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Mackie ProFX12 Professional Compact Mixer   (Open Box)
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OVERVIEW

Fully professional and gig-ready.

The Mackie ProFX12 12-channel mixing console with integrated effects is the complete and simple solution for small to mid-size performance venues. 6 Mackie low-noise, high-headroom mic preamps ensure a pristine signal while LED metering and 60mm faders on each channel keep levels in check. Sweeten the mix using the mixer's 3-band active EQ and integrated RMFX 32-bit processor, which offers an arsenal of gig-ready effects. Easily tune mains and monitors with 7-band stereo graphic EQ and capture the mix or stream break music from a laptop using built-in USB I/O. Protective ABS side panels encase the already rugged solid steel chassis. It includes Tracktion 3 Music Production Software.

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
  • Professional 12-channel compact mixer with onboard effects and USB I/O
  • 6 low-noise, high-headroom Mackie mic preamps with easy LED metering
  • 32-bit RMFX processor with 16 "Gig-Ready" reverbs, choruses and delays
  • Precision 7-band graphic EQ for tuning Mains or Monitors
  • USB I/O for recording shows and music playback via Mac or PC
  • 4 full stereo channels plus extra stereo return for keyboards, external effects or stereo playback devices
  • 60mm faders for input channels, returns and Main/Monitor masters
  • 3-band active EQ (80Hz, 2.5kHz and 12kHz) on all channels
  • Hi-Z input for direct connection of guitar, bass and other instruments
  • Insert, 100Hz low cut filter, and 48V phantom power on all mic channels
  • Stereo RCA tape I/O with input level control
  • Headphone output with separate rotary level control
  • Balanced XLR and balanced/unbalanced main outputs
  • FX mute with remote control via footswitch
  • Break switch mutes all channels for music playback between sets
  • Built-like-a-tank steel chassis with rugged, yet stylish ABS sidecheeks
  • "Planet Earth" switching power supply for worldwide use
  • Includes Tracktion 3 Music Production Software for Mac or PC

Use it in your home studio and on the gig. It's that versatile. Order today.

SPECIFICATIONS

ProFX12 Professional Compact Mixer

  • 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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MackieProFX12 Professional Compact Mixer
 
4.1

(based on 28 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

78%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (18)
  • Compact (15)
  • Excellent sound (15)
  • Simple controls (13)
  • Versatile (9)

Cons

  • Limited functions (3)
  • Not durable (3)

Best Uses

  • Outdoor events / games (13)
  • Performances (13)
  • Amateur recording (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (10), Professional musician (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Basic SMALL mixer

I have not received the new ProFX12 yet. BUT, I am comfortable writing this review since I already OWN a ProFX12 and this is my second mixer. Yes, I still own the...Read complete review

I have not received the new ProFX12 yet. BUT, I am comfortable writing this review since I already OWN a ProFX12 and this is my second mixer. Yes, I still own the first. THAT alone should tell you something about the ProFX12.

I have larger mixers and use those when the event justifies those mixers. I like the ProFX12 because it is smaller, more portable, has lots of features and is reliable.

I used the mixer for my band's rehearsal space for slightly over 3 years. I also would use it during that time for other jobs it was appropriate for including small venue live sound such as coffee shops, casual dining pub and restaurants, backyard private parties, DJ Support and for "spoken word" events. (Ministry, speech, announcements with backing music)

I feel the mixer is very transparent, meaning it does not "color" the sound. I prefer mixers that let the natural sound of the source (voice or music) come thru to the listener's ears. Can I add a lot of the on board digital effects? Sure, but normally, I use just enough effects to "warm up" or "fatten" a thin voice...and no more.

I wish the mixer had a second Graphic EQ that was dedicated to the monitor Aux Out. It does not and I have gotten by for a long time without that feature, so I know I can continue.

I encouraged a friend to buy one for his needs. He opted to buy a small mixer from a different but equal quality manufacturer. He does not have on board EFX or GEQ and he does not have channel OR master faders. I know he regrets "saving" that extra money that the ProFX12 cost over the budget price he paid.

I take the ProFX12 to a jobs without any outboard effects or processors. What DO I take? Depends on the gig, but...if I am doing sound for a small 2 or 3 piece group at a wine bar or backyard party, I take the ProFX12, a pair of powered mains and a pair of powered monitors. Simple.

