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Imagine taking the full power of a Mackie live sound mixer in your hands, and wandering around the gig venue, tweaking and adjusting levels, compression, EQ and effects, until the sound is great - wherever you are in the audience. That's what the Mackie DL1608 live mixer allows you to do!
With the help of an iPad (not included) and a Wi-Fi connection, the Mackie DL1608 (which, by the way, has Mackie's finest Onyx preamps, 24 bit converters, on-board DSP effects, and stereo mix recording capabilities)
With support for up to 10 iPads simultaneously, you can even give the band control over their monitor mixes so you can worry about getting the front of house sound!
The DL1608 is a real revolution in live sound mixing from Mackie. Using the iPad as a platform to give you control over your mix from anywhere in the room, you can perfect your live sound mixes with more accuracy than ever before.
N.B. iPad in pictures is not included
iPad support Take a look at this comparison chart to see which iPads are compatible and what docking tray you might need. (Note: all iPads are compatible by Wifi)
Here's what Mackie say about the DL1608 Mixer
The Digital Revolution. It's not only here. It's wireless!
The Mackie DL1608 redefines live mixing by combining the proven power of a full-featured digital mixer with the unmatched ease and mobility of an iPad. With 16 boutique-quality Onyx mic preamps and the performance of 24bit Cirrus Logic AD/DA converters, you have unparalleled sound quality. Seamless wired to wireless iPad control means you can mix from anywhere in the venue. This gives you the mobile freedom to control not only the mix, but also powerful plug-ins like EQ, dynamics, effects and more. The sleek DL1608 even supports up to 10 iPads. Forget bulky consoles and racks of gear. The power is at your fingertips.
Mackie DL1608 Features
CONTROL THE MIX FROM ANYWHERE
With the Mackie DL1608's seamless wired to wireless mixing capabilities, you can mix in real time from anywhere in the venue on your iPad.* Instantly adjust mix functions from tuning front of house trouble spots to ringing out stage monitors.
*An additional Wi-Fi router is required and must be connected to the DL1608. The iPad must be within range of the Wi-Fi router to enable wireless mixing functionality. Wi-Fi router not included. iPad is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries
16 ONYX PREAMPS
The Mackie DL1608 comes loaded with 16 studio-quality 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.
24Bit CIRRUS LOGIC AD/DA CONVERTERS
The Mackie DL1608's high-end 24bit Cirrus Logic AD/DA converters offer a remarkable 114 db dynamic range. We align our Onyx pre-amps precisely with the converters to provide you with the most headroom and the lowest noise and distortion possible-resulting in brilliant sound quality from a vocal whisper to a wailing guitar solo.
TONS OF BUILT-IN PROCESSING (DSP)
The DL1608 is loaded with a choice of powerful plug-ins on every channel, so you won't need to set up additional racks of outboard gear. With just the touch of a nger, you have total control over 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.
MULTIPLE IPAD SUPPORT
Supporting up to 10 iPads simultaneously, the Mackie DL1608 allows multiple engineers to control the mix. Plus, it gives band members the ability to adjust their own monitors. Now, the band can dial in the mix they want to hear in real time right on stage.
TOTAL SNAPSHOT RECALL
The Mackie DL1608 allows you to recall mix functions with just the touch of a nger. With Total Snapshot Recall*, you can now easily save and access 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.
Quickly set up a new mix with the DL1608's Channel Presets. With simple touch screen control, you can immediately assign a factory or your own custom channel preset for kick drum, bass, guitar, keyboard and more to any channel you choose. And when you've made the perfect settings, easily save them for later use and share them with your friends.
RECORD FOR EASY SHARING
The Mackie DL1608 lets you to record your mix from the L/R stereo outputs directly to your iPad, allowing you to upload it to your favorite application and share it with others.
