Comprehensive Monitoring and Recording Solution for Any Studio
Combining comprehensive control over your studio monitors with a high-resolution USB audio interface, the Mackie Big Knob Studio+ delivers big value for project studios. Dedicated buttons allow you to switch between four input sources and three pairs of speakers, with trim controls on the speaker outputs to balance volume between sets of monitors. And with two Onyx mic preamps onboard, two headphone outputs, and Talkback functionality, the Mackie Big Knob Studio+ monitor controller and interface is a complete monitoring and recording solution.
There's a lot you can do with the Mackie Big Knob Studio+. As an audio interface, you can record two channels of 24-bit/192kHz audio courtesy of dual Onyx mic preamps. A Direct Monitoring option allows for no-latency recording, and built-in headphone outs are ready for artist monitoring. If you're like Sweetwater recording engineers, you know the importance of reliable studio communication. With built-in talkback functionality, you'll be able to communicate easily with your artists. A stereo aux input on the front panel makes it easy for artists to plug in a music player to hear a reference track. And of course, you have complete control over input source and monitor switching. For the cost of a typical USB audio interface, the Mackie Big Knob Studio+ offers much more.
Mackie Big Knob Studio+ Monitor Controller/USB Audio Interface Features:
Studio monitor controller and USB audio interface
Dual Onyx preamps for recording high-fidelity, low-noise audio
Easily switch between four input sources and three monitor pairs
Trim controls allow you to balance the volume of different pairs of monitors
Talkback for communicating with artists
Headphone outputs for artist monitoring
Stereo aux input for connecting music player for reference tracks
Large volume knob for easy level adjustments
Handy buttons for Mono, Mute, and Dim
Dedicated amp-driven Studio Out for headphone distribution systems
...looking at 3 monitor controllers without spending too much !!! Presnus Monitor Station V2 £250 or less Mackie Big Knob Studio Plus £250-£300 Drawmer MC 3.1 £775 (reduced!!!) I can appreciate the Mackie and the Presonus are "budget" offerings but doesn't mean they are cheap - OK compared to a Dangerous Music offering...
Purchased this to complement another thingy, the JBL 705Ps I recently got. I previously used the old Mackie Big Knob Studio Plus. Before that a Samson CUE something or other. Man I feel like I was really slumming it nowadays! I thought the Mackie was okay, even though everyone detests it. No complaints really...
FWIW, I've been using VSX with my Mackie Big Knob Studio+ (which includes a DAC + headphone amp) for the last several weeks. I ordered a JDS Labs Atom Headphone Amp (no DAC). I'm using the Mackie as the DAC with the Atom as headphone amp now and the difference in VSX is very...
Big Knob: The Mackie Big Knob Studio + is the biggest and most featured of the Big Knob range: the 'MBKS+' can act as a small studio centrepiece (doing everything except: computer, monitors, instruments) and also has a wider range of studio uses where only parts of it's feature set is utilised....
I wanted to share my experience with the Mackie Big Knob Studio. My experience would amount to an "avoid it at any cost--even if free" review. Here is why; the issues are many, as you will see.
The first sign of trouble was the rollout: the product arrived several months following...
I have had one of these Big Knobs for about 2 years now. Main reason I bought it was it had a "mono" button for ability to hear your mix in mono, which I feel is an important feature that is missing on many similar type and brands of monitor units. This Big Knob seems to have plenty of features...