New Mixers that integrate iPads

Are you looking for a way to incorporate your iPad into your live sound? Looking for new ways to mic up your Jazz Band or Choir? I know I want a new way to take advantage of the iPads portability and processing strength in ways I’ve not been able to. I want a great new way to use my iPad in conjunction with my sound system, both in the band room as well as when we are live. Live sound is always a hassle to some extent, trying to haul equipment and find someone to run it and then the sound board is in the back of the room and you, the director, are up front. Well,  NAMM 2012 has brought lots of exciting new gear announcements that incorporate the iPad and iPod’s. I have been looking at a new sound board for my band program these past few weeks and these announcements have caught my attention. There are several new sound boards that change the way we use sound boards. These sound boards utilize an iPad in one way or another.

I found information on two boards that did not include a release time or a price, those two boards are listed last. I did find one video review of the Mackie DL1608 Board (Find it here) that told me the price – $999, and they said the release time frame is quarter 2. For what this thing is doing that is amazing!
I could not find a price anywhere for the bottom two mixers.

The information from Mackie is the best put together of these three. A word of warning though, if you are not familiar with Mackie and the way they write their material, it’s going to be an interesting trip for you!

Mackie DL 1608 from Mackie  – go here for video and more pics from the Mackie website. Here is a video at the Mackie booth – the guy is showing it off and talking about it. He also mentions the price in this video – $999

Highlights – The Mackie DL1608™ redefines live mixing by combining the proven power of a full-featured digital mixer with the unmatched ease and mobility of an iPad.® With 16 boutique-quality Onyx mic preamps and the performance of 24bit Cirrus Logic® AD/DA converters, you have unparalleled sound quality. Seamless wired to wireless iPad control means you can mix from anywhere in the venue. This gives you the mobile freedom to control not only the mix, but also powerful plug-ins like EQ, dynamics, effects and more. The sleek DL1608 even supports up to 10 iPads.

What really is showing their innovation –

  • Control the mix from anywhere with an iPad
  • Great Preamps
  • Great built-in Processing – like 4 band EQ, compression and gate plug-ins. Reverb, tap delay and 31-band graphic EQ and compressor/limiter on the main and aux outs.
  • Suports up to 10 iPads – Give each band member the ability to adjust their own monitors.
  • Total snapshot recall
  • Chanel presets like kick drum, bass, guitar, keyboard and more.
  • Record from the main mix right to your iPad
  • Integrate music from any other app, like GarageBand without using up one of the mixers 16 channels while the iPad is docked.
  • Channel Images – gone are the days of masking tape and handwriting who is on each channel!

I like that it appears that you do not have to leave the iPad docked for the entire show.
XENYX iX2442USB from Behringer – There are 16, 24 and 32 channel versions of this one –

Premium 24-Input 4/2-Bus Mixer with iPAD Docking Station, XENYX Mic Preamps & Compressors, KLARK TEKNIK Multi-FX Processor, Wireless Option and USB/Audio Interface
  • Premium ultra-low noise, high headroom mixer with iPAD integration
  • iPAD docking station seamlessly integrates hundreds of iPAD music apps for recording, system tuning and monitoring etc.
  • 10 state-of-the-art, phantom-powered XENYX Mic Preamps comparable to stand-alone boutique preamps
  • 8 studio-grade compressors with super-easy “one-knob” functionality and control LED for professional vocal and instrumental sound
  • Ultra-high quality KLARK TEKNIK FX processor with LCD display, dual-parameters, Tap function and storable user parameter settings
  • “Wireless-ready” for high-quality BEHRINGER digital wireless system (not included)
  • Built-in stereo USB/Audio Interface to connect directly to your computer. Free audio recording, editing and podcasting software plus 150 instrument/effect

MasterLink 24 with dock for iPad – from Alto Professional


MasterLink Live 24


  • Seamlessly integrates iPad with fitted enclosure, 30-pin dock and exclusive software
  • Works with iPad and iPad 2
  • Process and record your main mix with Alto Professional’s Live Drive App*
  • Dedicated analyzer/talkback microphone input
  • 24 input channels: 16 Mono, 4 Stereo
  • 16 high-headroom low-noise microphone preamps
  • Three-band EQ with sweepable mid-frequency on all mono channels
  • 16 independent channel compressors for dynamic control
  • Built-in Alesis digital effects processor with reverb, delay, chorus and more
  • Four aux sends with aux one and two configurable as “post” or “pre” fader
  • Four-bus operation, offering main and monitor mix separation
  • Real-time audio analysis*
  • 12-band parametric EQ*
  • Compressor/limiter*
  • Two-channel audio recording capability*
  • Built-in programmable SPL meter*

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