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Mackie VLZ4 Series 402VLZ4 4-Channel Ultra Compact Mixer   

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Now featuring Mackie's flagship Onyx mic preamps, the comprehensive Mackie 1402VLZ delivers the proven feature set, high-headroom/low-noise design an...Read More

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OVERVIEW

Now featuring Mackie's flagship Onyx mic preamps, the comprehensive Mackie 1402VLZ delivers the proven feature set, high-headroom/low-noise design and "Built-Like-A-Tank" construction that created an industry more than 25 years ago. From every input to every output, VLZ4 is optimized to deliver professional-quality results each and every time.

VLZ
Each generation of VLZ mixers benefits from a reinvestment in performance, all without raising prices. By continuing to ignore the "race to the bottom," VLZ4 benefits from generations of performance improvements like transparent EQ, class-leading negative summing bus architecture and custom-designed op-amps to ensure signal integrity from every input to every output. The result is a mixer that is at the peak of performance and is the obvious go-to compact analog mixer for engineers who demand professional results.

Onyx
The performance of Mackie's Onyx mic preamps is more than proven. Just check all the amazing reviews and customer testimonials. Their boutique quality sound and unmatched performance rival any high-priced, boutique preamp on the market. Adding these flagship preamps to our VLZ4 Series compact mixers underlines our commitment to continually improving the performance of the VLZ line with each generation.

Shhh...
The VLZ4 design goal was simple: every VLZ4 mixer must have the highest headroom and lowest noise possible. Strict attention to component quality and tolerances has led to innovations like our custom M80 op-amps and class-leading negative summing bus architecture that add yet another level of assurance that a Mackie VLZ4 mixer is the right choice for your professional audio application.

Reliable
Mackie VLZ mixers are truly "Built-Like-A-Tank." From beer spills to drops from moving vehicles, the testimonials are as endless as the applications Mackie mixers serve. The VLZ4 series is certainly no exception. With a nearly indestructible steel wrap-around chassis and features like grime-resistant rotary sealed pots, you can be sure that buying a Mackie VLZ4 mixer is a solid investment.

VLZ4's new black powder coat finish, cockpit-inspired controls and high-contrast knobs not only optimize your mixer's usability in low-light scenarios, it also means your mixer looks as good as it performs.

Clean, quiet, versatile mixing.

FEATURES
  • Boutique-quality Onyx mic preamps
  • High-headroom, low-noise
  • Rugged steel chassis
  • Phantom power for condenser mics
  • High-resolution 8-segment stereo meters
  • Sealed rotary controls resist dust and grime

Order today and get the clarity, punch, presence and versatility that your music deserves.

SPECIFICATIONS

VLZ4 Series 402VLZ4 4-Channel Ultra Compact Mixer

  • Main Mix Noise
    (20 Hz-20 kHz bandwidth, channels 1-3 gain @ unity, channel EQs flat, all channels assigned to main mix, channel 1 panned left, 2 panned right, 3-8 centered.)
    Main mix knob down, channel level knobs down: XLR: -95 dBu TRS: -101 dBu
    Main mix knob @ unity, channel level knobs down: XLR -90 dBu, TRS -96 dBu
    Main mix knob @ unity, channel level knobs @ unity: XLR dBu-84, TRS dBu -90

    THD
    (1 kHz @ 30 dB gain, 20 Hz-20 kHz bandwidth) Mic pre @ insert: <0.001%

    EQ
    High Shelving
    Low Shelving

    Attenuation/Crosstalk
    (1 kHz relative to 0 dBu, 20 Hz-20 kHz bandwidth, line in, 1/4" main out, gain @ unity)
    Main mix knob down: -75 dBu
    Channel Alt / Mute switch engaged: -100 dBu
    Channel level knob down: -100 dBu

    Frequency Response
    Mic input to main output (gain @ unity)
    +0, -1 dB, 20 Hz to 50 kHz +0, -3 dB, <10 Hz to >100 kHz

    Equivalent Input Noise (EIN)
    (Mic input to insert send out, max gain)
    150 termination: -128.5 dBu, 20 Hz-20 kHz

    Common Mode Rejection Ratio (CMRR)
    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: 2.55
    Channel insert return: 5K
    All other inputs: 17K or greater
    Tape out: 1.0K
    Phones out: 60
    All other outputs: 120

    Physical Properties
    Height: 7.3"
    Depth: 1.6"
    Width: 5.8"
    Weight (with power supply): 3.0lb
    Weight (without power supply): 2.5lb
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MackieVLZ4 Series 402VLZ4 4-Channel Ultra Compact Mixer
 
4.2

(based on 9 reviews)

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88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (8)
  • Compact (7)
  • Excellent sound (6)
  • Simple controls (6)
  • Versatile (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (5)
  • Amateur recording (4)
  • Outdoor events / games (3)
  • Professional recording (3)
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5.0

Great mixer for small projects.

By Bcbrook

from Dunkirk, MD

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Accurate Controls
  • Compact
  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Versatile
  • Well constructed for road use. Multiple outputs.

