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Beware of the Mackie DLM12

Steven Gardner

Beware of the Mackie DLM12

I live out in a very small town. I don't have the luxury of trying out gear before I buy it. Several months ago I purchased a Mackie DLM12 powered speaker. It has effects built in, and two combo inputs for mic and guitar. It's rated at 2000 watts! Here's the problem. When using the second channel for guitar, you can't get enough volume for the guitar. I played a small winery venue (indoors) with no more than 35 people just this past Saturday night, and I couldn't get my guitar loud enough. 2000 watts my a**!. The 1st channel will get extremely loud, but even turning up the pre-amp on my Fishman Acoustic Aura pedal, and the pre-amp on my Martin guitar, and maxing the input on the Mackie, it wasn't enough. I have called Mackie and talked to their help people, and they are of no use. It's NOT user error. I wasted my money and just want others to know about this before they buy something that doesn't work correctly. If I use my Mackie mixer and run everything into the first channel, it works great. -But you're supposed to be able to use it as a stand alone one man PA for guitar and vocals.

Posted 1 year ago by Steven Gardner - 6 replies

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Chuck   Lapointe

Not sure of your needs, but check out the new Cube Street EX : might be just what the doctor ordered

Reply posted 1 year ago by Chuck Lapointe

2 shots at it. If you have the money go Bose.. the L1 is all you could ever hope for and tonematch pre-amp for it has all the herbs and spices to get whatever you want. If the dollars aren't there, try my half price solution, which is using the Bose tone match unit through an AER60. You can sit the AER up on a mic stand (it has a threaded plate on bottom just for that.) it has more than enough grunt for rooms large and small Used it for a house concert last night with 20 and at an outdoor cafe Sunday afternoon reaching 75 over 15-20 metres distance. there were 2 guitars and a voice. It was clear as a bell and a table at the back asked us to turn it down :-) While those 5 feet away enjoyed themselves and were conversing, quite happy with the levels.... damn maybe it was content :-)

Reply posted 1 year ago by John Chesher

Peter Busch

Check youtube:
" Geargossip Acoustic Amp Event kurz" (short version of the review, app 18 min)
" Geargossip Acoustic Amp Event Lang" (the long version of the review, app. 30 min)

They review a lot of the most common guitar/microphone combos - using the same guy playing the same song, so you'll get a real good comparison between what kind of "coloring" the different amps do to your guitar and your voice.
Personally I ended up with SR Tech, think it is the most clean natural sound, and it is awesome.

Reply posted 1 year ago by Peter Busch

i have a clavier amp, Behringer 1800 FX. It is gives 180 watts and has 4 entries and an XLR for vocal mic on channel 1. And plenty of effects but you can use only one at a time but modilate it on each channel. It is great for my acoustics ans my Seymour Duncan' s SH 1 & 4 on my electric. I bought it on the suggestion of a pro while in a hurry. Great idea !

Reply posted 1 year ago by Marc Mony

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