Mackie Big Knob Studio+ Monitor Controller | Interface
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.
The Mackie Big Knob is your signal routing and monitoring solution for your DAW-based studio. Big Knob provides a control room matrix and the basic features of an expensive mixer, but tailored for the requirements of your DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) environment.
These features include selecting up to four separate stereo input sources, monitoring through three different speakers for A/B/C comparisons, providing a separate headphone mix and a studio output for the talent, and a built-in talkback mic for slate-to-tape
and headphone cueing. In other words, it gives you everything you need from a mixer, without the stuff you don't need!
Listening from multiple sources through multiple sets of monitors is the norm in professional studio. Managing all this can be a time-consuming and often a noise-ridden, confusing mess. With the Big Knob, you have complete control of all your sources and monitors without the annoying problems. Easily select from various sources and sets of monitors at the push of a button and control your level from one (big) knob.
Big Knob Studio+ Key Features
- Tabletop level control / monitor switcher / source selector & talkback box
- Big, convenient volume knob for precise level adjustments
- Switch amongst 3 sets of studio monitors
- Built-in Talkback microphone for easy communication with musicians
- Monitor 4 independent Stereo inputs including one for your
- Dual Headphone outputs with independent volume controls and headphone mix bus
- Phono preamp for direct turntable connection
- High-end studio sound quality and robust construction
- Perfect for computer-based studios
- Humorous product name ensures years of off-color studio humor
Precise Level Control
Using a big, convenient volume
knob, 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 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
On the input side, 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 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
Talkback Section & Headphone Control
With its built-in Talkback mic and spring-loaded activation switches,
Big Knob lets you quickly communicate with musicians in both the studio
and tracking room - no more hand signals through the glass! Big Knob
also sports two high-powered headphone outputs with a discrete headphone
mix bus, solving the communications needs of most computer-based
All the Right Connections
shiny silver knob is a head-turning feature, 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
Sound QualityThe Mackie brand is used on professional music and recording
equipment, such as mixing consoles, loudspeakers, studio monitors and
DAW control surfaces, digital recording equipment and more. Call or chat
with a RSPE representative today for more information.
Because Big Knob plays a
crucial link between recording output(s) and studio monitors, we placed
the utmost importance on pristine, no-compromise sound quality. For this
reason, 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.