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Producer Jim Lowe Picks Mackie Onyx 1640 Mixer

Easy and affordable way to record bands in rehearsal situations (January 10, 2005)

When producer Jim Lowe began looking for a cost-effective desk that could be used to record bands during rehearsal sessions he immediately thought of Mackie knowing that he would find exactly what he wanted from within its range of analogue mixers.

?I was looking for an easy and affordable way to record bands in rehearsal situations, without having to compromise on quality, he explains. ?Mackie desks are renowned for their good EQ and mic amps, so the companys range was an obvious place to begin my search.

Lowe, who has recently produced and engineered a new album for the Stereophonics, chose an Onyx 1640 with FireWire option. This 16-channel small-format analogue mixer is the flagship of Mackies new Onyx range. And like the rest of the Onyx line, its packed with new features, including an innovative 24-bit/96khz FireWire 1/0 option that allows it to stream multi-channel audio directly into a laptop or desktop computer.

?The FireWire option was a must have because I use a G4 laptop and I needed a quick and easy way of getting 16 mic inputs straight into my computer. The FireWire works incredibly well to the extent that I cant believe this process hasnt been made so easy before. I now have a desk that is not only portable but also really logical and simple to use. It does exactly what I want it to do and Im very happy with my choice.

Apart from the latest Stereophonics album, Lowe has also worked on both live and studio projects with the Foo Fighters, Manic Street Preachers, Rod Stewart and Paul Weller. He has a small home studio, which is where his Onyx 1640 will be based when it isnt being used for live and rehearsal work.

About Mackie
Mackie, a LOUD Technologies Inc. brand, is known worldwide as a leading developer and marketer of high-quality, affordable professional audio systems. Mackie products can be found in professional and project recording studios, video and broadcast suites, post production facilities, sound reinforcement applications including churches and nightclubs, retail locations and on major musical tours. Mackie products are marketed by 54 distributors to more than 100 countries around the world.

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