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Mackie ProFX8 Professional Compact Mixer  (Open Box)
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OVERVIEW

Fully professional and gig-ready.

Mackie's 8-channel ProFX8 Compact Mixer with integrated effects is the complete and simple solution for small to mid-size performance venues. 4 Mackie low-noise, high-headroom mic preamps ensure pristine signal while LED dual 7-band graphic EQs, and EQ metering and 60mm faders on each channel keep levels in check. Sweeten the mix using the 3-band active EQ and integrated RMFX 32-bit processor, which offers an arsenal of "Gig-Ready" effects. The mixer easily tunes mains and monitors with 7-band stereo graphic EQ and captures the mix or can stream house music from a laptop using the built-in USB I/O. Protective ABS side panels encase the Mackie ProFX8 mixer's already rugged solid steel chassis. It also includes a free copy of 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 8-channel Compact Mixer with onboard effects and USB I/O
4 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
3 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 1/4" 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

A complete solution for small to mid-size performance venues. Order today.

SPECIFICATIONS
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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MackieProFX8 Professional Compact Mixer
 
4.3

(based on 22 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (13)
  • Compact (12)
  • Easy to use (12)
  • Simple controls (11)
  • Versatile (11)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (13)
  • Outdoor events / games (8)
  • Amateur recording (5)
  • Professional recording (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (10), Professional musician (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good live mixer

I use this board to run sound for a 3-man rock band, and it's about right for what we do.

Easily runs two mics, a sampler, a synth, and...Read complete review

I use this board to run sound for a 3-man rock band, and it's about right for what we do.

Easily runs two mics, a sampler, a synth, and occasionally DI the bass guitar to not need to bring the cab for a smaller venue. Guitar sound comes from the cabs on stage, but can be squeezed into the PA if necessary on Ch. 7/8 or the stereo effects returns.

The graphic EQ is handy for taming challenging rooms, it's not a 30-band or anything but it's great to knock down any mic squeal or weird room acoustics to within acceptable levels. Plus it's built in so you don't have to bring a rack full of other stuff for a 2-hour gig.

The onboard effects are cheesy, but the FX bus has a send on it so we just use it as a spare monitor bus, and insert compression and reverb on the mic channels independently as Inserts.

Obviously if you're running club sound somewhere you'll need a bigger more capable board. But for a pretty simple set-up, this works well and is simple. You're not going to be able to mic the drums, guitar & bass cabs, run multiple synths, drum machines, and everything else through this board because it's only 8 channels. But it does what it's designed to do very well. Very good for a live group up through maybe 3-4 people playing in the size venue that doesn't have their own PA. Pair it with an amp for the mains and a pair of powered monitors and you're set to rock.

For recording, this isn't a bad option, but it's maybe not what I'd pick since there's so many good interfaces in this price range now. The USB output is only stereo, but seems to work well in the limited amount I've toyed with it.

This mixer really shines for the small show, lightweight type uses. 8 Channels is enough without taking up too much space, I think it's perfect.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Very bad experience

First off let me say that if you are buying this as your main recording device with the USB outlet then I would re-think your purchase. I would recommend looking at an interface designed...Read complete review

First off let me say that if you are buying this as your main recording device with the USB outlet then I would re-think your purchase. I would recommend looking at an interface designed purely for recording. This piece of hardware has very limited functionality that will almost certainly disappoint someone who is looking at getting into home recording. As for my rating, I normally never leave negative comments but this mixer had some serious issues when trying to connect through USB. When I connected the mixer to my Macbook Pro and launched Logic Express or even the included Tracktion software the mixer would immediately begin to make a loud high pitched whining sound that rendered the mixer unusable. This sound came through the phones output as well as the main outputs. I use a monster power supply and good cables with my equipment and also turned of all bluetooth and WI-FI and made sure no other programs were running on my computer but nothing would fix the noise. Playing music from my laptop through the mixer also sounded terrible. I went onto the Mackie Support Forums and found many others with the same issue with no way to fix. some speculated that the USB port was not correctly grounded which would make sense but again, only speculation. I was not willing to exchange the unit for another because I didn't want to deal with it anymore so I just returned it and bough a Yamaha MG series mixer without the USB functionality.As for the mixer running standalone, it was great and if not for the USB issues I would have been very happy with it. with no USB connection it was very quiet and would have been worth the money as the mic pre's were outstanding.

