New Gear Review: Mackie Thump Series Powered Loudspeakers

MackieThump_Family_Front_Mackie’s Thump12, Thump15 powered loudspeakers and the Thump18S powered subwoofer crank! The new Thump Series delivers over 1000-watts of power and that’s more than twice the power of the originals. For DJs and musicians, a pair of the full-range Thump12 and Thump15 models will cover most small to medium-sized rooms. Add more Thump15s and a Thump18S subwoofer (or two) for maximum levels and a powerful low end.

Thump systems include precision crossovers, transducer time alignment and a unique 3-band EQ with a frequency sweepable mid-range control. Thump12 and 15 speakers are deployed either pole-mounted over the audiences heads or as floor monitor wedges for live stages. They have combo mic/line inputs, are lightweight yet tough, and easy-to-carry and setup.

The new Thump18S 18-inch powered subwoofer has 1200-watts of power and uses a professional band-pass design for delivering high-output, deep and rich sounding room-filling bass. The Thump18S is designed to match any combination of Thump12 and/or Thump15 top boxes but you could also use them to augment any existing sound system.

The Thump12 sells for $389.99 MSRP, Thump15 at $469.99 and the Thump18S at $879.99.


Barry Rudolph is a recording engineer/mixer who has worked on over 30 gold and platinum records. He has recorded and/or mixed Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs, and more. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and loves teaching audio engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. He is a lifetime Grammy-voting member of NARAS and a contributing editor for Mix Magazine. http://barryrudolph.com