Hits the Mark for my Project Studio
I was using the 1402 in a live church setting for almost 4 years. When Mackie introduced their updating version, I was producing in the box but things were getting frustrating, especially monitoring. Knowing the Mackie 1402 from having worked with it in the church setting, I was excited to acquire the updated version. Here in my personal studio, I use it mostly for monitoring but will occasionally track through it and put together a small mix to send back into my DAW.
The mixer is very quiet and the EQ is very useable, although I would love to have another band but then again, I could have just upgraded to the 1604 I guess. My objective was to get a small footprint mixer with quality construct and a simple layout. The 1402 VLZ delivers.
I would have given this unit 5 stars but there are elements Mackie cut corners on that would have made life easier...
1. There are no mute lights. There is a solo blinking light in the master section but it would be easier if there were solo and mute lights on each channel.
2. I would love to have another headphone output & a volume control. Right not there is one headphone jack & volume is controlled by the Control Room Fader.
3. Additional Stereo Outs for monitors. Every time I record with a mic, I need to shut the monitors off. Again, no biggie but can get annoying after a while.
I love the mute/alt button. By muting a channel, you send the signal to alt outs 3-4. This creates some interesting routing options for such a small mixer. Anyone looking to get out of the box but doesn`t want to splurge on a larger console, give the 1402 a serious look.
Also, I think the price was raised, I thought I payed $399 when it was first released.