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Mackie Delivers Major Update to Master Fader Control App for Popular DL1608

Significant feature upgrades drive complete live sound solution.

Mackie has updated the Master Fader control app for the Mackie DL1608. Updates include the ability to store and recall presets for all plug-ins. This allows the user to quickly dial in a channel, with factory and user-defined presets available. Other updates include snapshot and show capabilities so users can store and instantly recall all aspects* of any mix. Most importantly, updates include the ability to configure up to ten iPad devices for wireless operation. For full details about the DL1608 and Master Fader control app, visit www.mackie.com/DL1608. Downloading Master Fader for free is the perfect way to try out the functions of the DL1608 mixer before you buy. To actually run audio, DL1608 hardware is required.

“This Master Fader update adds significant features, making the DL1608 a complete live sound solution, but we’re far from done,” commented Ben Olswang, Mackie product manager. “We have been gathering end-user feedback and will be continuously developing additional features and functionality. That’s the beauty of the DL1608. The update possibilities are endless.”

The Master Fader app delivers total control over the Mackie DL1608. With a focus on speed and control, the Master Fader control app was designed from the ground up for touch. Eliminating unnecessary screens and avoiding redundancies, the Master Fader control app offers simple navigation, wired or wirelessly, in conjunction with the Mackie DL1608 hardware.

The Mackie DL1608 redefines live mixing by combining the proven power of a full-featured digital mixer with the unmatched ease and mobility of an iPad. With 16 boutique-quality Onyx mic preamps and the performance of 24-bit Cirrus Logic AD/DA converters, the DL1608 delivers unparalleled sound quality. Seamless wired to wireless iPad control allows a user to mix from anywhere in the venue, providing the mobile freedom to control not only the mix, but also powerful plug-ins like EQ, dynamics, effects and more. The sleek DL1608 even supports up to 10 iPad devices so musicians can control their own monitor mix on stage.

Master Fader version 1.1 is available for free from the App Store on iPad or at www.itunes.com/appstore/.

Learn more about the Mackie DL1608 by visiting http://bit.ly/DL1608Podcast to subscribe to the DL1608 video podcast series.

*Excludes mic preamp gain

iPad is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. Wi-Fi router required for wireless operation. Wi-Fi router and iPad not included.

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Mackie DL1608™ Digital Live Sound Mixer Now Shipping Worldwide

Highly-anticipated, innovative compact mixer with complete iPad control available now

Announced earlier this year and easily one of the most anticipated compact live consoles with complete iPad control ever, the Mackie DL1608 16-Channel Digital Live Sound Mixer is now shipping. To meet unprecedented demand, Mackie has increased production capabilities and shipments are now leaving their North American manufacturing facility to eager customers worldwide.

“We are extremely excited to get the DL1608 into the hands of musicians and engineers,” commented Ben Olswang, Mackie product manager. “We’ve been addressing customer interest with a series of video podcasts that go over all the cool features. Plus, the Master Fader™ Control App has been fully updated with great new features that weren’t available in the preview version.”

The Mackie DL1608 redefines live mixing by combining the proven power of a full-featured digital mixer with the unmatched ease and mobility of iPad. With 16 boutique-quality Onyx mic preamps and the performance of 24-bit Cirrus Logic™ AD/DA converters, the DL1608 delivers unparalleled sound quality. Seamless wired to wireless iPad control allows a user to mix from anywhere in the venue, providing the mobile freedom to control not only the mix, but also powerful plug-ins like EQ, dynamics, effects and more. The sleek DL1608 even supports up to 10 iPad devices so musicians can control their own monitor mix on stage.

The Mackie DL1608 16-Channel Digital Live Sound Mixer has a UK list price of £1260 inc vat. Due to the large volume of orders, it may take a few shipments before your local dealer will have it in stock. Contact your local dealer for detailed information regarding availability.

The Mackie Master Fader Control App is available for free from the App Store on iPad or at www.itunes.com/appstore/.
For more information about the DL1608 or to find a dealer, please visit www.mackie.com/DL1608.

