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Mackie 1642-VLZ3 16-Channel Mixer

The Mackie 1642-VLZ3 is a 16-channel mixer that builds on the features and functionality of previous VLZ series mixers, so it sounds and looks better than ever. (16) Read 4 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Product Description

It's hard to believe, but Mackie has designed a line of Mackie mixers that improves on the legendary performance of Mackie's highly acclaimed VLZ-Pro compacts. Mackie's engineers burned the late-night oil and extracted even more headroom and frequency response from Mackie's soon-to-be famous XDR2(TM) preamps. Then they tweaked the channel EQ for optimal performance and built an even better Mix Bus. After the dust settled, and after some much needed sleep, they unveiled the VLZ3 Series-mixers with individual mic pre THD below 0.0007%, and overall THD less than 0.0025%. (In case you're not an electronics engineer, that means they're incredibly quiet!)

The Mackie VLZ3 Series builds on the features and functionality of previous VLZs, and they sound and look better than ever.

And the universal switching power supply means you can use these mixers anywhere in the world, without investing your life's savings in bizarre voltage adapters. The Mackie mixers you've come to know and love are now even more perfect than perfect.

Features:

- Low noise VLZ3 design with highest possible headroom
- 10 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% THD (20Hz - 20kHz)
-- Phantom power for studio condenser mics
- 16 high-headroom line inputs (4 stereo pairs, 8 mono)
- Advanced DC pulse transformer RF rejection
- 60mm long-wearing logarithmic-taper faders
- 4 Aux sends, level, pan, -20dB/Solo and OL/Mute LEDs on each channel
- 4 stereo Aux returns, 8 Direct outs, 4 stereo Group/Bus outputs
- 3-band Active EQ with sweepable midrange on mono channels
- 4-band Active EQ on stereo channels
- 18dB/oct. 75Hz Lo-Cut filter on mic channels
- Control Room/Phones multi-input source matrix with separate level controls
- Balanced 1/4 in. inputs and outputs (except inserts)
- 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

Live and Recording Multi-tool

With its upgraded preamps and EQ circuitry, the Mackie 1642-VLZ3 redefines perfection. With the same features and functionality of its predecessor, the re-engineered Mackie 1642-VLZ3 has even greater headroom than the original. Mackie could have stopped right then and there, but since they're obsessed with perfection, Mackie redesigned the Mix Bus and made significant enhancements to the EQs, giving the 1642-VLZ3 a more intuitive and musical feel.

The 1642-VLZ3's three unique channel strip formats allow you to input and shape any kind of signal, including mic, line, and stereo instruments. Whether you need a live mixing board for club work, or a full-featured workhorse for home and studio recording, you owe it to yourself to check out the Mackie 1642-VLZ3. You'll think it's perfect, too.

Vastly Superior XDR2(TM) Mic Preamps

The 1642-VLZ3's XDR2 (Extended Dynamic Range) second-generation mic preamps are better than ever. They 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 1642-VLZ3 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.

Three Kinds Of Channel Strips

1. Channels 1-8 are essentially the same as those on Mackie's 1604-VLZ3, with mono line-level input and Mackie's ultra-high-quality XDR2 mic preamps. These VLZ (Very Low Impedance) mic pres offer superior sound quality and the best RFI rejection of any compact mixer on the market.

2. Channels 9/10 and 11/12 (two physical channel strips) each provide a stereo pair of line-level inputs and a mono XDR2 mic preamp.

3. Channels 13/14 and 15/16 (also in two physical channel strips) each provide a stereo pair of line-level inputs only, with fixed 4-band equalization at points that are specifically designed for line-level inputs, such as keyboards, sound modules, etc.

Two Unique Equalization Formats

High-quality equalization is a must for any good mixer, that's why Mackie didn't cut any corners on the 1642-VLZ3. Channels 1-8 feature the same world-renowned 3-band Active equalization that you'll find on the 1604-VLZ3. Tremendous resources went into optimizing the center points of these mic channel equalizers, with 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 the Mids can be swept from 100Hz all the way up to 8kHz-with a boost or cut of 15dB.

Mackie designed a fixed 4-band, "musically-correct" EQ for the remaining channels, which are primarily intended for line-level signals, such as keyboards, sound modules, and drum machines. This all adds up to practical, useful equalization, with the tone-shaping facility to actually improve the musical nature of the original signal.

Professional Features

The Mackie 1642-VLZ3 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. And since you can never have too many output options, Mackie also 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.

