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Mackie DL1608 vs. M20D
on 2012-09-08 05:21:03
Like many others, I almost purchased the DL1608. (great price point!). Due to the delay in shipping the DL, I investigated the SS and decided to spend the extra $$. I have only had my SS for... umm...errrr. 18 hours, and have put together my unbiased comparison of the features. I did not weight the features as different ones will be more important to each user.
Advantages of the Mackie DL1608
- Much cheaper ($1,000 vs. $2,500)
- Lighter (8 vs. 12 lbs)
- Traditional look (faster learning curve)
- Input presets and discrete presets for every function (i.e. EQ, compression, reverb)
- 31 band EQ on all inputs
- Main plus 6 outputs vs. Main plus 4 on the SS
- In Mix mode, the levels are much easier to read than on the SS (although, the SS displays 12 per page vs. 8.)
Advantages of the StageScape M20D
- WiFi connectivity has option to plug into router like the DL OR a small USB wifi dongle sets up a network just between the SS and your IPAD (This requires purchase of a $40 dongle)
- Graphical picture of the stage. You want to adjust the acoustic guitar, just touch it and it is in focus
- USB feeds sound to laptop (for podcast, streaming, etc.)
- SD card for recording all channels / playback of backing tracks
- Can record all 20 inputs (oh yea, 20 vs. 16 inputs)
- Records 20 seconds of input that will loop during playback for tweaking without the band
- Auto Trim function
- 4 Global FX vs. 2 for DL
- Control surface (7” touch screen with 12 encoder knobs) built in.
- Ability to control the order of the DSP functions (compressor before or after EQ, etc.)
- More DSP functions
- Feedback suppression
- Dynamic EQ
- Two modes for adjustments, Quck Tweak, with an XY graph labeled in “sound” terms and the Deep Tweak has full access to all parameters (DL only has "deep tweak" mode)
- On deep tweak, all levels numeric values are displayed (with DL, you have to touch the control for the value to be displayed in a window at the top.)
The information above may not be current, and you should direct questions to the current forum or review the manual.