We’ve been fans of mixing on iPad ever since we realised it let us tech gigs from the pie van outside, so it’s no surprise we’re excited about Mackie’s new DL32R, which is controlled through their Master Fader iOS app.
Mackie DL32R hardware
First let’s talk about the unit itself. It takes up a respectably compact 3U of rack space, and Mackie claim that you can take it anywhere because it’s “built like a tank.” It features 32 recallable mic pres – actually, Mackie tell us that all settings are totally recallable – 14 fully-assignable XLR outputs and stereo AES digital output.
You get 36 input channels with four band PEQ + HPF, gate and compression, 32 stereo-linkable input channels and four stereo-linkable return channels. The DL32R has 28 output busses with four band PEQ + HPF/LPF, 31 band GEQ, comp/limiter and alignment delay, 14 stereo-linkable aux sends, 6 stereo-linkable matrix buses, 6 stereo-linkable subgroups and main L?R buses. You’ll also get 6 VCAs and 6 mute groups, 3 stereo VX processors with dedicated sends and returns, full I/O routing with A/B sources per channel and modern and vintage options per processor.
A Dante expansion card is due to be released soon and will be sold separately.
Multi-channel recording and playback
More than just a live sound mixer, the Mackie DL32R canb pull in extra recording duties. You can do 24×24 recording/playback to a USB 2 hard drive, so you can record the show for later mix down, perform a virtual soundcheck, cue intermission music and backing tracks and even use your Mac or PC plug-ins in live shows.
Master Fader app control
The DL32R is controlled using Mackie’s Master Fader iPad app, and can support up to ten devices at once, so you can have up to ten people controlling various aspects of the DL32R at once, or using their iPad or iPhone as a personal monitor. Thankfully, you can limit the access rights of new users so that they can’t make adjustments you don’t want.