Mackie are the champions when it comes to bringing professional quality audio products into the home at a price that puts smiles on faces. The 1402-VLZ3 is a rugged, compact desk with a contemporary beveled aluminum design that boasts an internal shock-absorbing support structure. Its high headroom channels are split between six mono (with RCA inserts) and four stereo featuring 18dB/octave 75Hz lo-cut filters on the mic channels plus six studio quality XDR2 extended dynamic range preamps with 60dB gain range, 130dB dynamic range plus +22dBu line input handling and distortion under 0.0007 per cent THD (20Hz – 20kHz). The EQs are set at 80Hz for the low, 2.5kHz on the mid and 2kHz on the highs, with ±15 dB control each way. In addition to the 7mm faders there are also two aux sends, pan, PFL solo and mute on each channel. Mackie have added a useful feature which enables the muted signals to pass through the ALT 3-4 output jacks and ALT 3-4 stereo bus. The ALT 3-4 mix can then be assigned to the main output which effectively means it can act very much like a mixer within a mixer. You’ll notice that the knobs sit slightly higher above the faceplate than on conventional mixers, so if something does fall onto the mixer, the impact is transferred from the knobs to the chassis and thankfully not to the potentiometers or circuit board. The 12 part LED display is bright and accurate, the sound is great and it ships with Tracktion 3 Music Production Software for Mac or PC. Happy mixing!
|Input Type||XLR, 1/4″ TRS and phono|
|Output Type||XLR, 1/4″ TRS and phono|
|Built In Effects||No|
|Pre-amps||6 studio-grade XDR2™ extended dynamic range mic preamps|