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Mackie DL1608 16-Channel Digital Live Sound Mixer with iPad Control
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Dial-in the front-of-house from anywhere in the venue, and give artists full-control over their own monitor mixes.

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 24-bit Cirrus Logic AD/DA converters, you're guaranteed professional quality sound. 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 iPad devices. Forget bulky consoles and racks of gear. The power is at your fingertips.

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

Get In Touch With Your Mix
Designed specifically for the iPad, the DL1608’s Master Fader app brings groundbreaking DAW mixing features and functionality to the live environment. With this intuitive breakthrough app, you can create mix snapshots, channel presets and even record stereo tracks straight to your iPad. Plus, with “Grow and Glow” giving you visual indication of the function you’re controlling, you can be assured that you’re always in control.

Proven Hardware That Sounds Great
By combining 16 of Mackie’s flagship Onyx mic preamps with the performance of 24-bit Cirrus Logic AD/DA converters, the Mackie DL1608 delivers remarkable sound quality. Add to that eight balanced outputs, and you have a mixer that not only provides incredible dynamic range, fidelity and transparency, but also great versatility and outstanding value.

Tons of Built-in Processing
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 finger, 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 limiter on the main and aux outs.

Total Snapshot Recall
The Mackie DL1608 allows you to recall mix functions with just the touch of a finger. 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. Note that mic pre-amp gains are not recallable.

Channel Presets
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.

Multiple iPad Support
Supporting up to 10 iPad devices 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.

Channel Images
No more need to search for a marker to scribble down channel ID’s on a strip of tape, with the app you can use your iPad camera to snap quick pics of the band members or of their gear, for a completely customized channel ID. Channel images is by far one of the coolest ways to identify tracks when mixing live.

Size Matters
The sleek and low profile 16-channel Mackie DL1608 is rooted in design innovation. Its powerfully small format destroys the industry’s notion that “bigger is better” by allowing modern technology to eliminate the need for bulky boards and racks of gear.

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. The powerfully small, low profile design lets you install it just about anywhere.

Mackie DL1608 16-Channel Digital Live Sound Mixer with iPad Control Features:

  • Control the 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
    Loaded with 16 studio-quality Mackie Onyx mic preamps with 12 XLR and four combo mic/line inputs, connecting mics and instruments is quick and easy
    High-end 24-bit Cirrus Logic AD/DA converters offer a remarkable 114dB dynamic range provide the most headroom and lowest noise possible
    Powerful 4-band EQ, compression, gate, reverb and tap delay plug-ins on every channel, so you won’t need to set up additional racks of outboard gear
    31-Band graphic EQ and limiter on the main and aux outs
    Support for up to 10 iPad devices simultaneously, allows multiple engineers to control the mix
    Gives band members the ability to adjust their own monitors
    Total snapshot recall allows you to recall mix functions with just the touch of a finger
    Channel presets immediately assign a factory or your own custom channel preset for kick drum, bass, guitar, keyboard and more
    Record your mix from the L/R stereo outputs directly to your iPad
    Channel images allow you to easily identify assigned channels with pictures of band members or their gear
    Powerfully small, low profile design lets you install it just about anywhere
    The PadLock feature locks down your iPad for permanent installs, while the Kensington lock secures the mixer to guard it from theft

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  • Released Before Perfected

