Mackie 1202-VLZ3 12-Channel Mixer

Mackie 1202-VLZ3 12-Channel Mixer

With it's 4 studio-grade XDR2 Extended Dynamic Range mic preamps, professional features and ultra-tough housing, the Mackie 1202-VLZ3 mixer is equally at home on the road, on the stage, or in the recording studio.

Overall User Ratings (based on 9 ratings)
Overall:
5 out of 5 stars
Sound:
5 out of 5 stars
Features:
5 out of 5 stars
Ease of Use:
5 out of 5 stars
Quality:
5 out of 5 stars
Value:
5 out of 5 stars
Manufacturer Support:
5 out of 5 stars
The Wow Factor:
5 out of 5 stars
Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
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Submitted February 12, 2013 by johnny perez in cleveland, OH
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Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
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the best dont mis it
Musical Style:
regeton the best
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Submitted January 22, 2008
"Very killer mixer"
Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
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I'm going to run this thing into the ground and then buy another one. Unless Mackie comes out with a USB or Firewire model.
Sound
I've owned an older Mackie 1604 VLZ before and was not very impressed. The mic pre's were a bit tinny, and the EQ never quite cut it in the high end. I could always tell when I heard something recorded using the old Mackie's. I'm very pleased that in the VLZ3 they seemed to have completely turned everything around. The pre's are very full and detailed, and the EQ is very musical. Also the headroom so terribly beats the pants off my poor Behringer that I felt the urge to throw it out.
Features
One of the only 12 channel mixers with 2 aux sends, which is a very big thing for me. I do alot of unconventional routing and feedback loops, so having 2 aux - one pre/post switch, one post - is great. They also made the control room out an ad-hoc 3-4 bus. All the jacks are balanced, and there's a built-in power supply with switchable 110-120-220 voltage. Both are not often seen in small mixers. I only give this a 9 because the headphone out shares the 3-4 bus. And I would really really like to see some manufacturer wise up to what people are using these small mixers for, and include 2 or more pre aux sends. But that's just me...
Ease of Use
Everything is well laid out and clearly marked on the front panel. Can't get easier.
Quality
This thing is a tank. Knobs travel very smooth but have no wobble. Jacks are very well seated. I hesitate to test it's stage diving capabilities, but trust me I don't doubt them.
Value
The 1202 VLZ3 is almost twice as much as 12 channel mixers from Yamaha and Behringer, but after owning this I will never go back. The price vs sound and features is too great.
Manufacturer Support
Never used them.
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