December 13, 2012
The Apple iPad has quickly become more than just a tablet for reading books and watching video. It is now a fully functional tool for doing all sorts of things including controlling your home security system, creating music, or having control of your home entertainment system. The pro audio world has found new and interesting ways of incorporating the iPad as well. Keyboard controllers, audio interfaces, DJ controllers, and live sound mixers are all getting a tech facelift with the application of the iPad. One of the more practical and prominent uses has been the iPad’s ability to sync with digital mixing consoles to control everything from monitor mixes to EQ settings. We first saw this with the introduction of the Presonus StudioLive and the StudioLive Remote application.
Since we first saw this at Winter NAMM 2011, more mixing consoles have been showing up which allow for intuitive and wireless control …
September 14, 2012
German club goers may be disappointed to hear that one of their favorite joints may be closing up shop. Cocoon Club in Frankfurt, Germany, has recently filed for bankruptcy after 8 years of throwing some of the biggest events at one of the most state-of-the-art facilities around.
Although the brick and mortar establishment will be closing down, the other half of Cocoon, their booking and artist Label Company, will not be affected. Few clubs in the area were able to match the creative concept of Cocoon, which is perhaps why they were unable to keep up with their modern club format.…
August 28, 2012
When most of us think of Seattle we think of great coffee, endless rain storms, and of course the birthplace of grunge rock. For someone who has never been to Seattle before, I was expecting a fresh brewed cup of rain with Soundgarden playing in the background. While baggage claim did provide the Superunknown soundtrack I had always wanted, the real purpose of this trip was to witness the announcement of Mackie’s newest line of portable PA speakers. The DLM Series of powered loudspeakers are the second big announcement from Mackie this year following on the heels of their new iPad controlled mixing console the DL1608. Both products were on full display at the Barboza club in downtown Seattle where John Boudreau, Vice President of the Mackie Brand Group, unveiled the speakers, gave a rundown of their features, and let the whole room full of dealers, distributors, and the press …
June 27, 2012
Behringer is well known for making rather, well let’s just call them affordable, mixers. Their build quality is usually pretty solid but people have generally had issues with their sustainability and general prolonged operation. I am no stranger to Behringer myself owning some of their mixing consoles, using their amplifiers on tour with my band, and even using their 4 channel mixer in our video production studio. Their stuff is usually pretty low on the cost front (cheap is not a good word because they actually make pretty solid gear) but like some other companies out there with similar legacies, Behringer is stepping up their game and putting out more professional gear while maintaining that level of affordability that makes them the go to company for the band, sound engineer, club, etc. on a budget.
Enter the Behringer X32 Digital Mixer. As its name implies it’s a 32 channel mixer …
January 21, 2012
If anything, Namm 2012 will likely be remembered as iPad heavy. With so many iPad apps and hardware add ons on the floor it begins to all run together. With a lengthy mixing pedigree, it is no surprise that one of the standout iPad related products was from Mackie this year.
The Mackie DL1608 is a 16 channel digital mixer for the iPad. It is very impressive in terms of hardware. 16 Onyx mic preamps and Cirrus Logic A/D converters make this an impressive I/O regardless of the iPad functionality. The addition of an iPad and the Master Fader app bring a very intuitive and visually impressive functionality to these specs. EQ and compression options are plentiful; with dedicated 4-band EQ and compression for every input as well as 31-band GEQ and a compressor/limiter on the outputs. The interface on the iPad is comprehensive and impressive and makes it seem quite …