    As reviewed by Richard Hull on 4/29/2013

    I am a working professional engineer, so I am used to using my iPad to remotely mix from Yamaha consoles like the M7CL and LS9-32. This technology is just incredible to me and game changing. I no longer have to rely on other ears when shading a large rig or ringing out a fold back mix. Although I've never been a fan of Mackie and have always seen their gear as overpriced "pro-sumer" quality, I was instantly intrigued when the DL1608 was released. Since I do some small local band gigs as well as perform in my own band, I bought one from GC. The sales guys were all excited saying how awesome it was. Of course these guys were young and surely not working in the industry. I had already downloaded the free Mackie app, Master Fader and got to know it pretty well before buying the $1k hardware. The app is a bit "cartoonish" but seemed to be well designed and responsive. Unboxing the hardware, I found the device to be well constructed, lightweight, and ergonomic in design. I disagree with the other reviewer who thought it would be better if it were metal. The plastic is high impact and keeps the unit light enough to put in a suitcase for an away gig. Getting things going was relatively painless. I used my Airport Express router which worked great. The familiar "wireless" mixing from using the Yamaha gear created similar excitement...... This, unfortunately is where the excitement stopped. The DL1608 is well equipped with 6 Aux Sends. Each has a global PRE or POST button as with a traditional console......BUT..... What is not initially obvious is that regardless of setting the Aux to PRE or POST, the sent signal is ALWAYS POST EQ & POST COMPRESSION / GATE. The PRE or Post simply refers to the FADER only. Calling these outputs AUX sends and not MATRIX sends is false and misleading!!! This issue makes mixing monitors on the Dl1608 nearly IMPOSSIBLE!!! I asked the Mackie engineers on the user forum if any of them had ever mixed live sound and why they would do such a thing in designing the DL1608 this way. My comment was not only unanswered but REMOVED. I tried to mix a band with the DL and the singer kept asking why her monitor kept getting softer. It was the compression that was causing this but I needed the comp to tame her vocal in the FOH mix!!! I was embarrassed of the mixer at that point. Also, as a secondary caveat, the Reverb is absolutely horrid. I found it to be nearly unusable. I returned the DL1608 to GC. They were nice but asked me why I didn't want it. I explained the issue and told the salesman that if this was a firmware issue they would have corrected it immediately. The only Master Fader update included some stupid "Vintage Styled" compressor and gate GUI that were nothing but novelty and toyish. The good news???? Well, I got my $1k back and I will spend it shortly on the Behringer, YES, Behringer Xi16 that is due out next quarter. Since Behringer recently bought MIDAS, they are producing some incredible gear thanks to the inherited MIDAS engineers and R&D. The Xi16 is profoundly better in design with RECALLABLE Preamps designed by MIDAS, Multitrack recording ability and a very "grown-up" GUI. Just download the Behringer X32 ipad app and you'll see. The Xi16 app is very similar. The hardware MSRP is the same as the "under-cooked" DL1608 and the feature set is WAY beyond! Sorry Mackie, I tried to love your DL1608 but simply couldn't.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful.
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  • Use it wireless

    As reviewed by Charles Smith on 1/2/2013

    First off, this thing is everything that they say it is. Absolutely great! I do have a comment on the heat that it generates though. With the iPad docked, this thing gets HOT - and the iPad gets really hot as well. It makes me wonder if the heat is shortening the life of my iPad. So my recommendation is to remove the iPad and use it through the wireless. If you need to play music from the iPad, connect an output from the headphone jack into the input channels. This works really well if you need to run a Karaoke app and need to have the iPad mounted on the mic stand so that the singers can read the words. As far as recording goes, you'll need a workaround if you want to play the recorded material on site. The only way to access what you've recorded is to plug your iPad into iTunes and download the .wav files. I have yet to find a way to record something and then play it back while docked in the mixer. My only other gripe is the presets. Selecting a preset takes you back to the mixer page instead of leaving you within the preset page. When trying to set up a channel, you find yourself continuously having to select the button.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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  • Whole new platform, same old Mackie

    As reviewed by Noah Montena on 9/19/2012

    Ever since it was previewed at NAMM, I've been jittering like a toddler who has to pee for my DL1608 to arrive. Those were a few rough months, especially when the release date kept getting pushed back, but the wait has been worth it. I don't even do a ton of live sound, but I can already see how much easier life will be at the big kid's table with Mackie's new mixer swapped into my portable setup. A couple tiny gripes to get out of the way first. Would it have killed Mackie to use more sheet metal and less plastic for the frame? The DL1608 is a nice shape and all that, but it will never survive the abuse my old 1604-VLZ could take. I appreciate that the new digital desk is light enough to grab with one hand, but I doubt it would take a drop from an overladen handcart without cracking. Also, the phantom power goes to all sixteen inputs, including the combo jacks. I know this is common on most mixing desks, but it would have been nice, in this day and age, to at least be able to enable phantom power by banks, if not individually. On to the accolades! Master Fader is awesome! AWESOME! Not only is it the front-end to all the hardware DSP (independent gate, compression, EQ and reverb on every channel) ticking away inside the DL1608, but it has a really well-researched layout and appropriate implementation of touch. A few buttons and grab handles look small to my fat fingers, but so far it appears difficult to actually make a "fat finger" move. Two other major advantages: a lit touchscreen doesn't need lighting to operate in a dim venue, and no matter how much beer and smoke are around, it is easy to clean. Using the iPad as a wireless pendant is the most massive and revolutionary step in modern mixers, and it is only natural that Mackie should have built this new mixer around it. Once you get past the first uneasy few moments of setting up a dedicated router (I used an Apple AirPort Express), and the next few gigs when you pull the iPad out of its cradle with your eyes squeezed shut and your fingers crossed, you will probably look back and laugh at how silly you were to be paranoid. Make sure you know how you set your screen shutoff behavior, though, because out of the cradle, the iPad goes dark eventually, and can cause a few breathless seconds as the app re-syncs with the desk. This re-synchronization appears to work seamlessly, without affecting audio, and it also happens when you switch to other apps and back again, but it is a little freaky the first few times it happens. Overall, the Mackie DL1608 is just so tight. Compact, powerful, durable (enough), and every bit the successor to the hardware you've been using for years. I look forward to the possibilities opened up by Master Fader being an app - namely upgrades!

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