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(15 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Very bad experience

By Madseason

from USA

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Comments about Mackie ProFX8 Professional Compact Mixer:

First off let me say that if you are buying this as your main recording device with the USB outlet then I would re-think your purchase. I would recommend looking at an interface designed purely for recording. This piece of hardware has very limited functionality that will almost certainly disappoint someone who is looking at getting into home recording. As for my rating, I normally never leave negative comments but this mixer had some serious issues when trying to connect through USB. When I connected the mixer to my Macbook Pro and launched Logic Express or even the included Tracktion software the mixer would immediately begin to make a loud high pitched whining sound that rendered the mixer unusable. This sound came through the phones output as well as the main outputs. I use a monster power supply and good cables with my equipment and also turned of all bluetooth and WI-FI and made sure no other programs were running on my computer but nothing would fix the noise. Playing music from my laptop through the mixer also sounded terrible. I went onto the Mackie Support Forums and found many others with the same issue with no way to fix. some speculated that the USB port was not correctly grounded which would make sense but again, only speculation. I was not willing to exchange the unit for another because I didn't want to deal with it anymore so I just returned it and bough a Yamaha MG series mixer without the USB functionality.As for the mixer running standalone, it was great and if not for the USB issues I would have been very happy with it. with no USB connection it was very quiet and would have been worth the money as the mic pre's were outstanding.

(8 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

CRUMMY Mixer- Mackie Pro FX-8

By Patrick-KGLfr

from Atlantic Beach, Fla.

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Comments about Mackie ProFX8 Professional Compact Mixer:

Bought this mixer in May of 2010 for solo vocal/guitar shows. It lasted a MONTH, and DIED. Mackie replaced it, and the SECOND one has now DIED TOO !! Because it is over a year old now, neither Mackie nor Musicians Friend will return it.

I have since bought a Soundcraft mixer- MUCH BETTER quality and features. If you buy this mixer, be SURE to purchase the extended warranty from M.F. You will NEED it.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Meets Expectations

By Scott

from MA

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Pros

  • Accurate Controls
  • Break Button
  • Compact
  • Easy On The Wallet
  • Excellent Sound
  • Graphic Eq Bypass

Cons

  • Inserts Only Ch1 Ch2
  • No solo buttons
  • No Sub Bus Only Monitor

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Events
  • Performances

Comments about Mackie ProFX8 Professional Compact Mixer:

One competitor to this mixer is the Yamaha MG series 8 channel mixer that has on-board effects and compressors. But the MG is not as feature rich overall. I used this mixer as a submix board in a cramped theater space. It performed really well. It is quiet and the controls are smooth enough to make changes on the fly without having to sweat bullets. I haven't tried the USB features, but look forward to testing it out at home. If it works as advertised, I'll probably use it for shows. I've used other Mackie boards and this board is what can be expected from Mackie. However, I do miss some of the features from the Mackie 1402 and Mackie 1642. Overall, really a great tool to have if you are providing sound for shows and events. If the house mixer is junk - which is common, the ProFX8 can save the day. And you won't be sore from carrying it up 3 flights of stairs.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good live mixer

By Salty Donkey

from Grand Rapids, MI

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Pros

  • Balanced Outs
  • Compact
  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Graphic Eq Included
  • Monitor And Fx Busses
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Performances

    Comments about Mackie ProFX8 Professional Compact Mixer:

    I use this board to run sound for a 3-man rock band, and it's about right for what we do.

    Easily runs two mics, a sampler, a synth, and occasionally DI the bass guitar to not need to bring the cab for a smaller venue. Guitar sound comes from the cabs on stage, but can be squeezed into the PA if necessary on Ch. 7/8 or the stereo effects returns.

