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Mackie 1402-VLZ3 14-Channel Mixer

Loaded with 6 of Mackie's low-noise, high-dynamic-range XLR mic preamps, this compact, tough-as-nails 14-channel mixer delivers reliable sound every time. (20) Read 5 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Product Description

Just slightly larger than the 1202VLZ3, the Mackie 1402VLZ3 offers everything its little brother has -- plus two additional mic/line channels, faders instead of knobs, and a few extra Master Section features. Ideal for home and project studios, the 1402VLZ3 is equally at home on the road, on the stage, or in the recording studio. With its ergonomic carry handle, and upgraded electronics, the 1402VLZ3 just might redefine the term "perfection."

While keeping all the features and functionality of its predecessor, the Mackie 1402VLZ3 offers even greater headroom. Mackie could have stopped right then and there, but they're obsessed with perfection. So they redesigned the Mix Bus, tweaked the EQs, and created a mixer with a highly intuitive, musical feel.

Vastly Superior XDR2 Mic Preamps

The XDR2 (Extended Dynamic Range) second-generation mic preamps are better than ever. These pres offer incredibly low noise, with individual mic pre THD below 0.0007%, and overall mixer THD less than 0.0025%. With 60dB of available gain per channel, the 1402VLZ3 can handle inputs ranging from a whisper to a scream, and can even handle hot line-level signals up to +22db, without any added coloration. You simply won't find preamps this good on any other mixer in this price range.

Equalization

Mackie invested tremendous resources optimizing the center frequencies of their 3-band Active EQs. By selecting 80Hz, 2.5kHz and 12kHz, for the Lows, Mids and Highs, respectively, they created an even more musical EQ than on previous VLZs. With up to 15dB boost/cut capability per band, VLZ3's Active EQ provides more tone-sculpting latitude than any other mixer in its class.

Professional Features

The Mackie 1402VLZ3 is packed with premium features on every mic channel: 75Hz Low-Cut filters, two Aux Sends, inserts, phantom power, constant-loudness Pan controls and Pre Fader Solo. And since you can never have too many output options, they provided a Control Room/Phones source matrix, Master Aux section with EFX to Monitor, tape outputs, a high-volume headphone amplifier and balanced XLR and TRS outputs.

Need Even More Flexibility?

Greg Mackie's mind was working overtime when he originally came up with this--instead of sending muted signals into the vacuum of space, why not do something useful with them? So, when you press the mute button on the 1402VLZ3, the signal is indeed muted -- but it also appears at the ALT 3-4 output jacks and ALT 3-4 stereo bus. This is an ideal way to create additional Aux Sends and mixes for cry rooms, green rooms, or assistive listening, etc. And with a press of a button, the ALT 3-4 mix can be assigned to the Main output--which means ALT 3-4 can act very much like a "mixer within a mixer." For instance, you could assign the backup vocals to the ALT 3-4 bus and then use the CTL Room/Submix fader to add them back into the main mix. Now one fader controls the level of those channels as a single unit.

1402VLZ3 vs. 1202VLZ3

At 12.9 x 14 x 3.2 inches, the 1402VLZ3 is just slightly larger than the 1202. It features two more mic/line channels, and for those of you who prefer sliding to twisting, 60mm, long-wearing, log-taper faders versus the 1202's rotary pots. And that's just the obvious stuff. Under the hood the 1402VLZ3 has an assignable Solo AFL/PFL switch, independent Left and Right Main output faders, and a Level Set LED.

Built Mackie Tough

All VLZ3 mixers are built tough-as-a-tank. Mackie's legendary solid-steel chassis can take the kind of abuse that would turn their competitors' flimsy boxes into twisted chunks of debris. Instead of cheap, unsealed potentiometers, they use 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, they use thick, horizontally mounted fiberglass PC boards to eliminate the potential for damage and brace them with a shock-absorbing support structure. They've survived earthquakes, hurricanes and typhoons, so Mackie mixers can certainly handle whatever you throw at them.

Versatility

You'll find Mackie mixers everywhere you go -- from video post-production facilities, to major artist tour buses, to duty as field mixers for news departments of all the major networks. Drummers and keyboardists use them to send submixes to front of house and monitor consoles. VLZ3 compact mixers are the ideal choice for any situation requiring superior audio mixing, especially where space and/or budget constraints are an issue.

