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Mackie introduces DL32R mixer

New live sound system!

New live sound system enables wireless control over "everything," including DSP and multi-track recording/playback.

Mackie has unveiled the DL32R, a digital mixer with iPad control that can be controlled using the Master Fader app.

The new system features a mix of flexible, professional I/O in an ultra-compact 3U rackmount design. Each of the 32 inputs (24 XLR, eight XLR/TRS combo) feature Mackie's latest Onyx+ recallable mic preamps, offering remote control over preamp gain and phantom power.

There are 14 XLR outputs and the front panel also features a stereo AES digital output for connecting speaker processors and other gear. A dedicated stereo monitor output can be used to connect an in-ear monitor system for detailed listening from anywhere in the venue.

With Master Fader, there is no longer any need for a fixed FOH position, Mackie says. The mixer can be placed next to the stage, backstage or even tucked away in a utility closet. This can also eliminate the need for an expensive, bulky analogue snake. The user can tune the room right from the problem spots and get on stage to ring out monitors or work with the band to dial in the perfect monitor mix.

The DL32R features two flexible methods for multi-track recording and playback. The first of these is a direct to USB hard drive – currently a 48 kHz, 24-bit, 24 input by 24 output platform. The direct-to-disk option delivers "unprecedented wireless control" over a multi-track recording and playback.

The mixer is loaded with powerful DSP – an alternative to racks of expensive outboard processing. Each of the 32 inputs offers a four-band parametric EQ with separate high-pass filter, plus gating and compression. Four return channels have dedicated EQ and compression, and each of the 14 aux sends, six matrix busses and main L/R busses come with a four-band parametric EQ, 31-band GEQ, compressor limiter and alignment delay. Six subgroups provide EQ and compression, while each processor delivers Modern and Vintage voicing options. Three separate effects processors with dedicated sends allow for two reverbs and one delay with tap control. Six VCAs and six Mute Groups round out the processing.