The ProFX 12 gets you up and gigging with little adapatation from the previous models. Its streamlined channel layouts give you only the buttons and indicators that you need to get your mix.
Great small mixer
I have used this mixer for two "acoustic" gigs. One in a small wine/beer bar setting and the other outside where the customer wanted us to project 75 yards to the birthday party! in both setting the mixer handled the challenge just fine. Easy and intuitive to use. Clean sound. I would give it a 5 star rating if the effects could be tweaked a bit. However, I knew going in to it what I was getting and the effects sound great as they are. in our acoustic group, we don't use much more than a little delay/reverb. I would buy this one again if I needed to replace it.
Alos, my salesman, Matt recommended this unit. He was right, as usual.
Great board love it so far. It is doing the job.
No Matter What You Do, This Mixer is for You. Period
Purchased this mixer to make recording a little less hectic as an indie artist (always unplugging one mic or instrument from my audio interface so that I could plug in and record the next). With this I can have everything plugged in and ready to go, all I have to do is switch instruments. But then I started playing around with the USB thru feature... And while most people would not like a DJ set up this way; I found I could DJ a whole event with just my laptop, this mixer, some good speakers, and some lights. The effects are of a great "trimming the fat" selection. No useless effects. This mixer is so versatile, I can't believe I've lived without it for all these years.
Good But Misleading
I am pleased with this mixer overall, however, I was disapponnted to discover that the majority of trim pots work for just the microphone and not line inputs... this limits the mixer in use as a submixer for multiple stereo output keyboards which is what I bought it for.
I have been using a MACKIE VLZ PRO but I needed two additional XLR channels. I was told that the PROFX12 was the best mixer out there for my needs and budget. I do have to say that the sound quality is better than the VLZ and for the price, I couldn't ask for more. I've only used it a couple times so I really haven't utilized all of the bells and whistles that come with the mixer but I am satisfied and I would definitely recommend this product.
It's great! Works well and the service was so helpful and fast.
Just wish I could use it
There's no simple fix for my problems, except, put it on the shelf for later. It's a nice product, but, issues are too dang annoying for my enjoyment desires. Don't let my discouragement due to technical problems, affect your purchasing choice.
Exactly what I was looking for!
Mackie never disappoints! I was looking for a good sounding, simple, low-cost mixer, and that's exactly what this is! Perfect!!
Versatile, Great Quality, Highly-adjustable, and...They Bounce!
I've had this board for a couple years, and I use it both for my solo acoustic set up consisting of a vocal mic, acoustic guitar, resonator guitar, and stomp box, and also as the primary portable mixer for my four piece rock band at smaller venues where it mixes 3 vocal mics, two acoustic guitars, a 57 for washboard and djembe on a couple tunes, and break music. For a lower priced unit, the mic preamps are high quality, and the EQ's on each channel offer a tremendous range of effective adjustment. Though only 2 channels out, the USB is crystal clear, and it's perfect for grabbing song ideas and recording demos using Cakewalk Sonar which is installed on my laptop. The onboard effects are of sufficient quality that I've yet to come across a room in which this unit sounded "weird." It's extremely versatile that way. Most amazingly, two years ago after a particularly "festive" gig, a band mate packed this board carelessly into my vehicle, and when I opened the back car door at 2 a.m. at home, it tumbled out onto the concrete driveway. The damage? A small scuff to the plastic case and a slightly bent post on the gain knob on channel one. The mixer still works perfectly! These PRO-fx mixers are amazing, high quality products for a great price.
Not really an audio interface.
While this board does have a usb out, it is not really an interface. This is a live mixer. You cannot multi-track record with this board. All your input signals go to 2 main outs. Great for a live show recording. I am curious why this is in the audio interface category of the website.
Solid construction, decent pre-amp gains on all six miss (comparable Behringer mixer has 20 db less on two channels), good channel and master EQ, USB connection on ProFXUSB
Preamps slightly noisy (hiss) at upper gains
Mute switches have no lights or other means to easily detect position
USB input on rotary pot, not a fader
small package Mackie
love Mackie products, we have 5 Mackie boards from this small one to the 32/8, they are so versatile, there is so many ways to go to get what you need. we looked at a few others, we needed something small but something we could do more with, and this one fit the bill.
Noise on USB Recording -- solved!!!
I'm a HS Band director and I purchased this mixer for my school so I could use it in the band room to record the ensembles using the built in USB interface and my favorite recording software on Windows (Reaper, check it out!) The quality of the recordings was WAY BAD with a ton of noise, totally unacceptable. It sounded like there was digital interference in every recording, even though I had the levels set correctly.
I was able to solve this problem completely by installing ASIO drivers for windows. My recordings are now pristine, and I am very pleased with the product. If you are having a similar issue, search google for asio4all and download their drivers for windows.
great board has everything we need as a southern gospel group.
Like the FX well built great for our rehearsals when working late and doesn't bother my neighbors we put all the instruments and vocals through and wear head phones.
Love doing business with Sweetwater.