If I need subwoofers, I add a pair of powered subs. The size of the mixer does not dictate the size of the speaker system you connect. I can do LARGE events and I can project sound a long ways at outdoor events that do not require more than 8 input channels.

For MY thinking, this is a decent small, 8 channel mixer. I have 8 faders and 8 channel strips, you can label it 12 channels all day long, but I only count 8. It is a game ALL manufacturers play, so live with it.

You can expand this mixer to 8 mics by using a couple of adapters. Depending on the event, I use a transformer equipped adapter or simply a patch XLR to 1/4 cable. I can then change channels 9 and 11 to mono XLR inputs. I have a couple of snakes that allow me to work away from the "stage" or performers...all the trimmings like "larger" mixers.

Typical set up would put 3 vocal mics channels 1 thru 3. Channel 4 might be a mic for an electric guitar amp or a DI for an acoustic/electric guitar. Channel 5/6 might be a second instrument (perhaps a second guitar or keyboard or ???), perhaps bass into channel 7/8, perhaps kick drum and Channel 9/10. And one overhead drum mic or an iPod into Channel 11/12.

I typically will NOT take this mixer if the venue is large enough that micing all the drum kit is necessary. Most of the events that I use this mixer for a full band are in venues where the drum kit is able to carry the room with acoustic stage volume. I mic the kick and maybe an overhead or a close mic on snare IF/WHEN the drummer gets a little weak towards the end of 3 or 4 hours.

The majority of the events where my ProFX12 mixer gets the call are for acoustic groups in small venues or "announcement PA with some background music" such as car shows, corporate functions, and so on. We are starting to get several "DJ support" gigs, i.e.: DJ with a laptop, no sound or lights. We provide the sound and the effects lighting. We have also been getting more weddings and wedding receptions. 3 wireless mics, perhaps a wired mic for a singer, a laptop, an iPod if necessary, input for an electric keyboard or other instrument(s).

For outdoor weddings, I can get by with two Manhasset style music stands, one for the mixer, one for the wireless receivers with a piece of "tool box liner" on top to provide a slip free surface for notebook or laptop and/or mp3 players. The local winery has a wedding chapel in a wooded arbor. I use a quiet Honda inverter/generator...I keep it simple as that is typically the theme of the client.

I have encouraged several friends to purchase this mixer. I know that a couple have followed thru with those purchases. One uses it for a dance band playing small to medium clubs where they only mic vocals, instruments and kick. The other friend uses his for a small video production studio at his employer. Primary use is for training webcast and video including new employee orientation.

I must like this mixer or I would not be buying a second. I could probably "get by" with the ProFX8 for the DJ support jobs, but I like having that extra versatility of the extra channels. It is a great tool for my "tool box" of sound/lighting/even production equipment. Go out a buy one...or two. I did!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great for DJs not so much for a band

This is a typical Mackie mixer, very good sound quality and built like a tank. However, I found it suitable for DJs needs rather than a band. Unless you are really experienced/professional...Read complete review

This is a typical Mackie mixer, very good sound quality and built like a tank. However, I found it suitable for DJs needs rather than a band. Unless you are really experienced/professional with mixers and band setups and can do without the missing functions (i.e. PFL button -needed to set gain structure-, sweepable mids knob, subgroups function, and you don't have the need to rack the mixer.) If you are ok without those functions then the Profx 12 is for you. DJs don't need those functions typically.
The Musician's Friend sales person that helped me, did not point out the differences between the profx12 and the profx16, he said the two were basically the same and the difference being the number of inputs and xlrs, which is not correct, the profx16 has all the functions needed for a band setup and is quite different from the profx12. I sold the profx12 to a friend who is a DJ and just bought the profx16 for my band.

