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Mackie DL1608 iPad Interface Digital Mixer - Review

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♪♫♪♫...................[Music playing] Mackie is the first company to come out with a mixer that is totally controlled with an iPad. There is no other control surface. So let's take a look at the DL1608 from Mackie. First of all, you'll see that the iPad slides right in like any regular docking station. But that's not really the story about this mixer. It has a docking station, but it's not just a docking station. It is an entire digital mixer, within this chassis. 16 inputs & 6 auxiliary outputs. The iPad is used for the control surface. So you can see right here that you've got your inputs, all 16 as they slide right across. 1 through 16. Easy to slide. Easy to get to. Easy to adjust levels. You can hear the level going up and down. I can adjust the level on each input. just as I would a standard mixer. Very very easy to do. I can mute the inputs. I can adjust the EQ. Let's go ahead and slide that back down. I can adjust the EQ on each input. I can do it graphically, or I can do it through the faders down here. It also has compression and limiting on each input. And of course you have Reverb and Delay. And again, accessing is as easy as a swipe of a finger. If I want to adjust more EQ on a different input, I just slide 'em right over here. or if I got back to the main part of the mixer, I go back to all the inputs right here. So, again, 16 inputs, each of which has, uhm, your EQ on it. It has 4-band EQ, gate and compression. It has the muting. And the 6 Aux outputs have a 31-band EQ, compressor and limiter as well as the left and rights. You can also solo, like you would with any other mixer. Again, very, very simple. But here's the cool thing. Remember, all the processing is in the 1608. So i've got my beautiful Mackie Onyx preamps, that are high dynamic range preamp inputs. They're in the chassis here. I've got all my Aux outputs so everything stays here. But watch this..... I simply take the iPad. I slide it out of the docking station and now you can see it's still communicating through Wi-Fi. So it's operating as an independant control surface. I don't need a separate computer for this. The a... the electronics are in the mixer. So I don't have to have a separate laptop plugged in. I can run up to 10 of these...10 iPads on this system. You say, "What do I use 10 iPads for?" Let's just go ahead and slide this back in... and I'll go ahead and show you... And, by the way, there's a locking mechanism. So if you do want to leave an iPad permanently in here, you just go ahead and put this in, lock it down, and then somebody can't just remove the iPad. But let's take a look at this. What I'm looking at is the left and right here. This is the left and right master. For monitors, you want to be able to adjust the inputs to the Auxes separately. So all I do is I slide up, and I will pick up Aux 1. You see "A1." Now I can pan across all my inputs from 1 through 16, and I can adjust the relative levels for that monitor send. So if I'm the drummer, I may say "Hey, I wanna have my overhead. I may wanna have uh, the lead vocal, the uh, uh keyboards up...everything up for me, and I'm on Aux 1." But the next person just simply swings it down here to Aux 2... Aux 3...Aux 4. So everybody can have their own iPad and have an on stage monitor mix system that's all wireless. So again, 6 Auxes, plus then you have the main mixer. And of course, as you probably know, it's easy to pull this out like I just showed you. You can take it up and then you can adjust your EQs, uh, on stage. So you have wedge monitors for, uh the vocalists up front. You can just go ahead and take a listen to that, adjust it and away you go. And then you bring your iPad back. So it is an absolutely incredible, ground-breaking system. Nobody else has a system like this. Where the iPad is the control surface. And it's up to 10 iPads... and it's n...there's no other standard analog-type mixing control system here. So it's a great system. Take a look at the price point. I think you'll find it absolutely incredible. It's the Mackie DL1608 Digital Mixing System with the iPad interface. ♪♫♪♫................[Music playing]

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Duration: 4 minutes and 41 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: CCI Solutions
Director: CCI Solutions
Views: 445
Posted by: ccisolutions on Jul 17, 2012

Mackie is the first company to introduce a mixer that is completely controlled by the iPad. It uses the iPad as the control surface. Easy to adjust, easy to navigate it includes 16 inputes with 4-band EQ, gate and compression. All the processing is inside the 1608. The iPad can be removed and still will run the mixer via Wi-Fi. You can run up to 10 iPads simultaneously on one system. Everybody can have their own iPad plus their onstage monitor, all wirelessly.

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