I miss it
I mainly DJ dance music at bars and clubs. A couple of years ago, a friend of mine asked me to provide sound reinforcement for an acoustic session at a bar. Since I didn't have the proper mixer for mics and a couple of electric/acoustic guitars, I picked up this mixer at a local music store and returned it the day after the gig. My business is now branching into karaoke and live bands and I'm now kicking myself for returning it. The effects performed nicely and were really easy to use. The USB is nice for recording sessions and can be used to play music from your computer during breaks. And speaking of breaks, it has a convenient "break" button so you don't have to mute each individual track. I will be buying this mixer again... to keep.
Stylish. Awesome built in effects. All the features and quality without the price!
Great equipment for a small budget
This sound board is was quite superior to the outdated equipment that we had been using for several years. It is extremely easy to set up and use. It is also much smaller in size than our previous sound board which freed up a lot of much needed space in our sound booth.
Mackie ProFX12 Mixer
Great little mixer for the money. Cool features for live play and light studio
recording. It is light and does what it is suppose to do. I recommend this mixer for small gigs or church musicians.
I prefer my Behringer mixers to this
I've been using Behringer mixers for a long time and thought I'd try this unit because the reviews on it were so good.
I was pretty disappointed when I plugged this into my Bose Compact L1. I didn't think the sound was as well rounded/full as the Behringer mixers I've owned. The Mackie sound was very flat with no definition, no crisp highs, no clear mid-range or deep bass. Volumes had to be turned up quite high (infinity on faders to channels and main volume, with compressors 3/4 turned up with both mic and guitar lines) and left very little headroom compared to my Behringer (Xenyx 1832) that has a very full, rounded out sound with plenty of headroom and clarity of mids, highs and lows. I've never had the Behringer controls (volumes/faders on main and channels) up to the levels I had to use on the Mackie. This Mackie sounded flat to me. Sound had no depth to it and was a bit muffled/muddy. I felt this mixer had a Hifi like sound. The EQ helped a little but just didn't have the full punch/rounded out sound that I've always heard with the Behringer mixers. This mixer is very light weight. The fader knobs were a bit bent on the demo unit I had purchased.
The Mackie promo video shows this unit surviving a truck running over it. I don't see this unit taking much abuse. It didn't feel as sturdy as the Behringer units I've owned and it is a much lighter weight.
The USB recording with this unit was very disappointing. I had latency issues with this and my Macbook Pro. Using any effects made it much worse. I did exchange this for a Yamaha mixer. I'll post reviews on this after I've used it. For the money, I'd rather purchase a Behringer. The quality/sound is much cleaner, deeper, richer with the Behringer then with this Mackie. I've read all these reviews slamming Behringer and boasting Mackie and I just don't see it that way at all. The Behringer quality/sound is so much better then what I experienced with this unit for the same price.
Great way to enter into live audio
Awesome product easy to use.
Great for radio production
So far, I like the Mackie Pro FX12. I like producing radio shows at home and recording them in real time vs. track by track. While it's not strictly a broadcast board, it's great for production. I haven't explored all of it's capabilities yet, but I may try recording myself playing or singing. I like the fact that the recording output is separate from the main volume. It is a step up from the smaller board I had been using. I've got lots of opportunities to expand my usage and learn new things about recording, so I'm very pleased.
Studio center piece
I have to say my studio is very happy about its new addition. This is my first mixer and I couldn't be more pleased. Before I was just using my computer but now I can record much more professionally and with higher quality than before. This thing is also very powerful, just level your gains-n-mains and you'll see how powerful it is with the proper speakers or monitors. My "sound" has only improved since i got this, mixing and full-ness.
One thing I LOVE about this is that with the USB connection i can record and playback the audio from my computer simultaneously. This means that if I wish to record ANY sound that would normally leave my computer I can record DIRECTLY into my audio interface (Ableton). Very convenient if you're a sampler.
A remarkable 'live board' at an extremely smart price. We're doing remote radio broadcasts for the internet and finding this board to be much more solid than much more expensive units. Offering all the 'on the fly' speed of analog and that USB to the computer bridges the digital distance.
Great little board
This is my backup mixer, and I very impressed with the versatility it provides. There is plenty of headroom in the mic preamp section, the effects are very usable, and the entire board is laid out well. Having the graphic eq in the master section allows me leeway to use this mixer in smaller gigs with my Crown xti 2000 power amp, without having to worry about a rackmount eq, as in my larger and main rig. Great product!
Mackie Pro FX12
It sounds awesome! I was impressed immediately. Fairly easy to use so much more headroom! Would reccomend this board to anyone who doesn't want a complicated board. Good price too!
Amazing piece of equipment
OK a five is up there I know. I have been using a 15 year old mixing board and maybe that is why I an so impresssed with this unit. It is very similar to my old board except...USB input/output. Plugged in my MP3 device and my laptop Presto! Instant connectivity. Great sound too!. The 3 band EQ on each channel along with the 7 bandmain EQ give me limitless sound capability. I play bass and keyboard. The first channel allows me to plug directly in without a preamp. Killer unit especially when price is considered. I have to mention the great Sweetwater service as well.
