Mackie Big Knob Studio

Active Monitor Controller

  • For up to two monitor pairs and three stereo sources
  • 2x2 USB audio interface (24 bit/192 kHz)
  • Large volume control
  • Switch for mute, dim, mono, monitor and signal source
  • Independent trim for all sources and monitor outputs
  • Cue mix function
  • Integrated talkback microphone
  • 16 Segment LED metering
  • 48 V Phantom power supply
  • Steel casing
  • For Mac and PC
  • Includes Tracktion recording software

Connections:

  • 2 Microphone/Line XLR/jack 6.3 mm combo inputs
  • 2 Line Inputs 6.3 mm jack balanced
  • 2 Track connectors 6.3 mm jack (L/R)
  • 2 Stereo monitor outputs 6.3 mm jack
  • 2 Stereo headphone outputs 6.3 mm jack
  • 1 Stereo line input 3.5 mm mini jack
  • USB
  • Power supply connection

Further Information

Number Of Monitoring Outputs (Stereo) 2
Headphone connection 2
Talkback Function Yes
Built-in AD / DA converter Yes
Incl. Remot control No
Level Meter Yes
Number of 2 track inputs 1
Summing Function No
Surround No
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68 Customer Ratings:
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Much spice but just barely enough meat
Peter V_, 18.07.2019
Solid packaging, all the cabling and accessories you might need to start off with. As an extra it included a key for Tracktion 4 but I'm not sure if that's still relevant.

The build quality is a bit inconsistent, some buttons are a bit clunky and not giving the same physical response as the rest -but the volume knob is super hifi-like though and it just feels satisfying to touch it. The frame is well designed and built, rubber feet is placed where it's needed. It's heating up quite much on the front side but unless you're putting something close up front to it it's barely noticeable. Just let it breathe.

I really like the overall look of the box, the LEDs are nice and we got good pack of features including built-in mic and push to talk button (which I've never seen before on interfaces in this price range). Can totally see myself using this in a small, half-professional recording setting. One thing I instantly wanted to try is how well it can drive my headphones on playback, but I was very soon surprised/disappointed that unless I'm wiring things up weird I am unable to do it. Oh well.

Sound-wise I have not gotten around to test the mic inputs yet, I'm struggling with driver problems for the time being (Win 10). The drivers are not automagically installed, despite what happens with most equipment these days. I downloaded the official driver and it still struggles to clear up the unknown hardware indicators in device manager. Despite this, in Windows with playback I have no issues, in DAWs however I am forced to use buffer sizes of 1024 samples or more or it starts to clip hard. I'm reading online that it's normal to use that setting for mixing but on my Focusrite I had none such limitation. I'll try to fix these regardless in the future, I am yet to go through the manuals as I'd rather experiment on my own (ease of use & setup and such nonsense).

Edit: Sorted out driver issues. Latency is fine now. However after much testing, I found the mic pre-s to be quite bad compared to my Focusrite Scarlett. Clipped the signal before the meter did and made my AT2020 sound like some cheap knockoff. Also there is some strange routing thing happening with direct monitoring - if the inputs are active it sends the signal out with no respect to where the knob is turned...

It's a nice looking monitor controller really.
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Great product with all the key features
Bero_, 01.07.2020
Only thing I don't like about this controller is that it gets extremely (uncomfortably) hot even if you're not using it. So basically if it is powered on after a short while it will get hot for no reason. I don't know if this is normal, but I noticed it and I am a not too happy about that
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Very good but bad
TenguOni, 14.06.2020
Weird setup for using the ASIO driver.
Stopped producing sound and buttons not functioning anymore all of a sudden after only a few months.
Seen others on the web having the exact same issue.
Besides that it handles very well with awesome convenient functions.
Sound quality is also great.
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Useful for our band
Sven@Herald, 17.10.2019
The Big Knob Studio is totally useful for our band's studio where we record our demos and records. I use it every week. It's very convenient to use for recording alone, too. For example the dim and mute functions come handy when recording my own vocals. The level of monitors can be very easily controlled with the big button. This is a good product and can be recommended to everyone who runs a small/home studio.
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Mackie Big Knob Studio
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Mackie Big Knob Studio

Active Monitor Controller For up to two monitor pairs and three stereo sources, 2x2 USB audio interface (24 bit/192 kHz), Large volume control, Switch for mute, dim, mono, monitor and signal...

  • Recording / Playback Channels: 2x2
  • Number Of Monitoring Outputs (Stereo): 2
  • Number of Mic Inputs: 2
  • Headphone connection: 2
  • Number of Line Inputs: 2
  • Talkback Function: Yes
  • Number of Instrument Inputs: 0
  • Built-in AD / DA converter: Yes
  • Incl. Remot control: No
  • Number of Line Outs: 2
  • Level Meter: Yes
  • Headphone Outs: 2
  • Phantom power: Yes
  • Number of 2 track inputs: 1
  • Number of S/PDIF Connectors: 0
  • Number of ADAT Connectors: 0
  • Summing Function: No
  • Numer of AES/EBU Connectors: 0
  • Surround: No
  • Number of MADI Connectors: 0
  • Design: Desktop
  • Dimensions: 251 x 163 x 81 mm
  • Ethernet: 0
  • Other Connectors: No
  • Weight: 1,6 kg
  • MIDI interface: No
  • Word Clock: No
  • Max. sample rate (kHz): 192 kHz
  • Max. resolution in bit: 24 bit
  • USB Bus-Powered: No
  • Incl. power supply: Yes
  • USB Version: 2.0
  • Width in mm: 251 mm
  • Depth in mm: 163 mm
  • Height in mm: 81 mm
  • Included in delivery: USB Cable, Power Supply, Tracktion Software and Manual
  • Zero latency monitoring: Yes
Mackie Big Knob Studio+
Mackie Big Knob Studio+

Active Monitor Controller Integrated 2x4 USB audio interface (24-bit/192 kHz) for up to three monitor pairs and four stereo sources, Large volume control, Switch for mute, dim, mono, monitor and...

  • Recording / Playback Channels: 2x4
  • Number Of Monitoring Outputs (Stereo): 3
  • Number of Mic Inputs: 2
  • Headphone connection: 2
  • Talkback Function: Yes
  • Number of Line Inputs: 6
  • Number of Instrument Inputs: 0
  • Built-in AD / DA converter: Yes
  • Incl. Remot control: No
  • Number of Line Outs: 6
  • Level Meter: Yes
  • Headphone Outs: 2
  • Number of 2 track inputs: 1
  • Phantom power: Yes
  • Number of S/PDIF Connectors: 0
  • Number of ADAT Connectors: 0
  • Summing Function: No
  • Numer of AES/EBU Connectors: 0
  • Surround: No
  • Number of MADI Connectors: 0
  • Design: Desktop
  • Dimensions: 302 x 173 x 81 mm
  • Ethernet: 0
  • Other Connectors: No
  • Weight: 2,1 kg
  • MIDI interface: No
  • Word Clock: No
  • Max. sample rate (kHz): 192 kHz
  • Max. resolution in bit: 24 bit
  • USB Bus-Powered: No
  • Incl. power supply: Yes
  • USB Version: 2.0
  • Width in mm: 302 mm
  • Depth in mm: 173 mm
  • Height in mm: 81 mm
  • Included in delivery: USB Cable, Power Supply, Tracktion Software and Manual
  • Zero latency monitoring: Yes
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