To subscribe to the video podcast series via iTunes visit http://bit.ly/KFTk5g. The videos are also hosted on Mackie’s YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDA2596CA90227187. Additional DL1608 info is also available by email. Visit http://eepurl.com/iWslb to sign up.

Wi-Fi router required for wireless operation. Wi-Fi router and iPad not included.

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Mackie Master Fader App Delivers Intuitive Control over Mackie DL1608 Mixer

Mackie today announces the first release of the much anticipated Mackie Master Fader™ control application for the Mackie DL1608™ 16-channel Digital Live Sound Mixer with iPad Control. This preview release of the Master Fader app comes before DL1608 availability, providing the perfect way to try out the functions of the DL1608 mixer before you buy.

“There’s been a tremendous amount of interest in the DL1608… especially surrounding the user interface,” commented Ben Olswang, Mackie product manager. “That’s why we wanted to release the Master Fader control app as soon as possible. Anybody interested in the Mackie DL1608 can get their hands on the intuitive touch control app before the mixer hits the shelves.”

The Master Fader app delivers total control over the Mackie DL1608. With a focus on speed and control, the Master Fader control app was designed from the ground up for touch. Eliminating unnecessary screens and avoiding redundancies, the Master Fader control app offers simple navigation, wired or wirelessly, in conjunction with the Mackie DL1608 hardware. Completely updateable via the iOS app store, future releases will be packed with feature upgrades and additional functionality. Not all features are available on this preview version, but will be complete when the DL1608 hits the shelves.

The Mackie DL1608 redefines live mixing by combining the proven power of a full-featured digital mixer with the unmatched ease and mobility of an iPad. With 16 boutique-quality Onyx mic preamps and the performance of 24-bit Cirrus Logic AD/DA converters, the DL1608 delivers unparalleled sound quality. Seamless wired to wireless iPad control allows a user to mix from anywhere in the venue, providing the mobile freedom to control not only the mix, but also powerful plug-ins like EQ, dynamics, effects and more. The sleek DL1608 even supports up to 10 iPad devices so musicians can control their own monitor mix on stage.

Mackie currently anticipates the first DL1608 shipments to begin arriving at dealers beginning in August. Due to the large volume of orders, it may take a few shipments before your local dealer will have it in stock. Contact your local dealer for detailed information about when units will be reaching your area. For general information about the DL1608, visit mackie.com/DL1608.

Download the preview Mackie Master Fader control app via the iOS App Store by visiting http://bit.ly/MackieMasterFader.Check out episode #3 of the Mackie DL1608 video podcast, covering the powerful output processing of the DL1608. Subscribe today for free to access to the entire series of informative videos. Visit http://bit.ly/DL1608Podcast to subscribe now.

iPad is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. Wi-Fi router required for wireless operation. Wi-Fi router and iPad not included.

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Mackie DL1608 Podcast Episode 2 Available

Subscribe to join the conversation and learn everything about this exciting new digital live sound mixer.

The all-new Mackie DL1608 Digital Live Sound Mixer with iPad Control has garnered some serious attention from audio pros the world over since the unveiling earlier this year. With availability right around the corner, Mackie wants to inform and involve all the eager customers with a new DL1608 video podcast series. Podcast episodes will cover the basics, offer tips and tricks and get into advanced uses. Episode 1 is an overview of the DL1608 hardware and software and the newly released Episode 2 drives into the input processing of the mixer.Later episodes will be completely based around customers’ responses to an upcoming poll on Facebook and Twitter.

“We’ve re-defined the concept of live mixing with the introduction of the DL1608, which takes digital, mobile mixing to a whole new level,” remarked Mackie Product Manager, Ben Olswang. “Since then, we’ve received an amazing amount of feedback from musicians, engineers and contractors wanting not only to know more, but to share their ideas. A video podcast series is the perfect platform to engage with these customers.”

