Mackie 1202-VLZ3Item ID: 1202VLZ3
12-channel Analog Mixer with 4 XDR2 Mic Preamps, 2 Aux Sends, and 3-band Active EQ
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Powerful, Professional Mackie Mixer!The Mackie 1202-VLZ3 is a serious mixer with a compact design - equally as ideal for use in home and project studios, as it is for use out on the road, or on stage. With four studio-grade XDR2 mic preamps at its heart, the 1202-VLZ3 can accommodate a number of band setups, boasting 12 high-headroom line inputs with 2 aux sends, level, pan, and PFL solo on each channel. Mackie's tone-sculpting 3-band EQ section is impressively musical, giving you up to 15dB boost/cut per band, and optimized mid-frequency control for dialing in your signature sound. Delivering professional, world-class control you've got a rugged mixer in Mackie's 1202-VLZ3!
Mackie 1202-VLZ3 at a Glance:
Tremendous XDR2 Preamps
If you want excellent, professional sound, you need great mic pres - that's why Mackie put a lot of heart into the design of the 1202-VLZ3's XDR2 (Extended Dynamic Range) mic preamps. Delivering pure, clean, studio-grade sound, these pres have an impressively wide frequency range, especially in the low end, and even at extremely high gain settings. Switchable phantom power means you can use any of your favorite microphones with your 1202-VLZ3 and expect incredible, high-quality sound. While it's true that the VLZ3 mixers have gained an excellent reputation for more than just their mic pres, we can't help but attribute some of that fame to the XDR2's superb design.
Premium musical EQ section
The 1202-VLZ3 features an ultra-musical 3-band active EQ for tweaking and sculpting your signature sound. Mackie spent time optimizing the center frequencies of these EQs, and it shows on the 1202-VLZ3: enjoy low shelving at 80Hz, mid-peaking at 2.5kHz, and high shelving at 12kHz to shape your sound in any direction. Plus, up to 15dB boost/cut per band gives you an even higher level of flexibility and tone-sculpting control!
Ultra-compact and professional
Weighing just six and a half pounds, the Mackie 1202-VLZ3 delivers a host of professional ins, outs, and features to accommodate nearly any configuration imaginable! To start with, on every mic channel, you have 75Hz low-cut filters, two aux sends, inserts, phantom power, constant-loudness pan controls, and pre fader solo. Impressive output options include 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 outs! Another handy feature on the 1202-VLZ3 is its clever "mute" button - signals from muted channels are secretly routed to the Alt 3-4 outputs - ideal for creating submixes, previewing channels, or creating a "mix minus" for broadcast applications! Plus, with the push of a button, the Alt 3-4 mix can be assigned to the main output - meaning, the alt 3-4 can basically act very much like a mixer within a mixer, giving you even more control over your sound. And, for even more convenience, you can rack mount your Mackie 1202-VLZ3 with optional rack ears.
Sleek, rugged design
Professionals around the world choose Mackie mixers for their road-proven, time-tested design. These 1202-VLZ3 Mixers are the same Mackie workhorses we've come to expect, designed to take some serious abuse, yet keep on sounding their best. With Mackie's legendary solid-steel chassis that protects it from any tough knocks, your 1202-VLZ3's control knobs even ride just above the surface of the chassis, transferring potential impact to the chassis - and not to the vital circuit board. Thick, horizontally mounted fiberglass PC boards add to the 1202-VLZ3's brick-like construction, giving it a shock-absorbing support structure that's truly built to last.
Mackie 1202-VLZ3 Features:
The 1202-VLZ3 is a Mackie-tough Professional Mixer!
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Phillip, Lynwood, IL
Reviewsbased on 10 reviews
by Joseph Rush from Graysville,PA USAThis is my 3rd Mackie mixer and they just keep getting better, although I don't know how that's possible. Pristine, bright sound and complete control --- it just doesn't get any better. And Jason Koon... read more [+]s has the expert advice. Joe close [-]
June 5, 2012
Music Background: composer
Mackie 12012 VLZ: A Workhorse Mixer in a Small Package
by John C. Baker from Princeton, NJI need to start with a confession: the ORIGINAL Mackie 1202 was the first mixer I owned, and that was maybe 20 years ago? I still have (and use) that mixer, but needed the new one to go overseas for a... read more [+] series of live choral concert recordings. That is greatly eased by Mackie as it has a 120 to 220 switch on the back. The 1202 VLZ3 has all the power, sound and versatility of the the bigger Mackie's in a small and portable package, with extremely clean and pure sound. Inputs and outputs allowed me to feed my small multi-track unit with the Mackie's direct outs. In short, it was ideal for the purpose, and will now become a general use mixer. This is the 16th Mackie in my classical recording company's mixer suite. close [-]
May 2, 2012
Music Background: Classical producer/engineer
by Jefferson Weber from Indianapolis, IndianaThis is a great Mixer. Very Solid. I use it for sub mixing in my Studio and it does a great job.
April 30, 2012
Music Background: Composer, Hobbyist
Feature full and Just what was needed
by Brad C. from Sturgis, MIThis Unit has plenty of inputs for a small group and is light weight enough to be relocated easily. Make sure you purchase enough cables to be sure you have enough to plug things into this board. It e... read more [+]ven has extra features which we might not ever use but allows for future expansion. close [-]
February 21, 2012
Music Background: Live Sound Engineer
Best mixer for the money
by Tyler from NY, NYThe build is top-notch. Loads of routing options for both project studio and live settings. Sound quality is pristine. Footprint is small and highly portable. This is my 3rd VLZ mixer (others were giv... read more [+]en up as part of moves and band breakups). I can't say enough good things. It is impossible to be disappointed in the 1202! close [-]
December 6, 2011
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