Mackie VLZ4 Series Compact Mixers is the original no-nonsense mixer series featuring Mackie’s flagship Onyx mic preamps. Find great deals for Mackie VLZ3 4-channel Ultra Compact Mixer W Power Supply. Shop with confidence on eBay!. Mackie & VLZ3 While large consoles may attract all the longing glances, the reality is that many studios now can do without them, but there remains a.

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Meanwhile, the FOH engineer comes to help out. Did I mention that the sound of the Mackie preamps was so good, I kept thinking that I was hearing the Summit pres? It’s Friday night, our turn to play, and setup was a nightmare—I had no amps to plug into. Somehow, Mackie has managed to shrink a large-format console down to munchkin-size and retain the sound quality and functionality.

Line-in bypasses the Summit’s preamp section.

If you have a small computer-based recording setup, either of these mixers will do, but I’d recommend the VLZ3 hands-down for the small mackoe studio.

The only issue I had was a bit of disappointment with this “Artist” modeling pedal I had bought recently—I couldn’t get it to sound right. It is ideal for live performers who need one stereo source for their main audio, and 1 other stereo source for a backup source or something else to use in conjunction with your main audio feed. I brought the VLZ3 with me.

Also, I had no idea what the backline mckie would look like. I know what Mackie mixers are capable of in terms of sound quality. Call it providence or synchronicity, the mixers showed up on Tuesday, the week of the jam, giving me the opportunity to see if they could back up the promise of high-end sound quality with a footprint smaller than a Chinese empress.

Personal Experiences Sounds great and it is super compact. The result is the most rock solid, the most easy to use and, yes, the best sounding compact mixer ever created.


Only runs on provided power supply. Keep in mind that there’s absolutely no difference in sound quality between the two.

VLZ4 Series

Couldn’t sleep, so I decided to run through the show and test the VLZ3. It may illustrate my deficiencies as a engineer, but playing out live with one got way easier versus other budget mixers when dealing with strange sound at clubs. You must login or sign up to post a reply. That is pretty much the only thing I could negatively say about this mixer. Sorry, didn’t mean to shout, but I really do.

My jam-night setup would be guitar effects into channels 1 and 2; synth 1 into channel 3, which can either be mono XLR or stereo TRS; and synth 2 stereo into line-in didn’t need Had the Mackie not shown up when it did, there would have been no gig for my band—or at least plenty of pandemonium trying to get me set up. Once acoustic signals are converted to an electronic signal maclie a Just got one of these and it rules. Skip to main content. EQ is two-band high- and low-shelving, which gave me the option of adding a little air or removing some low-end rumble.

I liked the greater amount of control the offered—and I didn’t know what I’d be facing at the jam. I then went stereo line-out into my trusty Summit preamp and sure enough, there was mackir pedal’s stellar sound as promised. Suffice to say, everything came together and we “punted posterior and accepted billing information”—all thanks to the Mackie VLZ3. Best of all, I could bring all of my instruments up or down at once with the main volume knob.

Accessories From mixer covers to keep the grime away to rackmount kits for the working pro, here’s all the VLZ4 accessories you will ever need.

Mackie relentlessly pursues the perfection of the compact mixer. To give you a mental image, synth 1 is a note keyboard and synth 2 is a 1U rack module that sits on top of synth 1. I can’t tell you mackiie a relief 402voz3 was to have the However, the 2nd set of stereo inputs does not have any EQ knobs.


Mackie VLZ & VLZ Mixer Review

Placing the VLZ3 comfortably on synth 2, the first thing I appreciated was having volume msckie EQ controls at my fingertips. Strict attention to component quality has led to innovations like our custom M80 op-amps and class-leading negative summing bus architecture.

I felt as though I was running back and forth spinning sonic plates on sticks. From every input to every output, Mackkie is optimized to deliver professional-quality results each and every time.

If I had just the guitar and one stereo synth, the VLZ3 would have easily done the trick. Pages 1 You must login or sign up to post a reply.

Setup went faster and the first thing everybody noticed was how good the Artist pedal and the rest of my setup sounded. Everything was under control and I heard a clean, professional sound.

I tell you this for one reason only: Price A nice price for the quality of what you are getting. Getting back to the “Mackie thinks of everything” department, the external power supply has a locking connector so you never have to worry about accidental disconnection during a performance. You would just be able to EQ one source only.

Having the Mackie’s three-band EQ made it easy for 402lz3 to blend my instruments and balance levels with the other players. Wouldn’t hesitate one bit to make it my main gigging mixer. That’s when I started wavering about bringing the Super small and sounds great. How clever is that?! You are not logged in. Fidelity Onyx Preamps Ultra-wide 60dB gain range