Mackie introduced a compact monitor switching, source selection and communications box for DAW-based studios known as the Big Knob Studio Command System. The first Mackie product of its kind, Big Knob is designed for professional and project studio owners who record with computer-based systems and need the essential control room functions.
Big Knob's name is inspired by its most prominent feature: a large, convenient volume knob that provides easy access for precise level adjustments. Also available are three buttons for quick switching between three sets of studio monitors, a built-in talkback microphone, input source select for up to four different stereo sources, dual headphone outputs with an independent headphone mix bus and mono/mute/dim switches.
Rear panel connections include a dedicated DAW mix input and three independent 2-track stereo inputs, each with variable gain control as well as +4dB and -10dB selection buttons; three 2-track stereo outputs also provide +4dB and -10dB selection buttons. Other connections include a DAW phones mix input, a phono preamp input, outputs for up to three sets of control room monitors, a set of in-studio monitors and a talkback foot switch input.
The Mackie Big Knob Studio Command System will begin shipping in Q2, 2004 and has a suggested retail price of $384.99.