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Mackie 402-VLZ3 Compact Audio Mixer  

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    The perfect ultra-compact mixer for applications that require few inputs.

    Until now, mixers built for low-input, two-mic or one-mic-and-a-guitar applications really skimped on quality. With their flimsy construction and dismal sound, they resembled and performed like children's toys. So Mackie created the 402-VLZ3, the perfect ultra-compact mixer for applications that require few inputs, but demand full-on professional sound.

    The 4-channel 402-VLZ3 audio mixer delivers pure VLZ3 quality in Mackie's smallest form factor ever, making it ideal when your input counts are low, or when space is at a premium. In a sleek, small package, you get the signature VLZ3 high headroom, low noise design, complete with 2 XDR2 preamps, premium EQ, and modern mix bus architecture, for the best-sounding, mini-est pro mixer on the planet. You also get Tracktion 3 Music Production software free. At last, you no longer need to buy more mixer than you need just to get the quality sound you deserve.

    XDR2 preamps

    Among the features that have earned the Mackie VLZ3 mixers their stellar reputation are the XDR2 "Extended Dynamic Range" mic preamps. That's because serious amounts of time and energy went into their design, and the result is phenomenal. You simply won't find preamps this good on any other mixer in this price range. The XDR2 preamps deliver pure, clean, studio-grade sound — the kind of quality you'd expect to find in pricey boutique mic pres. They have an incredibly wide frequency range, especially in the low end, and even at extremely high gain settings. They offer incredibly low noise, amazing RFI rejection, and with 60dB of available gain per channel, the 402-VLZ3 can handle inputs ranging from a whisper to a scream. With the superior sound of the 402-VLZ3's two XDR2 preamps, rest assured you will always get optimum performance out of your professional ribbon, dynamic, and condenser mics.

    Musical EQ for Your Tweaking Pleasure

    EQ Knobs The 402-VLZ3's ultra-musical 2-band Active EQ provides just the right amount of sound shaping flexibility. Mackie invested tremendous resources into optimizing the center frequencies of Mackie's EQs, and improved the interaction of the separate EQ bands, so your tracks can be molded and tweaked for the perfect result. The 402-VLZ3's low shelving at 80Hz and high shelving at 12kHz mean you can quickly and effectively sculpt your tone for the ultimate in punch and brilliance — and with up to 15dB boost/cut capability per band, you get loads of latitude. There's also a 100Hz low cut/high pass switch for each mic input, so you can keep the ultra-low frequency muddiness out of your sound — and give your bass that extra punch if used in conjunction with the Low EQ.

    Small Yet Powerfully Flexible

    Though small in stature, the 402-VLZ3 provides an incredible abundance of professional features and mission-critical tools to enhance your mixing experience — and your creativity. In addition to essential features like phantom power for your condenser mics, you get a variety of user options that make the 402-VLZ3 a surprisingly versatile mixing machine. Two switchable Hi-Z instrument inputs allow you to plug instruments like electric guitar or bass in direct — no external gear required — or, disengage the switch to connect line level sources such as keyboards, or CD or mp3 players. Use the high pass filters on channels 1 and 2 to cut the rumble with the touch of a button. Connect line level stereo gear like DJ decks using the assignable stereo RCA input, and either route to your phones for queuing up, or to your main mix for overdubbing while monitoring back from your computer on phones. Flexibly monitor and record mono and stereo sources using the stereo pan function — when the switch is out, a mono source will be split between the left and right of the main mix equally, and when the switch is in, channels 1 and 2 are hard-panned left and right (perfect for recording stereo mics). Keep an eye on your levels with the bright 8-segment stereo meters, as well as the responsive overload LEDs that warn you when you're overdoing it with the gain and/or EQ. No matter how you use it, the 402-VLZ3 supplies everything you need to get the job done.