INTEGRATE MUSIC FROM ANY APP
Whether you want to play pre-show music or add a Garage Band track to your live mix, with the Mackie DL1608 you can bring in stereo audio from any iPad application. Best of all, with the pre-assigned iPad channel, you can do it without using up one of the mixers 16 channels.*
*iPad must be docked.
The DL1608 lets you take a picture of band members with your iPad or choose your own picture to help you easily identify your assigned channels. There's a choice of included icons to get you up and running.
INSTALL FRIENDLY FEATURES
The Mackie DL1608 is perfect for installing in venues. With its easy to use Master Fader iPad application it has never been easier to train up new sound engineers. Plus, forget the bulky racks of outboard gear, the powerfully small, low profile design lets you install it just about anywhere.
BIG ON SECURITY
The DL1608 is big on security. The PadLock feature locks down your iPad for permanent installs, while the Kensington lock-the industry standard in protecting technological equipment-secures the mixer to guard it from theft.
Michael | Purchase date: 20 February 2013
This has been a massive step forward for our band. We do everything from quiet folk songs to rock and roll and it has been a pain to keep taking the guitar off to make any changes. Changing the mix from the ipad on a mic stand is wonderful.
Having gating and compression is a real bonus as well in keeping the mix quiet.
An excellent product that is real state of the art. I can highly recommend it. The only issue has been the ipad occasionally losing sycnh with the dl1608, which i am sure is an issue of the ipad and not the router or mixer.
Rob | Purchase date: 07 February 2013
Brilliant little mixer recently enhanced with a firmware update. Sounds great and is very flexible with iPad and iPhone/iPod control via wifi. Has a very small footprint but brings massive processing to smaller stages. I use this in preference to my Presonus SL16.4.2, I don't feel that I'm missing any features at all with this smaller desk. Fast delivery to Northern Ireland from Andertons, great service.
Charlie | Purchase date: 03 November 2012
This is a brilliantly designed desk from Mackie, having spent years carrying around big mixing desks with rack mounted outboard gear I am now so happy to just turn up with this tiny 16channel mixer which does a better job. Having the ability to A) mix wirelessly & B) for band to mix monitors wirelessly is amazing. 6 Aux sends, each with a 32band EQ, full compression, gates, reverbs & delays, can you imagine how much gear you would need using an analogue desk.
I seriously recommend this desk & feel Mackie have bought the world of expensive digital desks & wireless technology to the main stream at a very affordable price, if your about to buy a new mixing desk take the DL1608 as a very serious option.
Josh | Purchase date: 27 September 2012
What can I say? The DL1608 represents a huge change for our band, or to be precise for our sound guy.
For gigs, we can now do away with our huge 16:4 analogue mixer, plus the outboard, comprising a DBX Compressor, Alesis Reverb,Behringer EQ and a whole pile of patch cables. It always looked impressive, but took ages to set up and one faulty cable can wreck the sound check. All that is left is the DL1608, an Apple Airport Express and the loom.
This was so scary a proposition it took us an afternoon of sound checking to get levels right, but the BIG advantage is that you can set up most of the mix on the iPad before you get anywhere near the rehearsal room. Plus, with a second iPad I was able to download the mix and alter the foldback settings from the iPad holder on my mic stand! Our sound guy has threatened to break my fingers if I go near the FOH settings on my iPad, but Oh, the Power!
We are now looking to get a second DL1608 for the drum mix, so we can tailor the sound and level of each drum over WiFi from the FOH position. No more walking back and forth from the stage, or relying on someone elses ears or clumsy fingers on the mixer!
Well done Mackie.
Only two gripes and you won't be overly surprised to hear it's iOS6 that causes my iPad to lose WiFi connection periodically with the DL1608. The sound guy has iOS5 and it hasn't dropped his connection once!
The second, smaller gripe is that Mackie have chosen not to include a simple connection for an external background music source on the DL1608. Only the iPad can supply music, unless you use up two mixer channels. Flipping between the Master Fader app and the Music app is a pain.