    The graphic EQ is handy for taming challenging rooms, it's not a 30-band or anything but it's great to knock down any mic squeal or weird room acoustics to within acceptable levels. Plus it's built in so you don't have to bring a rack full of other stuff for a 2-hour gig.

    The onboard effects are cheesy, but the FX bus has a send on it so we just use it as a spare monitor bus, and insert compression and reverb on the mic channels independently as Inserts.

    Obviously if you're running club sound somewhere you'll need a bigger more capable board. But for a pretty simple set-up, this works well and is simple. You're not going to be able to mic the drums, guitar & bass cabs, run multiple synths, drum machines, and everything else through this board because it's only 8 channels. But it does what it's designed to do very well. Very good for a live group up through maybe 3-4 people playing in the size venue that doesn't have their own PA. Pair it with an amp for the mains and a pair of powered monitors and you're set to rock.

    For recording, this isn't a bad option, but it's maybe not what I'd pick since there's so many good interfaces in this price range now. The USB output is only stereo, but seems to work well in the limited amount I've toyed with it.

    This mixer really shines for the small show, lightweight type uses. 8 Channels is enough without taking up too much space, I think it's perfect.

    (6 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    great mixer

    By Better than Average

    from Colorado

    Comments about Mackie ProFX8 Professional Compact Mixer:

    My friend in Colorado runs this Mackie thru a Bose l1 model 11. He is says the sound is top notch, live.

    (4 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Good Small Live Mixer...but...

    By Bob F.

    from New Mexico

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    Comments about Mackie ProFX8 Professional Compact Mixer:

    Have tried to use this ProFx8 in-line with 2 different house systems - produces loud buzz feedback when turned on AND another entity (mic or other) is hooked up direct to the house's mixer. No buzzing when no other in-line entity is hooked up besides the ProFx8.But as a live stand alone mixer it is fantastic - no noise and very warm response - good effects for vocals too.I use other mixers in my recording studio, and have not tried (or have the need to try) this ProFx8 for recording.Another strange note: While the box the ProFx8 came in says "Mackie" - no where on the actual mixer unit does it say "Mackie...

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    good mixer at a good price.

    By Bill

    from Palm Harbor, Florida

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Mackie ProFX8 Professional Compact Mixer:

      The ProFX8 is a very versatile unit. It is complete with high and low inputs vial XLR, 1/4 and RCA type of inputs, including Phantom power. I use it with a computer via the I/O USB... I have also used as balanced XLR out as well... the unit is quiet, and of good quality. It is versatile enough to meet my portable needs...

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      meets all my expectations

      By Rick

      from Western North Carolina

      About Me Professional Musician

      See all my reviews

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy To Set Up And Use
      • Great sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Small Group

        Comments about Mackie ProFX8 Professional Compact Mixer:

        My 3rd Mackie mixer. Great sounding preamps. Those who complain about fx just don't know how to use them. Fx should be noticeable by their absence, not their presence. Eq is very sensitive but very functional. Does exactly what it should in typical Mackie fashion.

        (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        It's good for the business.

        By MRivera

        from Florida, Puerto Rico

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Kareoke Activity
          • Performances

          Comments about Mackie ProFX8 Professional Compact Mixer:

          My job is give to you the beast sound for your activity or party, a sound out of this planet, I am not a DJ, It's great for karaoke's parties, conference or other activities that you need a couples of mic and accesories, very portable and efficient, if the people enjoy the activity it's good for the business.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Nice mixer

          By Bill K

          from SE U.S.

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Performances

              Comments about Mackie ProFX8 Professional Compact Mixer:

              Bought this to replace another Mackie with effects. The old one was over ten years old. This one was cheaper and had a few more options. The graphic EQ had more sliders - easier to get to a certain frequency.
              Pretty pleased with this although I wish Mackie still manufactured in the U.S.

