Mackie – 256 Channel Mixboard Design

This very large mixboard code name “Flagship” was not only the largest that Mackie Inc. had ever concepted but also the largest production mixboard at its time of concept. Fresh out of college and very into audio recording and computer based audio recording, mixing and production, Kristian wheelwright was a great fit to help take this pioneering project to the next level. This user interface and graphic layout project was very exciting in that we were creating something completely new. So new that they were simultaneously engineering new computer systems with higher bandwidth buses in order to accommodate the huge amount of data required to write 256 channels of audio at the same time. This seems massive and when would you ever need such a piece of equipment? Well to record an entire orchestra live in a single take, that’s when.