    Ultra-compact, sleek, rugged chassis

    ProfileNow you can have your pro mixer, and take it with you, too. The 402-VLZ3 features a tight, low-profile design that fits the most modest — or congested — areas perfectly, including your backpack or laptop case. Like all VLZ3 mixers, the 402-VLZ3 is built like a tank, too. Mackie's legendary solid-steel chassis can take the kind of abuse that would turn competitors' flimsy boxes into twisted chunks of debris. Instead of cheap, unsealed potentiometers, Mackie uses co-molded pots, which offer substantial strain and impact relief. By design, Mackie's control knobs 'ride' just above the surface of the chassis, so if something falls onto the mixer, the impact is transferred from the knobs to the chassis — not to the potentiometers or circuit board. Finally, Mackie uses thick, horizontally mounted fiberglass PC boards to eliminate the potential for damage and brace them with a shock-absorbing support structure. And not only is the 402-VLZ3 tough, but it can be flexibly positioned, thanks to a bottom panel that lets you easily mount an optional mic stand adapter with just a few screws. Attach your 402-VLZ3 to a mic stand, and you can adjust its height and angle to suit your unique—or weird — work style.

    Applications a-plenty

    With its professional features and ultra-compact footprint, the 402-VLZ3 is ideal for a variety of applications, including home studio and on-the-go recording, multimedia projects, field mixing, broadcast use, and post-production work. (Check out Mackie's hookup guide to see how you can put it all together.) And the included Tracktion 3 Basic Bundle music production software makes it that much easier to get right to work, and get inspired. Boot up T3, connect the 402-VLZ3 to your computer's sound card, and start recording your masterpiece.

    Less Really Is More

    The best-sounding, most professional ultra-compact in its class, the 402-VLZ3 gives new meaning to the old adage, less is more. While there are other ultra-compact mixers out in the world these days, none provide the performance or sound quality of the 402-VLZ3. Thanks to its ultra-flexible, super-versatile, professional design, you get the low input count you want, the extra space you need, and the quality you deserve — all at an unbelievably low price. Put simply, the 402-VLZ3 is the go-anywhere, fit-anywhere professional mixer, delivering superior sound quality — and unbeatable value.

    Tracktion 3 Music Production Software
    Tracktion 3 Music Production Software doesn't make you bounce around endless menus and windows to make music. Based on a simple, single-screen interface, the award-winning Tracktion 3 is a fast, powerful, and complete solution for turning your ideas into finished songs. It comes a plethora of power and plug-ins to keep your music flowing—not locked in menus or limitations.

    Features
    • Ultra-compact 4-channel mixer featuring Mackie VLZ3's signature low noise, high-headroom design
    • 2 studio-grade XDR2™ Extended Dynamic Range mic preamps with:
    • Ultra-wide 60dB gain range
    • 130dB dynamic range
    • +22dBu line input handling
    • Extended low frequency response
    • Distortion under 0.0007% (20Hz - 20kHz)
    • Phantom power for studio condenser mics
    • 4 high-headroom line inputs
    • 2 selectable Instrument inputs — no DI box needed
    • 2-Band Active EQ (80Hz, 12kHz) and Lo-Cut filter on mic channels
    • Phantom power for studio condenser mics
    • Dedicated Stereo Line Input and Tape Input channels
    • High-resolution 8-segment stereo meters
    • Sealed rotary controls to resist dust and grime
    • Sleek, rugged steel chassis

    Now you don't have to buy more mixer than you need to get Mackie's VLZ3 quality in an ultra-compact mixer.

     

    402-VLZ3 Compact Audio Mixer Specifications:

