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Mackie DLM series includes the Mackie DLM8 and DLM12 full range active speakers and the DLM12S active subwoofer. You can compare Mackie DLM speaker prices at Instrumania.com and find the cheapest Mackie DLM speaker from hundreds of different online stores. Instrumania.com is the UK and Europes largest instrument price comparison site and is commited to bringing you the lowest prices on musical instruments, PA gear, studio equipment and DJ products.


Mackie active speakers have long-since been a mainstay amongst performers and installers alike. From the Mackie Thump series and legendry SRM450’s used by mobile DJ’s and bands the world over to the mighty HD series designed to meet the approval of even the most demanding sound engineer. Mackie have now put all their knowledge and expertise into a new series of high-performance, yet incredibly compact, active PA loudspeakers…Introducing the Mackie DLM range, the new shape of Mackie sound.

 

Mackie DLM push the boundaries of what is possible from a truly portable powered speaker. Designed with ultimate portability in mind the Mackie DLM range delivers almost impossible amounts of sound from small, lightweight cabinets. If someone said 20 years ago that you could get 2000w of power from an 8” speaker cabinet weighing less than 10kg they’d be accused of witchcraft. Mackie DLM active PA speakers don’t rely on witchcraft, instead they can put their incredible specification down to Mackies patented TruSource technology and ultra-efficient Class-D amplification.

 

Mackie DLM8 heads up the range and is approximately 1/3 smaller than a traditional 2-way cabinet. Despite it’s remarkable compact size, the Mackie DLM-8 still manages to incorporate a DL2 digital mixer, 16 powerful effects and a wide selection of inputs and outputs making it perfect for almost any portable PA application. Versatility is further aided by a number of mounting options, both the Mackie DLM8 and DLM12 compact active PA speakers can be pole or wall mounted, stacked or even flown making them suitable for installation or mobile use.

 

Mackie DLM12 continues this extraordinary range of powered portable speakers offering the same incredible range of features as the DLM8. DLM-12 boasts an impressive frequency range making it a perfect all-in-one PA system for mobile DJ’s and bands. It’s hard to believe that, as an entertainer, you can turn up at a decent-size venue with a single pair of 12” active speakers and fill the room with sound but this is now possible thanks to the Mackie DLM range.

 

Mackie DLM12S provides hoards of earth-shattering bottom end that will keep even the most ardent bass-heads happy.  Using the same superior technology as the rest of the range, the DLM-12S is the highest-output compact subwoofer  on the market. Incorporating a digital crossover to ensure the best possible frequency response the DLM12S sits perfectly alongside the DLM8 or DLM12 to create a hugely powerful complete PA system that will fit in the boot of your car.

 

I must admit that I had my doubts when I heard about the Mackie DLM range, surely something had to give? In order to provide bucket-loads of power and still keep these speakers so lightweight surely the build-quality has suffered. Amazingly (and much to the relief of the DJ’s and band members amongst us) this really isn’t the case. Mackie have used rugged ABS cabinets across the DLM range, each equipped with a heavy-duty carry handle for easy portability. Powder coated 20 gauge steel grills are further evidence of Mackies commitment to DLM’s roadworthy credentials.

 

So, to conclude, Mackie have delivered the goods. DLM active speakers are destined to be another roaring success for Mackie and reaffirm their reputation for designing and building superior active PA systems.

 

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The age of the digital DJ is now, and with huge forward leaps made in the past few years the quality of computer DJing hardware is continuing to rise. In this, the latest Instrumania review, we’re going to take a look at the Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S4, which despite being released over a year ago, still offers a simple, one-stop solution to laptop DJs.


The Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S4 package contains everything the modern day computer DJ could need, except of course for the laptop! The all in one four deck software, controller and audio interface system is based on tried and tested Native Instruments technology. The Tracktor Kontrol S4 also comes with the benefit of Pro S4 software, along with new sample decks and a live loop recorder, which enables users to edit and record loops on the fly for a creative DJ experience.


What made the Kontrol S4 so exciting was its standing as the first 4-deck controller built by Native Instruments for its popular Traktor Pro platform. The addition of the Traktor Pro S4, designed specifically for integration with the Kontrol S4, ensures a smooth and intuitive operation. The most significant difference with the Tracktor Kontrol S4 is the addition of two sample/loop decks that can stand in for the 3rd and 4th track decks, along with a loop recorder that includes layered recording for live improvisation.


These two key additions have taken the Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S4 from strength to strength, and with dedicated control systems which offer both responsive and smooth control, usability is assured when operating faders or implementing filter sweeps and effects tweaks. The S4 is also not currently compatible with DVS systems yet, although Native Instruments say this feature will be introduced soon. 


