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Mackie DL1608L Lightning 16-channel Digital Live Sound Mixer w/ iPad Control  

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The DL1608L is a 16-channel mixer with revolutionary wireless iPad control that makes any live sound engineer's job and workflow much more enjoyable and exciting. This latest version of the series fea... Click To Read More About This Product


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The DL1608L is a 16-channel mixer with revolutionary wireless iPad control that makes any live sound engineer's job and workflow much more enjoyable and exciting. This latest version of the series features a Lightning connector, replacing the 30-pin version. The Lightning connection is smaller and faster than 30-pin. The "L" delineation in the model name indicates the Lightning connector.

With 16 high-quality Onyx microphone preamps, 24-bit Cirrus Logic AD/DA converters, and powerful internal DSP processing, the DL1608L has plenty of unmatched hardware power to support the extremely intuitive user interface of the iPad. There is an iPad dock built-into the unit should you choose to use it in it's standard mixing form, or you can simply pop the iPad out of the dock to freely move about the venue to adjust your mix at will with the use of an additional Wi-Fi router. You'll have Full hands-on control of audio level, 4-band EQ, compression, gate, delay, reverb, and more for each of the DL1608's 16 channels and master fader. Perfect for a wide variety of smaller applications and venues, the DL806 is the most modern, powerful utility mixer available. Forget bulky consoles and racks of gear. The power is at your fingertips.

*Wi-Fi router required for wireless operation. Wi-Fi router and iPad, iPod touch or iPhone not included.
*Wireless control supported from all iPad models. Docked control supported from iPad, iPad 2 and iPad (3rd generation)
*Wireless control supported from iPod touch (4th and 5th generation), iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and iPhone 5
*iPad must be docked and the app must support background audio playback to integrate music

  • Lightning connection
  • 16 Onyx mic preamps
  • High-end Cirrus Logic converters
  • Ultra low-noise, high-headroom design
  • 4 aux sends for monitor mixes
  • Master L/R output for mains
  • Choice of powerful, touch-sensitive plug-ins
  • 4-band EQ, gate and compression on inputs
  • 31-band GEQ and comp/limiter on outputs
  • Global reverb and delay
  • Seamless wired to wireless mixing
  • Tune the room from anywhere
  • Get on stage to ring out monitors
  • Personal monitor mixing with access control ability
  • Use up to 10 wireless devices simultaneously
  • Intuitive Master Fader app for all iPad models
  • My Fader app for quick control from iPhone or iPod touch
  • "Grow and Glow" visual feedback
  • Preset and snapshot recall
  • Analog Audio
    Input Connections: 12 x XLR balanced
    4 x XLR & 1/4" TRS combo jack
    Mic Preamps: Onyx
    Input Impedances: Channels 1 - 12: 3k?
    Channels 13 - 16: 3k? XLR, 30k? 1/4" TRS
    Maximum Input Level: XLR: +21 dBu, 1/4" TRS: +30 dBu
    Gain: XLR: 0 to 60 dB, 1/4" TRS: -20 to 40 dB
    Phantom Power: +48V
    10 mA max per mic, with up to 8 mics
    5 mA max per mic, with up to 16 mics
    Output Connections: 2 x XLR balanced (L/R)
    Output Impedance: 600?
    Maximum Output Level: +21 dBu
    AUX Sends: 1/4" TRS - supports balanced/unbalanced
    240? balanced, 120? unbalanced
    +21 dBu max output level

    Digital Audio
    Sample Rate: 48 kHz
    Bit Depth: 24-bit
    Latency: 1.5 mS

    Frequency Response: 20 Hz to 20 kHz, +0 /-1 dB
    all inputs to all outputs
    THD: < 0.005%
    mic input to main output, 1 kHz @ -1 dBFS
    EIN: -128 dBu @ 150? termination
    Noise: Mic input to main output, A-weighted:
    -79 dBu, with channel and main faders @ 0 dB
    -90 dBu, with channel and main faders @ -? dB
    Crosstalk: Adjacent inputs: < -120 dB @ 1 kHz
    Outputs: < - 105 dB @ 1 kHz
    Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 92 dB
    ref +4 dBu, one channel and main fader @ 0 dB, A-weighted
    Dynamic Range: 109 dB
    one channel and main fader @ 0 dB, A-weighted
    CMRR: > 70 dB @ 1 kHz (60 dB gain)

