Tablet-controlled mixers are nothing new — but some engineers are still wary of mixing without physical faders. Enter the DigiLive...
Tablet-controlled digital mixers are now an established part of live sound, even for smaller venues, where Studiomaster’s new DigiLive 16 could potentially be a very attractive option, as well as appealing to bands that don’t need a huge number of inputs. This particular mixer is designed both for remote (via Wi-Fi) and front-panel operation, and includes nine long-throw motorised faders for adjusting the channel, bus and master levels. An integral seven-inch colour touchscreen works alongside the physical controls for accessing and adjusting parameters.
Measuring just 350 x 380 x 150 mm and weighing a modest 5kg, Studiomaster’s DigiLive is a 16-input, 16-bus console with eight analogue outputs (two mains and six assignable others) enabling it to feed, for example, a stereo mix and up to six mono monitor sends. The channel count is made up of four ‘combi’ XLR/jack mic/line inputs, eight XLR mic-only inputs and two stereo line-only channels with balanced jack inputs. Stereo audio recording and playback is available via USB directly to/from USB stick. Studiomaster’s web site product description also implies that Bluetooth is supported, though I could find no mention of this in the manual and a search of the setup pages revealed nothing relating to Bluetooth.
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