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Senior Member
Username: bigredbass

Post Number: 1689
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Saturday, April 30, 2011 - 2:37 pm:   Edit Post

OK, so I want a small mixer, somthing like an 802 Mackie. I want something brutally clean and built like a tank.

Whaddya you guys use, whaddya like? I want one to use as a headphone practice rig, and to double as my preamp to a live rig if need be.

Who's got what . . . .

J o e y
Advanced Member
Username: kimberly

Post Number: 359
Registered: 1-2007
Posted on Saturday, April 30, 2011 - 3:11 pm:   Edit Post

Hey J o e y, :-)

I use a Yamaha MG102c as a 'general purpose' mixer running into my Epifani UL-500 single 12" combo amp when playing 'way' small gigs. Bare bones, no effects, has phantom power. Works for me cause I have more than enough floor mounted 'stuff' to 'color' my tone as needed. Overall, it works as I need it too and gets the job done. :-)

So, my limited experience with a couple of 'tidbits'.

It costs about half of a Mackie 802 at $99.99.

And lastly, most stores will give you a 30 day 'try it out and see if it works for your needs' with an easy return policy if it doesn't. :-)

Hope this helps. :-)

Best Regards,

Kimberly :-)
Senior Member
Username: crobbins

Post Number: 857
Registered: 6-2004
Posted on Saturday, April 30, 2011 - 4:23 pm:   Edit Post

I have a Mackie 1402VLZPro sitting here doing nothing.
Senior Member
Username: sonicus

Post Number: 1797
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Saturday, April 30, 2011 - 4:28 pm:   Edit Post

Joey , there were serious problems with internal ribbon cable connections on many of the Mackie VLZ PRO units of the 1604-VLZPRO. This problem was also an issue on many of their other products. I believe they have now resolved this issue. If you find an older unit pre VLZ such as the original CR-1604 (Built in Washington State, USA) there are no problems. The problem seems to be apparent in the early outsourced manufactured units.
Senior Member
Username: keith_h

Post Number: 1685
Registered: 2-2005
Posted on Saturday, April 30, 2011 - 4:47 pm:   Edit Post

I will admit that Mackie is not on the top of my list for mixers.

In general the Yamaha MG series are quite good for the price.

I am partial to Allen and Heath mixers. I feel they have a much better mic preamp than Mackie or the Yamaha MG series. I use a MixWizard3 for my PA and it has survived the road quite well. I suspect this is out of your price range and more than you need. A&H does have a new series called the ZED line that has been reviewed quite positively at (a place where sound reinforcement types hang out).

All of this being said I have used a Mackie 1202-VLZ3 successfully as a monitor mixer.

Username: murray

Post Number: 55
Registered: 7-2007
Posted on Sunday, May 01, 2011 - 2:58 am:   Edit Post

Dynacord Powermate 600. Great little powered mixer. Glynn

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