Mackie to release DL1608 at NAMM

Ok so this not sound that exciting in itself. When you actually see what it is I am sure you interest will rise. They are going to launch the all-new Mackie DL1608™ 16-Channel Digital Live Sound Mixer with iPad® Control. This will give you the ability to mix the audio from anywhere with in the venue. So with your iPad plugged in you will have control over 16 channels of audio. This appears to a rather neat idea.The info gained from the website looks pretty cool. The ability to use your iPad as part of the console and processing power is certainly unique. For small bands this could be a way for them to enter the digital console age. You use the ipad to access all of the variuos parametes like eq, effects and dynamic processors.

Is this the way of the future, using another piece of technology to power another piece of technology. This is an exciting concept and Mackie are to be aplauded for this. It will be interesting how it stacks up with other small format mixers produced by other companies.

So what is in this box of tricks.

Well with the addition of a wireless router you can grab the iPad from the console and adjust the mix from any position. Tune the PA or the foldback.
The DL1608 comes with 16  Onyx mic preamps that deliver depth, headroom and immense detail to your live mix. Plus, with 12 XLR and four combo mic/line inputs, connecting mics and instruments is quick and easy.

DL1608’s has  24bit Cirrus Logic® AD/DA converters with a stated 114 db dynamic range. This should be more than enough for most input sources.
Every channel is loaded with a variety of powerful plug-ins. This will certain mean less gear for bump in. Thereare 4-band EQ, compression and gate plug-ins. Plus, sweeten your sound with a full-featured reverb and tap delay or adjust your mix to the room with the 31-band graphic EQ and compressor/limiter on the main and aux outs.
It support for up to 10 iPads, so each band member could adjust thier foldback.
Snapshot control which is the ability to recall mix settings.You can recall sound check settings for multiple bands, complex song mixes, previous mixes from challenging venues, recall scenes for theater productions and more. You can even pre-set the mixing board and be ready to go the moment you arrive. (Mic pre-amp gains are not recallable.)
Channel presets, there are a bunch of presets such as kick drum, keyboard etc you can assign to a channel. You can also store your own channel presets as well.
You can also make a 2 track recording from the stereo outputs directly to the iPad.
You can intergrate music from any app running on the iPad. So you can play pre-show music or add a Garage band track to your mix. you can bring the stereo output from theses apps, these come in on a dedicated iPad channel, therefore not using any of the 16 channels.

If I can get my hands on one I will write a full review, so fingers crossed. So if you are interested I suggest you visit the Mackie website for further infomation. I believe it is going to be very reasonably priced. So Mackie want to lend me one 🙂


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