Mackie DL-1608 Digital Live Mixer with iPad Control (Lightning Version)

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Ideal for bands, rental house and production/installations, the DL Series provides the mobile freedom to wirelessly control the mix and powerful plug-in processing from anywhere in the venue.

Proven at millions of gigs worldwide, the Mackie DL Series combines the power of a full-featured digital mixer with the unmatched ease-of-use of an iPad. And DL-806 mixers are loaded with a choice of powerful plug-ins on every channel, so you won’t need to set up additional racks of outboard gear.

With just the touch of a finger, you have total control over 4-band EQ, compression and gate plug-ins. Plus, sweeten your sound with a full-featured reverb and tap delay or adjust your mix to the room with the 31-band graphic EQ and limiter on the main and aux outs. Sweet!

Onyx Mic Preamps
The Mackie DL-1606 comes loaded with 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. Also includes global phantom power for condenser mics.

24 Bit Cirrus Logic  AD/DA Converters
The DL-1606 features high-end 24-bit Cirrus Logic AD/DA converters, offering a remarkable 114dB dynamic range. The 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.

The Inputs
Each and every 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 source

Outputs Galore
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. 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 decidated headphone output for listening to soloed tracks or getting a close-up view of your mix.

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

Snapshot Recall
DL mixers allow 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!

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

Big On Security
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.

FEATURES:
Proven Hardware That Sounds Great
•16 Onyx mic preamps
•High-end Cirrus Logic converters
•Ultra low-noise, high-headroom design
•4 stereo-linkable aux sends for monitor mixes
•Master L/R output for mains

Tons of Built-In Processing
•Choice of powerful, touch-sensitive modern and vintage plug-ins
•4-band EQ + HPF, gate and compression on inputs
•4-band PEQ + HPF/LPF, 31-band GEQ, comp/limiter and alignment delay on outputs
•Global reverb and delay
•4 mute groups

Wireless Mixing
•Seamless wired to wireless mixing
•Tune the room from anywhere
•Get on stage to ring out monitors
•Personal monitor mixing with access control and view groups
•Use up to 10 wireless devices simultaneously

Total Control from Your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch
•Intuitive Master Fader app for all iPad models
•My Fader app for quick control from iPhone or iPod touch
•Multi-touch “Grow and Glow” visual feedback
•Preset and snapshot recall for fast setup
•Record the mix to the iPad for instant sharing
•Integrate music from any app into the mix

Ready for the Road or Install
•Rugged, compact and “Built-Like-A-Tank”
•PadLock feature locks down iPad for permanent installs
•Industry standard Kensington lock secures mixer
•Locking power connector
•Compact footprint saves precious workspace
◦15.5" x 11.5" x 3.9"
◦6.9 lbs / 3.2 kg
•Lightning and 30-pin versions available

Things You Will Get:

    DL-1608 Digital Mixer
    Power Supply
    Owner's Manual
Series DL
Model DL1608
Weight 6.9 lbs.
Dimensions 15.5" x 11.5" x 3.9"

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MackieDL-1608 Digital Live Mixer with iPad Control (Lightning Version)
 
4.7

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  • Versatile (4)

Cons

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    • Live sound (3)
    • Recording (3)
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    4.0

    Whoa

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    from White Plains, NY

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    Pros

    • Portable
    • Sleek design

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Live Sound

      Comments about Mackie DL-1608 Digital Live Mixer with iPad Control (Lightning Version):

      Whoa, ok, time to take a step into the future apparently. This thing is PRETTY cool. Not too much of a departure from using a real board, but still slightly, which is why i'm giving it 4/5 stars. Though don't get me wrong, this thing still works great. The control respond well and the sound is actually pretty awesome. I still wish FEELING the faders, but i'll also probably get used to this, haha.

      This is a real hands on product review from Chris O'Neil@ Sam Ash White Plains

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      5.0

      Space Aged Mixer

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      from Canoga Park, CA

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            Comments about Mackie DL-1608 Digital Live Mixer with iPad Control (Lightning Version):

            This is really where live music is going. Pretty soon, everybody will have a USB out, we'll go into a digital board like this one, and you won't need amps or a huge mixing board with a million connections, snakes run everywhere. Just leave this unit on stage, and run sound from wherever you want using your ipad.

