Mackie 1202-VLZ3 Compact Mixer - 120V 886830712807

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The Mackie 1202-VLZ3 Premium 12-Channel Compact Mixer builds on the legacy of the best-selling 1202-VLZ Pro, offering the same great feature set, plus greatly enhanced sound quality, and Tracktion 3 m... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

The Mackie 1202-VLZ3 Premium 12-Channel Compact Mixer builds on the legacy of the best-selling 1202-VLZ Pro, offering the same great feature set, plus greatly enhanced sound quality, and Tracktion 3 music production software. 4 studio-grade XDR2 (Extended Dynamic Range) second-generation mic preamps, along with Mackie's proprietary active 3-band EQ circuitry, give the 1202-VLZ3 its high-headroom, low-noise functionality. The 1202-VLZ3 is the model of efficiency, packing more features into its small footprint than any other mixer in this class. With its outstanding sound quality, just the right amount of control, and multi-voltage power supply, the 1202-VLZ3 is the perfect choice for smaller mixing applications, anywhere in the world.

Tracktion 3 Music Production Software
Tracktion 3 Music Production Software doesn't make you bounce around endless menus and windows to make music. Based on a simple, single-screen interface, the award-winning Tracktion 3 is a fast, powerful, and complete solution for turning your ideas into finished songs. It comes with a plethora of power and plug-ins to keep your music flowing”not locked in menus or limitations.

Features
  • 12-channel ultralow-noise compact mixer with highest possible headroom
  • Ultrawide 60dB gain range
  • 130dB dynamic range
  • +22dBu line input handling
  • Extended low-frequency response
  • Distortion under 0.0007% (20Hz-20kHz)
  • Phantom power
  • 12 high-headroom line inputs
  • Advanced DC pulse transformer RF rejection
  • 2 Aux sends, level, pan, and PFL solo on each channel
  • 2 stereo Aux returns plus EFX to Monitor
  • 3-band Active EQ (80Hz, 2.5kHz, 12kHz)
  • 18dB/oct. 75Hz Low-Cut filter on Mic input channels
  • ALT 3/4 stereo bus for added versatility
  • Control Room/Phones source matrix
  • Rackmountable design using optional rack ears
  • Sealed rotary controls to resist dust and grime
  • New multi-voltage power supply for worldwide use
  • Rugged steel chassis
Specifications
  • Tracktion 3 System Requirements
    Windows XP
    Pentium/Athlon 1GHz or higher
    512MB RAM or higher
    OSX 10.4.8 or higher
    G4, G5, Intel 1GHz or higher
    512MB RAM or higher
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Mackie1202-VLZ3 Compact Mixer - 120V
 
4.8

(based on 14 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Easy to use

They did an awesome job setting this up as intuitivetly as possible. But definately read the manual anyway if you're new to Mackie boards. The 1202 has a versitility that my old board...Read complete review

They did an awesome job setting this up as intuitivetly as possible. But definately read the manual anyway if you're new to Mackie boards. The 1202 has a versitility that my old board lacked. I was a little apprehensive about there not being any sliders, but the knobs all refrence directly to dBs and have unity at the center position; which gives me a nice visual refrence. The sound quality is very transparent through all the outputs, so feel free to explore the multitude of set-up possibilties this board offers. But I think the best feature would have to be the microphone pre-amps. I've run a variety of singers and singing styles through this board in the last few weeks and they all sounded great(Thanks in-part to the Shure 58). Worth every penny

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Build quality downhill

Well...I agree it's a good sounding mixer for the price. But when I got my new 1202vlz3 home I put some mixer tape below the volume knobs (like probably most people...Read complete review

Well...I agree it's a good sounding mixer for the price. But when I got my new 1202vlz3 home I put some mixer tape below the volume knobs (like probably most people do) and marked up my input sources. Next project comes along so I pull the tape off...and with the tape comes about 1/2 the paint from the scribble strip area!You'd think Mackie would expect people to use it this way and make the finish a bit more robust. The downfall in Mackie quality over the last few years is distressing. The faders on my Mackie Control developed problems really fast too.

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5.0

Unexpected Bonus

By Matthew Sampson

from Fredericksburg, Virginia

Comments about Mackie 1202-VLZ3 Compact Mixer - 120V:

I use this mixer in my university's radio station to control my mic and the guests' mics. However, after playing hours of music through this mixer to go to broadcast, and listening through good headphones, I've noticed something odd about this series of mixers. The headphone amp is SUPERB. Listening to my songs while running my show is a real treat, as I notice an incredible increase in clarity and dynamic range. My method involves an insert Y-cable going out of my iPod Classic, into one of the stereo TRS inputs, and plugging my headphones straight into the board. Remember, this little quirk of the board is IN ADDITION to all the terrific praise people have heaped on it. It DOES have excellent headroom. It DOES have low noise. Most importantly for me though, it DOES make mixing and listening a total pleasure.

 
5.0

Great Performance Mixing Board

By Lt. Dan

from Tetons, ID & WY

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Accurate Controls
  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound

Cons

  • No Fx

Best Uses

  • Performances

Comments about Mackie 1202-VLZ3 Compact Mixer - 120V:

All that was promised.... much better than Berhinger board I had!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

EXCELLENT

By tiredofsettingupthePA

from new york, ny

About Me Professional Musician

Comments about Mackie 1202-VLZ3 Compact Mixer - 120V:

...an hour and a half setting up power amps, a 16 channel board (to use 3), compressors, outboard effects etc... just picked up one of these. Despite whatever anyone says, surface mounted whatever, this little board is right on time with excellent sound and ultimate portability and even flexibility. The EQ is very useable and seems almost perfect for vocal tweaking. I love A&H and Soundcraft stuff as well, but there is something eminently right about this little board (not the case with all Mackie products imho). The slightly "exciting" or whispy top end is tamed in this board -- almost like it's a higher current design and sweeter or more coherent than other Mackie stuff. It's this straight into some powered speakers and a powered monitor, and I'm eating dinner with everyone else before the show.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Mackie delivers again...