Drawbacks of the Kontrol S4 include the fact that operating on USB bus power alone is not recommended due to dim LEDs. Some users may also still prefer to have a supplemental grid controller. Price is currently at the higher end of the spectrum that most laptop DJs will be willing to pay, which is not tempered due to the lack of a price break for licensed Traktor Pro users. However, with admirable integration between hardware and software, the Kontrol S4, whilst not trying to be all things to all DJs, is closer to that than many other products which have been developed with ubiquity as their sole intention.    

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The Behringer Pro Mixer DJX700 is widely believed to be a cheaper imitation of Pioneer's legend the DJM-600. In fact, it’s simply a blatant copy of the Pioneer DJM600, just made cheaper.

 

A professional 5-channel DJ mixer, the DJX700 has a variety of great features, enough to instantly ingrain itself on the short list of must-have industry standards.

 

The DJX700 is equipped with high-grade 45-mm Ultraglide faders and with 500,000 cycles life expectancy, they outperform standard faders more than 20-fold. Voltage Controlled Amplifier technology goes hand in hand with their faders, meaning the audio signal does not run directly through them; instead, the faders only provide a control voltage to the VCAs. This means that practically no audio noise is caused by mechanical wear at all.

 

The features are truely impressive. The DJX700 comes with 47 breathtaking digital effect presets in 24-bit quality: delay, reverb, flanger, filter, panner, ultrabass, exciter, Vinylizer, voice changer and more, each one well made and professional sounding.

 

The Behringer DJx700 includes a BPM counter to try and take a lot of the guesswork out of matching tracks. The idea is that features like Sync Lock and Beat Assist will help to seamlessly align 2 tracks without having to rely solely on your ears. Unfortunately, the BPM counter is more like a BMP guesser and accuracy drops even lower above 160BPM. Matching tracks is an art in itself and with the Behringer’s BMP counter, you’ll still need a pretty good ear to match up seamlessly.

 

Behringer also gave the DJX700, the XPQ 3D surround function which widens the stereo image and adds life and transparency to your sound. Sounds great but the "surround" feature is really just some kind of expander and bleeds noise when used through big PAs.

The sound is generally pretty good, but at the top end there’s a little noise that bleeds through into the PA, even with no sources plugged in, though the noise gets much worse if you turn on the "surround" feature. Otherwise, its pretty decent for a cheap DJ mixer. The layout, like the Pioneer DJM600, is perfect. Two turn tables and two CD mixers are an ideal setup for this unit and can all be used concurrently. Everything is in a very logical place, which makes mixing so much easier.

 

If you’re looking for a cheap DJ mixer packed with 5-channels and a professional sound, but can’t afford the Pioneer DJM600. The Behringer Pro Mixer DJX700 is an ideal substitute.

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Shure SM58 Microphone Review

 

Since its introduction in 1966, the Shure SM58 microphone has become known as possibly the best microphone available for live and studio applications, and after picking one up and testing it extensively, it’s easy to see why.

 

The SM58 is a cardioid (unidirectional) dynamic mic geared towards live vocal use. It has been produced in two versions, wired or wireless, and made either with or without a switch, should you feel the need for one. The wired version connects via a balanced 3-pin xlr plug, and all versions have a frequency response from 50 to 15,000Hz - ideal for even the highest pitched vocalist. With its recognisable silver steel mesh grill and slim profile, it weighs in at approx. 298 grams (or 10.5 oz), making it a superb lightweight option.


The first thing we noticed when plugging it in for a band rehearsal, and at several gigs, was the sheer clarity the microphone adds to the vocals, whilst cutting out a lot of surrounding noise from the rest of the band. It also does superbly well in cutting out pop and wind noise. The midrange to upper frequencies shone through in the lead vocal, adding warmth where other microphones leave many a vocal sounding tinny and ‘lacking’.

 


What we also came to notice through extended use was how the microphone sat in our hands. Its slim profile and light weight ensured no discomfort by the end of a 1-hour set, even whilst moving vigorously on stage. As with all clumsy front men, there were occasions when the mic was dropped, however, the worry of breaking such an exceptional microphone was soon washed away as it kept on coming back for more. This was also true whilst being carted between venues and rehearsals inside a gear case full of other microphones and leads.

 


Whilst reviewing, we were also lucky enough to test out its performance in the studio for laying down vocal tracks on several recordings. The warmth from live use was thankfully not lost in the studio either, allowing the natural vocal to flow into the recordings. The clarity was more obvious in the studio, as there was no interference from the other instruments.

 

The SM58 is a fantastic microphone well suited to rock and powerful vocals. It performs best when up close and personal with the singer’s lips, due to the increased bass at close range from the proximity effect, so remember this when picking up and plugging in!

 


SUMMARY: This microphone takes a (literal) licking, and keeps on ticking! Whether it’s studio application or live performances, you need a reliable and clear microphone, and this is it. It won’t break the bank, or anything else given its lightweight, slender design. Every vocalist should own one (or two, just in case).



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