Mackie DL 1608 Lightning

Mixer

  • Lightning mixer for Apple iPad
  • Compatible with iPad models from the iPad 4, as well as the iPad mini
  • 16 Microphone inputs
  • 6 AUX sends
  • 4-Band EQ
  • Compressor
  • Gate per channel
  • 31-Band graphic EQ and compressor/limiter in the outputs
  • Reverb and delay
  • XLR master outputs
  • Jack AUX outputs
  • Can be used wirelessly with an external Wi-Fi router
  • Up to 10 iPads can be used simultaneously
  • Intuitive Master Fader app
  • Visual feedback
  • Preset and snapshot recall
  • Easy recording directly to the iPad
  • Playback music from any iPad app and incorporate into the mix
  • PadLock feature locks down iPad for security
  • Industry standard Kensington lock secures mixer
  • Includes Pro Tools | First and extensive plugin bundles for creating professional recordings right away, including: the Musician Collection featuring 23 exclusive Mackie plugins such as BBD delay, the 304 bundle and Eleven Lite; the DAW OEM bundle featuring 16 powerful plugins such as Equaliser, Compressor, Reverber8 and Limiter.
  • Dimensions: 394 x 292 x 99 mm
  • Weight: 3.2 kg
  • Matching cover available under Article Nr 322025 (not included)
  • Software available in the following languages: German, Spanish, French, English
  • Free-of-charge "Mackie Master Fader" app can also be used without a DL mixer
  • Compatible with    iOS, Android, MacOS and Windows

Further Information

Buses 6
Inputs 16
Channels (max. amount) 16
DCA (Digitally Contr. Amp.) No
Card Slot (external) No
Touchscreen Yes
Offline Editing Yes
Demountable Stagebox No
External Power Supply No
Port For Ext. Power Supply No
19" Rack Unit No
Built in Audio player No

Bundle Offer 1

You save $17.25
$605

Bundle Offer 2

You save $17.25
$539

These are other customers' choices:

Customers who looked at this item have bought these:

Mackie DL 1608 Lightning
36% bought this exact product
Mackie DL 1608 Lightning
In stock within about one week
In stock within about one week

This item is expected back in stock soon and can then be shipped immediately.

Standard Delivery Times
$522 Add to Basket
K&M 19793 Tablet PC-Stativ
9% bought K&M 19793 Tablet PC-Stativ $51.65
K&M 19791 Tablet PC-Holder
6% bought K&M 19791 Tablet PC-Holder $44
Adam Hall THMS 1
6% bought Adam Hall THMS 1 $26.30
Apple Lightning auf USB 3.0 Adapter
6% bought Apple Lightning auf USB 3.0 Adapter $40.80
Our most popular Accessories for Mobile-Devices
43 Customer Ratings:
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
4.8 / 5.0
  • handling
  • features
  • sound
  • quality
29 written ratings Read all reviews
Total
Great but not perfect
Peeter K., 19.08.2014
So, as a practicing live sound engineer, I decided to exchange my Yamaha 01v96v2 for the DL1608 in order to get rid of the heavy lifting of multicore cables and the dirty job of rolling them up after a gig.
I have done three gigs with it so far (same group every time: vocals, string quartet and spanish guitar) and the impression is generally very positive. Saves a lot of time on smaller gigs by not having to set up a FOH area/booth. Just leave the mixer on stage, connect everything directly into it and just take the iPad and go.
I have been using a Zyxel router for the wireless control and it has worked pretty darn well. Only on the first gig I lost the connection while moving to the back of the audience but that was just for a moment and the drop out didn't have any effect on the sound. So, by the topic:
Handling:
Small, compact, easy to carry. The only handling you'll really be doing with the mixer itself is adjusting gain and headphones level with some fairly standard knobs. However, I feel that the turning of the knobs should offer a bit more resistance but it's not a big concern. The iPad app handles very well. Very responsive, intuitive, and manages to give you a lot of information at a glance. Since you can only view 8 faders (and input meters) at once, it's not quite as comfortable as having 16 physical faders at your disposal at all times, but it's very good, considering the restrictions of the iPad screen size. But contrary to the small loss in fader operation, the eq, compressor and really any other control interface is a joy to use, the touchscreen really enhances that stuff.
Features:
This is where the mixer's biggest shortcomings appear. First, no internal group buses. Yes, you can physically patch one using an aux send, but for a stereo group you will be giving away 2 channels and 2 aux sends. Same with stereo inputs for a cd player/stereo keyboard etc, although that's really ok, the aux sends are more valuable than the input channels. Also, there are two internal stereo effect channels, but for some reason, on is fixed for reverb and other for delay. On my three gigs, I would have killed for 2 reverb channels, albeit I think that for most occasions, one is fine. Of course, you can always opt for an external fx processor, but again, you'll lose 2 aux sends and 2 inputs. In conclusion, it's would be a hell of a lot versatile, if it had 2 more aux sends, if both fx channels were assignable to either delay or reverb, internal group buses and a stereo in, or at least six channels with xlr/trs combo inputs instead of the current 4. Other than that, it has got everything: compressor and gate on every channel, hpf, 4-band eq, graphic eq, mute groups - the whole nine yards.
Sound:
No complaints here, sounds excellent. The effects can be tweaked to sound very good too.
Quality:
Generally well made. The plastic feels a bit cheap, but with a case and the price point, a minor concern.
All in all, it's a great digital mixer for a good price that serves most of my gigs very well. With up to 16 channels, you can probably mix most standard-size bands with ease. I suppose you could always extend it with an analogue mixer, but that route obviously has it's limitations. Certainly recommended! I only wish they'd make a bigger one, 2410 for example.

