Mackie lifts curtain on Reach PA system

Mackie has revealed the Reach Professional PA System, built to deliver ‘ultra-wide coverage for unmatched sound quality and powerful built-in personal monitoring’.

The system offers a range of features including the ARC array, which promises clear, high-fidelity sound and the built-in EarShot personal monitoring system for flexible stage monitoring ­without the need for additional speakers and miles of cables. Plus, with wireless Bluetooth streaming and control over the built-in six-channel digital mixer via the Mackie Connect app for iOS and Android devices, the unit provides wireless adjustment of levels, EQ, FX and sound-enhancing tools.

“Reach is perfect for artists and venues that need a simple but powerful all-in-one PA solution,” remarked John Boudreau, Mackie SVP of product planning. “From coffehouses, wineries and brewpubs to school assemblies and corporate presentations, the Mackie Reach provides unmatched versatility with the best sound quality possible.”

The ARC (Amplified Radial Curve) high frequency array technology in Reach utilises three horizontally angled high-frequency drivers paired with dual vertically spaced high-output low-frequency drivers providing 150° of coverage. Combined with the EarShot personal monitoring system, a total of 250° of room coverage is available.

The built-in EarShot system includes a full-range driver on each side of Reach, designed to enable performers to get clear sound on stage, in addition to independent volume control and selectable configuration.

“The built-in EarShot personal monitoring system truly sets Reach apart providing performers with true stage monitoring without the need for additional speakers,” commented Boudreau.

Reach also offers complete wireless control using the Mackie Connect app available for iOS and Android devices, allowing level adjustments and control over professional performance features like three-band channel EQ, a built-in feedback destroyer, application-specific speaker voicing mode and 16 vocal/instrument effects as well as three recallable memory settings.

“With Reach, you get an incredibly portable and easy to use professional PA system without sacrificing power or capability,” concluded Boudreau. “We are excited to see how Reach changes the way people perform.”

The Mackie Reach Professional PA System will be available worldwide beginning December 2015 and will have a US MSRP of $999.99.