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Mackie 1604-VLZ3 Premium 16-Channel/4-Bus Compact Mixer

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The Mackie 1604-VLZ3 Premium 16-Channel/4-Bus Compact Mixer builds on the legacy of the best-selling 1604-VLZ Pro mixer. 16 studio-quality XDR2 second-generation mic preamps, along with redesigned 3-b... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Mackie 1604-VLZ3 Premium 16-Channel/4-Bus Compact Mixer builds on the legacy of the best-selling 1604-VLZ Pro mixer. 16 studio-quality XDR2 second-generation mic preamps, along with redesigned 3-band active EQ circuitry (with sweepable mids), give the 1604-VLZ3 its greatly enhanced sound quality. All channels feature insert points and line-level inputs for extreme versatility. The unique Rotopod option allows for 2 different desktop, and 3 different rackmount configurations. The new multi-voltage power supply allows it to be used anywhere in the world. Ideal for live use, and home and project studios seeking superior performance, the versatile 1604-VLZ3 Compact Mixer is equally at home on the stage or in the studio. It also includes Tracktion 3 Music Production Software.

Tracktion 3 Music Production Software
Tracktion 3 Music Production Software doesnt 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.


16 studio-grade XDR2 Extended Dynamic Range mic preamps with:
  • Ultrawide 60dB gain range
  • 130dB dynamic range
  • +22dBu line input handling
  • Extended low frequency response
  • Distortion under 0.0007% (20Hz-20kHz)
  • Phantom power for studio condenser mics
  • 16 high-headroom line inputs
  • 16 channel inserts
  • Advanced DC pulse transformer RF rejection
  • 60mm long-wearing logarithmic-taper faders
  • 4 Aux sends, level, pan, -20dB/Solo and Overload/Mute LEDs on each channel
  • 4 stereo Aux returns, 8 Direct outs, 4 Group/Bus outputs
  • 3-band Active EQ with sweepable midrange
  • 18dB/oct. 75Hz Lo-Cut filter
  • Control Room/Phones multi-input source matrix
  • Balanced 1/4" inputs and outputs (except inserts)
  • Rack-mountable design with 3 physical configurations via rotating I/O pod
  • Sealed rotary controls to resist dust and grime
  • New Multi-Voltage power supply for worldwide use
  • Rugged steel chassis
  • Includes Tracktion 3 Music Production Software for Mac or PC
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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Mackie1604-VLZ3 Premium 16-Channel/4-Bus Compact Mixer

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(32 of 32 customers found this review helpful)


Compact/Versatile Mixer

By Jeremy

from New Orleans, LA

Comments about Mackie 1604-VLZ3 Premium 16-Channel/4-Bus Compact Mixer:

Pros: Great mixer for the price, un-breakable, mackie tough and quality sound. Many different setup options. The best part is that you get a full 16 channels in a rackmount unit. I play in a soul/horn band and need over a dozen inputs and love being able to keep all the connections made in the case to my amps and effects. Makes setups way easier/quicker for live gigs. The manual for this thing is hillarious, really no joke, very funny, way to go mackie! Cons: Not any except I would have liked a monitor/room fader versus the group faders. On this mixer you use aux sends as monitor sends and there is a knob v. a fader. Not any big deal at all. Great mixer!

(18 of 20 customers found this review helpful)


A World of Difference

By Neighborhood Nuisance

from Dallas, Texas

Comments about Mackie 1604-VLZ3 Premium 16-Channel/4-Bus Compact Mixer:

Clarity and headroom: This mixer reproduces every nuance of sound from a mic'd guitar cabinet even at lower volumes. We can now completely control our sound mix from the board. Vocals are much clearer and have more presence. Inputs: We love the 16 phantom powered XLR inputs which can be assigned to sub groups. The board has enough inputs to mic drums, vocals, and instrument cabs all on one board. Simplicity: Follow the procedure in the manual (yep we actually read it) to set each channel level. Raise the slides and they balance perfectly with EACH other. No 'trim tweak' or channel slide adjustments needed to create a professional TIGHT mix! Bottom line: Like many bands on a budget, our first sound board was the lowest cost entry level powered mixer on the market. I cannot knock the brand. It provided an exceptional value and gave us 2 years of faithful service. The trade off for the value came in the form of a "meets minimum requirements" amplified mix which required constant eq/level tweaking before and during the performance. Those days are GONE! The Mackie 1604 VLZ Premium has allowed us to improve our sound quality dramatically with its ability to control and balance each channel with the others with a richness, depth and fidelity we were NEVER able to achieve with our first mixer no matter how hard we tried. This mixer is a remarkable piece of equipment which will pay for itself just in terms of saved and effort setting up for performance. It improves our ability to deliver a truly professional sound performance regardless of the acoustics of any venue from small intimate clubs to large outdoor venues.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Amazing Mixer

By Peter

from Annandale, Virginia

Comments about Mackie 1604-VLZ3 Premium 16-Channel/4-Bus Compact Mixer:

Our school recently got one of these for our auditorium as a replacement for an old wall unit. So far, there have been no problems, though the 3/4-5/6 Auxiliary switch has caused some confusion with students, and the company we got it from set it up wrong. As for sound quality, this thing completely rejects most interference, and the faders are excellent at smooth level control. I actually do not usually like Mackie mixers, due to problems in subgroup functionality and other issues, but this one is an exception, and is comparable to Allen & Heath or Soundcraft quality. All in all, it is a fabulous mixer for our auditorium PA system.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


disappointing and not road worthy

By David Tornatore

from Hudson, fl

Comments about Mackie 1604-VLZ3 Premium 16-Channel/4-Bus Compact Mixer:

I have be playing for 50 years now. This my second 1604 VLZ3 board within the last 6 years. I do like everything about the board except its not road worthy which should be the most important thing about any board. It does not stand up to tempeture changes or set up and tear downs. Both boards I owned started intermittent problems. Sometimes the A&B subs worked, sometimes not. Sometimes channels worked, other times not. I would have to bang on the board to get it to work. That would make maybe the sub groups start working but I would always lose a couple of channels or aux controls in the channel. I just sent my board out for repairs but I am going to have to buy another board because I don't trust this one anymore, having no choice but to buy another Mackie because I don't have the time and patience to learn a new board. (At 67 years, learning doesn't come easy anymore)

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