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Mackie goes wireless with new DL1608 console

Last week's NAMM show saw Mackie reveal its new DL1608 digital live sound mixer which boasts iPad control, writes Paul Watson.

Mackie has launched its new compact-footprint 16-channel digital live sound mixer, the DL1608, which features iPad control and, the manufacturer claims, redefines live mixing. 

The DL1608 was shown for the first time at Winter NAMM last week, and has the power of a fully-featured mixer boasting 16 Onyx mic preamps and 24bit Cirrus Logic A/D-D/A convertors. Its seamless wired to wireless iPad control allows mixing to take place anywhere within the venue and, Mackie suggests, gives the mobile freedom to not only control the mix, but also powerful plug-ins such as EQs, dynamics, and effects. iPad features include an intuitive master fader app, preset and snapshot recall, ‘Grow and Glow’ visual feedback; and users can record the mix to the iPad for instant sharing and integrate music from any app into the mix.

The console has six aux sends for monitor mixes, a master L/R for main, and supports up to 10 iPad devices. Built-in processing includes a four-band EQ, gate and compressor on each input; and a 31-band GEQ and compressor/limiter on outputs, as well as a Global reverb and delay.