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Mackie Mix12FX 12-Channel Compact Mixer with Effects 

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Small format, low noise, quality effects.

Mackie is a leader in many categories, the small format mixer being among the foremost. The Mix12FX represents Mackie's current 12-channel option in the inexpensive, low-profile mixer marketplace, and like all of their small format mixers from the past, the Mix12FX is a winner. It features Mackie's signature "built like a tank" construction care of its rugged metal chassis, and four of Mackie's legendary preamps. Other features include:

12-channels with proven high-headroom, low-noise performance
4 mic/line inputs with studio-level audio quality
3-band EQ with clean, precise tone shaping
Low cut filter (75Hz)
Pan, level and overload indication
Phantom power for studio condenser mics
4 stereo 1/4' line inputs
+4/-10dB operation
Balance, level and overload indication
12 great-sounding integrated effects including reverbs, choruses and delays
Dedicated stereo RCA inputs/outputs for playback or recording
60mm fader for Main L/R outputs
Headphone and stereo control room outputs
Rugged, reliable design built to last
Extremely compact and portable

FEATURES
  • Analog inputs
  • Total: 12
  • XLR: 4
  • XLR/TRS combo jack: Not applicable
  • 1/4" TRS: 4
  • 1/4" TS: 8
  • Aux returns: None
  • RCA (stereo pair): 1
  • Phantom power: Yes
  • Analog outputs
  • Total: 8
  • Main XLR: Not applicable
  • Main 1/4" TRS: Not applicable
  • Main 1/4" TS: 2
  • Aux XLR: None
  • Aux 1/4" TRS: Not applicable
  • RCA (stereo pair): 1
  • Headphone: 1/4" x 1
  • Onboard effects
  • Compressors: No
  • Reverb: Yes
  • Delay: Yes
  • Chorus/flange: Yes
  • Simultaneous multi FX: Yes
  • Equalization
  • Rotary bands per channel: 3
  • Treble: Yes
  • High midrange: No
  • Sweep high midrange: No
  • Midrange: Yes
  • Sweep midrange No
  • Low midrange: No
  • Sweep Low midrange: No
  • Low: Yes
  • Parametric: No
  • Master graphic EQ: No
  • Inserts/sends/busses
  • XLR aux sends: None
  • XLR group sends: None
  • Inserts (channel): Not applicable
  • Inserts (master): Not applicable
  • Buses: 1
  • Sub groups: None
  • Connectivity
  • USB: No
  • FireWire: No
  • SMPTE: No
  • Coaxial: No
  • WiFi: No
  • ADAT: No
  • Other
  • Channel aux returns: 1
  • Width: 11.7"
  • Depth: 9.6"
  • Height: 2.1"
  • Weight: 3.7 lbs.
  • Automation: No
  • Channel Faders: 8
  • Fader type: Rotary
  • Motorized faders: No

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MackieMix12FX 12-Channel Compact Mixer with Effects
 
4.5

(based on 17 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (13)
  • Compact (12)
  • Excellent sound (10)
  • Simple controls (10)
  • Versatile (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (11)
  • Amateur recording (9)
  • Outdoor events / games (6)
  • Professional recording (3)
  • Soundtracks (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (11), Experienced (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Perfect for my needs

I needed a secondary mixer for several reasons:
- add 2-3 extra channels to my existing 8-channel setup
- use for smaller events of 2-3 channels going to a single...Read complete review

I needed a secondary mixer for several reasons:
- add 2-3 extra channels to my existing 8-channel setup
- use for smaller events of 2-3 channels going to a single speaker-amp
- phantom power and local control of my levels and EQ

I thought phantom power would be just a frill, but it's come in very handy when working with a fiddler who needs phantom. This is a well engineered little unit, light weight and easy to use. It's got pretty much everything you could need for a smaller setup.

It's also come in handy when the main board is running low on channels. I can really "channel up" with some of my instruments: the accordion ideally wants two channels, ideally the keyboard will have the bass and treble ranges separated, and then the mandolin! When the house system is limited, a small but decent quality 8-input mixer really gives you room to breathe.