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(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great mixer period

By Johnny E

from australia

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Comments about Mackie ProFX12 Professional Compact Mixer:

I was a little bit leary of buying this mixer due to some reviews that I have read on here. Let me just say that after buying it, I couldn't be happier. My one complaint was when I opened the box I was looking for a manual but honestly there is no need for one. It is very user friendly. A mixer isn't hard to figure out but I was wanting to make sure I used the USB properly. So, I plugged the USB in and my editing software recognized it immediately. You can use this as a recording studio with no problem at all. If you know how to adjust your latenency settings on your computer then you should have absolutely no problem. As to people complaining about noise, maybe their cables are bad. I haven't had absolutely any problem with noise at all. I haven't used the phantom power yet so maybe that is where the noise comes into play, but with my Shure SM58 it is clear as a bell. I've paired this mixer up with the mackie Thump 12A speakers and I have to say this is all that I'll ever need. For live gigs this is awesome. You can hook up your computer and play your sound tracks through the USB and record the gig at the same time! Windows media player is all you need to play your sound tracks. The volume control is soooo easy to use and you barely have to turn it up at all. The first time I used it the volume on the computer was at 100% accidently and it just about blew my ears off and the setting on the mixer was only at 1. The effects are very easy to use and sound great. You don't get a lot of good for nothing effects on this, just some reverb, delay and chorus options and a couple of mixtures of the different effects. It is a very rugged build and I'm looking for this to last me for many many years to come. Basicly, BUY IT!

(10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great mixer, but not for recording

By Samuel Daoust

from Canada

Comments about Mackie ProFX12 Professional Compact Mixer:

If you want to use only the mixer without the interface ( the eq, the effect, etc), This mixer worth the money. Everything on the mixer is well builded and sound good. But if you want to record with this mixer, don't buy this. It could work to record something live, cause everything is "Loud", it will cover the noise, but for homestudio, spend your money on something else. I'm looking for something else at this moment, cause I can't record with this. The noise is driving me crazy.The effects sound not bad. It make my drum sound a little more "roomy". The graphic eq is very usefull when you use powered monitors and when you want to plug them directly in the mixer. It's a nice mixer for a band.
Overall, the mixer is great. The eq is nice. It's built like a tank. The preamps are also good. The HI-Z switch is very usefull mainly when you're using the mixer as an interface for your cumputer to use effect/amp from the production sofware that you have. But here come the problem. There's is an an annoying sound that come from digital converter. It made my recordings sound weird. It's like a constant feedback. Because of this, you can't use the usb input cause it attack ears of the people that listen to you. There's also a long latency when you want to record while listening to a playback. It made tracking impossible.
If the interface would work nice, this mixer will be the best thing at this price, but i guess you get what you paid for...

(9 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Great for DJs not so much for a band

By JC

from Fort Lauderdale, FL

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Pros

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

Cons

  • Limited Functions

Best Uses

  • Events
  • Music Videos
  • Soundtracks

Comments about Mackie ProFX12 Professional Compact Mixer:

This is a typical Mackie mixer, very good sound quality and built like a tank. However, I found it suitable for DJs needs rather than a band. Unless you are really experienced/professional with mixers and band setups and can do without the missing functions (i.e. PFL button -needed to set gain structure-, sweepable mids knob, subgroups function, and you don't have the need to rack the mixer.) If you are ok without those functions then the Profx 12 is for you. DJs don't need those functions typically.
The Musician's Friend sales person that helped me, did not point out the differences between the profx12 and the profx16, he said the two were basically the same and the difference being the number of inputs and xlrs, which is not correct, the profx16 has all the functions needed for a band setup and is quite different from the profx12. I sold the profx12 to a friend who is a DJ and just bought the profx16 for my band.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Basic SMALL mixer

By Tony Wright

from Stillwater OK, where the wind really doe

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Pros

  • Compact
  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Light Weight
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Limited Functions

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Dj Support
  • Events
  • Performances
  • Rehearsal Sound System
  • Small Venue Live Sound
  • Spoken Word-speech

Comments about Mackie ProFX12 Professional Compact Mixer:

I have not received the new ProFX12 yet. BUT, I am comfortable writing this review since I already OWN a ProFX12 and this is my second mixer. Yes, I still own the first. THAT alone should tell you something about the ProFX12.

I have larger mixers and use those when the event justifies those mixers. I like the ProFX12 because it is smaller, more portable, has lots of features and is reliable.

