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Mackie onyx 1640i vs focusrite saffire 40pro

Discussion in 'Recording' started by latinboy642003, Nov 16, 2010.

  1. latinboy642003

    latinboy642003 Active Member

    Sep 14, 2010
    Which one would you choose and why? I would be using it to record drums and maybe a small band.
  2. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Moderator Resource Member

    Mar 20, 2008
    currently Billings
    I would choose the Mackie if I thought I wanted to record a band all at once or use it as a mixer for a gig. IMHO the preamps on the Onyx are superior to the focusrite at that pricepoint.
  3. hueseph

    hueseph Distinguished Member

    Oct 31, 2005
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    The 1640i also allows you to route 16 tracks back so you can mix with real faders, eq and external processors via the inserts and aux send/returns.
  4. BushmasterM4

    BushmasterM4 Active Member

    Oct 12, 2007
    Just got mine last week. Ive used the older 1640 for 3 years and decided the added features on the 1640i were to great to pass up.

    Plus in a studio setting, the 6 aux channels can feed 6 individual headphone mixes to your musicians (along with a headphone amp that supports 6 channels)

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