Subscribe to the DL1608 video podcast series through iTunes to keep up-to-date – http://bit.ly/KFTk5g

Even better, once the DL1608 is out in the field, interested users can pull this podcast series up right on their iPad. With how-to videos planned for wireless setup, effects use and more, this video series is bound to be an extremely valuable tool for users who want help at the gig during hours when traditional technical support is simply not available.

To subscribe to the video podcast series via iTunes visit http://bit.ly/KFTk5g. The videos are also be hosted on Mackie’s YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDA2596CA90227187&feature=plcp. Additional DL1608 info is also available by email. Visit http://eepurl.com/iWslb to sign up.

The Mackie DL1608 redefines live mixing by combining the proven power of a full-featured digital mixer with the unmatched ease and mobility of an iPad. With 16 boutique-quality Onyx mic preamps and the performance of 24bit Cirrus Logic AD/DA converters, the DL1608 delivers unparalleled sound quality. Seamless wired to wireless iPad control allows a user to mix from anywhere in the venue, providing the mobile freedom to control not only the mix, but also powerful plug-ins like EQ, dynamics, effects and more. The sleek DL1608 even supports up to 10 iPad devices so musicians’ can control their own monitor mix on stage.

The Mackie DL1608 will be available later this summer at dealers worldwide. For general information about the DL1608, visit www.mackie.com/DL1608.

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Get Inside the Innovative Mackie DL1608 With New Video Podcast Series

Subscribe to join the conversation and learn everything about this exciting new digital live sound mixer

The all-new Mackie DL1608 Digital Live Sound Mixer with iPad Control has garnered some serious attention from audio pros the world over since the unveiling earlier this year. With availability right around the corner, Mackie wants to inform and involve all the eager customers with a new DL1608 video podcast series. Podcast episodes will cover the basics, offer tips and tricks and get into advanced uses. Later episodes will be completely based around customers’ responses to an upcoming poll on Facebook and Twitter.

“We’ve re-defined the concept of live mixing with the introduction of the DL1608, which takes digital, mobile mixing to a whole new level,” remarked Mackie Product Manager, Ben Olswang. “Since then, we’ve received an amazing amount of feedback from musicians, engineers and contractors wanting not only to know more, but to share their ideas. A video podcast series is the perfect platform to engage with these customers.”

Subscribe to the DL1608 video podcast series through iTunes to keep up-to-date. Even better, once the DL1608 is out in the field, interested users can pull this podcast series up right on their iPad. With how-to videos planned for wireless setup, effects use and more, this video series is bound to be an extremely valuable tool for users who want help at the gig during hours when traditional technical support is simply not available.

To subscribe to the video podcast series via iTunes visit http://bit.ly/KFTk5g. The videos will also be hosted on Mackie’s YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/MackieTV. Additional DL1608 info is also available by email. Visit http://eepurl.com/iWslb to sign up.

The Mackie DL1608 redefines live mixing by combining the proven power of a full-featured digital mixer with the unmatched ease and mobility of an iPad. With 16 boutique-quality Onyx mic preamps and the performance of 24bit Cirrus Logic AD/DA converters, the DL1608 delivers unparalleled sound quality. Seamless wired to wireless iPad control allows a user to mix from anywhere in the venue, providing the mobile freedom to control not only the mix, but also powerful plug-ins like EQ, dynamics, effects and more. The sleek DL1608 even supports up to 10 iPad devices so musicians’ can control their own monitor mix on stage.

The Mackie DL1608 will be available later this summer at dealers worldwide. For general information about the DL1608, visit www.mackie.com.

Mackie’s DL1608 in the Field with Dierks Bentley and Brad

When Mackie launched the DL1608 Digital Live Mixer with iPad Control at NAMM earlier this year it turned more than a few heads in the industry. This full featured, 16-channel mixer introduced an entirely new take on live sound with its groundbreaking new paradigm – complete iPad control. As Mackie gears up for the launch of the DL1608’s Master Fader control app in June and the arrival of the DL1608 in stores worldwide later this summer, they’re field testing the app by putting it in the hands of front of house engineers in a wide range of real world scenarios.

