Hands-on Review: the Mackie DL1608 Sound Mixer


This video review explores aspects of the Mackie DL1608 16-channel live sound mixer. You’ll learn how to control all of the DL1608’s functions with an iPad, using the Master Fader app. Rob Rives demonstrates a few of the preset settings and effects, as well as the mixer’s wireless capabilities.



Input Connections XLR balanced (x12)
XLR & 1/4" TRS combo jacks (x4)
Mic Preamps Onyx
Input Impedances Channels 1 - 12: 3kΩ
Channels 13 - 16: 3kΩ XLR, 30kΩ 1/4" TRS
Maximum Input Level XLR: +21 dBu
1/4" TRS: +30 dBu 
Gain XLR: 0 to 60 dB
1/4" TRS: -20 to 40 dB 
Phantom Power +48V
10 mA max per mic, with up to 8 mics
5 mA max per mic, with up to 16 mics 
Output Connections XLR balanced (x2, L/R)
Output Impedance 600Ω 
Maximum Output Level +21 dBu 
AUX Sends 1/4" TRS - supports balanced/unbalanced
240Ω balanced, 120Ω unbalanced
+21 dBu max output level
Digital Audio
Sample Rate 48 kHz 
Bit Depth 24-bit 
Latency 1.5 mS
Frequency Response 20 Hz to 20 kHz, +0 /-1 dB
all inputs to all outputs 
THD < 0.005%
mic input to main output, 1 kHz @ -1 dBFS 
EIN -128 dBu @ 150Ω termination
Noise Mic input to main output, A-weightedMic input to main output, A-weighted:
-79 dBu, with channel and main faders @ 0 dB
-90 dBu, with channel and main faders @ -∞ dB
Crosstalk Adjacent inputs: < -120 dB @ 1 kHzAdjacent inputs: < -120 dB @ 1 kHz
Outputs: < - 105 dB @ 1 kHz 
Signal-to-Noise Ratio 92 dB
ref +4 dBu, one channel and main fader @ 0 dB, A-weighted 
Dynamic Range 109 dB
one channel and main fader @ 0 dB, A-weighted 
CMRR > 70 dB @ 1 kHz (60 dB gain) 
Connector 100MB Ethernet
Control Complete
Simultaneously Connected
Remote Stations
Up to 10 iPads
iPad System Requirements Original iPad, iPad 2, or iPad 3rd generation
iOS v5.0 or higher 
External Power Supply Yes
100-240VAC, 50-60 Hz, Universal
User-replaceable IEC 
Output Voltage 12VDC 
Current 4A 
DC Plug 5.5mm x 2.5mm barrel with locking ring 
Power Consumption 48W max 
Operating Temperature 32 to 104° F (0 to 40° C) 
Dimensions 11.5 x 3.7 x 15.4" (291 x 95 x 391mm)
9U rack mount plus space for connections 
Weight 6.9 lb (3.1 kg) 



Hey Travis,

I've been using a DL1608 pretty much every weekend for the past 18 months in my church. I'm actually a professional sound enginneer so know my way round this stuff. Its a good system with a few niggles that irritate rather than cause serious issues. Sound quality is good, features with V2 software are plentiful. Issues are it is slow, especially since the V2 software update which is frustrating, and it often loses sync (maybe once every 30 mins), espcially whilst using the built-in record feature. In reality this is not as bad as it sounds as it usually resyncs automically within a few seconds, or you can force a resync by swithing to another app and then back to the Mackie app. Note that when it loses it sync it doesn't lose audio - you only lose control of the mixer momenterially.

For the price I woud recommend it. 



Como puedo poner el equipo para que coja efectos de eco

I have noticed that sometimes when I sync or unsync the ipad from the mixer I get a pretty loud feedback loop from my mains.

I just bought one and am having trouble figuring out how to connect the other devices to the board. Its connected to an airport extreme and all connected to the same wireless router. Any help would be appreciated


Have you talked to anyone out in the field that has used this? I'm looking for a corporate events and meeting mixer. I want something that is easy to transport (ship via pelican case of fly with it), solid in performance, won't crash regularly.

I own a small av company and one of my audio engineers is trying to talk me out of buying the mackie. Usually, I subrent a yamaha LS9 or LS16. Great board no doubt, but it's not easy or cost-effective to ship. I'm in this business to make money and renting gear takes money out of my pocket. I always need a mixer that will handle a typical set up of 4 wireless lavs, 2-8 wireless handhelds, 2 pc audio input and 4-6 aux sends to record decks, webcasting or other needs.

What I was hoping to learn from reading reviews on this is more of a real-user experience. Have you heard of any issues of crashing, or ipad freezing, powering down, losing audio feed to speakers, etc?

Anyone out there that has had some experience with the Mackie? I'm open to buying the presonus but would love to save a couple hundred in purchase cost if possible.


how does the mackie compare to the presonus studiolive 16.0.2?