iPad mixer for live shows
OK, how cool is this? When you dock your 4th generation iPad into Mackie's DL1608 interface console, it becomes the control surface of a full-featured 16-channel mixer with stereo outputs for your main PA speakers and 6 auxiliary outputs for different monitor mixs or special effects. The iPad app's bright, colorful graphics display the mixer's controls on your touchscreen so you can change a mix with the tip of your finger or adjust tone with a pinch. The powerful digital processing includes 4-band parametric equalization, a noise gate, and compression on every channel, so you'll have serious control over each individual channel's sound. Every output features a 31-band graphic EQ and a compressor/limiter for taming all the final mixes.
Mackie starts with their top-of-the-line Onyx mic preamps, which offer the superior performance of a vintage-sounding mic preamp with the toughness needed to handle the pitfalls of life on the road. Then they add 24-bit analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog (AD/DA) converters to handle the back-and-forth transitions between analog and digital signals smoothly, adding no coloration to the sound.
If you want to add some color to the mix, you can easily engage the "onboard" digital reverb and delay effects. When docked, your iPad becomes an integral part of the system, allowing you to play songs from your files and record performances to your iPad. You can even save and recall your mixer's settings for later shows or use recorded presets for fast and simple setups.
Add a wireless router and go mobile
Have you ever dreamed of mixing a live show on a mobile device so you could just walk around the room and make it sound perfect everywhere — even walk onstage and adjust a monitor's EQ during setup? Well, now you can. The DL1608 features an ethernet connection for your wireless WiFi router so you and your iPad mixer can go mobile. You could set your DL1608 interface on stage, for instance, and mix a band from a seat in the audience with nothing more than an iPad in your lap. Wireless operation allows up to 10 iPads (all models) or select iPhone® or iPod® Touch devices to control various aspects of the mix. That means each band member could control their own stage monitor mix with their own Apple device.
Personalized channel ID
Each channel features a user-editable ID button which lets you identify the channel by name and icon as well as number. And that's not all — you can place a photo or other image there so you can see exactly who or what the channel controls. You can even use the iPad's built-in camera to customize each channel ID. Imagine: right before the gig, walk up to each musician, take his or her picture, and apply it to their channel. If they're using their own mobile device to control a monitor mix, they'll see their own picture on their channel ID button.
DL1608 connection panel showing inputs, outputs, and ethernet connector for WiFi router