ASCAP's Nashville Board Room Boasts Mackie DL32R
In a city famed for songwriting, the Music Row offices of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a very special place. When ASCAP needed a new mixing system for its luxurious Connie Bradley Board Room, it called on respected Nashville systems designer and installer Corner Audio & Video. To ensure top performance for its prestigious client, Corner Audio & Video chose the powerful new Mackie DL32R 32-Channel Wireless Digital Mixer.
"We've done a lot of successful installs with the Mackie DL1608 and DL806, and the DL32R is the logical step up," observes Corner Audio & Video owner/president Larry Garris. "With its flexible I/O, recallable preamps, clear sound, rack-mount convenience, and wireless control, it was perfect for the ASCAP board room."
Mackie's cutting-edge technology eliminated the limitations imposed by the room's old auto-mix system with wall-mounted remote volume controls. "The DL32R allowed us to provide a complete matrix mixing system for the Connie Bradley Board Room and the main entrance lobby," recalls Corner Audio & Video Production Consultant Bob Nickerson, the primary system installer/programmer. "It handles 18 wireless mic systems, 2 audio-only playback sources, and 2 audio streams from video playback sources, with channels to spare. We're running an Airport Express connected to the DL32R, and a second one as an extender, and the system is rock solid, even up to the third floor atrium."
The new system provided flexible control for the lobby system, as well as the board room. "We used the DL32R's Aux 1 and 2 outs as zone outputs, with Aux 1 going to the conference room and Aux 2 to the lobby," Nickerson explains. "The client can route any input to any zone. And of course they have complete, wireless iPad control of the entire mixer, including signal processing and routing."
In addition to regular meetings and conferences, ASCAP uses the room to host "Number 1" parties to celebrate artists who have top-ranked songs. At these events, artists often deliver an acoustic performance in the lobby, with overflow in the conference room. The versatility of the DL32R enables the society to easily accommodate these performances.
The installation has been a success in every respect. "The DL32R system works flawlessly; we've had zero problems," notes Garris. "And there's almost no learning curve for the users. ASCAP is very happy, and so are we; we're also doing DL32R installs for a variety of other clients. I have great confidence in this mixer; it has already proven itself."