              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Singer/song writers

              By Pierre

              from La Mesa, CA

              About Me Professional Musician

              See all my reviews

              Pros

              • Accurate Controls
              • Excellent Sound
              • Pristine

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Mackie ProFX8 Professional Compact Mixer:

                For solo pros and recording, you can't beat portability and fullness without effect 11. If Mackie could incorporate that (11) into two channel 1 and 2 like that, in smaller, I'd get that too and through a simple Bose, you project to what you need in any condition. Less equipment to make your statement. Great piece and price is down from when I got it. Great deal for less to get you started and beyond for the moment and even where I'm at.

                 
                5.0

                Great little unit with a variety of applications

                By Budster

                from Omak, WA

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Performances

                  Comments about Mackie ProFX8 Professional Compact Mixer:

                  My 'band' consists of between 4 to 9 people, and we have found many uses for this little mixer. It's great alone when we perform in a small group, as a sub-mixer for percussion with the large group, and in our amateur attempts at recording in our basement 'studio.' Like all Mackie products, it's sturdy and reliable, and I can recommend it without hesitation.

                   
                  4.0

                  ProFX8 Professional Compact Mixer

                  By Ed

                  from Nashville, TN

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                  Comments about Mackie ProFX8 Professional Compact Mixer:

                  Great for small venues

                   
                  5.0

                  I heartily recommend this mixer.

                  By mdpatsr

                  from Laura, Ohio

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Performances

                    Comments about Mackie ProFX8 Professional Compact Mixer:

                    Very easy to use and get started on. Being used to mix keys before sending to main board.

                     
                    3.0

                    Good mixer for what it is.

                    By sonnyhancock

                    from Atlanta, GA

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                    Pros

                    • Accurate Controls
                    • Compact
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                    • Effects aren't very good

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Performances

                    Comments about Mackie ProFX8 Professional Compact Mixer:

                    USB only give your summed mix to 2 tracks. The on board effects aren't very good. The external effects routing makes the effects sound thin if you are using your own. Beyond that it's a good mixer.

                     
                    3.0

                    Slight Problem

                    By C.J.

                    from GLEN BURNIE, MD

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                    Pros

                    • Accurate Controls
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Mackie ProFX8 Professional Compact Mixer:

                        Works ok, not much output, but ok for very small venue

                        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        I love it.easy used prefect portable

                        By Dannyvu999

                        from Nashville,TN

                        About Me Experienced

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Amateur Recording
                          • Events
                          • Performances
                          • Professional Recording

                          Comments about Mackie ProFX8 Professional Compact Mixer:

                          Pair it up with Bose L1 ,sound just as expected.

                          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Great little mixer

                          By Lance

                          from Richmond Va

                          About Me Professional Musician

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Excellent Sound
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                          • Bulky

                          Best Uses

                          • Events
                          • Performances

                          Comments about Mackie ProFX8 Professional Compact Mixer:

                          Mic pres and routing are great!

                          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Good so far

                          By ste

                          from san jose, ca

                          About Me Novice

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Excellent Sound

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Events

                            Comments about Mackie ProFX8 Professional Compact Mixer:

                            I haven't even used this at an event yet, so here is my review so far. It's a nice mixer with tons of inputs and outputs (1/4" + XLR), which I love. Sound quality is good. The only thing is that there are too many mute buttons, aka, too many ways you can have your sound go quiet without knowing why during an event. I guess you have to be careful. I do mainly ceremonies for weddings

                             
                            5.0

                            This is an amazing little piece of equipment.

                            By Piperhahn

                            from Raleigh NC

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                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Amateur Recording
                              • Events
                              • Performances
                              • Professional Recording
                              • Soundtracks

                              Comments about Mackie ProFX8 Professional Compact Mixer:

                              I bought this mixer a few years ago, and am endlessly surprised with how clean the sound quality is, and how versatile it has been. I have used it for my small 2 man Irish band with Mackie SRM 450's, and it sounds amazing. Used it with a DJ controller for Dances and weddings and sounds amazing. Used it for recording audio tracks into a DAW and they sound amazing.. the list goes on and on. the Mic pre's are super quiet and provide great gain and clarity, and the monitor output I love using separately with a sub-woofer to give me extra control over the bass when driving a dance.. It's just great all over. if you need a little amazing USB mixer this is your friend.

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