Mackie DL32R Delivers Wireless Control

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Mackie DL32R Delivers Wireless Control

Oct 15, 2014 12:50 PM

WOODINVILLE, WASH.�Mackie has debuted a new 32-channel digital mixing system controlled wirelessly from its Master Fader iPad app. The DL32R 32-Channel Wireless Digital Mixer with iPad Control features complete wireless control, including fully-loaded DSP and multi-track recording/playback.

�By ensuring that each and every feature can be controlled wirelessly without compromise, we are delivering benefits to users that were simply not possible before now,� said Mackie Senior Product Manager Ben Olswang.

The Mackie DL32R features a mix of flexible I/O in a 3U rackmount design. Each of the 32 inputs (24 XLR, 8 XLR/TRS combo) feature Mackie''s Onyx+ recallable mic preamps, with remote control over preamp gain and phantom power.

�You get frequency response that goes all the way down to 20Hz within 1dB at all gain settings,� said Olswang. He added, �DL32R''s gain changes are completely silent.�

Fully-assignable using the app, there are 14 XLR outputs, and the front panel also features a stereo AES digital output for connecting gear like speaker processors. A dedicated stereo monitor output is intended for connecting an in-ear monitor system for detailed listening.

With wireless control using Mackie's Master Fader iPad app, there is no longer any need for a fixed FOH position, which can also eliminate the need for an analog snake.

Multiple engineers can work wirelessly from a single DL32R mixer using their own iOS device, and the lead engineer can apply access limiting to additional control devices.

The DL32R features two flexible methods for multi-track recording and playback. The first is direct to USB hard drive, which is currently a 48 kHz, 24-bit, 24 input by 24-output platform. This will be expanded to 32x32 via a free firmware update. An additional USB 2.0 computer audio interface is available for 32x32 recording and playback that can directly connect with any DAW.

The DL32R features DSP that eliminates the need for racks of expensive outboard processing. Each of the inputs features a 4-band parametric EQ with a separate high-pass filter plus gating and compression. Four return channels feature dedicated EQ and compression. Each of the 14 aux sends, six matrix busses and main L/R busses feature a 4-band parametric EQ, 31-band GEQ, a compressor limiter and alignment delay. Six subgroups feature EQ and compression. Each processor features Modern and Vintage voicing options. Three separate effects processors with dedicated sends allow for two reverbs and one delay with tap control. 6 VCAs and 6 Mute Groups round out the processing.

�One of the most powerful features of Master Fader is our user-definable view groups,� said Olswang. �Simply select the channels for each of the six view groups to easily switch between things like drums, guitars or vocals.�

Master Fader is loaded with an array of factory presets, and users can also create their own custom presets. There''s also the ability to share these presets via email or Dropbox, which is a powerful new tool for the Mackie mixing community. There are also more features planned for the future.

The new Mackie DL32R 32-Channel Wireless Digital Mixer with iPad Control will be available in Q4 of 2014, and the Master Fader app is available as a free download from the iTunes App Store.