0% Interest for 48 Months! Learn more »
(800) 222-4700
  • Español: (800) 222-4701
Cart
Live Sound Month!

Mackie CFX mixer tips.

A couple of questions our Tech Support department frequently gets:
Q: “Why can’t I get any sound out of my Mackie CFX Series Mixer?”
Q: “Why is the sound from my CFX Series Mixer sometimes drenched with effects?”

A: With the CFX Series Mixers from Mackie, you must assign each channel to a Subgroup (or a pair of subgroups), then assign the Subgroups (they’re the blue faders) to the Main Outputs in order to get signal out of the mixer. Unless you configure the mixer properly, you will hear nothing, or you’ll hear only the built-in effects. The simplest way to configure the mixer is to depress the 1-2 button on every channel, and then depress the Left button above Subgroup 1 and the Right button above Subgroup 2. By doing this, the signal from a channel is fed to subgroups 1 and 2 and distributed between them depending upon the position of the channel’s Pan control knob (pan left sends the signal to sub 1, right to sub 2, centered splits the signal evenly between the 2 subgroups). Then the signal from the subgroups is fed to the main outputs (subgroups 1 and 2 feed the Left and Right Main Outputs respectively). Make sure that the subgroup faders are up (centered in the shaded region); otherwise you won’t hear anything (or you’ll only hear the effects, which answers your second question).

If you want to perform more elaborate Subgroup routing, just remember the following:

  • The signal from a channel must be assigned to a pair of subgroups by pressing the 1-2 or the 3-4 button(s).
  • The channel pan knob will direct the signal between Subgroups 1 and 2 or Subgroups 3 and 4 depending upon which assignment button(s) you have depressed on that channel.
  • The signal entering a Subgroup must be directed to the appropriate Main Output (Left, Right, or both) and the Subgroup faders must not be all the way down, otherwise the signal from the channels can’t get through them to the Left and Right Main Outputs.
  • The overall volume of the Left and Right Main Outputs is controlled by the Main Mix fader (the one all the way to the right).
  • The Subgroups can be used as four mono groups (Left and Right assign button pressed for each Subgroup), two stereo pairs (Left assign buttons depressed for Subgroups 1 and 3 and Right assign buttons pressed for Subgroups 2 and 4), or as two mono groups and one stereo pair.

Mackie Best Sellers

  • Mackie ProFX12v2
    Mackie ProFX12v2 12-channel Compact Mixer with Built-in Effects and USB The Mackie ProFX12v2 12-channel USB mixer means you can stop sacrificing sound quality for...
    More Info...
    • Sale Price: $249.99
    • List Price: $329.99
    • + Free Shipping
    • + Free Tech Support
    • + Free 2-year Warranty
    Learn More
  • Mackie Thump 1000W 15
    Mackie Thump 1000W 15" Powered Speaker 1,000W, 2-way Powered Loudspeaker with 15" Low-frequency Driver and 1.4" Titanium Dome Compression Driver With its 15" low-frequency driver, the Mackie Thump15 2-way powered loudspeaker was designed with the DJ or electronic musician in...
    More Info...
    • Sale Price: $349.99
    • List Price: $469.99
    • + Free Shipping
    • + Free Tech Support
    • + Free 2-year Warranty
    Learn More
  • Mackie Thump 1000W 12
    Mackie Thump 1000W 12" Powered Speaker 1,000W, 2-way Powered Loudspeaker with 12" Low-frequency Driver and 1.4" Titanium Dome Compression Driver Striking the perfect balance between power and portability, the Mackie Thump12 powered loudspeaker was designed with the solo musician in...
    More Info...
    • Sale Price: $299.99
    • List Price: $389.99
    • + Free Shipping
    • + Free Tech Support
    • + Free 2-year Warranty
    Learn More
  • Mackie ProFX8v2
    Mackie ProFX8v2 8-channel Compact Mixer with Built-in Effects and USB The Mackie ProFX8v2 8-channel USB mixer means you can stop sacrificing sound quality for portability at your solo and acoustic gigs. At Sweetwater we believe every...
    More Info...
    • Sale Price: $199.99
    • List Price: $259.99
    • + Free Shipping
    • + Free Tech Support
    • + Free 2-year Warranty
    Learn More
  • Mackie FreePlay
    Mackie FreePlay 300W All-in-one PA System with 8" Low-frequency Driver, 4-channel Mixer, Bluetooth Connectivity, and Battery/AC Operation Take great sound with you wherever your music takes you with the Mackie FreePlay portable PA system with Bluetooth. Hook up a vocal mic and your...
    More Info...
    • Sale Price: $299.99
    • List Price: $389.99
    • + Free Shipping
    • + Free Tech Support
    • + Free 2-year Warranty
    Learn More
  • Mackie Mix5 5-input Compact Mixer
    Mackie Mix5 5-input Compact Mixer 5-input Desktop Mixer with 1 Microphone Preamplifier, 2 Stereo Channels, Tape I/O, and Separate Volume and Headphone Levels Whether you need a small mixer for your live show or your creative work, the Mackie Mix5 proves that you...
    More Info...
    • Sale Price: $49.99
    • List Price: $69.99
    • + Free Shipping
    • + Free Tech Support
    • + Free 2-year Warranty
    Learn More
  • Mackie SRM150
    Mackie SRM150 150W Active PA Speaker with 3-channel Mixer, 3-band EQ, and 5.25" Driver (each) The SRM150 combines Mackie's proven mixer and SRM Active loudspeaker technologies to create a powerful, great-sounding 3-channel PA system that is ultra-compact, versatile...
    More Info...
    • Sale Price: $249.99 (ea)
    • List Price: $329.99
    • + Free Shipping
    • + Free Tech Support
    • + Free 2-year Warranty
    Learn More
  • Mackie 402VLZ4
    Mackie 402VLZ4 4-ch Analog Mixer with 2 Onyx Mic Preamps, 1 x Stereo Channel, and Phantom Power Beyond sounding great, the Mackie 402VLZ4 mixer is one piece of gear you can truly rely on. It continues the VLZ Series' trend for rock-solid construction, while...
    More Info...
    • Sale Price: $99.99
    • List Price: $129.99
    • + Free Shipping
    • + Free Tech Support
    • + Free 2-year Warranty
    Learn More

Share this Article