I used the mixer for my band's rehearsal space for slightly over 3 years. I also would use it during that time for other jobs it was appropriate for including small venue live sound such as coffee shops, casual dining pub and restaurants, backyard private parties, DJ Support and for "spoken word" events. (Ministry, speech, announcements with backing music)

I feel the mixer is very transparent, meaning it does not "color" the sound. I prefer mixers that let the natural sound of the source (voice or music) come thru to the listener's ears. Can I add a lot of the on board digital effects? Sure, but normally, I use just enough effects to "warm up" or "fatten" a thin voice...and no more.

I wish the mixer had a second Graphic EQ that was dedicated to the monitor Aux Out. It does not and I have gotten by for a long time without that feature, so I know I can continue.

I encouraged a friend to buy one for his needs. He opted to buy a small mixer from a different but equal quality manufacturer. He does not have on board EFX or GEQ and he does not have channel OR master faders. I know he regrets "saving" that extra money that the ProFX12 cost over the budget price he paid.

I take the ProFX12 to a jobs without any outboard effects or processors. What DO I take? Depends on the gig, but...if I am doing sound for a small 2 or 3 piece group at a wine bar or backyard party, I take the ProFX12, a pair of powered mains and a pair of powered monitors. Simple.

If I need subwoofers, I add a pair of powered subs. The size of the mixer does not dictate the size of the speaker system you connect. I can do LARGE events and I can project sound a long ways at outdoor events that do not require more than 8 input channels.

For MY thinking, this is a decent small, 8 channel mixer. I have 8 faders and 8 channel strips, you can label it 12 channels all day long, but I only count 8. It is a game ALL manufacturers play, so live with it.

You can expand this mixer to 8 mics by using a couple of adapters. Depending on the event, I use a transformer equipped adapter or simply a patch XLR to 1/4 cable. I can then change channels 9 and 11 to mono XLR inputs. I have a couple of snakes that allow me to work away from the "stage" or performers...all the trimmings like "larger" mixers.

Typical set up would put 3 vocal mics channels 1 thru 3. Channel 4 might be a mic for an electric guitar amp or a DI for an acoustic/electric guitar. Channel 5/6 might be a second instrument (perhaps a second guitar or keyboard or ???), perhaps bass into channel 7/8, perhaps kick drum and Channel 9/10. And one overhead drum mic or an iPod into Channel 11/12.

I typically will NOT take this mixer if the venue is large enough that micing all the drum kit is necessary. Most of the events that I use this mixer for a full band are in venues where the drum kit is able to carry the room with acoustic stage volume. I mic the kick and maybe an overhead or a close mic on snare IF/WHEN the drummer gets a little weak towards the end of 3 or 4 hours.

The majority of the events where my ProFX12 mixer gets the call are for acoustic groups in small venues or "announcement PA with some background music" such as car shows, corporate functions, and so on. We are starting to get several "DJ support" gigs, i.e.: DJ with a laptop, no sound or lights. We provide the sound and the effects lighting. We have also been getting more weddings and wedding receptions. 3 wireless mics, perhaps a wired mic for a singer, a laptop, an iPod if necessary, input for an electric keyboard or other instrument(s).

For outdoor weddings, I can get by with two Manhasset style music stands, one for the mixer, one for the wireless receivers with a piece of "tool box liner" on top to provide a slip free surface for notebook or laptop and/or mp3 players. The local winery has a wedding chapel in a wooded arbor. I use a quiet Honda inverter/generator...I keep it simple as that is typically the theme of the client.

I have encouraged several friends to purchase this mixer. I know that a couple have followed thru with those purchases. One uses it for a dance band playing small to medium clubs where they only mic vocals, instruments and kick. The other friend uses his for a small video production studio at his employer. Primary use is for training webcast and video including new employee orientation.

I must like this mixer or I would not be buying a second. I could probably "get by" with the ProFX8 for the DJ support jobs, but I like having that extra versatility of the extra channels. It is a great tool for my "tool box" of sound/lighting/even production equipment. Go out a buy one...or two. I did!

(6 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Good at the start, terrible at the end.

