Gear Review: Mackie Big Knob Passive

My first gear review! Cross your fingers, let’s see how this goes…

If you’ve been thinking about getting this monitor controller for any number of reasons, I’d say do it! You might find yourself wondering how you got along without this device before. Besides switching between inputs and speakers it has some very useful functions.

At times in my small studio I leave the door open from the iso booth to communicate to the artist faster. The mute button is the quick way to make sure I didn’t leave the monitor volume up during recording eliminating any feedback to the active mic. We use headphones while tracking, then listen back through the monitors after numerous takes. Not many people listen back in Mono when mixing down, but it can be VERY useful for phase issues and making sure levels are in balance. This is a lost feature on many current recording interfaces and I’m really glad to see it available here. I’ll be honest, I do not currently use the Dim button but maybe in the future a use will surface. It does exactly what is says, lowering the signal -20db when activated. But also returns to the previous volume immediately when released. I’d rather just turn the knob, which I can access much easier now that it’s not confined to just the front of my interface.

Before I only had one set of 6.5″ near fields available for play back but they’re positioned for mixing while sitting down. Since I like to stand while working, my small satellite-style PA setup helped to expand the listening area as far field monitors. Now having the Big Knob connecting between the two is super easy. Not only can I now switch between my near and far field speakers, but also the inputs from my recording interface or the output of my DJ mixer for practicing on my turntables. 

You’ll notice first thing there is some weight to it which is Mackie all the way. Solid and heavy in true “Built-Like-A-Tank” construction. Signals pass through with complete transparency and no coloration just like their mixers. The volume knob is just loose enough but stops or “sticks” where you leave it and is SUPER SMOOTH.

Like I said, if you’re on the fence make the jump! For a passive switch I’m not sure it can get any better than this when you compare feature for feature.

A big thank you goes to my friend Shawn who is always supportive in my pursuit of music 😀

Geek out on the Mackie website and owners manual links below

Mackie Big Knob

Passive Big Knob Owners Manual

Studio time…

I realized I haven’t posted on my blog for quite a while! Mostly because I’ve been locked in my studio watching You Tube videos, getting better at recording and producing… you can check out some of my music at DJing of course, although I started DJing because I wanted to be a producer, so here we are!

So far I’ve been working with a couple different artists, helping with arrangements and recording. So far the process has been awesome and am looking forward to doing much more with this 🙂 Any inquiries for music projects please call me at (415) 632-7508 or email

DJ Mix – Dance Floor Fire 3

Back at it again with an hour of Four-To-The-Floor disco dance tracks! Lots of new tunes and remixed classics


Also listen on Mixcloud:

Track List:
1. Tha Yem Is Pumpin (Original Mix) – Block & Crown, Kaippa
2. Upside Down – Mike Balance
3. Funky Disco Party (Original Mix) – HP Vince
4. Flawless 2k16 (Original Mix) – Crazibiza, Terry Lex, Paradize Groove
5. Lola’s Theme Recut (Dr Packer Remix) – The Shapeshifters
6. Shake It (Antonio Giacca Remix) – Lee Cabrera
7. Bring The Funk Back (Original Mix) – Hatiras
8. I Don’t Care – Gettoblaster, Rescue
9. Cast A Spell – Rubb Sound System
10. Intro – Moon Rocket
11. What It Is (Original Mix) – Absolut Groovers
12. The Machine – DJ Dan & Mike Balance
13. Peep The Technique – Jarred Gallo
14. Underground Hippin (Original Mix) – Block & Crown
15. Get Get Down (Original Mix) – Kevin McKay, Matt Fontaine
16. Good Life 2017 (Extended Mix) – Inner City
17. The Drums (Din Daa Daa) (feat. George Kranz) (Original Mix) – Claptone
18. Work Your Body – Moonbootica
19. Hazzaro – Venice Beach
20. Give Me Love – Hatiras
21. Somebody (Original Mix) – Gettoblaster, ZXX

“Happy” by Pharrell Williams

I know everyone and their mother has had enough of this song, but I had the acapella and wanted to take a swing.

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“Cold” by Maroon 5

Finally updated the site a bit! Also happy to announce that I have been busy producing music… taking the acapella from popular songs then arranging my own music underneath. Here is the latest that I did using “Cold” by Maroon 5 and playing Guitar, Bass, Drums and Keys:


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February is here! Let’s go

SAT 2/4 Comet Club
THU 2/9 The Venue
FRI 2/10 Comet Club
SAT 2/11 SIP Bar & Lounge
FRI 2/17 Mr. Smith’s
SAT 2/18 Comet Club
FRI 2/24 The Venue
SAT 2/25 Aloha Club

Need more details?
(415) 632-7508




OK 2017 Let’s get it!

1/9 Starlight Room
1/13 Comet Club
1/20 Mr. Smith’s
1/27 The Venue