Digital Mixers

Discussion in 'Live Sound [BG]' started by Vic Winters, Jul 12, 2020.

  1. Vic Winters

    Vic Winters

    Apr 20, 2006
    Western NY
    Can any of the current lineup of digital rack mixers be controlled with a laptop or are they all iPad only?
  2. DirtDog


    Jun 7, 2002
    The Deep North
    I've got a Presonus 16R that I control with MacBook Pro. No built-in wireless capabilities, connectivity is via Ethernet or USB-C (or Thunderbolt 3). You could also use Ethernet to connect to a router - then use whatever wireless device you choose. Software is available for MacOS or Windows. I don't see tablet options.
  3. jaco944

    jaco944 Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2005
    The latest Mackie/Master Fader update finally added Android and laptop control.
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  4. all models of x32 can be controlled via laptop, either hardwired or over WIFI
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  5. bwildt


    Mar 21, 2017
    Wichita, Kansas
    All of the Behringer X-Air line has the X-AIR-Edit program with versions for Windows, MAC and Linux. I prefer the X-AIR-Edit program to the tablet apps.
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  6. s0c9

    s0c9 Supporting Member

    Jan 9, 2014
    1964 Audio artist, Fractal Audio Beta Tester
    Since those that do require a direct connection to the console, sort of defeats the purpose of having remote access, and I would only use as a backup, not primary controller!
    Most work fine with an external router and tablets.
  7. X32 can be controlled from a laptop over wifi. I know someone that does this with a touch screen PC as a mixing surface. I personally like to use this for quickly typing in scribble strip names and other console setup tasks.
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  8. s0c9

    s0c9 Supporting Member

    Jan 9, 2014
    1964 Audio artist, Fractal Audio Beta Tester
    True.. done that myself, but I don't want to lug around a laptop and find space for it at FOH or on stage.
    I can do what I need to do from a tablet, mixing FOH (when doing that) and mixing my IEM's when playing.
    True, both can be done via laptop.. but.. tablet is so much easier, cuz I don't want to walk a crowded venue with a laptop!
    Last edited: Jul 13, 2020
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  9. isn't it nice that we have so many tools available these days
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  10. s0c9

    s0c9 Supporting Member

    Jan 9, 2014
    1964 Audio artist, Fractal Audio Beta Tester
    Indeed.. choices, choices....
  11. thumbknuckle

    thumbknuckle In Memoriam

    May 23, 2012
    Westfield, MA
    The Soundcraft UI stuff can be run by anything with a web browser. We have a Chromebook hooked up to one at an install, in case the wifi gets dodgy. Works fine.

    Allen and Heath appear to offer the Mixpad app for the SQ mixers for both Windows and OSX, as well as iPad and Android. Never tried but that's a really great mixer and the iPad app is very nice.
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  12. The XR18 can be controlled with almost anything. I use a laptop with a touchscreen sometimes.
  13. Vic Winters

    Vic Winters

    Apr 20, 2006
    Western NY
    Thanks everyone.
  14. filmtex


    May 29, 2011
    And it works well. Also, the Mackie DL16 series has an app for Mac OS that works great. Like their iOS app.
  15. Dp1363

    Dp1363 Supporting Member

    Jan 8, 2011
    South Jersey US
    I have a X32 Rack that I run on a MS Surface. The Surface is like a tablet but with the full Windows software OS. The X32 Edit laptop controller software is different than the IPad version. The laptop version of the software looks more like a real mixing desk. You have access to more of the controls on the main screen.
    X32 Edit on laptop
    X32 Edit on IPad
    Last edited: Jul 26, 2020
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  16. All the Presonus mixers can be controlled from laptop, tablet, or phone, via wifi router.
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  17. Soundcraft Ui is amazing on any platform with a web browser. I’m sure other brands are as good, I just don’t have experience with them.
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  18. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    i'm willing to bet you won't find a new digital mixer that can't be run by a laptop

    all i can think of is the now aging mackie DL1608
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  19. fokof

    fokof One day ,I'll be in the future

    Mar 16, 2007
    All Yamaha board are controllable by iPad and laptops
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  20. s0c9

    s0c9 Supporting Member

    Jan 9, 2014
    1964 Audio artist, Fractal Audio Beta Tester
    Most every MI digital console I have worked with over the past few years have been able to be controlled by tablets and PC’s. @walterw’s DL1608 and maybe the QSC TM8(?Silly usb dongle) are the only ones I recall.