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Mackie Onyx Artist 1x2 USB Audio Interface

Product #85598 | SKU ONYX ARTIST 12 | Mackie
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  • High-Speed USB 2.0 Computer Interface
  • Onyx Mic Preamp with XLR Input
  • 1/4" TRS Input with Hi-Z Switch
  • Up to 24-Bit / 192 kHz Resolution
  • Headphone Output with Direct Monitoring


The Mackie Onyx Artist 1·2 USB Audio Interface is an interface designed to let you record audio to your computer, and to monitor that audio as well. With its Onyx microphone preamp, single XLR input, and 1/4" input switchable between line-level signal and Hi-Z instrument impedance, the unit is suitable for singer-songwriters, podcasters, content creators, and others who want a mobile setup for recording their own projects. In your own project studio, you'll be able to connect to your monitors by means of the 1/4" jacks located on the rear of the unit.

The interface is relatively lightweight at 1.1 lb and provides a 1/4" headphone output, so you can take it with you wherever you go. Mackie's rugged steel chassis hardware design aids in this endeavour, giving you a robust, roadworthy chassis for the circuitry inside. Should you monitor through headphones, a direct monitor switch is provided, which mitigates any latency as you record your audio. The unit is designed to connect to your Mac or Windows computer over USB, and is bus-powered by the host computer.

Key Features:

Analogue Circuitry

The Onyx Artist 1·2 delivers high headroom and low noise by means of its analogue circuitry, including its Onyx mic preamp.

Direct Monitoring

A true analogue monitoring path allows you to hear audio directly from the preamps as you record, so you can eliminate the latency of hearing the audio through your DAW.


The interface features connectivity over USB 2.0 for fast data transfers and minimal latency. It's also bus-powered through this port, meaning no external power is required. The unit is compatible with Core Audio and ASIO drivers.

All-Metal Enclosure Design

The Onyx Series Artist gives you an all-metal enclosure and heavy-duty potentiometers, as well as a robust internal construction.

Key Features at a Glance
  • Onyx mic preamp
  • +48V phantom power for use with condenser mics
  • 1/4" TRS input with Hi-Z switch for connecting a guitar, bass, or keyboard
  • 2x2 interface with recording up to 24-bit / 192 kHz resolution
  • Zero-latency direct analogue monitoring of inputs
  • Dedicated 1/4" TRS outputs for connecting studio monitors
  • Bus-powered for easy mobile recording
  • USB 2.0 connectivity
  • All-metal enclosure design to survive day-to-day abuse
  • 1/4" headphone output
  • Compatible with all major DAWs on Mac or Windows


Form Factor Tabletop
Display None
Channels of I/O Analogue:
2 Input / 2 Output at 192 kHz
Max Sample Rate/Resolution 192 kHz / 24-Bit
Number of Mic Preamps 1
Analogue Audio I/O 1 x XLR 3-Pin Balanced Mic Input
1 x 1/4" TRS Balanced/Unbalanced Line/Hi-Z Input
1 x 1/4" TRS Unbalanced Headphone Output
2 x 1/4" TRS Balanced Monitor Output
Phantom Power +48 V
Digital Audio I/O None
Host Connection / USB 1 x USB Type-B (USB 2.0)
Memory Card Slot None
Frequency Response 20 Hz to 20 kHz ±0.5 dB (Min Gain)
Max Input Level Mic Inputs:
+11 dBu (Min Gain)
Line/Hi-Z Inputs:
+24 dBu (Min Gain)
Max Output Level Monitor Outputs:
+10 dBu
Headphone Outputs:
+10 dBu
THD Mic Inputs:
< 0.001%
Line/Hi-Z Inputs:
< 0.005%
Monitor Outputs:
< 0.001%
Headphone Outputs:
< 0.002%
EIN Mic/Line/Hi-Z Inputs:
< -100 dB
Monitor Outputs:
< -85 dBu
Headphone Outputs:
< -75 dBu
Digital Audio
Sample Rates Up to 192 kHz
Bit Depths Up to 24-Bit
Sync Sources Internal
OS Compatibility macOS
Required Hardware Available USB 2.0 Port
Power Requirements USB Bus Power
Anti-Theft Features Kensington Security Slot
Dimensions 6.42 x 4.49 x 2.01" / 16.31 x 11.4 x 5.11 cm
Weight 1.1 lb / 0.5 kg

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  • Mackie Onyx Artist 1·2 USB Audio Interface


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  • Product: Mackie Onyx Artist 1x2 USB Audio Interface
  • Manufacturer: Mackie
  • Model: Onyx Artist
  • RM Product #: 85598

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