The Mackie Big Knob
is a compact, moderately priced, tabletop control room speaker
selector and router unit, that effectively replaces the monitoring section of a mixing
board in the often console-less professional and project DAW
recording studio. The versatility of this unit invites possible use as an audio
control center for a more elaborate home stereo
or Home Theater system, as well.
The Big Knob
actually has one, in the form of a large, robust, high precision volume
control knob that services a generous array of selector switches and monitoring options. Speaking of volume
, this is a very high output piece of gear, with lots of headroom
The Big Knob
switches are all equipped with activity LED
indicators, and the built-in Talkback mic
, dual Headphone
outputs, and main Studio Outs all provide an independent volume
control knob. The rear panel Monitor and Studio Out connector sections, in addition to each of the source inputs, are equipped with individual trim
controls, as well.
All function switches, selector switches, and connectors are very clearly labeled and ruggedly housed; the emphasis in the design of the Big Knob
is on intuitive setup, simplified navigation, and clean sound
. The refreshingly sleek and modest appearance, ergonomically and logically presented, indicates a sense of real world understanding and experience on the part of Mackie's engineering team.