Genuinely, I was about to invest in my first Mackie purchases (I was just waiting until NAMM was over - just to see if there were any updates etc)... so I was surprised to see this. Personally, it has knocked my confidence. To me, it leaves me wondering about attitude to customers... and also project management abilities. Surprised to see a forum down for such a period.
Hopefully they are going to announce the next firmware for the DL1608 at NAMM. In the mean time they left up their bug report and suggestions system for the DL1608 with 243 items on it (many are duplicates or suggestions for future hardware):http://mackie.uservoice.com/forums/97035-dl1608
My chief gripes are:
Monitor sends are post comp
No stereo linking of channels or auxes
No master FX mute
No output delays
No iPhone app for monitor mixing
Also other folks complain about:
Trying to use the aux outs unbalanced results in noise that is unacceptable.
Recording level is too low.
Monitor sends are post EQ
No chorus and/or second reverb
Can't "split" iPad playback for backing/click tracks
Can't playback recordings and no dropbox support
Can't save shows to PC
And of course it still doesn't support docking the latest model of iPad.