Edit: Some time has passed since writing of the review. Mackie has released a software update for the console, and it adds 4 VCA-s subgroups and digital input gain trim among other features, so a lot of my issues are resolved.
Also, got a chance to compare it to the similarly priced Behringer X32 Rack: Sound quality wise I'd say they are both very good.
The Master Fader app is imo a lot better than the Behringer counterpart. Objectively, you get more bang for your buck with the X32 when it comes to features, but the Master Fader app is imo a lot better than the Behringer counterpart and for everyday mixing in small to medium venues where you don't need all the digital networking and routing, or multi-track recording capability, I think the Mackie is more comfortable to use, especially with the recent software update.
Also, it is a lot more compact and it is easy to set it up as a regular desk in mixing booth, if needed.
Helpful · Not helpful · Report
Report rating…

Do you believe this rating to be inaccurate or unacceptable for some reason?

Send report
Total
handling
features
sound
quality
So many features I haven't even discovered them all!!
LizCJ, 08.02.2019
I love this desk so much! There are so many features that I know I haven't even discovered yet, but it's easy enough to set up (with a little help from technologically minded friends.
Plenty of channels, we use it in our wedding band and we connect the dj decks to it afterwards and it works perfectly!! Easy to mute specific channels on the ipad, and it charges the ipad while it's plugged in.

Just be careful of which ipad you use.
And if you want to use the ipad wirelessly, you need a router!!
Helpful · Not helpful · Report
Report rating…

Do you believe this rating to be inaccurate or unacceptable for some reason?

Send report
$522 €484.03
Plus $32.35 shipping

The price in USD is a guideline price only!

In stock within about one week
In stock within about one week

This item is expected back in stock soon and can then be shipped immediately.

Standard Delivery Times
Share This Product
Your Contacts
Phone: +49-9546-9223-30
FAX: +49-9546-922328
Phone: +49-9546-9223-35
FAX: +49-9546-9223-24
Phone: +49-9546-9223-4800
FAX: +49-9546-9223-4899
Download
 
 
 
 
 
test results:
Offers include VAT and are valid as long as stocks last. We do not accept liability for typographical errors or inaccurate information of any kind. *RRP = manufacturer's / distributor's recommended retail price in Germany
(1)
Recently Viewed
Rode VideoMic NTG

Rode VideoMic NTG; On-Camera Shotgun Microphone; Highly directional supercardioid polar pattern; Convenient cold shoe mounting on camera; Frequency response: 35 Hz – 20 kHz (±3 dB); High sensitivity: 50 mV, SPL: 120 dB; Peak warning light; -20 dB Pad switch;...