Built Mackie Tough

All VLZ3 mixers are built tough. Mackie's legendary solid-steel chassis can take the kind of abuse that would turn Mackie's competitors' flimsy boxes into so much scrap. And instead of cheap, unsealed potentiometers, Mackie use co-molded pots, which offer substantial strain relief at all critical points. By design, Mackie's 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 circuit board damage, Mackie use a thick, horizontally mounted fiberglass PC board, braced with a shock-absorbing support structure. Nobody builds 'em tougher than Mackie!

Superior Sound Quality

Above all, the 1642-VLZ3 has superior sound quality, wide dynamic range, tons of headroom and extremely low noise, allowing you to create high-quality professional output. Whether you're tracking in the project studio or laying down the truth in front of a live audience, you can always count on the Mackie 1642-VLZ3 to provide superb sound quality and extreme versatility.

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Sound: great sounding mixer. low noise, excellent preamps, great clean EQ's Feature: what can anyone say about mackie features? they are the best in the business for this class of mixer, very flexible for recording, broadcasting, recording. insert jacks that can be used for tape sends, 4 bus routing, 4 aux sends. i currently use this mixer for both broadcasting and recording. and if i need to pry it out of my studio to take it on the road, it would be well worth the work to take it out. the behringer SL2442FX-pro i have sits in a corner in shame collecting dust, because the mackie is 100 times more useful. Ease of Use: mackie writes the best instruction manuals in the business, even if you don't need to read the, to learn the features, the writing is comical, and very helpful. Quality: durable, strong product, i have taken many mackie products on the road and NEVER had a problem with them. Value: best mixer for the money. i have tried several in this category, and the 1642 has met every need i have and then some. Manufacturer Support: never needed any product support from mackie. so i am not sure how to rate this, but i have heard they are real good with their support. The Wow Factor: well designed, well built, great to look at. Overall: if i ever do need a new mixer, you damn well better believe it'll be another mackie. the only reason i could see for buying a new mixer would be if i needed more channels. i use this mixer for broadcasting, and recording alongside my protools digi 003, and they work wonderfully together.
Style of Music: hardcore, punk, talk radio.
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Sound: crystal clear, perfect for home studio digital recording setup, no audible bleed/crosstalk,no hiss, just sweet sound, mic pre's are much better than on vlzpro,not as warm as onyx,but less colored and for my dynamic mics,just perfect. sound is better than behringer mixers perdiod ( I like behringer but man this mixer just kicks the behringer line of mixers sound quaality wise).I dare say it makes my studio monitors sound better than direct from pc!!! Feature: I know plenty of musicians with home studio's and never met one that needed more than 10 mic pre's, this is why i didnt go for 1604 and glad i didnt waste the money. This has the 4 bus and it has direct outs aux's inserts,etc...just awesome, cleaned up my studio, replaced a 1402 pro vlz and you can double 4 buss if need be.I thnk this is the perfect home studio mixer, just perfect amount of options and ch's, wont be crying for more (or wishing I had gotten 1604 or onyx 1620 which is in price range but lame not 4 bus), Ease of Use: looks simple and can be used this way, but it can also do some amazing stuff routing wise!!! With sub groups, direct outs, inserts and auxes...I had it up and running in about 5 minutes, manual is good,simple, but options are amazing, running to recorders (2) and pa ,etc...no weirdness here, just solid and signal goes where it should. Quality: this thing is alike a tank compared to my 1402provlz, really heavy,everything feels super solid, no loose stuff, has nice user friendly angle.I got a b stock version and a little plastic foot fell off ,but just needs glued on,actually mixer it totally solid Value: 1604 is way too much for home studio IMO unless you have the 4 voice backup group singing when you record the band live?! Anyway, for me as a home recordist,its just perfect wth 10 mic pre's and 4 bus Manufacturer Support: called them before purchase for info;they were informative The Wow Factor: The angled position of the mixer is really cool and the led's on each ch is great and yeah it looks really cool,but I love gear so what can I say, it doesnt look cheap though Overall: man, I would recommend this to any and all home studio recording musicians and a great live board too.Its just the perfect balance of ch's ,subgroups, sound quality, mic pre's and eq. Became center of my digital home studio.totaly recommend over onyx 1620 (because of 4 bus and less colored sound on mic pre's,but not as warm)and behirnger mixers sound quality wise).or me, has same features as 1604 ,but not paying for ch's I will never use).
Style of Music: rock/guitar
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