still have a Satellite and use it with OSX Maverick with no problems. You can still get them on Ebay really cheap so maybe get a replacement if yours is broken. This was a great product and nobody really did anything similar for a long time (ie high quality interface/monitor controller. Mackie produce the Blackjack but it is a pale imitation of the Satellite.

M Audio make something similar but I dont like the build quality at all.
M-Audio Fast Track C400 - Thomann UK

But there are two quality products on the market. I favour the SPL Crimson which comes out end of Nov (works stand alone as preamp/monitor controller). Both arent cheap but top quality pre amps/ converters can be expected from these companies.

Audient ID22
iD22 | Audient
SPL Crimson

Old 31st October 2013
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Mackie blackjack or blackbird
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