    • Main Mix Noise:
    • (20 Hz—20 kHz bandwidth, 1/4" main out, channels 1—2 gain @ unity, channel EQs flat, stereo-pan button in.
    • Main mix knob down, channel level knobs down: —103 dBu
    • Main mix knob unity, channel level knobs down: —98 dBu (102 dB Signal to Noise Ratio, ref +4 dBu)
    • Main mix knob @ unity, and channel level knobs @ unity: —92 dBu
    • Total Harmonic Distortion (1 kHz @ 35 dB gain):
    • 20 Hz—80 kHz bandwidth <0.005%
    • 20 Hz—20 kHz bandwidth <0.003%
    • Attenuation (Crosstalk):
    • (1 kHz relative to 0 dBu, 20 Hz—20 kHz band-
    • width, line in, 1⁄4" main out, gain @ unity.)
    • Main mix knob down: —70 dBu
    • Channel level knob down: —94 dBu
    • Frequency Response (Mic input to any output.):
    • 20 Hz to 50 kHz: +0 dB/—1 dB
    • 20 Hz to 90 kHz: +0 dB/—3 dB
    • Equivalent Input Noise (EIN) (Mic in to main out, max gain.):
    • 150 ohm termination: —129.5 dBu , 20 Hz—20 kHz
    • Common Mode Rejection Ratio (CRMM): 1 kHz: better than —70 dB
    • Maximum Levels:
    • Mic in: +21 dBu
    • Tape in: +24 dBu
    • All other inputs: +22 dBu
    • All outputs: +22 dBu
    • Impedances:
    • Mic in: 3.4 kilohms
    • All other inputs: 10 KΩ or greater
    • Tape out: 1.0KΩ
    • Phones output: 60 ohms
    • All other outputs: 120 ohms
    • EQ:
    • High Shelving ±15 dB @ 12 kHz
    • Low Shelving ±15 dB @ 80 Hz
    • Power Consumption: 8 watts
    • Dimensions (H x W xD): 7.3" x 5.8" x 1.6", (185.5 mm x 146.9 mm x 40.7 mm)
    • Weight:
    • With power supply 3.0lb. (1.36kg)
    • Without power supply 2.5 lb. (1.1kg)
    • Tracktion 3 System Requirements
    • Windows XP
    • Pentium / Athlon 1GHz or higher
    • 512MB RAM or higher
    • OSX 10.4.8 or higher
    • G4, G5, Intel 1GHz or higher
    • 512MB RAM or higher
    • Tracktion 3 System Requirements
    • Windows XP
    • Pentium / Athlon 1GHz or higher
    • 512MB RAM or higher
    • OSX 10.4.8 or higher
    • G4, G5, Intel 1GHz or higher
    • 512MB RAM or higher
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    Mackie402-VLZ3 Compact Audio Mixer
     
    4.7

    (based on 16 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (6)
    • Excellent sound (6)
    • Easy to use (5)
    • Simple controls (4)
    • Versatile (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur recording (4)
      • Performances (3)
      • Professional recording (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (3), Professional musician (3)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Clean sound, easy to use

      I bought the Mackie 402-VLZ3 to boost the level of a vocal mic for driving my Crate KX-40 amplifier on gigs. It behaves beautifully, producing a clean, crisp sound for vocals. ...Read complete review

      I bought the Mackie 402-VLZ3 to boost the level of a vocal mic for driving my Crate KX-40 amplifier on gigs. It behaves beautifully, producing a clean, crisp sound for vocals. It worked right out of the box, and I particularly found the manual to be very clear and helpful. The mixer is solidly built, and it looks like it will easily survive being used on gigs. The removable power cord locks into position, preventing sudden power loss if the cord is suddenly stressed, as can happen in live situations. The LED VU meters are very visible. In summary, the Mackie 402-VLZ3 is a quality product.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Will the 3rd time be the charm?

      If it worked, I'd be really happy with the 402-VLZ3. I use it in my office to route music from my computer and a POD to my KRK monitors. It's the perfect...Read complete review

      If it worked, I'd be really happy with the 402-VLZ3. I use it in my office to route music from my computer and a POD to my KRK monitors. It's the perfect size and has just the right combo of ins/outs and features for my needs, and it feels more solid than most pint sized mixers, due in large part to the metal enclosure but...The first unit I had, had a faulty channel. I returned it within the 30 day return period and received a new one. Within a few months, one of the channels in the phone jack crapped out, and this weekend, the main outs stopped working. It's still in the warranty period, so Mackie is sending me my 3rd unit. Their customer support was great, but at this point, I'm not optimistic that the 3rd one will fair much better. I realize this is an inexpensive, Chinese made unit, but I'm still very disappointed in it. You get what you pay for I guess...buyer beware.