By Josh Holley

from Redlands, CA

Comments about Mackie 1202-VLZ3 Compact Mixer - 120V:

I purchased this mixer for my live "In Ear" monitor setup. You hear what pre's really sound like when using in ears, and let me just say that they are Warm, Crisp, Quiet and most of all transparent. This board is small, but don't let the size fool you... This little guys acts like its bigger brothers and left me with no desire to find anything else to do the job. My 1st favorite thing about this mixer is the pure sound... my 2nd is the "headroom." Mackie pushes levels super high before any noise, distortion, etc. You wont find a better mixer (at this size) anywhere else. If you need 4 mic pre's and 12 channels, stop looking at reviews and just BUY ONE!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Does the job very well

By EZKeys

from Tucson, AZ

Comments about Mackie 1202-VLZ3 Compact Mixer - 120V:

Great little mixer. Beats the pants, shoes, socks, and skivvies off any similar Behringer boards that I've used, both in build quality and sound. I've used it about three times since I bought it two years ago, for running a medium-sized band during an annual conference. Only needed one of the two Aux channels for monitoring, and the EQ's are well-balanced enough for my needs that I haven't missed having sweepable mids. (I really need something with more mic pre's, though; hence the "3.0" on features.) I'd left some channel strip tape on mine for over a year, and after reading a review here, feared the paint might come off with the tape. Didn't happen for me; the finish is still pristine. I've never been rough with my equipment, but this little guy could easily handle it if it had to, I suppose.I'm looking to upgrade to the Mackie ProFX 12 for the two extra mic pre's, good quality built-in effects, and USB I/O capability. (Record to iPad, anyone?)

(10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Easy to use

By TomE

from UT

Comments about Mackie 1202-VLZ3 Compact Mixer - 120V:

They did an awesome job setting this up as intuitivetly as possible. But definately read the manual anyway if you're new to Mackie boards. The 1202 has a versitility that my old board lacked. I was a little apprehensive about there not being any sliders, but the knobs all refrence directly to dBs and have unity at the center position; which gives me a nice visual refrence. The sound quality is very transparent through all the outputs, so feel free to explore the multitude of set-up possibilties this board offers. But I think the best feature would have to be the microphone pre-amps. I've run a variety of singers and singing styles through this board in the last few weeks and they all sounded great(Thanks in-part to the Shure 58). Worth every penny

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Build quality downhill

By noisemaker

from Boston

Comments about Mackie 1202-VLZ3 Compact Mixer - 120V:

Well...I agree it's a good sounding mixer for the price. But when I got my new 1202vlz3 home I put some mixer tape below the volume knobs (like probably most people do) and marked up my input sources. Next project comes along so I pull the tape off...and with the tape comes about 1/2 the paint from the scribble strip area!You'd think Mackie would expect people to use it this way and make the finish a bit more robust. The downfall in Mackie quality over the last few years is distressing. The faders on my Mackie Control developed problems really fast too.

(7 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

small but got everything I needed

By mix and match

from San Francisco, CA

Comments about Mackie 1202-VLZ3 Compact Mixer - 120V:

This Mixer is awesome compact mixer for its price range. I would recommend.

(7 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

very easy mixer to use

By Nick Dlugosz

from ohio

Comments about Mackie 1202-VLZ3 Compact Mixer - 120V:

this is one of the greatest mixers ever. very easy to use. plenty of AUX to use for subwoofers. great sound. if you get the brackets for the mixer it fits right in the rack case.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Finally Get

By VivaLaBassSolo

from chicago

Comments about Mackie 1202-VLZ3 Compact Mixer - 120V:

For years, i have, like most of us, been working on my demo. I'm easily frustrated, and when the sound quality doesnt sound even close to "right", it brings up all kinds of emotions such as doubt, hopelessness, you get the idea. My biggest problem was capturing that big hard rock/heavy metal guitar sound. the analogy i use is this: imagine sound quality being relative to the size of the cable connected to the mic. if studio albums were recorded through cables the size of wind tunnels, then the sound i was getting was being captured through a coffee stirrer. I tried everything that my starving artist budget would allow. a cheap pre amp, a cheap compressor, lower end recording units and software, and of course a cheap mixer. No matter what combination of different setups i could imagine, nothing gave me "that" sound. Until yesterday. I bought this mixer and so far all i've had to do was plug two mics in it, send it to the recorder and it sounds almost as good as a professionally recorded distorted guitar. I'm not looking for "appetite for destruction" quality here, just something a shade better than respectable, so when this demo is placed in the hands of someone who can get me somewhere, they dont write me off as some hack in a garage with a microphone going to a boombox. This thing is way more than worth it. Almost no noise, a big "alive" sound, tons of routing options, great e.q., the best pre-amps, and a simple construction, the price tag is FAR lower than its actual worth. If you're like me, and banging your head against the wall trying to get "that" sound, this piece of gear will stop the abuse and let you get back to why you play music in the first place. You'd be stupid not to at least try it.

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