January 30, 2013

Behringer iX16 iPad mixer dock

For all of the possibilities the iPad opens up for you, it isn’t the most proactive device when it comes to tying components together.  Either Apple has failed to see the underlying need to have peripherals connected to their device, or they do, and they want to look at other ways of approaching the problem.  Only have a 30 pin connector (or lightening connector) and a standard audio jack outlet, has been a severely limiting problem with the iPad.  But then again, it was never meant to be used as an active device with inputs, rather, it was meant to be a passive device to looking and listening.

Accessory makers like IK Multimedia have honed in on these issues, creating an accessory for just about any need you may encounter.  One such product is the audio dock, which turns the iPad into a physical mixing board, not just a virtual …


December 13, 2012

iPad Controlled Digital Mixing Console Comparison

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 …


January 21, 2012

Mackie DL1608 16 Channel Live Sound Mixer with iPad Control

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 …