Mackie just debuted its new DL32R 32-Channel Wireless Digital Mixer with iPad Control. The Mackie DL32R features a mix of professional I/O in an compact 3U rackmount design. Each of the 32 inputs (24 XLR, 8 XLR/TRS combo) feature Mackie’s all-new Onyx+ recallable mic preamps, with remote control over preamp gain and phantom power. Fully-assignable using the Master Fader control app, there are 14 XLR outputs great for anything from stage monitors to matrix outputs. The front panel also features a stereo AES digital output for connecting gear like speaker processors. A dedicated stereo monitor output is designed for connecting an in-ear monitor system for detailed listening from anywhere in the venue.
With complete wireless control of the system using Mackie’s Master Fader iPad app, there is no longer any need for a fixed FOH position. Place the mixer where it works best — be it next to the stage, backstage or even tucked away in a utility closet. This can also eliminate the need for a bulky analog snake.The DL32R does away with FOH positions such as under a balcony, behind a pillar, etc. The user can tune the room right from the problem spots and get on stage to ring out monitors or work with the band to dial in the perfect monitor mix.
Multiple engineers can work wirelessly from a single DL32R mixer using their own iOS device, including monitor engineers and performers who wish to control their own monitor mixes. The lead engineer can apply access limiting to additional control devices, keeping the user from making unwanted changes.
The DL32R features two flexible methods for multi-track recording and playback: The first of these is direct to USB hard drive, which is currently a 48 kHz, 24-bit, 24 input by 24 output platform — this will be expanded soon to 32×32 via a free firmware update. Second is the direct-to-disk option for wireless control over your multi-track recording and playback.
An additional USB 2.0 computer audio interface is available for 32×32 recording and playback that can directly connect with any DAW — great for studio applications and rehearsal spaces. Both methods provide the ability to record the band and perform a virtual soundcheck at the next show. This is a powerful and professional way to dial in a mix at any venue.
Mackie says the DL32R’s DSP eliminates the need for racks of expensive outboard processing. Each of the 32 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 auxiliary 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, delivering sonic choice to the user. 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.
Designed from the ground up for live sound, Mackie’s Master Fader iPad app delivers total wireless control over the DL32R. True to Mackie’s ongoing commitment to creating mixers that are extremely easy to learn and to master, Master Fader provides fast navigation and very powerful tools for mixing 32-channels of audio.
The new Mackie DL32R 32-Channel Wireless Digital Mixer with iPad Control is available now worldwide and lists for $2,499.99. All the detailed specs are here.