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Mackie DL1608

16-channel digital live sound mixer with iPad® control (Lightning dock connector)

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iPad mixer for live shows

Mackie DL1608

Master Fader v2.1 modern compressor and noise gate

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.

High-fidelity hardware

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.

Mackie DL1608

Master Fader v2.1 vintage compresspr and noise gate

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.

Mackie DL1608

DL1608 connection panel showing inputs, outputs, and ethernet connector for WiFi router

Product Highlights:

    Integrated iPad Audio Interface (Lightning dock connection)
    • 16 input channels with gain controls
      • channels 1-12: mic/line XLR
      • channels 13-16: mic/line XLR/1/4" TRS
    • user-editable channel ID
    • Onyx low-noise, high-gain mic preamps
    • global phantom power
    • clip LED on each channel
    • 24-bit Cirrus Logic® AD/DA converters
    • stereo L/R and 6 auxiliary analog outputs
    • Ethernet connection for optional WiFi router
    iPad Control Features
    • Master Fader™ app for iPad
    • Mixer view
      • scrollable 8-channel view, master fader always visible
      • mute, pan, volume fader, signal level meter, and solo button on each channel
      • channel ID: name, icon, or photo (file or iPad camera)
      • view and control main L/R, 6 auxiliary, reverb, and delay effects mixes
    • Channel view
      • channel fader stays visible on left, master fader on right
      • modern or vintage EQ
      • modern: 4-band parametric EQ and high-pass filter — shape curve via touchscreen
      • vintage: 3-band EQ and high-pass filter
      • modern or vintage noise gate and compressor/limiter
      • global reverb and delay settings with send/return controls
    • 31-band graphic EQ and dynamic compressor/limiter (modern or vintage) on every output
    • iPad playback, recording, and charging when docked
    • Preset and Total Snapshot Recall saves mix settings
    Wireless Operation with Optional WiFi Router
    • all functions available except iPad playback, record, and battery charging
    • Master Fader™ app works wirelessly with all iPad models
    • My Fader™ app controls mixer from 4th/5th generation iPod Touch, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, and iPhone 5
    • up to 10 devices can control the mixer at once (with controlled access)
    General Features
    • headphone out with volume control
    • included PadLock™ locks iPad to DL1608
    • Kensington lock allows security cable for mixer
    • optional customized waterproof carrying case available
    • weight: 7.9 lbs.
    • dimensions: 11-1/2"W x 3-3/4"H x 15-7/16"D
    • warranty: 1 year
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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    Great Board

    Written By Brent, Columbia, SC on Sunday, February 23, 2014

    This is a great board that keeps getting better with each update. Mackie listens to what users have been saying and keeps updating the board to make it even better. For the money it's a great board that we are using at our church and it's been great. Very flexible with six outputs and 16 inputs. It's compact size is great as well. If your not a huge in need of more inputs this should be at the top of you list. It sounds great and has a ton of features. It's great that the band can add app to there phone and control their own mix as well.

    Pros: Sound, flexibility, size and Mackies continuing to improve the features.

    Cons: If you used to analog boards it can be hard to get use to a digital board but so worth it.

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    What's in the box?

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    • 16-Channel digital mixer
    • AC power adapter and cord
    • PadLock
    • Owner's Manual

    Features and Specs

    Mic inputs 12 x XLR, 4 x XLR/TRS
    Line inputs 12 x XLR, 4 x XLR/TRS
    Phantom power +48V
    Channel EQ 4-band
    Master EQ 31-band
    Digital outputs 0
    Monitor outputs 6
    Effects Compressn, Reverb, Delay
    Talkback N
    Height (inches) 3-3/4
    Depth (inches) 15-7/16
    Width (inches) 11-1/2
    Weight 7.9 lbs

    Product Research


    Overview: The Mackie DL series mixer uses Onyx mic preamps to amplify the signal and high-end AD converters to convert the signal to digital. The mixer's powerful DSP chip processes and mixes this through the low latency mix engine. You'll use your Apple iOS device to control the mixer through two mobile apps - Master Fader (for iPad) and My Fader (for iPod touch/iPhone).

    Onyx Mic Preamps: The Mackie DL1608 mixer features 16 studio-quality Onyx mic preamps that deliver depth, headroom and immense detail to your live mix. Plus, with a choice of XLR or combo mic/line input, connecting mics and instruments is quick and easy. Includes global phantom power for condenser mics. Each and every input channel features a choice of powerful plug-ins to dial in the perfect sound for whatever you've got plugged in. You can even link adjoining channels for fast control of stereo sources.