It's also been great for smaller gigs when all I really need is 3 channels (e.g., piano, violin, and vocal) into a 100 watt keyboard amp or similar. My Roland keyboard amp in fact has 4 channels, but that's all. Actually, now I have a newer, lightweight amp called the Roland Street EX which weighs 1/3 of the old unit but only has the two channels. When mated with the Mackie mixer, it's a pretty good combo. Again, we're talking small venues.

If you trade up to the ProFX12, for roughly double the price, you get a slightly more sophisticated unit that includes USB output. Unfortunately, the ProFX12's USB does not send the 12 channels separately but only sends a stereo mix, which is why I decided to save my money and stick with the more basic mixer. Eventually I'd like to get a 16 channel digital model that has that feature and thus would be very useful for recording purposes.

In the meantime, this little unit has already proven itself in the field and I am very satisfied so far. I spend more than this on a Samson 4-channel mini-mixer a number of years ago but the Mackie far surpasses it.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Noisy phantom power

I use this mixer in conjunction with a boss L1 for live performance. Mixer is brighter overall
than the soundcraft it replaced . Digital effects are great and eq is very responsive.Read complete review

I use this mixer in conjunction with a boss L1 for live performance. Mixer is brighter overall
than the soundcraft it replaced . Digital effects are great and eq is very responsive.
The only problem is the phantom power introduces a noise into the mix when used

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perfect for my needs

By Terry

from undisclosed

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Verified Buyer

Comments about Mackie Mix12FX 12-Channel Compact Mixer with Effects:

I needed a secondary mixer for several reasons:
- add 2-3 extra channels to my existing 8-channel setup
- use for smaller events of 2-3 channels going to a single speaker-amp
- phantom power and local control of my levels and EQ

I thought phantom power would be just a frill, but it's come in very handy when working with a fiddler who needs phantom. This is a well engineered little unit, light weight and easy to use. It's got pretty much everything you could need for a smaller setup.

It's also come in handy when the main board is running low on channels. I can really "channel up" with some of my instruments: the accordion ideally wants two channels, ideally the keyboard will have the bass and treble ranges separated, and then the mandolin! When the house system is limited, a small but decent quality 8-input mixer really gives you room to breathe.

It's also been great for smaller gigs when all I really need is 3 channels (e.g., piano, violin, and vocal) into a 100 watt keyboard amp or similar. My Roland keyboard amp in fact has 4 channels, but that's all. Actually, now I have a newer, lightweight amp called the Roland Street EX which weighs 1/3 of the old unit but only has the two channels. When mated with the Mackie mixer, it's a pretty good combo. Again, we're talking small venues.

If you trade up to the ProFX12, for roughly double the price, you get a slightly more sophisticated unit that includes USB output. Unfortunately, the ProFX12's USB does not send the 12 channels separately but only sends a stereo mix, which is why I decided to save my money and stick with the more basic mixer. Eventually I'd like to get a 16 channel digital model that has that feature and thus would be very useful for recording purposes.

In the meantime, this little unit has already proven itself in the field and I am very satisfied so far. I spend more than this on a Samson 4-channel mini-mixer a number of years ago but the Mackie far surpasses it.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Should I cook with the PAN or the POT?

By The Howler

from Howell, NJ

About Me Professional Musician

See all my reviews

Verified Reviewer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Effects bleed when using PAN feature

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Events
  • Home recording
  • Performances

Comments about Mackie Mix12FX 12-Channel Compact Mixer with Effects:

I got to say...for the money this is a nice little unit....Good enough for a small venue or home recording.
Alas, when using the onboard effects, the signal bleeds into left and right if you try to use the PAN feature...
Let's say you PAN left all the way and you have the reverb on.....You will get the main signal on the left with the reverb but you will also get the reverb signal which is also carrying part of the main signal on the right side also....If you want to pan you need to turn the effects totally off...The one down side... I haven't tried to effects loop yet, but Im coming to the conclusion that the effects pathway is not totally seperated in left and right. Yes, the main signal will pan left and right but the total signal with the effects will bleed into both sides....Well, that's what you get for purchasing a cheap costing unit....

