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

JUNE 2016 DJ CALENDAR

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Lots of favorites for the month on June! I’ll be heating things up for summer, lookout…

FRI 6/3 SIP BAR & LOUNGE
FRI 6/10 SIP BAR & LOUNGE
SAT 6/11 COMET CLUB
FRI 6/17 MR. SMITH’S
SAT 6/18 COMET CLUB
FRI 6/24 THE VENUE
SAT 6/25 COMET CLUB

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

February 2016 DJ Calendar

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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

 

January 2016 DJ Calendar

Better late than never! New Year’s Eve at Mr. Smith’s was absolutely insane, great times indeed! Check out some more spots I have going for 2016

FRI 1/1 Rosie McCann’s – San Jose
SAT 1/2 Comet Club – San Francisco
FRI 1/9 38th Floor Bar – San Mateo
SAT 1/10 Matrix Fillmore – San Francisco
FRI 1/15 38th Floor Bar – San Mateo
SAT 1/16 Mr. Smith’s – San Francisco
FRI 1/29 38th Floor Bar – San Mateo

DJing at Mr. Smith’s – Friday 12/4/15

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FRIDAY, December 4th 2015
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Marc deVasconcelos
On the 1’s and 2’s all night mixing Hip Hop and Electronic jams

At Mr. Smith’s
Three levels of cocktails, beats, and style. Join us this weekend and dance it up. Whatever your poison, we aim to please

FOR VIP TABLE RESERVATIONS:
call 415.355.9991

Please reserve a ticket for Complimentary VIP Entrance before 11PM
ONE name per ticket please, duplicates will not be honored
CLICK HERE

For more info, map/directions, party/venue pictures check out http://www.mrsmithssf.com/

9:30pm-2am 21+
Mr. Smith’s
34 Seventh St
San Francisco, CA 94103

VERY IMPORTANT: DRESS TO IMPRESS, PLEASE BOOK VIP TABLES IN ADVANCE IF POSSIBLE

DJing at 38th Floor Bar – Friday 11/27/15

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Back at your favorite Rescued bar Post Thanksgiving! Come tie on a few after the Clack Friday madness 😛

The 38th Floor offers a Premium Well and a full service selection of Spirits, Bottled Beer and Wine!

Groups/Booth Reservations please call (650) 638-1454

FRI 11/27
38th Floor Bar
38 East 25th Ave
San Mateo, CA 94403
(650) 638-1454
www.38thfloorbar.com

Mr. Smith’s New Years Eve Gala 2016

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Ending 2015 at one of my favorites in SF! Come bring in the New Year at Mr. Smith’s, for ticket info CLICK HERE

THU 12/31 8PM
Mr. Smith’s
34 7th St at Stevenson (SoMa)
San Francisco, CA 94103
www.mrsmithssf.com