Most recently, the DL1608 got some face-time with FOH engineers for Dierks Bentley and Brad (Stone Gossard, Shawn Smith, Regan Hagar, Jeremy Toback). Both engineers used the DL1608 for the first time on April 21, 2012 at Seattle independent music store, Easy Street Records. The live show was part of national Record Store Day, an annual celebration where 700 independently owned record stores collaborate with musicians to celebrate the art of music. Easy Street Records features a small venue with a maximum capacity of 750 people that commonly hosts afternoon shows with touring artists scheduled for headlining shows at larger Seattle venues later that evening.  With an extremely tight front of house space, the venue demands a compact mixer solution that can guarantee premium sound and give the engineer massive control.

Both FOH engineers, Pugs (Dierks Bentley) and Barrett Jones (Brad), had time for only a quick tutorial before their 30-minute sound checks.  Normally a FOH engineer wouldn’t touch a digital mixer they’ve never used  just minutes before a show (especially since this performance would be streaming live on Sirius Satellite Radio), but in this case both engineers found the user interface intuitive and comprehensive, with all the functionality they expect in a digital mixer. “Although I had never used this mixer before, it was straight forward, easy to use, and well laid out,” said Barrett Jones.

Besides having an intuitive interface that was easy to navigate with little instruction, another huge benefit of the DL1608 is the ability to control the mixer from anywhere in the venue. “It was great to be able to tweak the monitors from each monitor position on stage with the iPad controller… the ability to mix the show while walking around the floor was really nice,” said Jones.

During the 10-hour day, which featured performances by four bands in total, the DL1608 performed without a hitch and Mackie received tremendous hands-on insight from the engineers. These real world field tests are an essential part of Mackie’s product design process. Stress testing the hardware in a variety of conditions ensures the DL1608 hardware will work reliably for customers. In addition, real world feedback on the Master Fader control application will shape future updates as it continually evolves through simple app store updates, adding value to the DL1608.

The Master Fader app will be available free in the iOS-App Store in June 2012. Mackie will also soon premiere a DL1608 video podcast series offering tons of great information about the DL1608, including all the basics, advanced how-to’s, and tips and tricks. Later episodes will specifically respond to questions that customers pose to Mackie’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. The DL1608 video podcast series will start in May 2012 in iTunes. The DL1608 will begin shipping in Summer 2012.

Mackie Expands Popular ProFX Mixer Series

Offers increased channel count and compression for larger applications.

Mackie today announces two additions to its popular ProFX Compact Effects Mixer series — the ProFX16 and ProFX22. With increased channel count and useful tools like dedicated inline compression, both new models are perfect for mid-sized venues and bands looking for a do-it-all live sound solution.

“The ProFX line has always been about maximum utility,” said Matt Redmon, Mackie Product Manager.  “Now, with the new ProFX16 and ProFX22, larger applications can benefit from Mackie’s out-of-the-box live sound solution.”

Like all ProFX Series mixers, the new 16-channel ProFX16 and 22-channel ProFX22 deliver a host of features designed to eliminate the need for additional rackmount gear. On the front end, Mackie low-noise, high-headroom preamps work with LED metering and 60mm faders on each channel to keep levels in check. Every channel also features 3-band EQ. All ProFX mixers offer an integrated 32-bit RMFX™ effects processor with 16 “Gig-Ready” FX and a 7-band graphic EQ for simple tuning of mains or monitors. The built-in USB interface allows the user to record the show and stream back music for breaks or integration into the mix. A rugged, solid steel chassis with protective ABS sidecheeks offers superior impact-resistance. The new ProFX16 and ProFX22 not only increase the number of mic pres needed for larger applications, they also feature dedicated inline compression for simple, one-knob compression of critical vocals and instruments.

“They’re easy to operate, sound great and virtually eliminate the need for expensive, heavy outboard gear,” remarked Redmon. “They’re perfect for any performance venue, house of worship or band that needs a ton of professional tools and are on a budget.”