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Music Videos
    • Performances

    Comments about Mackie VLZ4 Series 402VLZ4 4-Channel Ultra Compact Mixer:

    I use the mixer for microphone and music mixing at events.

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    5.0

    Mackie has excellent mixers.

    By Bcbrook

    from Dunkirk, MD

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Mackie VLZ4 Series 402VLZ4 4-Channel Ultra Compact Mixer:

      I like the quality of Mackie products from previous experience, which is why I picked this mixer.

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      5.0

      Excellent mixer!

      By AllenSco

      from Opp, AL

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Mackie VLZ4 Series 402VLZ4 4-Channel Ultra Compact Mixer:

        Bought this for my home VO studio to replace a Behringer mixer. This little beast is built to last and is as clean as they come. Love the Onyx preamps! Controls are smooth, oh and it has a power switch! All in all, a great buy!

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great small mixer

        By Harpguitar

        from Upstate NY

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Performances

          Comments about Mackie VLZ4 Series 402VLZ4 4-Channel Ultra Compact Mixer:

          I am a therapeutic musician and sometimes work with a guided meditation instructor. I play behind her while she takes clients through a guided meditation. I play on a harp guitar into an amp with a 15" speaker for maximum bass and resonance. The mix of deep notes as well as high trebles with voice through a microphone is easily accomplished with the mixer. I am very pleased with the Mackie ultra compact mixer. It is light to carry in my bag and easy to use.

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Beware of faulty channel 1 & 2 inputs

          By jeff

          from northern virginia

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy To Use

          Cons

          • Breaks Easily

          Best Uses

            Comments about Mackie VLZ4 Series 402VLZ4 4-Channel Ultra Compact Mixer:

            I thought it would be a safe purchase so I bought two. I use the 402vlz4 for monitoring my electric bass w/headphones while I practice and play to tracks sent to me for collaboration or covers for learning purposes.

            The number 1 and 2 channel inputs on both mixers just stopped working. So, I called Loud Technologies and they replaced both quickly and with no problems. Excellent customer service! Sadly, both replacement mixers lost channels 1 and 2 input for instruments.

            The problem seems to arise when you leave an open (no instrument/mic) 1/4 inch cable plugged into the mixer channel 1 or 2 when turning the mixer off, and then turn the mixer back on later, the channel that the cable is plugged into just stops working all together.

            I have a hunch that it's the quality of the production that is the problem; just my 2 cents. I'm not doing anything unusual with the mixer - I have decades of electronic audio signal path experience. So for whatever it's worth that's my experience with the 403VLZ4. Otherwise it's an ok for my particular use (described above).

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            5.0

            Mackie Mixer

            By Ryan

            from Pennsylvania

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Accurate Controls
            • Compact
            • Easy To Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Performances

              Comments about Mackie VLZ4 Series 402VLZ4 4-Channel Ultra Compact Mixer:

              I am using this mixer in my bedroom studio, with my Mac computer. I am running the main outputs, to a stereo 1/8th inch into the line in on the computer. The onyx preamps in this mixer sound great. If you don't need a lot of inputs or outputs, need multitrack recording, or need anything bigger.. This mixer homework fantastic for you. I can also see this working well for small gigs.

              The quick and speedy shipping from musicians friend is always appreciated. You definitely can't go wrong with this little mixer if you need something this small.

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              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Meaty

              By The Fire Goat Tim

              from Santa Fe, NM

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording

                Comments about Mackie VLZ4 Series 402VLZ4 4-Channel Ultra Compact Mixer:

                It works as described.

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Perfect small mixer for the money

                By Mike

                from Ann Arbor, MI

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Performances
                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Mackie VLZ4 Series 402VLZ4 4-Channel Ultra Compact Mixer:

                  I bought this to use on stage, to mix a 1/4" input from my guitar pedal with the XLR input from an instrument mic. I occasionally put another 1/4" through one side of the stereo channel to run some percussion. I'm a front man, and I park my little Mackie on a mini-music stand clamped to my mic stand.

                  I love this thing! The sound is pure and quiet, the controls are simple and precise. It's durable enough that it's been riding around in a gear bag for nearly a year without any problems. It gives me pinpoint control of the instruments in situations where the sound guy is off eating a hot dog, or where I just want to tweak something without bugging him.

                  We also use it in the studio now and then, and it's always been flawless.

                  The only thing I would have liked is an XLR out. Can't have everything.

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                  (0 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  2.0

                  solid, quiet, sterile

                  By sonny v

                  from AZ

                  About Me Experienced

                  Comments about Mackie VLZ4 Series 402VLZ4 4-Channel Ultra Compact Mixer:

                  Mackie has made their name on some great mixers in the past but this one fails sonicly and it is a curious coincidence that the name Mackie doesn't appear anywhere on this product (only the logo does). It has the solid Mackie build (though the volume knobs are loose) and, as usual, the unit is noise free and the manual is top notch. It may sound fine to other people and suit their purposes but I intended to use if as a recording input and it was a dissapointment when compared to my Alesis multimix mixer. This Mackie sounded thin and less warm/analog.

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