Mackie ProFX22 Reviews4.8/5.0 based on 4 customer reviews
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from Michigan, USA
January 28, 2013Music Background:
(Learing) Live Sound Engineer
Yes, WOW!I am so excited, I feel I got every thing I will ever need as far as the Mixer now.
Bargas J. M.
from United States
January 6, 2013Music Background:
professional soundman and musician.
Gotta Have One of These!I'm completely blown away by this mixer.
I've seen and have handled many mixers in my day of being a soundman and this just makes me feel so damn good!
Then when I saw the price... I couldn't be any more happy.
When I found out it ships for free, OMG!
I was in ecstacy!
This offer is too much for me to handle!
I've just got to tell the band members about it!
They will be thrilled!
from USA, key west fl
October 9, 2012Music Background:
dj and live sound recording
absolutely greatMackie profx22 wow! I recommend this mixer to anyone and SWEETWATER is one of the best website that I would recommend to all my friends. let me explain why, when I purchase something from them they contact me as soon as I place my oder to make sure I have what I was looking for. then the shipping is fast I really don't know how to explain how satisfy I am with sweetwater. I hope you guys gonna try and you will tell your own experience with them. Finally I want to say this Karl you know how to do business
The Sound Palace
from Newbury Park, CA
September 29, 2012Music Background:
Live sound engineer; recording engineer, amateur guitar player
Excellent ValueI previously used a 1604-VLZ Pro to run sound for my cover band. It was in an SKB Pop-up case which was handy but still bulky and somewhat heavy to transport. After studying the manual for the ProFX22 I sold the 1604 and bought this. I'm very happy with the upgrades.
First, the layout is simpler with the AUX's now placed after the EQ section, AUX 1&2 marked as "Monitor" sends, and a separately colored control for the FX. (The 1604 obviously didn't have built-in FX so AUX 3/4 was typically used for that.)
There are fewer routing switches which reduces the learning curve.
I was also looking to cut back on the additional racks that I would have to use for compressors and was intrigued by the "one-knob" compressors built into 4 of the channels. They have a fixed ratio of 6:1 and seem to be okay, but I still bring out a 4 channel compressor as a back-up.
I really like the USB connector which I use to record our performances (I have Pro Tools on a Mac Book) and to play back iTunes during breaks.XLR and 1/4" outs on the mains is an upgrade from the 1604 which only had 1/4" outs.
Some of the disappointments which prevent a 5-star rating include:
1. The EQ's remain identical to the previous mixers (12k, 80Hz, and a sweepable mid) which still invite the use of an outboard graphic EQ on the monitor chain because I find SM58's feedback at 2Khz and 8KHz. On this mixer you have to choose one or the other of those frequencies to cut. (Incidentally, I traded in my Crown Poweramps for the Behringer DSP models that are less than 8lbs and have fully parametric EQ's that are programmable with a lap top. I've saved various settings for each of the microphone setups we use.)
2. No BNC connector for a goose neck lamp. Since it's designed to sit on a table I suppose there's an assumption that you're not mixing outdoors at night. Probably a wrong assumption. Bring a flashlight.
3. While it's lighter (I'm always looking to lighten my work) it's still 28" across and therefore won't fit in any rack-size cases. Cases that will hold it are heavy and comparably expensive ($250 minimum) for a $650 mixer. I ended up just buying the soft case sold by Mackie. So I carry it on a shoulder strap and I"m real careful with it.
4.The compressor channels are 11-14. I thought that was a little weird but maybe not everyone puts drums and bass on the first channels like I do. If you want to have the snare, kick or bass on a compressor, you'll need to move them to the middle channels. Also, the compressors are rudimentary. I suppose they can squash a signal but their attack times don't seem all that fast and I can't find any specs to know what the settings are. I think I'll keep bringing outboard compressors.
On the whole, don't expect $2000 worth of quality for $650.00. It's a Mackie and that means it's built better than something like a Behringer. For the price, it does what I need and I like it a lot better than the 1604VLZ Pro that it replaced.