Mackie DL mixers

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prodjay

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Has anyone here used one of these mixer?

If so what are your likes, dislikes of it?

From time to time I need to mixer 5 to 6 mic's and would like more control with out adding a bunch of outboard gear.

I like the fact that I can run this mixer with an Ipad.
 

steve149

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Proformance

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Mackie DL seems overpriced given what else is out there. If you've got that much money get a Midas. If you want to try this out before swimming then get a Berhinger - it uses the same software, and would be a perfect backup later on for any Midas mixer you use..
 

BlueLineDJ

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I had the opportunity to demo a DL1608 Sunday night at a local Catholic High School graduation/mass. I was thoroughly impressed. Inputs consisted of one cavalier, one cordless, 3 wired, and a keyboard. Having the ability to remove the iPad and walk around in the front of the "house" was very convenient to change settings as I saw fit. End of the night, I expressed my positive thoughts on it. He ended up selling it to me for $300. I'm sure this thing has more settings/features/options than I will ever need, but I didn't think I should have passed the deal up. 91LLJYlEuiL._AC_SL1500_.jpg
 

Proformance

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It's one thing to love what the Mackie DL can do and then there is the matter of measuring it against what YOU need to do. If you're not one of those people who live and die by your iPad, or own multiple tablets - you'll also eventually resell it to the first interested buyer.

Anything that disables your iPad disables you're access to these kinds of tablet based mixers. So, in addition to the mixer - you need to buy a second iPad as backup or perhaps get used to using the tiny screen on your smartphone.

A secondary live surface is critical. Imagine you're in the middle of wedding ceremony, and you drop and break you iPad. The mix will continue without interruption but, when it comes time to un-mute the reader's mic, or bring up the level of the recessional music - you won't be able to do it without an active iPad or Android already synced and running with your mixer. You can build your my such that all channels remain open at all times, however not all situations are going to allow for that, or make it desirable. .

A lot of portable digital mixer's have this requirement, but some expand your options to include a wired PC along with more sophisticated offline editing and setup.

One thing that QSC did right in this tablet class was too include a tactile interface on the Touchmix series so that you can control it even without tablet. That's not only a backup to you tablet - but, it also forgoes needing connection to a PC. The downside is there's no offline editor, but once you've saved your presets to the unit they are there for you to recall at any time.
 

steve149

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It's one thing to love what the Mackie DL can do and then there is the matter of measuring it against what YOU need to do. If you're not one of those people who live and die by your iPad, or own multiple tablets - you'll also eventually resell it to the first interested buyer.

Anything that disables your iPad disables you're access to these kinds of tablet based mixers. So, in addition to the mixer - you need to buy a second iPad as backup or perhaps get used to using the tiny screen on your smartphone.

A secondary live surface is critical. Imagine you're in the middle of wedding ceremony, and you drop and break you iPad. The mix will continue without interruption but, when it comes time to un-mute the reader's mic, or bring up the level of the recessional music - you won't be able to do it without an active iPad or Android already synced and running with your mixer. You can build your my such that all channels remain open at all times, however not all situations are going to allow for that, or make it desirable. .

A lot of portable digital mixer's have this requirement, but some expand your options to include a wired PC along with more sophisticated offline editing and setup.

One thing that QSC did right in this tablet class was too include a tactile interface on the Touchmix series so that you can control it even without tablet. That's not only a backup to you tablet - but, it also forgoes needing connection to a PC. The downside is there's no offline editor, but once you've saved your presets to the unit they are there for you to recall at any time.
They did it right, but at $800, you can buy 2 iPad basic tablets at $250 each ( https://www.bestbuy.com/site/apple-...3F19G_dhHqsHgHm-BqxoCqR8QAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds ) and the unit at $300 and be ahead of the game ... :)

I do like the TouchMix though .. but less useful if you want to leave it near the sources and work away from it .. still need a tablet.
 

Proformance

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They did it right, but at $800, ...
LOL. I said they got ONE thing right (on board control.) It's overpriced for sure, and not that well made. The pre-amps are weak and noise from phantom power leaking into the pre-amps is not uncommon. If you get a problem unit you're screwed because it's not serviceable and most issues require the entire motherboard to be replaced (at about the same cost as buying a new one.) I imagine QSC didn't want to price it any lower than a K-series speaker. Why they duplicated a pair of AUX outputs rather than adding two more discreet outs is a mystery. Personally, I would not buy another Touchmix but, I have to concede the inclusion of tactile control was genius.

I (don't know) but I imagine the Mackie has better pre-amps than the QSC. Even Behringer is better than the QSC, and you can pair Behringer mixers (not the Air series) with Midas RIOs if you want still better preamps. Behringer also has a Dante card that can pair you with whatever you want.

There's no shortcuts when it comes to a mixer and you definitely (might) get what you pay for. The differences between $300, ...$3,000, and ....$30,000 mixer
becomes obvious as soon as you sit behind one and start mixing.
 
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Proformance

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I do like the TouchMix though .. but less useful if you want to leave it near the sources and work away from it .. still need a tablet.
I wouldn't do that anyway. If it's not an event where I can approach the side of the stage at will without causing distraction I would place the mixer at a rear FOH position.

Murphy's Law says the mixer works perfectly unless or until I put it somewhere I can't have complete access to! :)