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  • It's All Digital To Me

    Just picked up a new Mackie ProDx8 digital mixer for my solo, duo and maybe trio work. Lots of great features, a few missing features, but the main pros are the price, iPhone or Android capability and Bluetooth.

    Used to be I would roll into a club and be faced with a "pre-war" Bose system that just couldn't be tamed until the end of the first set. Now I've got GEQ on the mains and auxes, as well as the usual treble, sweep mid and bass, and an adjustable low end filter. Reverb, delay and a combination of both are available. The effects aren't great but close enough for "You've Got a Friend" and "Drift Away". The compressor is also somewhat useful, and the faders and other controls are large and easy to see. I'm using a Galaxy Tab E.

    So far Bluetooth has been stable and I stream both the mixer and my MP3's from the tablet. Nice to be wireless in that regard. The ProDx4 is even cheaper, and really that's all I need but in the event of a larger gig I'll stick with the ProDX8. Or maybe pick up a ProDX4 as well.

    The only thing I'm worried about is the wall wart situation. Just don't like them, and the possibly flimsy female jack on the unit is also a concern. Only three user presets as well but they have come in very useful. Last Saturday, after my afternoon gig I went out for dinner. Got a call at 10pm to cover for a guy that hadn't made his 9pm start. Dashed out of the restaurant, went down and set-up, hit recall, and was able to get the sound up in running in a minute instead of struggling for a set - which is all I played (hour and a half).

    Now on the other end of the spectrum I just did two dates at a restaurant that is using a Behringer x32 rack digital mixer. They purchased this mixer for solos and duos, and of course nobody can figure it out. Wonderful mixer, but I hope nobody here has to contend with one, unless you have vast sound knowledge, and really good eyesight. I spent an hour or two at home with the downloaded app just to feel comfortable with the mixer. Having said that, the nineteen year old hostesses seemed to have no problems navigating the system... sigh...

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    A flurry of excitement on the Mackie ProDX8 I see

    Well here's an update. I'm still lovin' this mixer, but still concerned about the wall wart, and the input receptacle on the mixer, although it hasn't failed yet. Besides that though, this mixer has made my life easier, and improved my mix noticeably (by venue management that is).

    The basic GEQ's on all outs, main and the two auxes, are good. The three user presets have been very handy (need more though) and so far, I haven't missed the trim feature (well not much). I haven't missed phantom power either. The verb is okay, delay is maybe better. The Bluetooth has only disconnected once in twenty or so gigs, and hasn't happened mid song, so the disconnect could have been operator error.. I do miss the pan function but there are crazy work arounds if one really needs pan - like using the auxes for left and right (won't help on channel 7/8 though).

    Possibly cheaper and certainly more compact than the usual small format eight channel mixers, if you're using a tablet or a phone anyway, I would say check this one, or it's little brother, the ProDx4 out.