Mackie is celebrating its 30th anniversary, after the company officially started in 1989.
In 1989, Mackie released its first product, the LM-1602 line mixer, soon followed by the Mackie CR-1604.
At this time, professional quality 16-channel audio mixing was finally beginning to be affordable for every musician. Today, 30 years later, Mackie offers a full line of affordable, high-quality audio equipment ranging from mixers to sound-reinforcement loudspeakers, studio monitors, recording interfaces, and more.
The Mackie story really began in 1969, when company co-founder Greg Mackie launched Technical Audio Products (TAPCO). Realising that a new generation of rock bands needed an affordable, durable, high-quality mixer that could handle signals from loud instruments, Greg Mackie saw an opening in the market and decided to do something about it. TAPCO saw subsequent success, including its immensely popular 6000 and 6100R mixers.
By 1989, many musicians invested in affordable polyphonic electronic keyboards, sound modules, and outboard processors, becoming interested in home recording. But mixers hadn’t kept up; only expensive consoles offered the features and quality needed for musicians to produce high quality tracks.
The Mackie CR-1604 compact analogue mixer and subsequent Mackie products channelled new technology with Greg Mackie’s emphasis on delivering high-quality “Built Like a Tank” gear. Throughout its 30 years, Mackie has released numerous innovative products, like Mackie’s DL Series digital mixers, VLZ and ProFX Series compact mixers, SRM loudspeakers and the brand-new DRM Series loudspeakers, MP Series in-ear monitors, and CR Series studio monitors.
“Celebrating 30 years is about recognising our customers around the world that have put their trust in our gear,” reflected Mackie marketing director Shaunna Krebs. “Our customers made our success possible, and we look forward to the next 30 years of providing great gear for Mackie fans everywhere.”
Mackie has also released a short documentary on Youtube to tell its 30 year story.