Mackie DL1608 iPad Interface Digital Mixer – Review

Mackie DL1608 iPad Interface Digital Mixer – Review

♪♫♪♫……………….[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]

41 thoughts on “Mackie DL1608 iPad Interface Digital Mixer – Review

  1. If 10 musicians each have their own iPad to control his/her own stage monitor mix, then is there a feature that guards against the musicians from having access to the Main Channel FOH mix???

    I can just imagine each musician all having access to the Main Channel faders and turning himself/herself UP—as in MoreMe–Overriding or FaderFighting with the FOH engineer.

  2. Other considerations: Evidently, there must be some kind of Password for each iPAD to access the DL1608, OTHERWISE, anyone in the Audience who brings their iPAD with them will be able to control mixes All the mixes….hhmmmm scary thought.

  3. Mackie is still refining the software, but there will be password control over access to prevent unauthorized users from signing onto the DL1608.

  4. Mackie will be building in password control over the FOH mix and each aux mix so a user can be authorized to control only a specific on stage mix or all mixes.

  5. what would be awesome is if you could route the sound to each ipad wirelessly so you could actually have virtual aux sends to each ipad and each musician could just use the headphone jack on their ipad as in ear monitors.

  6. @deaton76 or even better, to their iphones so they could have their own mix without having to buy an ipad.

  7. @JSprayaEntertainment this isn't anything more than your regular board. Feedback i presume could easily be handled with an analog graphic EQ. This is just the board part of your rack. You'd still need amps and such. But, this is a digital board with six outputs. Separate aux controls and compression. It was a grand on guitarcenters website…so that's pretty amazing. Any way you look at it.

  8. I wonder if you could use 2 of these mixers together , like daisy chain them or something. So you can make 12 monitor mixes.

  9. Save the docking station. Nobody is gonna use it. I don't have a docking station for my iPad placed on my printer either. If you can remote control the mixer, there is really no need to run the cables back and fourth from the stage to the engineer booth. You'd just leave the mixer and the power amp right on the stage with the speakers. And in a studio it's much more practical to keep the mixer in a rack and then control the mixer from a table with just the speakers on the table.

  10. In other videos about the unit, when you have the IPad docked, it charges, allows playback from the IPad through dedicated channel #17, and allows main mix recording direct to the IPad.

  11. To make this really user friendly you should to be able to record all the individual tracks separately and playback so band members can sort out their monitor mix ect and not have to stop mid sound check.. Then it will be truly awesome! but yer…. awesome already i know.

  12. The band members can sort out their individual monitor mix during rehearsal, or during the performance using the iPad removed from the dock or additional iPads. The DL1608 is a live performance mixer that does include recording of the main outputs into a stereo track, but does not include multitrack recording. We agree with you Chris, it's still awesome!

  13. UMMMM Im sorry. You made the statement that no one else uses the Ipad as a control surface. Have a look at the Prosonus Studio Live. I use the Ipad to control that with wireless connection.

  14. Yup and that blows (external router). For $1000 Wi Fi should be built in.

    And the software is a downloadable app, or do you get a disc??

    App's crash… then what?

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