Computing acceleration, DSP power and digital developments have a lot of impact on the music business. This is not only true for sound synthesis and digital emulation of the finest studio sound processors but also for live music applications. The days of multicore cabling from the stage to a central mixing position in between the audience is over. Now multi-channel digital audio can be passed over ethernet twisted pair cabling (Dante) or remote mixing control can take place completely wireless.
One of the companies that are working on wireless live mixing is Mackie. With their latest digital mixer, the DL32R, it is possible to wirelessly control (with an iPad) the mixing from any position in the audience. Not only this, but with 32-channels input and 14-channels output, and the possibility to assign any input channel to any output channel, there are enough options to deliver personal monitoring to many band members. Individual band members can also control their own monitoring mix wirelessly (e.g. from their iPhone). Each channel can make use of build-in digital effects like EQ, compression, reverd and delay. Last but not least, the system also allows muti-track recording as well as playback. All these possibilities in one box represent a real step forward in live mixing situations as well as in (rehearsal) studio environments.
While mixing everything from an iPad can be fun, I bet Mackie will soon also introduce a physical mixing controller as an alternative for iPad mixing. This is how the new DL32R physical mixing controller could look like: