What is the opinion of Reddit about the
Mackie Onyx Blackjack 2×2 USB Recording Interface?

A total of 10 reviews of this product on Reddit.

1 point


14th Sep 2016

Looking for a 24-bit interface up to $200 (Canadian). I’ve got my eye on the Mackie Onyx Blackjack and seems to be pretty good and at a really good price. But is there something way better I could get if I used the full $200 budget? What if I went up to $250?

1 point


6th Jun 2016

the main flaw I see in your setup is that the monitor outputs are mono L/R TS outputs, not two TRS stereo outputs.

I’ve got a similar setup with a Mackie Onyx Blackjack which I really like both for recording and just as my dedicated audio device: http://www.amazon.com/Mackie-Onyx-Blackjack-Recording-Interface/dp/B003VZG550

It’s basically an external sound card that has 1 stereo output, and two mono inputs

The one I have has the additional feature of having independent volume controls for the headphones and speakers

If you’re not recording, the unit I have works as a regular ol’ sound card except the headphones and speakers both always outputting, but you can just turn one down if you aren’t using it.

If you are recording, it sends the audio both into your computer, and it’s got an internal mixer for 0-latency output to your outputs.

This isn’t very helpful since my Mackie is a bit different from the unit you’re looking at, but perhaps you’d consider the Mackie instead due to the extra output control features. Mackie is also known for their great preamps

1 point


13th Jan 2016

I’m actually buying an interface in the next few days with that LITERAL exact same price range!

This Mackie Onyx Blackjack is going for $100 right now (it’s $100 off the regular $200). It’s got two hybrid XLR and 1/4″ TRS inputs and it’s supposed to have a really low noise floor, and both inputs have DIs (needed for proper guitar recording, among other instruments). The reviews look extremely positive.

1 point


5th Nov 2015

Well, the proper nomenclature is 3.5mm TRS to 3.5mm TRS, but yes, an auxiliary cord. Depends on your computer if it is separate or include as a “headphone/microphone” in out. If PC, then it’s separate. If Mac, you might need something a bit different.

Audio interface is still a much better option, even something like a Mackie Onyx Blackjack (which is all I use at home), will work.

2 points


28th May 2017

Awesome. You really can’t go wrong with those microphones.

As far as interfaces go, I’ve used a whole bunch over the years, from Focusrite to Tascam, single input to 18X24. For the last two years, I’ve been using a small, inexpensive one with my laptop for my podcast, and it’s so good and has so much clean headroom that I’ve been using it for guitar and bass too. It’s a Mackie Onyx Blackjack.

It’s also angled, so it’s sleek as hell. I wholeheartedly recommend it. Here’s an Amazon link.

Listen to a couple minutes of my show to get a sense of just how clean these inputs are.

I don’t know how expensive the Scarlett you’re looking at is, but 90 bucks for this thing is a steal. The beauty of this stuff now is that there’s very few wrong things to buy, even at the low end. That wasn’t true even a few years ago. It’s a real golden age for bedroom recording.


Link screwed up. Fixed it.

1 point


30th Aug 2017

I find the mic pretty good. I got tired of using a boom arm and mic when I was just playing online with friends. You’ll need a decent audio interface to drive it. I have the https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mackie-Onyx-Blackjack-Audio-Interface/dp/B003VZG550

I also changed the ear pads on the headset to Brainwavz ones.

If you want to hear how the mic can sound. The PlayStation access youtube channel use them for gameplay videos.


1 point


27th Jun 2017

I use the mackie Onyx blackjack. Works very well 2 XLR input and USB to computer. Really easy to set up as well


1 point


2nd Jul 2016

DACs are digital analog converters. They are basically really fancy sound cards that are good for recording. Low noise floor so you can turn them up really loud before you ever hear any hissing. This is essential for recording any outboard gear. It also will have proper outputs for studio speakers aka reference monitors. I don’t record any instruments and work 100% in the box so I use a 2output for my speakers. This is what I use as a DAC to make electronic music.


If you end up getting a higher end DAC that has firewire read below.

Firewire will be its own separate card that goes in a PCI-E slot. Its a very common port in Apple computers, its become the defacto standard for high end DACs that have more than 4 in/out


This one I believe works right out of the box.

Power Supply:


Fanless, more than enough power for a machine like this. Costs a little more but for an audio PC silence is worth the extra money.

1 point


4th Mar 2016

Get rid of that POS, get a Blackjack. 2 inputs. Very low latency. Very low noise. I recommend it for anyone needing just a few inputs.

0 points


19th Jul 2013

If you want to record in stereo, then you’ll need a two-microphone USB interface. I’ve had good luck with the Mackie Onyx Blackjack (http://www.amazon.com/Mackie-Onyx-Blackjack-Recording-Production/dp/B003VZG550)

So get an SM57 and a 58.