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- Low noise VLZ3 design with highest possible headroom
- 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 + EFX to Monitor
- 3-Band Active EQ (80Hz, 2.5kHz, 12kHz)
- 18dB/oct. 75Hz Lo-Cut filter on Mic input channels
- ALT 3/4 stereo bus for added versatility
- Control Room/Phones source matrix
- Rack-mountable design using optional rack ears
- Sealed rotary controls to resist dust and grime
- Multi-Voltage power supply for worldwide use
- Rugged steel chassis
- Includes Tracktion 3 Music Production Software for Mac/PC

6 studio-grade XDR2(TM) 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
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 800-898-3211 and 425-487-4333
Customer Reviews
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"Mackie Does It Again"
Sound: The quality of the XDR2 preamps is very good. I use this mixer for live use and the pre-amps are both well built and clean sounding. The board is relatively warm sounding, but not too warm or too cold. Feature: I only wish it had 2 more pre's and a BNC or XLR for a lamp. Ease of Use: The board is pretty straight forward, although can be difficult to see in the dark. The manual is well written and entertaining (a Mackie strong-point, a manual that's actually fun to read). Quality: Mackie constructed this thing for years of abuse and it looks like it could handle it. I've been using this mixer and it's predecessor for about 4 years now, and it rolls over every time I need it. Very reliable. Value: While not the cheapest mixer in the sub-compact market, it is probably one of the best values. Mixers are an investment, some are better than others. On a dollars per year basis, this is probably one of the cheapest to keep and maintain. Manufacturer Support: I've only had to work with Mackie once on a warranty claim, and they were very good about it. I emailed them with what the problem was and they had a new unit shipped to be within 2 days. The Wow Factor: Reliablility is a strong suit. Ease of use isn't far behind. Overall: Would both recommend to a friend and buy again.
Style of Music: a little bit of everything
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"A name to remember: Mackie 1402 VLZ3"
Sound: Very impressed with sound quality from microphone. I use Sennheiser microphone e835s and the sound come out from the mixer is superb. You can see a big difference going from a low end mixer. This is my second mixer. Feature: Come as expected. No extra cables. Manual, power cord and mixer. Nothing else. I had all the cables needed. Anyway, you will end up to buy them using quality cables than the ones come with the box if any. Manual was not much detailed but sufficient. I had prior experience with mixer before so no much trouble getting it up and running in no time. Love the solo feature & Control Room, Very please with the bottom faders, good feeling touch than a knob! Feel more professional material! Ease of Use: Yes, no brainer. The only thing I got to play around was to send the sound from tape recording to main mix. Other than that, you have to play and adjust the knobs based on your system and your liking of it. Quality: I strongly recommend it. I added 100$ to get this model instead of the 1202 VLZ3 but was rewarded nicely with faders and 2 extra microphone inputs. I learn the sad experience buying low end and end up selling them. I did not know Mackie until I rent the old 1202 vlz pro for a dj then love it. Did not want to buy an old one due to a lot of changes made for the new one specially pre-amp xlr2 and sound re-engineering for perfection. Value: It is a fair price considering it delivers what it claims. That is worth the money well invested. Sound is a main factor. I had frustration with old mixer with always bad sound output. This one, up and running flawlessly. Warmth sound, wide and almost no noise. Manufacturer Support: Did not have to call them? Tech support can be easily asked where I bought it because they were the one which secure much my decision of buying because of good advice & professionnal knowledge of mixers. 1 year warranty so i can bring it back to the store where I bought it for repair locally. The Wow Factor: It has a nice layout. Things are well designed. It may not the best and the top of the line but for home use it is prefect. Overall: Highly recommended! Love it! Future plan is to get the SRM 350 v2 to go with the mixer. I have looked at Alesis, Behringer, Yamaha, Soundcraft and no one comes near as solid built than Mackie and I was in 30 minutes at the store, and my eyes were 80 percent looking and thinking of the Mackie mixer. My main use it for home karaoke and I am driving the mixer with unpowered speakers B&W through NAD stereo amplifier. And the sound comes out heavenly good! :)
Style of Music: Alternative, R&B, Jazz
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