(1)
Recently Viewed
Modal Argon8

Wavetable synthesiser 8-Voice polyphonic, 37-Key velocity sensitive keyboard (FATAR TP9 / S) with aftertouch, 120 Wavetables divided into 24 banks of 5 morphable waveform sets, 28 Static wavetable processors, 32 Wavetable oscillators, 4 Per voice with 8 types such...

(1)
Recently Viewed
Soundbrenner Core

4-in-1 Smart music tool in clock format 4 Functions: Watch, vibrating silent metronome, magnetic tuner and decibel meter, You always have your tools with you, whether you're practicing at home, recording in the studio or even performing on stage.,...

Recently Viewed
Aston Microphones Origin Black Bundle

Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone Liimited edition, Polar pattern: Cardioid, Frequency range: 20 - 20000 Hz (+/- 3dB), Maximum level: 138 dB, -10/0 dB pad switch, Low-cut filter 80 Hz, Requires 48 V phantom power, Integrated pop filter, Stand flange...

(1)
Recently Viewed
Novation Launchpad Pro MK3

Novation Launchpad Pro MK3; Grid-Controller for Ableton Live, other Music Software and external Hardware; 64 velocity- and pressure-sensitive Grid-Buttons with RGB- Background lighting; 4-Track Sequencer with 32 Steps; Accord Mode; dynamic Note- and Scale Mode; 8 User Mode with Components-Editor;...

Recently Viewed
Roland GO:LIVECAST

Roland GO:LIVECAST; Live Streaming Studio for Smartphones; easy to handle combination of hardware and app for creating professional Webcasts; compatible with Twitch, Facebook Live, YouTube, and other major streaming platforms; three microphone inputs: build-in microphone with reverb-effect, XLR/TRS combo-input (switchable...

Recently Viewed
Varytec Colors SonicStrobe

Varytec Colors SonicStrobe; LED stroboscope with ambient effect; Over 200 SMD 5730 LEDs provide bright and dynamic strobe and blinder effects; In addition, more than 140 SMD5050 RGB LEDs provide color accents in the background; special surface of the reflectors...

(2)
Recently Viewed
Harley Benton TUBE5 Celestion

Tube Combo for Electric Guitar 1 Channel, Power: 5 W / 1 W, switchable, Preamp tubes: 1x ECC83 / 12AX7, Power tubes: 1x 6V6GT, Equipped with 8" Celestion Super Speaker, Controls: Volume - Tone, Switch: Power - Attenuator 5...

(1)
Recently Viewed
Epiphone Les Paul Custom Ebony

Electric Guitar Body: Mahogany, 5-Way body binding, Neck: Mahogany, Fretboard: Ebony, Pearloid Block fretboard inlays, Neck profile: SlimTaper, Scale: 629 mm (24.75"), Nut width: 43 mm (1.693"), 22 Frets, Pickups: ProBucker 2 (neck) and ProBucker 3 (bridge) humbuckers, 2...

Recently Viewed
Walrus Audio Julia V2

Walrus Audio Julia V2; Analoger Chorus / Vibrato Effect pedal; controller: Rate, Depth, Lag, D-C-V (Dry - Chorus - Vibrato); LFO Wave Shape switch (sine / triangle); "Lag" determines the basic tonal character of the chorus (delay of the LFO...

Recently Viewed
Kramer Guitars Focus VT211S Teal

Kramer Guitars Focus VT211S Teal; electric guitar; body: mahogany; neck: maple; neck profile: slim; fretboard: maple; fretboard radius: 12" (30,48 cm); 21 medium jumbo frets; scale length: 647,7 mm (25.5"); nut width: 43 mm (1st fret)69"); Black Dot Inlays; Pickups:...

Recently Viewed
NEO Instruments micro Vent 122

NEO Instruments micro Vent 122; emulation of a Leslie 122; perfect for guitar, organ and keyboard signals; two selectable speeds (Speed1 continous, Speed2 Slow/Stop/Fast); Variable microphone to rotors distance; true bypass; 6.3mm jack input and output; dimensions: 113x 65x 47mm;...

Give Feedback
Feedback Found an error or want to give us feedback about this page?

We're looking forward to hearing from you and aim to solve any problems as soon as we can.