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Mackie 1604-VLZ3
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Mackie 1604-VLZ3

If you're looking for a compact mixer equally suited for the stage or the recording studio, then look no further-the Mackie 1604-VLZ Pro is your mixer. The 1604-VLZ Pro is the top mixer choice of audio professionals for any application where sound quality, ease of use, and durability are paramount. Thousands of recordings have been tracked and mixed solely on it-including some very well known ones. And an astounding number of 1604-VLZ Pros can be found on stages and in gig-racks, the world over. With its staggering array of professional features, the Mackie 1604-VLZ Pro is perfectly at home, no matter where you use it; on the road, on the stage, or in the studio.

Here at Mackie, we take our compact mixers very seriously and we are proud of the innovation we've brought to the market place. Mackie mixer preamps are so quiet and clean, that many of our competitors have tried to copy them-and with performance specs like ours (under 0.0007% THD from 20Hz-20kHz), who can blame them. Our highly musical EQ gives you complete control over tonality and harmonic content. And our ingenious Split-Monitoring function allows you to record and playback eight tracks without re-patching. Leave it to the innovative minds at Mackie to produce the 1604-VLZ Pro, the best-sounding mixer in its class for more than ten years running.


The VLZ Pro Series features our XDR (Extended Dynamic Range) mic preamps, which are ultra-quiet and provide tremendous headroom. This means the 16 XDR mic preamps in the 1604-VLZ Pro mixer can handle signal levels from a whisper, all the way up to a scream, without any added coloration. Preamps of this quality aren't found on other mixers in this price range; they often only appear on larger consoles costing thousands of dollars more.


High-quality equalization is a must for any good mixer, that's why we didn't cut any corners when it came to our 3-band Active EQs-and why we include them on every channel. Tremendous resources went into optimizing the center points of the VLZ Pro's EQ. As a result, we fixed the Lows at 80Hz and the Highs at 12kHz. Midrange compensation is handled by a peaking control with a two-octave variable frequency center. This means that the Mids can be swept from a low of 100Hz, all the way up to 8kHz-with a boost or cut of 15dB. This gives VLZ Pro mixers practical, useful equalization, providing not only sonic enhancement and correction, but also the tone-shaping facility to actually improve the musical nature of the original signal.


Don't let its compact size fool you. The Mackie 1604-VLZ Pro mixer is packed with premium features on every channel; 75Hz Low-Cut filters, four Aux Sends, inserts, phantom power, constant-loudness Pan controls, OL (overload) and signal present LEDs, sub and main mix assign switches, and assignable AFL/PFL Solo switch. You can never have too many output options, so we provided a Control Room/Phones source matrix, Master Aux section with EFX to Monitor, tape outputs, a high-volume headphone amplifier, channels 1-8 direct outs, and balanced XLR and balanced/unbalanced TRS outputs.


With split monitoring, you can use the first eight channels for your sound sources: vocal mics, drum mics, etc. From there, the channels manipulate the sound, but are not assigned to the output section. Instead, they're patched from the channel's DIRECT OUT jacks to the corresponding multitrack input (DIRECT OUT 1 to multitrack input 1, 2 to 2, 3 to 3, etc.). The signals will now be recorded or passed directly through the multitrack, depending on each track's record-ready status.

The outputs of the multitrack are then patched to the next eight LINE inputs on the 1604-VLZ PRO (multitrack out 1 to LINE input 9, 2 to 10, 3 to 11, etc.). Aha! That's why it says "TRACK 1" next to channel 9's fader, "TRACK 2" next to channel 10, and so forth. These channels (9–16) will be assigned to the mixer's output section, delivering the signals to their ultimate destination, which could be your mixdown 2-track, your control room system, or your headphones-making the 1604-VLZ a truly powerful 8-track recording console.


Our ingenious Rotopod VLZ adds a tremendous amount of diversity to the 1604-VLZ Pro-it's like having several different mixers in one! The optional Rotopod is a finely crafted all-steel fixture that allows the 1604's patchbay to be rotated to one of three unique positions. With the Rotopod, you can configure your 1604 for desktop use with the jack field facing up, or out (standard, right out of the box). For rackmount installations, the Rotopod makes it easy to access the patchbay from either the front or rear of the rack. With the Mackie Rotopod, you get to choose the patchbay position that best suits your needs.


All VLZ Pro mixers are built tough. Our legendary solid-steel chassis can take the kind of abuse that would make our competitor's flimsy boxes run home to mama. And instead of using cheap, unsealed potentiometers, our co-molded pots offer substantial strain and impact relief at all critical contact points. By design, our control knobs 'ride' just above the surface of the chassis, so if something heavy falls onto the mixer, the impact is transferred from the knobs to the steel chassis-not to the potentiometers or circuit board. Finally, to eliminate potential damage to the circuit board, we use a thick, horizontally mounted fiberglass PC board, braced with a shock-absorbing support structure.


Above all, the 1604-VLZ Pro has superb sound quality, wide dynamic range and headroom and low noise, so you can create professional quality recordings and/or broadcast-quality soundtracks. Whether you need a high-quality 16-channel mixer for the stage, the studio, or even the road, you won't find a better one than the 1604-VLZ Pro. You can buy cheaper-but do you really want to compromise your creative work?

  • Ultra-low noise mixer with the highest headroom in its class
  • 16 precision-engineered XDR premium studio-grade mic preamps
  • 4 subgroups with Left & Right assigns and direct outs
  • 16 line inputs, 16 channel inserts
  • 60mm long-wearing, logarithmic-taper faders
  • 6 Aux Sends per channel with 15dB gain above Unity
  • Aux Send 1-2 Master section with level controls, Solo switches and Solo LEDs
  • Level, pan; -20dB, Solo & OL LEDs on each channel
  • 4 stereo Aux Returns, 8 direct outs
  • 3-band Active EQ with sweepable midrange
  • 18dB/octave 75Hz Low-Cut filter on each channel
  • Control Room/Phones outputs with multi-input source matrix
  • Balanced 1/4" inputs & outputs (except inserts)
  • Switchable phantom power for condenser mics
  • Several physical configurations via optional Rotopod VLZ
  • Rugged steel main chassis, sealed rotary controls
  • Built-in power supply, rack mount kit included

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