How can we improve DL1608?

16 channel recording and playback.

Tittle says it all. How nice would it be to have a virtual sound check. If I play back all the tracks I could set main mix, monitor mix, eqs, etc. loved this with my presonus because I was able to set my band up and record some, then go out into the crowd hit playback and see what needs to be adjusted. It works much better than asking someone how it sounds. This is huge with presonus mixers.

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      • Josef HaimerlJosef Haimerl commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Cannot record. DL1608, have routed Main L Pre-Fader and Main R-Pre-Fader to IPad L and Ipad R. I see the Record-Button, push it and nothing happens. Hmmm? Any thoughts?
        Thanks a lot.

      • Richard LawrenceRichard Lawrence commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I think some of the DL1608 users need to relax a bit. Expecting this device in it's present hardware configuration to act as a 16 track recorder is naive.
        Do what I do and use whatever unused Aux sends to feed an external 8 track recorder (Prefader Record sends in effect) and hardwire additional mics to said recorder for other sources. This works great and I don't have to sacrifice the wireless use of an iPad during shows. Mackie should be commended for their innovation and dedication!!! They are constantly improving the usability and performance of this product line (DL Series), which means they are adding value to your original investment!!! I own an original Personus 16.4.2 and that company NO LONGER supports it!!! Sure, a 'virtual soundcheck' is nice but saving snapshots in the DL device gets you 98% there. Stop whining guys and consider how revolutionary the DL Series is. I've been a freelance audio tech for a few decades and this device has changed EVERYTHING. Sure, on large gigs I'm using a M7CL48, but Mackie's wireless software is BETTER than Yamaha's (al beit the Reverbs and Dynamics are certainly better on a Yamaha desk.....adding tens of $1000's in price).
        Just look at how far we've come since 'Racks and Stacks' and huge, buggy analog consoles!!!
        I say "Hats off to Mackie!!!" Job Well Done!! And for Ben O and the development team and marketing team, I echo that appreciation!!

      • JamesJames commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Beno we know it's not available for the dl1608. But then why did you post that here! That's the point. What a shyster company. And say completed. It's not. Why...because it can't be done. So remove the completed part. And stick with the "it can't be done". Low class of you and your marketing department. Especially emailing dl1608 owners saying its completed. This whole section is how can we improve the dl1608. And this certainly is not something that was done.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        What a bad joke this is... The request was not for a new product, but for the DL1608...
        So Beno, don't say this request is completed. It's just not true.

      • SCMSCM commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        My goodness, when will require the smart that the DL1608 coffee can cook? Remains realistic times !!! It sucks!

      • Larz HansonLarz Hanson commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Mackie folks have said from the start that the DL1608 was incapable of multi-channel recording. It's a hardware limitation. Technology is tied to timing, and the DL1608 was one of the first of its kind, designed under iOS4 architecture. Manufacturers constantly leapfrog each other in designs. Now it's Mackie's turn again. Whether you see it as Mackie arriving first at the party before the fun gets going, or arriving late with hot chicks and a cooler full of beer, it's just a timing thing and they've worked hard to make the original 1608 more useful and easy to use than many current designs. As for the DL32R, it's come to the party with a Viagra in its pocket...

      • Mackie blowsMackie blows commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        So MACKIE today sends out an email about this being completed. Full of sh. It was not completed. At least not with the dl1608. It is in the new dl32. Has nothing to do with these user voice issues dealing with the dl1608. Another piece of crappy advertising by Mackie.

      • Lou JudsonLou Judson commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        That is a cheat! The request was for multi on the DL 1608, not buyng a whole new system! I've replaced my Mackie with an Allen & Heath Qu anyway, which does all I want, so may be selling the DL soon... Obviously it is a hardware limitation...

      • benoAdminbeno (Admin, Mackie) commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        @Reshef I answered this in October 2012, only one month after the product shipped. I'm sorry you didn't see that but if you scroll back, it is there.
        No the hardware cannot support more than 2 channels of recording and playback to the iPad.

      • ReshefReshef commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Dear Ben,

        The DL32R seems like an awesome mixer, but... it's a whole different hardware.
        The title of this discussion is "How can we improve DL1608".

        So I humbly ask again - Can you improve the DL1608 so it will support 16 channel recording and playback?

        Can we, your loyal customers, once and for all get a straight honest answer?

        How hard is it to just answer either:

        - Yes, the hardware support it, the software... not yet.."
        or
        - No, we planned the hardware to support only 2 channels. don't wast your time"

        Thanks.

      • benoAdminbeno (Admin, Mackie) commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The DL32R supports 24x24 direct to a connected USB2 hard drive. There is no computer needed. The recording time is simply limited by the size of the hard drive you connect.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Question for the admin: I see sound check recording and playback, but I'd like a little more detail. Is it possible to record all 32 tracks? What does "direct to disk" mean, exactly. What is the medium for the disk? And what is the overall recording capacity in terms of hours? Thank you.

      • Spark-StudioSpark-Studio commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Yet, does anyone have a definite answer to the question whether it's the hardware that can't multitrack record or just the MasterFader software?
        There are several DAW Apps that support multitrack recording.
        I figured I can control the DL1608 with a wireless iPad while a second, wired iPad, uses the DL1608 as an audio interface. the big question is - can the DL1608 deliver individual tracks via the USB interface?

        I've already checked Cubasis with no success and now considering a test on Presonus' Capture for iPad.

        Any comments? :-)

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Hopefully the new 32 channel one (being announced 10/15) will have multi-track recording (or streaming to computer) ability!!! If not, I am going to cry, punch someone, and/or slam my head against a brick wall until they fix this....

      • Juan C Pacheco Juan C Pacheco commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        just buy a DL1608 and are very satisfied with its sound and ease of use, as has been discussed that could be great multitrack recording, hopefully Mackie surprised us with this console.

      • slapperslapper commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Even just the 16 channels post a-d sent to the LAN would be useful.
        That opens the door for 16 channel recording + network based monitoring duities.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Wish we had some news on this....kinda bummed that this hasn't happened yet. I'm going to have to get an Allen & Heath soon but a big part of me wishes that Mackie would just come out with their own digital mixer with a few more outputs and multi-track recording. They have done such a great job making the iPad app super easy to use while still being powerful, and it's really cool how responsive they've been to user requests with the app updates...I realize multitrack recording may not be possible with the current hardware, but dang I wish they would just come out with the "big brother" to the DL1608 sometime soon...like now...maybe we'll hear something at Summer NAMM?? Hoping...

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Ok I like the idea. If it can be done with this hardware. Other wise a 3 rd party second unit might be best .

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