But this is the only downside....this is a very good board for the buck...

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Just Right

By Uncle Ronnie

from West Of Chicago

About Me Professional Musician

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Pros

  • Logical Surface
  • Quality Effects

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Performances

    Comments about Mackie Mix12FX 12-Channel Compact Mixer with Effects:

    I have tried a variety of mixers for small venues. I have only owned this mixer for a couple of weeks, but so far it seems best. I play in a guitar-keyboard duo that often adds drums and lead to form a quartet. We run our sound from a small table directly in front of the keyboard. We use array speakers placed behind us, so we generally hear what the audience hears and we only use a sound tech on the biggest of our events. We need an intuitive, compact board that we can adjust on the fly. Good effects are essential for us too. So far, this mixer is my favorite.

    (1 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Haven't used it yet, however...

    By Pete

    from Williamsport, PA

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Music Videos
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording
      • Soundtracks
      • Use Your Imagination

      Comments about Mackie Mix12FX 12-Channel Compact Mixer with Effects:

      I intend to use it in my solo act and in emergencies when one of the bands I'm in needs me to supply the mixer (rare). Although I haven't had a chance to use it yet, I believe it will be everything I expect and more. Reviews should really be asked for 3 to 6 months after a purchase, so folks can give a more complete an honest appraisal.

       
      5.0

      Good product. Good price.

      By Mr. Bellows

      from Seattle, WA

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Performances

        Comments about Mackie Mix12FX 12-Channel Compact Mixer with Effects:

        Perfectly fills my need for good sound with 3 to 4 mic inputs in small venues. Not fancy, it just works well.

         
        2.0

        Mix 12FX

        By Al S

        from Florida

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Poor Quality Sound

          Best Uses

            Comments about Mackie Mix12FX 12-Channel Compact Mixer with Effects:

            This board is great, as long as you don't really need phantom power! I tried three times to get one that worked correctly, all three had an unacceptable amount of noise introduced with the use of phantom power.
            I do live sound, own a recording studio, and perform, I know how things should work, this doesn't.

             
            5.0

            Exactly What I Expected To Get

            By Tripp D

            from KC area

            About Me Professional Musician

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            Ask me a question

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording
              • Soundtracks

              Comments about Mackie Mix12FX 12-Channel Compact Mixer with Effects:

              This unit has some of the cleanest channels with lots of headroom AND it's metal (built like a tank), but very compact.

               
              5.0

              Mackie Mix12FX 12-Channel Compact Mixer with Effects

              By Seaharp11

              from Hazlet, NJD

              About Me Experienced

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Accurate Controls
              • Easy To Use
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Mackie Mix12FX 12-Channel Compact Mixer with Effects:

                Sweet little thing!

                 
                5.0

                An excellent and easy mixer!

                By Gary B

                from West Warren, MA

                About Me Experienced

                See all my reviews

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Events
                  • Performances

                  Comments about Mackie Mix12FX 12-Channel Compact Mixer with Effects:

                  I bought this to use with my Fishman A220, which only has two channels. I am a solo performer, but I use one mic and three guitars for most performances and needed a way to have all three guitars plugged in and the tone dialed in. I had a rather important gig on November 20th and was able to give this a try. I went into the Fishman through the rear plug, since I did not need to rely on the reverb in the Fishman; the built in effects of this board were more than adequate. I am not the most tech-savvy guy and I was easily able to hook this up and use it. I highly recommend this.

                   
                  3.0

                  Noisy phantom power

                  By Lonesome Dave

                  from Bandera, Texas

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Poor Quality Sound

                  Best Uses

                  • Performances

                  Comments about Mackie Mix12FX 12-Channel Compact Mixer with Effects:

                  I use this mixer in conjunction with a boss L1 for live performance. Mixer is brighter overall
                  than the soundcraft it replaced . Digital effects are great and eq is very responsive.
                  The only problem is the phantom power introduces a noise into the mix when used

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