Notes: Since the dawn of computer-based music making, folks have longed for a simple monitor switching and level control box with built-in talkback functions. You know, something that sits right on your desktop, letting you easily switch between sets of studio monitors and different stereo sources. And send musicians custom headphone mixes while you communicate with them via a built-in talkback microphone. Your wish is Mackie's command. … Read more
The Big Knob is a simple yet powerful desktop audio control center that lets musicians and engineers get right to the business of making music in four major ways: Level control, studio monitor selection, input source selection and talkback & headphone control.
Using a big, convenient volume knob, the Big Knob lets you adjust volume levels the way our ancient audio ancestors (Analogus Engineerus) did, with a simple, intuitive knob, not with a mouse and screen. The end result is a higher degree of precision and much quicker level adjustments.
When it comes to mixing, pros know it's best to get a second, and third, opinion. So the Big Knob lets you quickly switch between 3 pairs of studio monitors, or 2 studio monitors and a subwoofer, or studio monitors and a home stereo, or any other combination of powered speakers.
On the input side, the Big Knob lets you connect up to 4 stereo input sources at once. This means you can simultaneously connect to your computer/DAW outputs, CD player, cassette deck and even a turntable using the premium onboard RIAA preamp. You can even connect keyboards, guitars, drum machines, samplers, anything you'd like to hear, through your monitors. This makes the Big Knob great for comparing your mixes-in-progress to your favorite CDs, for archiving your old LPs, jamming along to your favorite tune, and lots more.
With its built-in talkback mic and spring-loaded activation switches, the Big Knob lets you quickly communicate with musicians in both the studio and tracking room, no more hand signals through the glass. The Big Knob also sports 2 high-powered headphone outputs with a discrete headphone mix bus, solving the communications needs of most computer-based studios.
Although its shiny silver knob is a head-turning feature, the Big Knob's rear panel is equally impressive. There you'll find three distinct Monitor outputs with individual level control; 2-track A and 2-track B stereo outputs with level selection switches; a DAW stereo output for your computer; a studio output with level control; a phones mix input with level selection switch; 2-track A and 2-track B stereo source inputs with level control; a DAW mix input from your computer with level control; and even a phono input with level control for direct connection to your turntable.
Because the Big Knob plays a crucial link between recording output(s) and studio monitors, Mackie placed the utmost importance on pristine, no-compromise sound quality. For this reason, the Big Knob features ultra low-noise op amps, extremely low-tolerance components and state-of-the-art surface mount technology. All of this ensures superb sound in critical listening environments and long-term reliability, even under daily, and nightly, studio use.