Mackie 1642-VLZ3Item ID: 1642VLZ3
16-channel Analog Mixer with 10 XDR2 Mic Preamps, 4 Aux Sends, and Multi-voltage Power Supply
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Super Low-Noise, Professional Mixer from Mackie!The Mackie 1642-VLZ3 is a tremendously versatile, Mackie-tough mixer that's perfect for use as a live board for club work, or as a feature-filled powerhouse for home and studio recording. You'll enjoy ten of Mackie's acclaimed, low impedance XDR2 mic preamps for superior sound, a redesigned mix bus, and a high-quality, no-compromise EQ section for a more intuitive, musical feel. If you're after a reliable and road-ready board, you'll understand why so many pros choose Mackie when you get your hands on the Mackie 1642-VLZ3!
Mackie 1642-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 1642-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 1642-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
Mackie didn't cut any corners when they designed the 1642-VLZ3's masterful EQ section. Channels 1-8 feature the same world-renowned 3-band active EQ found on their top-notch 1642-VLZ3, with optimized center points - the lows at 80Hz and the highs at 12kHz. Midrange compensation is handled by a peaking control with a two-octave variable frequency center, meaning mids can be swept from 100Hz all the way up to 8kHz, with a boost or cut of 15dB. For ultimate tone-shaping, Mackie designed a fixed 4-band "musically-correct" EQ for the remaining channels, intended for line-level signals like keyboards, sound modules, and drum machines.
Versatile and professional
The Mackie 1642-VLZ3 mixer is loaded with premium features on each channel. Enjoy 75Hz Low-Cut filters, four aux sends, inserts, phantom power, constant-loudness pan controls, overload and signal present LEDs, sub and main mix assign switches, and an assignable AFL/PFL solo switch for ultimate control. An array of output options make the 1642-VLZ3 ready for any application with its 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!
Sleek, rugged design
Professionals around the world choose Mackie mixers for their road-proven, time-tested design. These 1642-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 1642-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 1642-VLZ3's brick-like construction, giving it a shock-absorbing support structure that's truly built to last.
Mackie 1642-VLZ3 Features:
Mackie 1642-VLZ3 is an incredibly powerful Mackie mixer!
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Carter, Mattaponi, VA
Reviewsbased on 7 reviews
by fromgreat piece of gear...nice and quite...lot's of fx sends. Mackie is cheap now....no printed manual included....
September 23, 2011
1642 4 bus essential gear
by aliengtr from bloomington, inextremely clean, warm analog for digital recording setup, mic preamps are great, but I would never need more than 10 for my home studio, led's on a ch's help, weighs a ton, replaces a 1402 pro-vlz (so... read more [+]unds cleaner and a little more tight in a good way), the 4 buses make all the difference, tried behringer mixers (lame sound quality in comparison to the 1642),unless your recording a whole band live than the 1604,but this was just perfect for home studio,glad I didn't waste more money on 1604.This is plenty, listened to onyx 1620 (without 4 bus) ,but mic pre's less colored on vlz3s and you get the 4 bus, just perfect. Had a 32x8x2 mackie but mic pre's better here and eq is better and overall better sound (maybe because its new and works the way it should, 32x8 was always iffy maybe due to age).I looked seriously at onyx ,but in this price range it was the onyx 1620 which didnt do it for me.I wanted the 4 bus and less colored mic pre's.Not as warm as onyx mic pre's, but by the time I go through digital mixer, etc.. its just right.Anyway, highly recommended for front end of digital recording setup and or recordding/live setup for one person home studio,you wont be crying wishing you bought the 1604 or the onyx 1620!!! by the way you can "double bus" the 4 bus close [-]
May 6, 2009
Music Background: recording musician
by J Fobs from Libertyville, ILI bought the 1202vlz3 at first.The rotary knobs-bad. I then bought the1642vlz3, and I love it. What really mad eme decide was all of the inputs and outputs-more than I'll ever need.
February 15, 2008
Music Background: Recording engineer, hobbyist
Super Small Venue or Rehearsal Board
by D.J. from Monterey, TN U.S.A.This is a great first or second board for the band that plays mostly smaller venues or prefers to run their own sound from the stage. I originally bought mine to replace an older 1402 VLZ that we use... read more [+]d for rehearsals, as we found ourselves needing a few more XLR inputs from time to time. I can honestly say that for the relatively small jump in price from the 1402 up to this board, you definitely get your money's worth. With this board, you obviously get more channels, but specifically 4 more XLR inputs than the 1402 provides. You also get 2 more auxes, a 4-band EQ (versus the 3-band on the 1402), channels 1 through 8 direct outs, and the ability to group channels. I wouldn't trade this board for anything else in my rehearsal room. There are arguments to be made for many different boards when it comes to the one you will actually use at a live show, but I would still put this one up against anything comparable in a small venue where you don't need all the extra channels to mic a drum kit.
October 27, 2008
Music Background: Live Sound Engineer, Recording Engineer, Vocalist
One other reviewer noted that the preamps were not the best, and I will agree that the preamps in this board do not measure up to the Onyx preamps in Mackie's Onyx series of mixers. The preamps in this board are, however, SUPER for the price you are going to pay for this board. You have to compare apples to apples here, so when you look at the cost of an Onyx model (like the 1640 with the better preamps) versus the cost of this board you will see quite a disparity. A more valid comparison would be to compare the preamps of this board with a similar-sized offering from Peavey, and I can personally testify that the Mackie pres beat anything in their price category.
The bottom line is that this mixer offers you a heck of a lot of features for the money, and I personally love mine. Try one out, and I doubt very seriously if you will even consider giving it back. close [-]
Mic preamps are VG
by Robert Auld from New York, NYJust a note about the XDR2 Mic Preamps in this and other Mackie mixers: they are very good pre-amps with plenty of gain. The only way I can see you having level issues with them is if you are using a... read more [+] very low output ribbon mike--those sometimes need a little more gain than many modern mic preamps provide. Adjusting the mic pre-amps for plenty of gain without clipping is no problem--if clipping is noted, the equipment downstream from the mixer is probably improperly adjusted, causing you to drive the mixer too hard. Remember, a mixer is always part of a recording and/or sound system, and the gain structure throughout has to be properly set up if you are to obtain good results. close [-]
March 15, 2013
Music Background: Recording Engineer
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