Enjoying my new mixer
This is a very good mixer for a small band. I play horns in a trio. We use tracks that our keyboard player lays out in his studio and they are very well done. The sound clarity of this unit is great. For the small cost of this mixer you get an easy to control system that works great on powered speakers. All the connections work good and are noise free. This is a great choice for a band that needs minimal hookups.
Great Board, Just Don't Buy it For the USB Connection
Pretty happy with this board overall. We've been using it weekly for about 9 months now for a new church plant. We've grown into it and are now approaching the limits of its abilities (which is a good thing).
I only have one major complaint; the USB connection is extremely noisy and introduces a hum that I've been unable to remove from the recorded track. We've since started using a stand-along recorder because the USB recordings were unusable.
It's a great 'starter' board for the price, just don't buy it solely for the USB functionality (like we did).
Very solid entry level mixer
For under $300 this is a very good buy indeed. Has the typical Mackie heavy sturdy feel in every aspect and should last for years to come. If a person finds the USB is noisy contact Mackie and request the C01 board revision. They are aware of the problem :)
I'm not wowed simply because of the lack of features that I find useful. If it had individual line "on the fly" level checking and integrated feedback destroyer capabilities like the Behringer powered mixers offer it'd be perfect. I do understand those are also more money but the power those mixers lack - well .... it's a trade off. I actually returned my pmp4000 for this mixer and purchased a QSC QX5 amp and the difference is HUGE. This combination is so much cleaner not to mention louder by a mile. This mixer is solid and if it fits your requirements "and budget" don't hesitate.
Very compact in size has a very nice build in effects, nice 7 band graphic Eq and very easy to play with. I had few mixers in past like Berringer and peaveys nothing like this boy. Buddy and I sing for hours, nice reverbs no complains @ this time.
Fantastic mixer for the price!
I just purchased the ProFX12 and have used it onstage four times. It is one awesome mixer! The sonic 'fullness' is amazing, and the seven band graphic equalizer allows for complete EQ control. The 16 effects are perfectly programmed for anything you might need (I like #16 for vocals). It is set up well for ease of use, and for the price it just can't be beat. I love it!
This does just what I want it to do--Sound Good.
Great product, of course, it's a Mackie. Quick shipping, fantastic price and and knowledgeable sales rep, what more could you ask for. You can take this mixer out of the box and be up and running within minutes.
Good mixer for the price
I bought this for 2 reasons: 1) to keep all my home recording studio instruments plugged in all the time; 2) to give me audio interface capability, using the USB output.
As I only need at most 2 simultaneous separate tracks to be recorded at 1 time, the limited USB worked well for me. I have read some reviews tha tindicated that there is a noticeable hum/noise from the USB circuit, but I only hear that on the USB computer-to-mixer monitor/playback if turned up too loud, did not seem to be present on the input side.
The slider knobs seem a little flimsy, but overall the quality of this unit is excellent. Note that the '12 channel' description is deceiving, but all manufactureres do the same thing. There are 4 mono input channels with mic preamps and 4 stereo input channels (2 of which also have mono mic preamps).
I have found the mic preamps to be decent on this mixer, using both dynamic and condensor mics, and channel 1 can be switched for direct instrument input, as well.
Great Mixer but not perfect
I realize only so many features can be put into a mixer at a given price point. I would like to have seen LED indicators of when individual channels are muted. I also felt that the reverbs on some settings could have been a bit wider. These are minor nitpicks. The mixer itself is built like a tank and the individual channel EQ's put the "M" in musical. It has great punch and it is a very quick process to get my mix dialed in and ready to go. I'd buy another one of these in a heartbeat. It's too bad this mixer can't be made in the U.S.A. by American workers, but that's the way everything is these days.
Great mixer for small shows . I use it for acoustic shows light and easy to set up to setup . I would till anyone looking for a small mixer BUY IT !
Buy one of these
Unbelievable quality once again from our friends at Mackie. I didn't think this unit would be so solid, but it is. The price is a fraction of what it should be for gear like this. If you are trying to decide what mixer to et, this is the one. 1/4" and XLR outputs as well as USB. Cool stuff.
Great service,good selections.
This was my first time buying from Sweetwater. My salesman, Jim Watson was very helpful. My first choice for a mixer was not immediately available but he came up with the ProFX12. I know Mackie makes a first class product. The only thing this console does not have is switchable mike/line outputs. This is not a major problem, I can use in line attenuators. I needed fast delivery and Jim and Sweetwater came through and they paid for next day delivery. I will be looking to them in the future.
Traded this unit in...quickly!
Terrible sound. Terrible effects (for drum miking purposes). Those wishing to invest in this type of equipment for similar purposes would be wise to look into a Soundcraft EFX 8 with the Lexicon processor. 4 less channels and a little more money but 1000 times the product.