Mackie 402-VLZ3 Compact Audio Mixer  

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Until now, mixers built for low-input, two-mic or one-mic-and-a-guitar applications really skimped on quality. With their flimsy construction and dismal sound, they resembled and performed like children's toys. So Mackie created the 402-VLZ3, the perfect ultra-compact mixer for applications that require few inputs, but demand full-on professional sound.

The 4-channel 402-VLZ3 audio mixer delivers pure VLZ3 quality in Mackie's smallest form factor ever, making it ideal when your input counts are low, or when space is at a premium. In a sleek, small package, you get the signature VLZ3 high headroom, low noise design, complete with 2 XDR2 preamps, premium EQ, and modern mix bus architecture, for the best-sounding, mini-est pro mixer on the planet. You also get Tracktion 3 Music Production software free. At last, you no longer need to buy more mixer than you need just to get the quality sound you deserve.

XDR2 preamps

Among the features that have earned the Mackie VLZ3 mixers their stellar reputation are the XDR2 "Extended Dynamic Range" mic preamps. That's because serious amounts of time and energy went into their design, and the result is phenomenal. You simply won't find preamps this good on any other mixer in this price range. The XDR2 preamps deliver pure, clean, studio-grade sound ” the kind of quality you'd expect to find in pricey boutique mic pres. They have an incredibly wide frequency range, especially in the low end, and even at extremely high gain settings. They offer incredibly low noise, amazing RFI rejection, and with 60dB of available gain per channel, the 402-VLZ3 can handle inputs ranging from a whisper to a scream. With the superior sound of the 402-VLZ3's two XDR2 preamps, rest assured you will always get optimum performance out of your professional ribbon, dynamic, and condenser mics.

Musical EQ for Your Tweaking Pleasure

EQ Knobs The 402-VLZ3's ultra-musical 2-band Active EQ provides just the right amount of sound shaping flexibility. Mackie invested tremendous resources into optimizing the center frequencies of Mackie's EQs, and improved the interaction of the separate EQ bands, so your tracks can be molded and tweaked for the perfect result. The 402-VLZ3's low shelving at 80Hz and high shelving at 12kHz mean you can quickly and effectively sculpt your tone for the ultimate in punch and brilliance ” and with up to 15dB boost/cut capability per band, you get loads of latitude. There's also a 100Hz low cut/high pass switch for each mic input, so you can keep the ultra-low frequency muddiness out of your sound ” and give your bass that extra punch if used in conjunction with the Low EQ.

Small Yet Powerfully Flexible

Though small in stature, the 402-VLZ3 provides an incredible abundance of professional features and mission-critical tools to enhance your mixing experience ” and your creativity. In addition to essential features like phantom power for your condenser mics, you get a variety of user options that make the 402-VLZ3 a surprisingly versatile mixing machine. Two switchable Hi-Z instrument inputs allow you to plug instruments like electric guitar or bass in direct ” no external gear required ” or, disengage the switch to connect line level sources such as keyboards, or CD or mp3 players. Use the high pass filters on channels 1 and 2 to cut the rumble with the touch of a button. Connect line level stereo gear like DJ decks using the assignable stereo RCA input, and either route to your phones for queuing up, or to your main mix for overdubbing while monitoring back from your computer on phones. Flexibly monitor and record mono and stereo sources using the stereo pan function ” when the switch is out, a mono source will be split between the left and right of the main mix equally, and when the switch is in, channels 1 and 2 are hard-panned left and right (perfect for recording stereo mics). Keep an eye on your levels with the bright 8-segment stereo meters, as well as the responsive overload LEDs that warn you when you're overdoing it with the gain and/or EQ. No matter how you use it, the 402-VLZ3 supplies everything you need to get the job done.

Ultra-compact, sleek, rugged chassis

ProfileNow you can have your pro mixer, and take it with you, too. The 402-VLZ3 features a tight, low-profile design that fits the most modest ” or congested ” areas perfectly, including your backpack or laptop case. Like all VLZ3 mixers, the 402-VLZ3 is built like a tank, too. Mackie's legendary solid-steel chassis can take the kind of abuse that would turn competitors' flimsy boxes into twisted chunks of debris. Instead of cheap, unsealed potentiometers, Mackie uses co-molded pots, which offer substantial strain and impact relief. By design, Mackie's control knobs 'ride' just above the surface of the chassis, so if something falls onto the mixer, the impact is transferred from the knobs to the chassis ” not to the potentiometers or circuit board. Finally, Mackie uses thick, horizontally mounted fiberglass PC boards to eliminate the potential for damage and brace them with a shock-absorbing support structure. And not only is the 402-VLZ3 tough, but it can be flexibly positioned, thanks to a bottom panel that lets you easily mount an optional mic stand adapter with just a few screws. Attach your 402-VLZ3 to a mic stand, and you can adjust its height and angle to suit your unique”or weird ” work style.

Applications a-plenty

With its professional features and ultra-compact footprint, the 402-VLZ3 is ideal for a variety of applications, including home studio and on-the-go recording, multimedia projects, field mixing, broadcast use, and post-production work. (Check out Mackie's hookup guide to see how you can put it all together.) And the included Tracktion 3 Basic Bundle music production software makes it that much easier to get right to work, and get inspired. Boot up T3, connect the 402-VLZ3 to your computer's sound card, and start recording your masterpiece.

