Mackie’s DL806 hands EFTM personalised control
AUSTRALIA: A Mackie DL806 digital mixer with iPad control is being used to help EFTM (Everything For The Man) magazine reach its 45,000 monthly readers. Purchased primarily because of its iPad control feature, the mixer reportedly gives owners Trevor Long and Chris Bowen the ability to set up functions that were previously impossible on their old analogue desk. Combine this with wireless functionality and control, and the owners just ‘had to have one!’
The online magazine, which is heavily backed by regular technology podcasts and video content, delivers news, features and opinions pieces on a wide range of topics from automotive news and reviews to technology, entertainment, fitness and more. The site’s two regular podcasts, Your Tech Life, and Two Blokes Talking Tech are regularly featured on the iTunes podcast charts and are among the most listened to podcasts in Australia.
The shows are produced from Mr Long’s newly built in-house studio. ‘We did the shows out of my garage for four or five years, and it's grown immensely,’ Mr Long explained. ‘When we moved into our new house, I built a purpose-built studio for the podcasts. I had an older analogue mixer and enough gear to run the studio, but I wanted to do it a bit differently. I saw a Facebook post about the new Mackie mixer, and I was fascinated. I had never seen anything like it. I read and researched it, and I knew I just had to have one.
‘The ability to set up multiple control surfaces is something you just cannot do with a traditional desk,’ Mr Long continued. ‘Stephen Fenech, my co-host on Two Blokes Talking Tech, can be sitting across the desk from me at his microphone and he can have microphone control, headphone control and mixer control, without me having to install a control station for him. He can control it all via his iPhone.’
The personalised control that the unit provides is especially useful when welcoming guests into the studio. ‘If we've got a guest in one week - even if we've got five guests one week - they can all have their own controls. I can just give each of them their own fader, on their own phone. And it's portable enough that if we wanted to do a remote podcast, it's really easy to set up.’
Despite its obvious benefits, the system reportedly still has much more to offer that EFTM has yet to thoroughly explore. ‘I'm not really an audio guy,’ concluded Mr Long. ‘I don't play around much with EQs or compression during recording. I'm sure there are lots of things I could be doing with it, and if I sat down and took the time I could probably learn 500 times more than what I know today. That said, I'm already light years ahead of where we were with our previous desk. It's a really powerful little beast.’