Mackie has announced a battery-powerable PA called FreePlay. Featuring Bluetooth music streaming, a 4-channel digital mixer and a control app for iPhone and iPod touch, FreePlay is an all-in-one stereo PA solution that includes an 8 inch woofer. FreePlay allows users to connect microphones, line or instrument level sources and features an easy-to-use 4-channel digital mixer to control levels, EQ and more. A first in the portable PA category, FreePlay offers music streaming from any smartphone, tablet or other Bluetooth capable device.
The FreePlay Connect app allows for simple level adjustments as well as control over the built-in feedback eliminator, application-specific speaker voicing modes and 16 vocal/instrument effects. For corporate audio applications like presentations or public address, the FreePlay Connect app provides discrete level control from anywhere. Plus, musicians can simply mount their phone on their mic stand for distraction free mixing during performances.
FreePlay’s portable design includes a choice of AC or battery power, including an optional rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack or standard D Cell batteries. A kickstand/ pole mount accessory connects directly to FreePlay and allows it to be mounted on a standard speaker pole for increased coverage. It also allows the user to tilt FreePlay back to a 45-degree angle for better monitoring when FreePlay is on the ground. An optional lithium-ion battery pack delivers up to 10 hours of playback and is rechargeable so users always have the power they need. There’s also a carry bag available to protect during transport and storage that includes handy pockets for mics, cables, etc.
The Mackie FreePlay Personal PA will be available worldwide beginning March, 2015 and will list for $499 – here are the specs.