            This is a real hands-on product review from Rock'n Dave @ Sam Ash Canoga Park.

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            5.0

            Digital Quality in a small format

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            from Richmond, VA

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Digital
            • Great sound
            • IPad control
            • Portable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • DJ Events
              • Live
              • presentations
              • Studio
              • Weddings

              Comments about Mackie DL-1608 Digital Live Mixer with iPad Control (Lightning Version):

              I have personally been running this mixer for 2 years now and I completely love every aspect of it. The only thing making it better for me would be more channels which is now available through DL32R. The preamps are great. 6 AUX outputs for monitor mixes. Ipad control via a wireless router and the Master Fader app. This is the best digital console on the market for under $1000..hands down.

              This is a hands on review from Boz @ Sam Ash Richmond

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              5.0

              Cool Live Mixer!

              By 

              from Charlotte, NC

              Pros

              • Ipad
              • Portable
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Live
                • Recording
                • small venues

                Comments about Mackie DL-1608 Digital Live Mixer with iPad Control (Lightning Version):

                This mixer is really great! With the use of the iPad controlling a lot of the functions, it makes everything easy to use, but still with high quality! With the iPad it also gives you the ability to move around more so than you would with a standard mixer! Great Product!

                This is a real, hands-on product review from Taylor at Sam Ash, Charlotte.

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                5.0

                Very versitale mixer

                By 

                from Edison, NJ

                Pros

                • Quality
                • Sound
                • Versitale

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Live

                  Comments about Mackie DL-1608 Digital Live Mixer with iPad Control (Lightning Version):

                  With the Ipad controller, this mixer is great. It allows you to move around the place you are playing and make sure that you sound great in every corner of the room. This is a sound guys dream piece.

                  This is a real hands-on product review from Tamir @ Sam Ash Edison

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                  5.0

                  Super Easy to Use

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                  from Columbus, OH

                  Verified Reviewer

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                        Comments about Mackie DL-1608 Digital Live Mixer with iPad Control (Lightning Version):

                        This is a super compact, easy to use digital mixer. Great for bands who run their own sound, or for smaller shows. Easy IOS device hookup for mixing around the venue. App has easy to navigate screens for fx, gate, compression, etc. Very clean sound, and easy to transport. Overall a great board for mobile applications.

                        This is a real hands-on product review from Matt @ Sam Ash Columbus

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                        5.0

                        Fantastic Easy To Use Mixer

                        By 

                        from Phoenix, AZ

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Comments about Mackie DL-1608 Digital Live Mixer with iPad Control (Lightning Version):

                        Mackie really thought this one through before they introduced their mixier contolled by iPads lot of functionality at such a low price point. Bottom line this mixer has designed very well with an easy wireless set-up, great plug-ins, great pre-amps and great sound. This is a real hands-on product review from Rick @ Sam Ash Phoenix.

                         
                        5.0

                        LOVE THESE!

                        By 

                        from King Of Prussia, PA

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Ipad
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Live
                          • Practice

                          Comments about Mackie DL-1608 Digital Live Mixer with iPad Control (Lightning Version):

                          I love these mixers! In this day and age, having iPad compatibility always separates a product from the rest. You get plenty of options and versatility, making different boards and controlling wirelessly! Great for big bands!

                          I am a staff reviewer @ Sam Ash Music

                           
                          4.0

                          GREAT MIXER

                          By 

                          from KING OF PRUSSIA

                          Pros

                          • Versatile
                          • Warm

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Live
                            • Recording

                            Comments about Mackie DL-1608 Digital Live Mixer with iPad Control (Lightning Version):

                            The DL-1608 is a great digital mixer! The onyx preamps adds a ton of headroom and warm! Great for recording and live performance.

                            I AM A STAFF REVIEWER @SAMASH KOP 7451DK

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                            5.0

                            The Next Step in Mixers

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                            from Canoga Park, CA

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                                  Comments about Mackie DL-1608 Digital Live Mixer with iPad Control (Lightning Version):

                                  I'll never forget the first time I did a soundcheck, and the sound guy was checking my monitor mix, standing on the stage next to me. The ability for the monitor guy and front of house to move around and still have total control of everything is revolutionary. Why hadn't they thought of all this before?


                                  This is a hands-on product review from Josh @ Sam Ash Canoga Park.

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