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Outstanding bang for the buck if you want a lot of quality preamps. The Onyx preamps are similar to the Focusrite ISA preamps. The EQ is nothing to sneeze at either. 2 d-subs for 16 analogue outputs to infect your A/D converter with all that Onyx flavor. (one of these paired with an UA Apollo 16 would be quite nice in the studio.) + Talk-back and plenty of sends. As always, the Mackie boards are built solid and the sound that the Onyx 1640 adds to the live setting is bounds beyond the standard Mackie boards. It's a clear difference. I'm glad to own it. The rubber feet on the bottom aren't to be trusted though. Scratched my desk. :P