The new ProFX16 and ProFX22 join the popular ProFX Series, which also features the ultra-compact ProFX8 and ProFX12. Both new ProFX models will be available worldwide in Q2, 2011. Pricing is as follows: ProFX16 – Euro list price €599 Inc tax / UK list price of £499 Inc Vat, ProFX22 – Euro list price €799 Inc tax / UK list price of £699 Inc Vat. For more detailed product information, please visit www.mackie.com.

Frankfurt Musikmesse 2011: New Mackie VLZ3 4-Bus Mixers Offer Proven VLZ Technology with Higher Channel Count

Includes integrated FX and USB connectivity.

Mackie today brings two new mid-format analog consoles, each featuring dual internal FX processors, dedicated compression and 4-track recording via USB – the 24-channel 2404-VLZ3 and 32-channel 3204-VLZ3 to Musikmesse. Mackie VLZ3 4-Bus Premium FX Mixers with USB deliver proven, professional sound quality and performance in an ultra-compact and rugged design with the channel count needed for SR applications.

“VLZ is synonymous with high-headroom and low-noise,” remarked John Boudreau, Music Gear Group VP, LOUD Technologies Inc. “We are psyched to bring VLZ3 performance to mixers with higher channel count and real-world live sound tools like effects processing, channel compression and USB connectivity.”

The Mackie 2404-VLZ3 and 3204-VLZ3 feature low-noise, high-headroom XDR2™ mic channels (20 and 28, respectively) and two dedicated channels for stereo inputs. Inline compression is available on each of the four subgroups and on four select channels. Dual 32-bit RMFX™ effects processors offer 16 extremely useable presets, including tap delay. The integrated 4×2 USB interface offers multiple routing options to a DAW, with a convenient stereo return that’s assignable to the mains for background music or into a channel strip for mix integration. With the smallest footprint in their class and legendary Mackie rugged design, VLZ3 4-Bus mixers are perfect for often cramped FOH areas or portable applications.

“Mackie has always been about professional features and performance at prices that are within the reach of the working musician. The new VLZ3 4-Bus mixers are a perfect example of this philosophy in action,” concluded Boudreau.

The Mackie VLZ3 4-Bus Series Premium FX Mixers with USB are available worldwide. The 2404-VLZ3 is £1199 including VAT and €1499 including tax. The 3204-VLZ3 is £1349 including VAT and €1699 including tax. Visit Mackie during Musikmesse from April 6-9, 2011 in Frankfurt, Germany in Halle 4.1, Stand E31.  For more detailed product information, please visit www.mackie.com.

Digidesign Announces D-Show 2.5 Software Upgrade For VENUE

Digidesign® is pleased to announce the D-Show 2.5 software upgrade for the VENUE live sound environment. D-Show 2.5 is the first release that offers support for both the D-Show™ and D-Show Profile™ mixing consoles.

Developed in response to user requests, D-Show 2.5 provides more flexibility to Matrix and PQ outputs and adds input libraries, a new Events List, and many other features to enhance the user experience with any VENUE console.

New Features in D-Show 2.5

Support for the D-Show Profile mixing surface
With the addition of the new D-Show Profile console to the VENUE family, D-Show 2.5 provides complete support for the entire VENUE product line. D-Show users who adopt the new console will be immediately familiar with the software and workflows.

Full portability of user setting and show files between VENUE consoles
D-Show 2.5 offers guaranteed show file compatibility between D-Show and D-Show Profile mixing consoles. And users won’t encounter any data loss when moving files between the two systems—if functions are unavailable, the software will preserve and restore settings.

Expanded Matrix and Personal Q (PQ) Routing
Mono or PQ matrices can now accept input from 12 sources, which can include any combination of groups, auxiliaries, LRM masters, and any of eight user-assigned inputs. All matrices can have their own input sources and all can be changed on a per-scene basis with snapshot automation.

