This was Mackie's BIG ANNOUNCMENT from NAMM - The Mackie DL1608 takes 16 Onyx mic pres with 6 aux sends and master LR out.
Each channel has 5 band EQ, gate/compressor and effects.
All the interfacing is taken care of by the iPad which can either be docked OR operated wirelessy - up to 10 at a time so the band can all control their monitor mixes, while the FOH guy can be ahem, "working" at the bar. Great concept, cant wait to see what its like on the test bench.
16 Onyx mic preamps
High-end Cirrus Logic converters
Ultra low-noise, high-headroom design
6 aux sends for monitor mixes
Master L/R output for mains
Powerful, touch-sensitive plug-ins
4-band EQ, gate and compression on inputs
31-band GEQ and comp/limiter on outputs
Global reverb and delay
Seamless wired to wireless mixing
Tune the room from anywhere
Get on stage to ring out monitors
Personal monitor mixing
Use up to 10 iPad devices simultaneously
Intuitive Master Fader app
"Grow and Glow" visual feedback
Preset and snapshot recall
Record the mix to the iPad for instant sharing
Integrate music from any app into the mix
PadLock™ feature locks down iPad for permanent installs