    Connector: 100 MB Ethernet
    Control: Complete
    Simultaneously Connected Remote Stations: Up to 10 iPads
    iPad System Requirements: Original iPad, iPad 2, or iPad 3rd generation
    iOS v5.0 or higher

    External Power Supply: Yes
    100-240VAC, 50-60 Hz, Universal
    User-replaceable IEC
    Output Voltage: 12VDC
    Current: 4A
    DC Plug: 5.5 mm x 2.5 mm barrel with locking ring
    Power Consumption: 48W max

    Operating Temperature: 32 to 104 F (0 to 40 C)
    Dimensions (W x H x D): 11.5 x 3.7 x 15.4" (291 x 95 x 391 mm)
    9U rackmount plus space for connections
    Weight 6.9 lb.

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MackieDL1608L Lightning 16-channel Digital Live Sound Mixer w/ iPad Control

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Great mixer for working band

By Tom

from Fort Lauderdale, FL

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    Comments about Mackie DL1608L Lightning 16-channel Digital Live Sound Mixer w/ iPad Control:

    I purchased this mixer about a year after it was introduced and have used it for a few years now. This mixer replaced my Allen & Health Mix Wizard & Snake. This is a great mixer with far more features than I will ever use. I just scratch the surface of this mixers capabilities and I get a great mix out of this unit for my 5 and 6 piece bands. Mackie has supported the product well with several software updates...each with useful improvements. You can play music on break through your iPad as long as its' docked. Some times I run music through an mp3 player when I don't have the iPad docked by just plugging the player into one of the extra channels. The wireless features of the mixer are great. I typically have an iPad and and iPad mini running and usually have the iPads just connected through wifi. I also find the iPhone app to be great for setting levels. Its easy to walk around with your iPad or phone and set your monitor and main mixes. After having 6 monitor sends on the 1608, its hard to go back to anything less. Everyone can have whatever mix they want. I have a Yamaha MG 16 XU mixer as well but only use it as a backup (which I have not needed). Once I got used to mixing digitally with all of the features I could want in a mixing setup that does not require a traditional mixer case with rack mounted effects and the weight that comes along with it...I'd never go back to a traditional mixer design. For a gigging band that does not always have the budget for a sound engineer - this is a great and well tested choice.


    Good technology - could use a few more upgrades

    By Rajiv

    from undisclosed

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    Comments about Mackie DL1608L Lightning 16-channel Digital Live Sound Mixer w/ iPad Control:

    Unlike the other Mackie Mixers that I had, this one lacks a USB port for routing music through laptop etc. Would have been nice. Like the iPad interface, although not sure if I can play the music from the iPad wirelessly.

    Would love to see a wifi connection to the mixer - rather than the Ethernet connection that it needs.



    By mark

    from canton IL

    About Me Professional Musician

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      Comments about Mackie DL1608L Lightning 16-channel Digital Live Sound Mixer w/ iPad Control:

      nice mixer

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)



      By Bald Melon

      from Jacksonville , Fl

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        • You Need An Ipad -4

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          Comments about Mackie DL1608L Lightning 16-channel Digital Live Sound Mixer w/ iPad Control:

          this is the first product that I've purchased lately that I've been totally stoked about,it's light weight but very well constructed.The DL 1608 has plenty of inputs for our 4 piece blues/rock band, and 6 aux sends for monitors, we use 3...the on board effects are just awesome,nice warm reverbs and delays..The downside to this product is you have to purchase a Ipad -4 ,which you have to consider in the price,which is already pricey for the average working musician. BUT the rewards for biting the bullet and buying this unit are ten fold...WE SOUND SOOO GOOD NOW

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