The connection between the band and the ability to mix sound has always been separated by the distance to the sound box. This leaves the sound technician sitting in the back of the room away from all the action just to be close to the mixer.
To end the loneliness of the sound technician Mackie has come out with the DL32R. This new Mixer is a wireless 32-channel sound board controlled entirely from an IOS device. With a built in Wi-Fi router and the custom app Master Fader users can link with the DL32R.
Mitchell Gardner a local sound technician who has had experience with other wireless mixers is worried about the connectivity with the IOS device.
“If I even miss a few seconds I could miss my que and compromise the performance,” said Gardner.
A missed que is a nightmare for sound technicians like Gardner, and for him that’s when people notice him the most but not in a positive way. With a built in router that can support up to 10 IOS devices at the same time, even if the DL32R drops a connection with one device if the second device is ready to go the switch could be seamless.
“I would be most excited to not have to have a cord running to the back of the venue,” said Gardner when asked what he is most excited for.
With a wireless mixer the sound technician is now free to break out of his box and move about while mixing sound from anywhere he wants. While having the capability to move about the venue the DL32R eliminates the need for and expensive piece of equipment called the “snake”.
The “snake” is a cable that runs from the stage to the sound bored acting as chain preventing the sound technician from moving about.
Managing Partner for Wilder2 Marketing Partners and recreational musician Mark Wilder is also most excited for the ability to be mobile.
“With iPad control, the sound engineer can move to any location in the venue and make adjustments in real time,” Said Wilder. “The benefit is better sound on stage for the performers and better sound for the audience listening to the show.”
Having the ability to have to connect multiple devices to the DL32R mixed with its go anywhere ability to mix, each band member can adjust their own sound from the stage. This frees up the sound technician even more to work on the whole sound rather than interruptions from individual musicians to adjust something for them.
According to Wilder mixing the ability to adjust sound individually and having multi-track recording and playback is what sets the DL32R apart from other wireless mixers, along with many other features.
“Individual control over the mix as you perform from your device, better sounding mixes for the audience and being able to easily record the performance directly on the DL32R would all be very useful and exciting aspect to the product,” Said Wilder.
The Mackie DL32R is set out to free the sound technician breaking them out of their box, and offer up new abilities for the band as a whole.