By HZGrIJgVW

from Singapore

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Comments about Mackie ProFX12 Professional Compact Mixer:

This mixer is worth the money for the start, the metal shell is sturdy, but the electronic components inside are built cheaply. When we are buying a mixer, we should go for the sound quality first, the build comes secondary. This mixer can take a heck of a lot of beating on the outside, but not the inside, try using some force to turn the faders up. After a month, the faders most probably wouldn't work.
But if you are having a budget constrain, for the price range, this might be good. But if you have some budget, and you are thinking of this to save money, I suggest you not to do it, go for an VLZ 1404, MG16 FX, Onyx 1202, CFX16 Mark 2 if you got the money for those rather than this.
The Mackie mixer's preamp was great, the EQ, pan, effects were working well at first. But, after a few months, the Pan does not have any drastic effects unless you turn it all the way down 180 degrees left or right, the Effects were as good as not having, it never works! The EQ was worth off, the EQ never seem to work well and the gain button was useless, adding more or less gain made zero difference.
The shell of the Mackie worked very well, but the fader and EQ knobs etc. were made of cheap materials. My Mackie fader for music channel spoilt after a few months of usage, the effects are terrible. I would go for a Mackie CFX Mark 2, or a 1202 Onyx instead. The fader are cheaply built and turning the fader to the max volume and to the lowest doesn't have any drastic effects, the gain doesn't even work at all.
This stuff is certainly value for money for the start, but trust me, it wouldn't hold up for long. Especially, if you are doing home recording like me, I brought it out for a small gig, the audio ports were made of lousy conductors. As a result the speakers keep buzzing until I changed it to a Yamaha mg32 FX mixer.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Board

By tj-AR4xc

from Atlanta,Georgia

Comments about Mackie ProFX12 Professional Compact Mixer:

I use the Mackie ProFX12 to pre-mix my acoustic and electric drums. The RMFX 32-bit processor adds excellent stage reverbs and delays to my overall sound and the FX mute with remote control using my foot-switch allows me to change my sound in between songs.I love this board.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great Little Mixer

By Gary-

from California

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Pros

  • Accurate Controls
  • Compact
  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good value
  • Nice Effects
  • Quiet
  • Value Priced

Cons

  • 6 XLRs on a 12 ch mixer
  • Adapter needed on monitor

Best Uses

  • Coffee Shop
  • Performances
  • Small Band
  • Small Stage

Comments about Mackie ProFX12 Professional Compact Mixer:

I purchased this a few years ago as a simpler set up for small gigs to be used with SRM450's. It had replaced a larger board with a cartload of amplifiers,feedback reduction, and effects that took 7 men and a small boy to lift. This also minimized space needed for transportation. The PROFX12 worked worked beautifully for this. We had a nice reverb added to vocals and it performed flawlessly. It also provided a hotter signal than the older board. The unit appears to be well made, however, it gets light use and is babied. No sense in abusing gear to see if it can be broken. The down side for me was only having 6 XLR's. You can run out of inputs and have to get creative to balance a stage mix. I also had to pick up an adapter to use the powered monitors. There is no XLR monitor out. Overall, the unit does what it is supposed to do, and it does it without noise out front. So from that standpoint, the unit performs quietly. It's a good unit for an inexpensive portable unit. I would upgrade to something beefier if I had to depend on it for more constant use. I would recommend this to a friend, but would point out it's limitations.

(5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Not for PC Recording

By damightyzug

from Iowa

Comments about Mackie ProFX12 Professional Compact Mixer:

If you want this just for the mixer, then you'll like the fx12. However, don't be mislead my the fact that it has a USB out, all your going to be able to capture is the final mix out, you'd be better off getting something else if you want to record to your DAW.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Small Footprint - Large Benefit

By TPETERS53

from Spring Hill, FL

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording
    • Soundtracks

    Comments about Mackie ProFX12 Professional Compact Mixer:

    I was in need of a mixer that would be small enough for my desktop and yet it had to be of very good quality in sound for studio and live performance. I found what I was looking for in this mixer and have used it in a couple of live performances with most pleasing results. Clean sound, easy setup and compact. Also clean for recording too! The best of both worlds without breaking the bank!
    Thanks Mackie!

    (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Mister Bob

    By Old dummer Bob

    from tx,

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    Comments about Mackie ProFX12 Professional Compact Mixer:

    I use this board to mix my drums for stage because it takes less space on the major mackie board
    as always ya can't go wrong with mackie been using their products for years.also the price was right.

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