Mackie 802-VLZ3Item ID: 802VLZ3
8-channel Compact Analog Mixer with 3 XDR2 Mic Preamps, Stereo Return, and 3-band Active EQ
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Excellent, Affordable Mixer from Mackie!Need an affordable compact mixer for your home studio or live rig, but don't want to sacrifice quality? Mackie makes it, and it's here at Sweetwater! The 8-channel 802-VLZ3 has three low-noise studio-grade XDR2 mic pres, with a 3-band EQ on every channel for tone shaping. The 802-VLZ3 is great for submixing drums or other instrument groupings, as an augmentation to an existing live sound or studio setup. Plus, the compact footprint keeps your workspace clear of clutter, and the price makes it attainable for virtually anyone in need of a quality mixing board. You'll be blown away by the performance you get for the price from the 802-VLZ3!
Mackie 802-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 802-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 802-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 802-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 802-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 a lot of flexibility, and the useful 100Hz low cut/highpass switch on each mic input can save you from that dreaded low-frequency muddiness.
Ultra-compact, yet ultra-versatile
Weighing five and a half pounds with its power supply, the Mackie 802-VLZ3 is light enough to fit in your backpack, yet delivers a host of ins and outs to accommodate nearly any configuration! Two switchable hi-Z instrument inputs on channels 1 and 2 mean you can plug your electric guitar or bass in directly, or, when disengaged, connect keyboards, CD, or MP3 players - anything line level. Plug a stereo microphone into the mic inputs, and record with amazing clarity onto your location recording device. You can even run the tape outputs into your laptop's stereo inputs and use recording software to capture your sound for later tweaking and editing. You also get essential engineering features including separate control room volume and phones knobs. Another handy feature on Mackie's 802-VLZ3 is its clever "mute" function - signals from muted channels are secretly routed to the Alt 3-4 outputs and also into the Control Room section - ideal for creating submixes, previewing channels, or creating a "mix minus" for broadcast applications!
Sleek, rugged design
Professionals around the world choose Mackie mixers for their road-proven, time-tested design. These 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 802-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 802-VLZ3's brick-like construction, giving it a shock-absorbing support structure that's truly built to last.
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The 802-VLZ3 is an incredible, affordable Mackie mixer!
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Carter, Mattaponi, VA
Reviewsbased on 13 reviews
March 28, 2013
by Todd Ivey Sr. fromThe Mackie 802-vl3 is a great mixer.
March 29, 2013
Music Background: Sound designer
What I love about ii, this thing is built like a tank.
The button are strong they do not break.
I look at how things are made before I buy it.... read more [+]
Mackie products are built to last, I give a five star rating. close [-]
by Peter Elem from Tampa BayThis has been my choice for home music as well as studio work. Why? Because at it's price it blows away amplifiers that cost in the thousands. Clean and lot's of headroom and driving power, it's also ... read more [+]the perfect mate for those powered monitors that are now available. close [-]
November 14, 2012
Music Background: performance and audiophile
by Roy R from AR, USAPerfect for GR33, guitar with DI, and Vocal mike. Very pleased, it is what I expected from Mackie
June 16, 2012
Music Background: Church Musician
May 3, 2012
Most people need mic preamps - the Mackie 802-VLZ3 has three. Most people don't need more than six channels, this has eight. Most people want excellent sound quality, longevity, and something that can take use and abuse for many years. Thus, the Mackie 802-VLZ3 is the mixer that will solve most people's needs and requirements.
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