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      5.0

      Good mixer

      By Si

      from Brooklyn,ny

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Excellent Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Mackie 402-VLZ3 Compact Audio Mixer:

          Good sound quilaty low noise of the mixer easy to use

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          4.0

          Nice Device

          By String123

          from New York

          About Me Novice

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Accurate Controls
          • Compact
          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • No Elaborate Eq Functions

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Music Videos

          Comments about Mackie 402-VLZ3 Compact Audio Mixer:

          Used to connected 2nd vocal along with a guitar mic to videocam for youtube/home recording and it did that well, not changing the sound that I was getting from the mics direct into videcam. I wasn't able to hear vocals over the one mic I was using so am very pleased. It doesn't have elaborate eq if thats what you need, but thats what I like about it.

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          5.0

          Good Purchase.

          By fAITHkILLER

          from Indiana

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          Pros

          • Compact
          • Excellent Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Mackie 402-VLZ3 Compact Audio Mixer:

            An excellent addition to my home studio.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Sturdy, Reliable

            By JohnJamz

            from Mid-Atlantic, USA

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Accurate Controls
            • Compact
            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Performances

              Comments about Mackie 402-VLZ3 Compact Audio Mixer:

              Unlike the lower-priced brands, the power cable jack is not made up of a few small pins just waiting for the opportunity to bend if inserted slightly off-kilter. Seriously, is Mackie the only brand to realize musicians and such tend to work in dark spaces? Two Thumbs Way Up!

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              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Good for personal recording

              By Ran

              from Llano, Texas

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              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easy To Use

              Cons

              • Limited Functions

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording

              Comments about Mackie 402-VLZ3 Compact Audio Mixer:

              I plug 2 condenser microphones into this mixer, then run two cables to my outboard Behringer compressor, then to my M-Audio MobilePre 1/4" jacks (never use the cheap XLR mic pre's), then the USB rto my computer. This is the least expensive way to record a good sounding CD with a DAW.

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              5.0

              VERY COOL PIECE OF HARDWARE, IT'S MACKIE

              By Harley Gibson

              from Traverse City, MI

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Accurate Controls
              • Compact
              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Events
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Mackie 402-VLZ3 Compact Audio Mixer:

                It's a dandy little piece. I can hook it into my larger system or I can use it for my solo work along with a small amp. It gives the capability to mix my guitar and mic into a single or stereo unit for live work. Everything works just the way you want it to.

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                5.0

                Perfect!

                By The Captain

                from Reno NV

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Accurate Controls
                • Clean Output
                • Compact
                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound
                • Sturdy
                • Versatile

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Mackie 402-VLZ3 Compact Audio Mixer:

                I'm using this unit to mix-down keyboards on stage and it is....perfect!

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                402-VLZ3 Compact Audio Mixer for Home Recording

                By Taro Rich

                from Anchorage Alaska

                Comments about Mackie 402-VLZ3 Compact Audio Mixer:

                Nice high quality sound output. Perfect for getting sound into your PC. The one thing I would like to have had would be a mid range in the equalizer. Excellent value for the price, really high quality construction and sound output. Great microphone preamps.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                This thing rocks!!

                By Peter Tambroni

                from Chicago

                Comments about Mackie 402-VLZ3 Compact Audio Mixer:

                I was actually looking for a practice amp so I could run a metronome and my bass guitar through headphones... Then I though if I'm just using headphones why get an amp? I also wanted to be able to a run several mics into my Tascam Portastudio. This thing fit the bill. It also proved very useful when I was teaching a lesson and could run two electric basses into this and then into my amp - and control the student's volume.

                I also used it this past weekend as a preamp for some recording. Flawless, no noise, and a warm sound.

                Highly Recommended.
                It has everything its bigger siblings have.
                Feels very solid.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great for the home studio

                By MCbass18

                from Wollongong, Australia

                Comments about Mackie 402-VLZ3 Compact Audio Mixer:

                I use my Mackie 402-VLZ3 for routing audio from my laptop and audio interface to my monitors. It works perfectly for what i use it for. i've had no issues so far, good quality Preamps and EQ, plenty of useful features ( high pass filter, Phantom power etc), well built, Would work great for solo/duo live performance.

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