New Event List functionality
The new Event List allows complete customization of function buttons, footswitches, and D-Show Profile’s General Purpose Interface (GPI), enabling users to speed up their workflow. Engineers can now create “macros” that allow the console to perform single or multiple functions with a single button push or switch closure from an external device.

Input Channel Presets
This additional input library enables complete channel settings storage on a per-channel basis, which allows faster set-up of similar channels and easy access to input-only settings to all show files. As with other preset libraries, input libraries can be transferred independently to a USB key.

Pricing and Availability
Digidesign expects to release the D-Show 2.5 software upgrade around 10/31/06. Customers will be able to purchase the upgrade either directly from Digidesign’s Customer Service Administration (CSA) or from their authorized VENUE reseller for $149 US MSRP. Customers must provide the serial number of their FOH Rack to qualify for the upgrade.

Amnesty Upgrades
D-Show 2.0 customers qualify for a free D-Show 2.5 upgrade provided they meet the following requirements:

Customers purchasing a D-Show 2.0 system or D-Show 2.0 upgrade kit between January 1, 2006 and July 31, 2006 must register their purchase with Digidesign Customer Service Administration on or before September 25, 2006 in order to qualify for a free D-Show 2.5 upgrade.

Customers purchasing a D-Show 2.0 system or D-Show 2.0 upgrade kit between August 1, 2006 and the release of D-Show 2.5 (late Oct / early Nov) must register their purchase with Digidesign Customer Service Administration on or before December 15, 2006 in order to qualify for a free D-Show 2.5 upgrade.

For more information, visit their web site at www.digidesign.com.

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Digidesign Expands The VENUE Family With The D-Show Profile Mixing Console

Digidesign® is proud to announce the addition of D-Show Profile™ to the VENUE live sound environment family. This compact mixing console is a size-conscious alternative to the wildly popular D-Show™, the flagship console of the VENUE line. D-Show Profile offers full compatibility with all existing VENUE hardware components, total file portability, and an incredibly compact footprint—all of which ensures the exact same sound quality, reliability, and flexibility for which VENUE is now well known.

Compact Form Factor
D-Show Profile features a 24-channel frame that’s smaller than the footprint of a single D-Show main unit. The console serves as the perfect alternative for sound reinforcement vendors, rental houses, and contractors that need to offer a powerful system in a compact form for small- to mid-size environments and applications, such as houses of worship, corporate events, theaters, mid-level concert venues, and remote broadcasts.

Total Show File Portability
D-Show Profile uses the same D-Show software as its big brother D-Show, enabling engineers to create and load files for use on either console. This also means that users won’t need to learn new software if they’re already familiar with D-Show. D-Show engineers can move straight on to D-Show Profile—and vice-versa—without additional software acclimation to start mixing or building show files. Plus engineers will no longer need to build new show files (as many currently do) when simply moving to a different console by the same manufacturer.

Full Hardware Compatibility
D-Show Profile works with all existing VENUE hardware components, such as FOH and Stage racks. For sound reinforcement vendors and rental houses, this can represent a tremendous amount of savings and alleviate fears of current inventory obsolescence. With the VENUE model of interconnectivity and flexibility, vendors can greatly widen the scope of their existing system applications by simply offering an alternative mixing console.

New Features
Profile features eight General Purpose Interface (GPI) inputs and eight GPI outputs to connect and control any external equipment that can react to simple switch closures. Used in conjunction with the new Event List in D-Show 2.5 software, engineers can design up to 999 simple or complex macros and use GPI to control external switches, devices, equipment functions, and more.

Digidesign will be showcasing the entire VENUE family at the PLASA ’06 show in London (stand #K57) from September 10-13.

D-Show Profile is expected to ship in Q4 2006. A complete D-Show Profile System, which includes the Profile mixing console and VENUE FOH and Stage racks, will be available via authorized Digidesign dealers for $54,985 US MSRP. The Profile console will also be available separately for $17,955 US MSRP.

For more information, visit their web site at www.digidesign.com.