New Gear Review: Mackie DL/DLM System


Each of the new Mackie DL/DLM powered full-range loudspeakers are standalone PA systems that can be pole-mounted for mono/stereo sound reinforcement, set up as floor wedges with their built-in “kickstand” or wall-mounted for fixed installations.

Standalone? Both the DLM8 and DLM12 are two-way loudspeakers that use Mackie’s TruSource concentric driver with a high-output woofer (8- or 12-inch) and 1.75-inch compression driver. These full-range, 2,000-watt powered loudspeakers have a Mackie DL2 digital mixer built into the back panel giving full control over a dual-channel mix with a three-band EQ and 16 programmable effects—reverb, delays, echo.

You can plug-in any combination of two audio source inputs directly into the back of the DLM powered loudspeakers—such as an XLR microphone and/or 1/4-inch cable from your guitar or the line level outputs of any mixer—like Mackie’s DL1608 and DL806.

The DLM12S sub is also rated at 2,000 watts and its integrated DLP Digital Processor provides system tools like a variable crossover and different speaker modes for optimum voicing. The cabinet is made from 15-mm poplar and has an integrated pole-cup for mounting a DLM full-range loudspeaker above it.

A typical DL/DLM system would have two DLM12s mains (left and right stage) each pole-mounted above a DLM12S and then two additional DLM8s (or more) deployed as floor wedges. The pricepoints are: DLM8, $879.99; DLM12 $1,059.99; and the DLM12S, $1,249.99. For more information, see http://mackie.com/simplyadvanced.

By Barry Rudolph

miniBio: Barry Rudolph is a recording engineer/mixer with over 30 gold and platinum RIAA awards to his credit. He has recorded and/or mixed: Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs and Robbie Nevil. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and also teaches recording engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. http://www.barryrudolph.com