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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Wouldn’t hesitate one bit to make it my main gigging mixer. Line-in bypasses the Summit’s preamp section. Only runs on provided power supply. If I had just the guitar and one stereo synth, the VLZ3 would have easily done the trick. Best of all, I could bring all of my instruments up or down at once with the main volume knob.

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It’s Thursday—night before the gig—our dress rehearsal. The result is the most rock solid, the most easy to use and, yes, the best sounding compact macjie ever created. Size Super small and compact!

From every input to every output, VLZ4 is optimized to deliver professional-quality results each and every time. Prior to having theI’d been struggling with the sound of the amps and balancing levels. The kackie definition of an analog compact mixer, Mackie VLZ4 is the original do-it-yourself and be sure it sounds great mixing solution.

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Portability Extremely portable, but only runs on power supply provided. Mackie relentlessly pursues the perfection of the compact mixer.

I’m constantly amazed at how Mackie seems to think of every possible scenario in advance. Had the Mackie not shown up mackoe it did, there would have been no gig for my band—or at least plenty of pandemonium trying to get me set up. 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. Skip to forum content. Pages 1 You must login or sign up to post a reply. Also, I had no idea what the backline amps would look like.


As the above subtitle suggests, it just so happened that I was tapped to do a hands-on review of the Mackie and VLZ3.

Fidelity Onyx Preamps Ultra-wide 60dB gain range I brought the VLZ3 with me. Extremely simple and straight forward design. Availability Easily bought online, or sold at all the main music retailers. I’d use these anytime, anywhere, and in any professional setting without reservation.

With three XLR ins, three pairs of stereo inputs, and slightly larger size, it still fit comfortably on top of my synths. Finally, I could actually play music instead of controls. You are not logged in. Now, the new VLZ series mixers promise the same sound quality as Mackie’s big boys in a super-compact footprint.

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 Skip to main content. Ease of Use Very easy to use and the layout is similar to any other mixer you have probably seen. The one thing i like about mackies versus other budget mixers is that you have a little boost after 12 oclock if you need it when playing out.

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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. That is pretty much the only thing I could negatively say about this mixer. It’s Friday night, our turn to play, and setup was a nightmare—I had no amps to plug into. Did I mention that the sound of the Mackie preamps was so good, I kept thinking that I was hearing the Summit pres?


Super small and sounds great. Fun The Mackie Mixbusters. However, the 2nd set of stereo inputs does not have any EQ knobs. For those who don’t know, Summit makes high-end studio gear.

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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 can’t tell you what a relief it was to have the Suffice to say, everything came together and we “punted posterior and accepted billing information”—all thanks to the Mackie VLZ3.

It also comes with Mackie’s Tracktion 3 Project Bundle music production software. To understand clipping, it is helpful to have a basic understanding of the electronic systems in which the audio signal travels. I then went stereo line-out into my trusty Summit preamp and sure enough, there was the pedal’s stellar sound as promised. 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.