    • Modern: Highly-flexible, clean modern processing perfect for any application.
      • 4-band EQ includes low shelving, low-mid peaking, high-mid peaking and high-shelving
      • Compressor with all the control needed to reduce or limit transients
      • Gate perfect for reducing leakage from open mics
    • Vintage: Delivers the sought-after musical characteristics of your favorite industry-standard processors.
      • Vintage EQ with interacting bands and frequency-dependent Q structure for added clarity and sheen
      • Vintage compressor with non-linear attack/release great for drums
      • Vintage gate with lightning-fast attack for transient sources

    24-Bit Cirrius Logic AD/DA Converters: The DL1608 mixer feature high-end 24-bit Cirrus Logic AD/DA converters, offering a remarkable 114dB dynamic range. Makie aligns its Onyx preamps 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.

    Outputs: There are plenty of 1/4" aux outputs available, each perfect for driving a monitor wedge. There's a pair of main outputs for your system and a dedicated headphone output for listening to soloed tracks or getting a close-up view of your mix. Each output on a DL Series mixer has its own processing perfect for dialing in an tuning the connected speaker or other device. Easily link aux sends into a combined stereo output, perfect for IEMs. Plus, you can delay the outputs for fill speakers, etc.

    • 4-Band EQ: 4-band parametric EQ complete with dedicated HPF and LPF filters.
    • 31-Band EQ: 31-band GEQ includes the ability to draw in the curve and a 2x zoom control for ultra-precise control.
    • Compressor/Limiter: Compressor/limiter great for enhancing low end and protecting your speakers.
    • Delay: Up to 350ms alignment delay with variable temperature control.

    Global Effects: DL Series mixers each feature a global reverb and delay that can be easily applied to any channel. A wide variety of reverbs and delays are available each with a high-level of control.

    • Reverbs: Nine separate reverbs are available, each with pre delay, damping, decay and roll-off controls.
    • Delays: Choose from mono, tape echo, stereo, ping-pong or multi-tap delay each with tap tempo, feedback and damping control.

    Snapshot Recall: The DL1608 allows you to recall mix functions with just the touch of a finger. Easily save and access sound check settings for multiple bands, complex song mixes, and more. Save channel icons including pics of band members.  You can even preset the board and be ready to go the moment you arrive at your gig.

    Mute Groups: There's four individual mute groups available from the quick access panel. Assign specific input and output channels to these mute groups for customizable control of channel muting.  It's great for muting all inputs during song breaks or for larger productions with rotating musicians, broadcast, House of Worship, or theatre production applications.

    Mobile Apps (for Apple iOS) Choose between two powerful apps (Free) for your DL Series mixer, both delivering an unparalleled level of control over your mix. Each feature a straight-forward, easy-to-use UI designed specifically for the application and device. Plus, frequent and simple App Store updates add true features and functionality. Controlling a full-featured digital mixer has never been more intuitive.

    • Master Fader: Built exclusively for the iPad, Master Fader provides total control of your DL Series mixer. From powerful hands-on control of input/output processing to complex show management and device configuration, Master Fader provides unmatched wireless control.
      • Mixer view allows fast adjustment of channel controls including solo, mute, pan and level with full metering
      • Channel view gives control of power of DSP-based plug-ins
      • Input channel linking for simple control of stereo sources
      • Aux send linking perfect when using in-ear monitors
      • 4 assignable mute groups provides customization control of channel muting
      • 4 assignable view groups improves organization and eases navigation
      • Quick access panel delivers instant access to critical and often used functions
      • Snapshots, show and presets allow fast setup and scene change
      • Integrated stereo recording and playback from other apps using docked iPad
    • My Fader: My Fader for iPod touch/iPhone delivers the power of a DL digital mixer in an easy-to-use app that fits right in your hand. It's perfect for on-stage performers controlling their own mix or for FOH engineers looking for pocket-size wireless control.
      • Control multiple input channels at once
      • Link input channels for control of stereo sources
      • Quick access to any mix
      • Channel mute, ID and master fader control
      • Snapshot recall from current show
      • Mute group and view group access
      • Access control ability

    Note: Both Master Fader and My Fader are now fully translated into five major languages (English, Spanish, French, German and Mandarin). Work in your native language for even more control and ease of use than ever before.

    Security Features: 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.

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