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)
 
4.6

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        5.0

        Digital Mixer at a great price

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        from san antonio

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

        Love this thing! makes organization of channels, effects, monitor mixes a snap! Just add iPad!! But really, I loved the original 30-pin connector version of it, and the only difference here is the lightning connector for newer iPad's. Very fun, the app is free and very easy to use.

        This is a hands on review from Jon @ sam ash san antonio

         
        4.0

        Great flexibility

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        from Sam Ash Music Ontario, Ca.

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

              Awesome mixer. The iPad integration gives you the freedom to move around the room wherever you like. Great sound quality, easy to use and comes with so many features and plugins, you are set for just about any gig. Well built and compact, a great choice for any touring band or small venue. This is a real hands on product review by EpR@ Sam Ash Music Ontario.

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              5.0

              future board

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              from Cincinnati,OH

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              Pros

              • Easy of use
              • Functions
              • Size

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home recordings
                • Live Sound
                • Studio

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

                The coolest mixer out there. It has great preamps that get a real warm sound. Totally functions as any analog mixer but with the convenience of digital tech. A really nice all around great buy. I am a staff reviewer at Sam Ash Music

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                5.0

                Awesome Mackie mixer!

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                from Queens, NY

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

                      The Mackie DL-1608 Digital Live Mixer with iPad Control (Lightning Version) is a great mixer for someone who prefers digitals controls, especially through an iPad. First of all, it's Mackie. Second of all, the iPad is a thing now and people use it for everything, including mixing. Third, you can control faders from your phone so you can hear the sound from all over. Need anymore reasons? Try to think of them.

                      This is a real hands on product review from Scott @ Sam Ash Queens

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                      4.0

                      The latest in Affordable Digital Mixing

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                      from Columbus, Ohio

                      Staff Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Full functions
                      • Great Value
                      • Portable
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Churchs
                        • Clubs
                        • concerts
                        • Recording
                        • Schools

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

                        This digital mixer is designed to interface directly and securely with the Ipad for total flexibility in just about any audio situation.. Complete with 16 Onyx mic-preamps, this unit provides a full array of effects including reverbs,delays and vintage style compression.
                        This is a Sam Ash review from Columbus .

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                        4.0

                        Great mixer for the price

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                        from Indianapolis, IN

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                        Pros

                        • East to use
                        • Portable
                        • Rugged
                        • Well built

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Live Sound

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

                          Has everything you need to produce a great sound at a third of the cost of the analog gear needed to match this mixer. The record function works great and it's really nice to be able to move around the venue and make adjustments. Easy to get around on and the work flow is intuitive. This is a great mixer for the price.

                          This is a real hands-on product review from Andy @ Sam Ash Indianapolis

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                          5.0

                          Wireless mixing for the new iPads

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                          from Cleveland, OH

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

                                This new version of the DL-1608 is just as good as the first one. Now that it boasts the Lightning connection, the new generation of technology is finally compatible with the unit. You have full access to all of the controls, including recallable preset programs, remotely using your iPad. Each channel has a 4 band parametric EQ to dial in inputs individually and a master 31 band EQ to shape your overall mix. You can even assign different plugins to different channels for a completely streamlined method of sound control. Add in the crisp sounding mic preamps in each channel and the huge array of output options, you really can't go wrong with this mixer if you have any interest in being able to do your job wirelessly.

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                                5.0

                                Great design and build quality.

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                                from Columbus, OH

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                                Pros

                                • Great build

                                Cons

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

                                    Too much to list!! Mackie is on top of their game with this one. This digital mixer is the perfect compliment to anyone using iPad technology in their live sound setup. 31-band graphic eq gives you total control. Built like a tank, this unit will last for years to come. Great design, will look great to every fan looking over your shoulder.

                                    This is a hands on product review from Christian @ Sam Ash Columbus.

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                                    5.0

                                    Mixer has Class!

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                                    from Chicago, Il

                                    Staff Reviewer

                                    Pros

                                    • clean
                                    • Great sound

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Live

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

                                      Very intuitive interface and easy to use. Sounds GREAT! The record function works great and it's really nice to be able to move around the venue and make adjustments.
                                      The learning curve is not that difficult. We used it at a gig the day it arrived.
                                      Cool stuff!
                                      This is a real hands on product review from Warren@  Sam Ash Buffalo Grove

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                                      4.0

                                      Good Mixer

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                                      from KOP

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

                                      Great easy to use mixer. Used wih sound and lights. Hooks up to an ipad to make it even easier. Good sound. Clear. Portable. I am a samash reviewer.

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