The DC16 control surface for Mackie’s DL32R digital mixer gives you the best of both iPad and hardware control.
First launched back in 2014, Mackie’s DL32R is an attractively priced, Wi-Fi/iPad-controlled rackmount digital mixer. It features 36 inputs, 28 busses, 14 outputs and Dante connectivity, and possesses a fairly comprehensive list of features and facilities. Although Mackie’s Master Fader iOS app (now in v4.6.1) offers an intuitive user interface that is more than capable of handling the complexity of the DL32R, the absence of a compatible hardware control surface may well have kept it out of consideration for many professional users. The recent release of the Mackie DC16 Digital Control Surface, which is designed to complement the DL32R and the Master Fader app, has created the Axis digital live mixing system — the modular paradigm of which offers the flexibility to cope with a range of applications, both mobile and installation.
Since my esteemed colleague Paul White looked at the DL32R in detail back in the December 2014 issue of SOS (www.soundonsound.com/reviews/mackie-dl32r) I don’t propose to cover it in this overview of the system, although references to it will doubtless appear.
The first thing that struck me on opening the flightcase that the DC16 arrived in was just how physically large it is compared to similar, competitive consoles that carry 17 touch-sensitive motorised faders. On the other hand, its size means that the DC16 does give an exceptionally clear view of its status, due in part to the 26 backlit, full-colour display screens, 16 of which sit at the very top of each fader strip. These screens can display not only each strip’s identifying graphic or photograph but also the parameters of functions assigned to it in...
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