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1,200 real watts and lots of flexibility.
The Mackie 808S 8-Channel Stereo Powered Mixer is packed with features but small and light. Twin 600W FR Series amps deliver 1000W @ 4 ohms and @ 2 ohms. They are switchable as mains or mains plus monitors. 8 mic/line channels feature master phantom power, inserts on 1-6. 1/4" stereo inputs on channels 7 and 8, stereo pan control on all 8 channels, true stereo 9-band graphic EQ on mains plus a 9-band for the monitors. 32-bit digital effects processor has 16 effects and 2 parameters per effect, a special EFX WIDE effects-enhancement switch, and ab reak switch to mute channels 1-6 during breaks. It features An external effects section has separate sends and returns plus a footswitch jack to override internal effects. A line-out jack lets you add extra power amps. The 8 mic/line channels feature Mackie's renowned preamps, master phantom power, inserts on 1 through 6, and dual line inputs on channels 7 and 8. Each channel has 3-band EQ.
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Reviewed by 16 customers
I bought one of these 808S 8-Channel Powered mixers last year and man am I glad I did! We use it in conjuction with 2 JBLJRX115s and 2 Berhingers out front and use another amp for our monitors, although we have also used this mixer for both. We play rock'n'roll at fairly loud volume and this mixer has no problem keeping the vocals from our Sure Betas over the top of our Vox and Marshall half stacks. This is a great power mixer with lots of versatility, power and an awesome overall sound.
I purchased this unit about 4 years ago. I use it for my DJ service. My original system consisted of the 808s and a pair of JBL dual 15 speakers. Later I added a pair of monitor speakers and a QSC amp to power them. The 808s has a monitor out line. This allowed me to use the power amp on the 808s to power only the dual 15's. (There is switch that splits the power between the mains and monitors, or just the mains alone). Still later I added a pair of subs with a separate amp. There are outputs for the subs on the 808s. You can also piggyback another mixer onto the 808s if you need more inputs. So depending on the venue, I can add components as needed. The 808s is probably the best mixer amp on the market today.
I purchased this unit 7 years ago & I cannot be more pleased. I am in a full time Christian music ministry & this is our primary mixer. We use 4 Bose 802 series 3's & yes we had the factory mod done to except the C-2 system controller. I saw this unit take a 6 foot drop from our equipment van onto concrete & "still" work great. Mackie builds these units to last. If you are looking for a real "work horse" mixer" amp, buy a Mackie 808s. They will not let you down.
I bought my Mackie 4 yrs ago and have been gigging with it in a duo as well as solo atmosphere. I use a Martin 16 series cutaway w/fishman premium blender p/u and mic a Gibson F-5 mandolin w/Shure SM-57 beta/my vocal mic is a Shure SM-58. Overall setup and ease of use I rate very high as well as some fine features such as the multi-effects processor and muting switch for the first six channels, an outstanding feature when presetting levels in a live setting. Durability is excellent as well as weather resistance for outdoor venues.
I've owned this unit for over four years and have used it for about everything you can think of and it alwayss delivers with quality sound and dependability. Worth every penny. If you do run this unit at 2 ohms put a fan on the heat sink.
I have purchased 6 of these. Used 3 of them for over 7 years now... still going strong like new. It's a tonka toy. We've dropped one off the back of the truck and it's till awesome. All of the EQ pots are good, no buttons are missing from any of them. Lot's of head room and a huge array of built in effects. beats bringing in my huge rack of electronics for smaller gigs. Most of all I love it because it's convection cooled...NO FANS... which means dirty bar air is not filtering through the head. It's sealed so it does not need cleaning every 6 months like my Peavey. We do many karaoke shows and I must say for our DJ - Club applications along with weddings and the karaoke gigs.. it works well for all situations. Can't say enough about it! Buy this and leave behind fragile, heavy or unreliable amps and welcome to Easy to carry, easy to use, great sound with unheard of reliability!
I bought this mixer just last month after doing a lot of research and it is what they say it is. The sound quality is just excellent for a combo mixer. Mackie did nice job putting this product together. We use 2 dual 15" 1000w towers with horns at 8 ohms (300w per side), a separate 1000w for the subs at 8 ohms, and a 400w amp for the monitors. Once we got the levels set, the sound quality was awesome! We were able to fill a 100 seat bar with total sound. You will not be disappointed with this mixer at all! All you rockers out there...KEEP ROCKING!!!
Playing in weekend warrior bands, this box is hard to beat. Very clean, fairly quiet. Includes the most needed, plus inovative features, good sounding effects, without getting too techy for most musicians. The 808 used in our classic rock band with mild bass drum through a compressor limiter, and guitar amp miking, pushing 4 ohms per side stereo into full range frontals can fill most 50 to 100 person clubs. We use a powered hot spot monitor system.
this thing is great..dont need a power amp at all has all the effects built right in..great product
Last Saturday night my band performed in a "house concert" setting. We were the featured act, but there were a half-dozen or so other performers (including myself as a solo) appearing in a large 20' x 40' space. Yours truly, once again, stepped up to the plate as sound man for the evening. The rental house I've used for those times when I needed to provide a PA suggested that rather than go for the usual separate power amp + mixer, we try a new one-piece unit. Noting that this new Mackie had the ability to deliver a separate monitor mix--a requirement for the band (and that it would save the sponsors of the evening's event a couple of bucks on the rental)--I said "let's try it out."The system had enough inputs to accommodate 4 vocal mics, 2 line level ins for the acoustic guitars (running through our built-in pickups). Bass and drums were mic'd with 2 of my old Shure PE-515s from the mid-70s which I had on boom stands. Those 8 ins got filled up right quick. Front-of-house was served with 2 RAMSA 2-way speakers on poles. There were two Yamaha wedges for the monitor mix.The afternoon before the gig, I learned that one of the performers wanted to sing along with a piano track that came on a CD, and could I accommodate that? As it turned out, I was able to borrow a CD player from the host's stereo system and run music through the PA between sets. Once I had a level on the woman's voice, we were good to go. Noting that there was an unconnected Nakamichi tape deck there, I thought I'd see if I could get a soundboard recording made for our band. Turned out that the Mackie unit had all the needed connections; no need to disconnect anything during the course of the evening.I especially appreciated how I could damp down the effects on each of the board's channels. Not that I'm effects heavy, but I did try adding a touch of reverb to the vocals. Each singer got a small, but slightly different level. The recording turned out surprisingly well. This was a bonus, but it showed thoughtfulness on the part of the manufacturer.The one drawback to using an all-in-one mixer amplifier is that I was unable to walk into the middle of the room and work out my mix by actually hearing the shifts in front-of-house sound in real time. I had to rely on other people's ears (including the audience!!!) to tell me to boost a vocal here (which really means taking the level of something else down a notch, as I've learned!) It's even harder when you're also a performer.The producers for the coffeehouse series are thinking about buying a PA system suitable for this sort of evening, as well as to support other small venue performances by soloists and smaller ensambles. The Mackie 808S is a unit that I'm recommending be on their consideration list.