Today is more exciting than most days because after a lot of shipping woes, the Mackie DL1608 iPad-powered mixer was waiting for me at the office–I don’t think I even opened my office door before I cracked open the box of the DL1608 and saw it in all its glory. Of course after opening the box the next best thing is to plug it in and see what my iPad can now do for my audio sessions. The first thing you notice about the DL1608 is its shockingly small size. When you work in the audio business you get used to 16-channel mixers being rather large and heavy–but the DL1608 is everything but (heck I think I could carry this in a carry on bag next time I travel!). Open the box, jack in the power, ethernet and a couple of audio sources (it helps to have an always connected studio at your fingertips) and upon first slide of the iPad you realize the biggest benefit of a mixer like this – firmware updates. The Master Fader app immediately checks to see if there are any updates and starts installing them – wow, this is going to be fun. Make sure you check back for our full review–because now, I’m off to record!