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Mackie 1402-VLZ3 Reviews

4.5 stars based on 4 customer reviews
  • from Key West, FL November 16, 2011Music Background:
    owner of a video production production service

    Designed to last

    After 13 years of flawless service, my original Mackie 1402-VLZ started to hiccup. Just a little, but enough to prompt a replacement. The new model is basically unchanged except for newer preamps and a few other tweaks. A real testimony to an excellent and durable design which I may never have to replace again.

  • from Vermont, USA October 11, 2011Music Background:
    Home recording musician, radio DJ

    Versatile, reliable

    I'm using the board for radio production, finding it versatile in terms of options for ins and outs, sends, routing, and monitoring. Especially impressive considering how compact it is. I like that there are four stereo channels. Sounds great, and it's sturdy too. The EQ is rudimentory, but better than none at all.

  • from Seattle, WA April 11, 2011Music Background:
    Keyboard player, band member, and all around nice guy

    2nd mixer and very happy

    I upgraded from a Eurorack (Berhringer) and this product sounds MUCH cleaner. The precams sound pretty descent for only a $400 mixer. I've plugged into a lot of mixers and yes, there are better pre-amps but it's truly the law of diminish returns as this board delivers exactly what it says it will and does it very cleanly.

    I'm using this with a 5 piece band that mostly plays small bars in the outlining Seattle area and coupled with my QSc's (k12's and Ksub) it has the inputs I need and the quality I was looking for. Fits nicely into a SKB DJ case as well and put my Drive Rack, Reverb and other goodies down below.

    If your new to mixing, and don't need a ton of inputs like me. You will bever very happy with this board.

  • from NYC September 24, 2008Music Background:
    Musician, Producer

    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.

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