Less Really Is More

The best-sounding, most professional ultra-compact in its class, the 402-VLZ3 gives new meaning to the old adage, less is more. While there are other ultra-compact mixers out in the world these days, none provide the performance or sound quality of the 402-VLZ3. Thanks to its ultra-flexible, super-versatile, professional design, you get the low input count you want, the extra space you need, and the quality you deserve ” all at an unbelievably low price. Put simply, the 402-VLZ3 is the go-anywhere, fit-anywhere professional mixer, delivering superior sound quality ” and unbeatable value.

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 a plethora of power and plug-ins to keep your music flowing”not locked in menus or limitations.

  • Ultra-compact 4-channel mixer featuring Mackie VLZ3's signature low noise, high-headroom design
  • 2 studio-grade XDR2 Extended Dynamic Range mic preamps with:
  • Ultra-wide 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
  • 4 high-headroom line inputs
  • 2 selectable Instrument inputs ” no DI box needed
  • 2-Band Active EQ (80Hz, 12kHz) and Lo-Cut filter on mic channels
  • Phantom power for studio condenser mics
  • Dedicated Stereo Line Input and Tape Input channels
  • High-resolution 8-segment stereo meters
  • Sealed rotary controls to resist dust and grime
  • Sleek, rugged steel chassis
  • Main Mix Noise:
    (20 Hz”20 kHz bandwidth, 1/4" main out, channels 1”2 gain @ unity, channel EQs flat, stereo-pan button in.
    Main mix knob down, channel level knobs down: ”103 dBu
    Main mix knob unity, channel level knobs down: ”98 dBu (102 dB Signal to Noise Ratio, ref +4 dBu)
    Main mix knob @ unity, and channel level knobs @ unity: ”92 dBu

    Total Harmonic Distortion (1 kHz @ 35 dB gain):
    20 Hz”80 kHz bandwidth <0.005%
    20 Hz”20 kHz bandwidth <0.003%

    Attenuation (Crosstalk):
    (1 kHz relative to 0 dBu, 20 Hz”20 kHz band-
    width, line in, 1„4" main out, gain @ unity.)
    Main mix knob down: ”70 dBu
    Channel level knob down: ”94 dBu

    Frequency Response (Mic input to any output.):
    20 Hz to 50 kHz: +0 dB/”1 dB
    20 Hz to 90 kHz: +0 dB/”3 dB

    Equivalent Input Noise (EIN) (Mic in to main out, max gain.):
    150 ohm termination: ”129.5 dBu , 20 Hz”20 kHz

    Common Mode Rejection Ratio (CRMM): 1 kHz: better than ”70 dB

    Maximum Levels:
    Mic in: +21 dBu
    Tape in: +24 dBu
    All other inputs: +22 dBu
    All outputs: +22 dBu

    Mic in: 3.4 kilohms
    All other inputs: 10 KÎ or greater
    Tape out: 1.0KÎ
    Phones output: 60 ohms
    All other outputs: 120 ohms

    High Shelving ±15 dB @ 12 kHz
    Low Shelving ±15 dB @ 80 Hz

    Power Consumption: 8 watts

    Dimensions (H x W xD): 7.3" x 5.8" x 1.6", (185.5 mm x 146.9 mm x 40.7 mm)

    With power supply 3.0lb. (1.36kg)
    Without power supply 2.5 lb. (1.1kg)

    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

    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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(15 of 16 customers found this review helpful)


Great for Keyboard Slave

By Living Proof a great cover band NJ

from Howell NJ

Comments about Mackie 402-VLZ3 Compact Audio Mixer:

My keyboard player uses two keyboards. Every keyboard always has a different gain volume. This can be a soundmans nightmare. I purchased this little Mackie and use it as a pre-mixer. It is fantastic! Very clean, extremely quiet. Plus by using the slave mixer I can go into one channel for keys on my main board with equal volume from both Keyboards. Nice job Mackie!

(15 of 16 customers found this review helpful)


The Real Deal

By Wizard33

from Haines City, Fl

Comments about Mackie 402-VLZ3 Compact Audio Mixer:

This little compact mixer is the real deal. I had bought the Peavey version of this style mixer and it did not perform as adveretised, but 402-VLZ3 performs just like it advertises. You won't go wrong with this little sweet mixer. The sound quality is incredible for it's size.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)



By jared

from utah

Comments about Mackie 402-VLZ3 Compact Audio Mixer:

i own a home based studio i needed a preamp for some line inputs on the back of my firebox interface, i went to this mixer because i wanted something easy and cheap. so i made the guy at gc get out a mackie and a behringer with compatable features. let me just say to you if you are not sure the preamps are worth every penny more on this thing than the behringer pre's that they are! the side by side was crazy behringer noise floor was like easily five time louder than this guy! absolutely worth every penny very quiet very good quality pre for the money. they are maybe even better than the xmax pre on my presonus.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Just what I needed


from East End of New Yourk

Comments about Mackie 402-VLZ3 Compact Audio Mixer:

Love it. I have a small home studio and I was looking to unload the USB interface ? I always had problems with the drivers, latency etc. (I know what you?re thinking, it?s because I don?t know what I am doing ? maybe, maybe not, say what you will, but usb can be flaky, drivers are a PITA and compatibility can cause nightmares). So, I got this ? hooked it up to my audiophile 2496 and bingo ? everything works perfectly ? no hassle no need to delve into hours of tweaking the setup ? it just works. Just as the manual says ? monitor all input and send new tracks back to the inputs on my card. What a relief. Sonar, soundcard and this little mixer ? I am good to go. My needs were minimal and this is just perfect.


Just what I needed

By Marc deVasconcelos

from San Francisco, CA

Comments about Mackie 402-VLZ3 Compact Audio Mixer:

A couple inputs from amp emulators to this thing came out crystal clear! Great small desktop mixer or slave for keyboards etc

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