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 www.soundcloud.com/marcdevasconcelos.Still 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 info@marcdevasconcelos.com

DJing at Comet Club – Saturday 5/21/16

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Quickly becoming a favorite of mine, I’ll be back on Saturday 5/21/16 rotating between Electronic Dance Music and Hip Hop

The Comet Club
3111 Fillmore (Cow Hollow/Marina)
San Francisco, CA 94123
www.cometclubsf.com

DJing at The Venue – Friday 5/13/16

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TREND FRIDAY’S start May 13th at the all new Venue night club in Downtown Livermore! I’ll be in the mix all night

The Venue
2293 First St
Livermore, CA 94550
www.thevenuelivermore.com

May 2016 DJ Calendar

MONTHLYIGBack at some cool spots this month! The sound in Ruby Sky’s upstairs 4Fourteen lounge is pretty awesome, I should have a guest list for that event 😀

SAT 5/7 Mr. Smith’s – SF

FRI 5/13 The Venue – Livermore

SAT 5/14 4Fourteen – SF

SAT 5/21Comet Club – SF

SAT 5/28 Comet Club – SF

April 2016 DJ Calendar

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Got some new places for April! Catch me at the Hi Fi Lounge in the Marina plus 4Fourteen inside the world famous Ruby Skye night club

FRI 4/8 Hi Fi Lounge – SF
SAT 4/9 4Fourteen – SF
FRI 4/15 38th Floor Bar – San Mateo
SAT 4/16 Comet Club – SF
FRI 4/22 Mr. Smith’s – SF
SAT 4/23 Comet Club – SF
SAT 4/30 38th Floor Bar – San Mateo

February 2016 DJ Calendar

MONTHLYIG

 

Coming back at ya! More of your favorite spots for February:

FRI 2/6 SIP Bar & Lounge – SF
SAT 2/7 Comet Club – SF
FRI 2/12 38th Floor Bar – San Mateo
SAT 2/13 Mr. Smith’s – SF
SAT 2/20 Comet Club – SF
FRI 2/26 38th Floor Bar – San Mateo
SAT 2/27 Mr. Smith’s – SF

 

DJing at Sip Bar & Lounge – Wednesday 11/25/15

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This is a big night, it rivals new years eve! We’re gonna have a blast out in North Beach! Come join in the festivities and holiday spirit, or just come drink because you need to get away from your crazy family 😛

WEDNESDAY 11/25/15 10PM
SIP Bar & Lounge
787 Broadway at Powell (North Beach)
San Francisco, CA 94101
www.siploungesf.com