Mackie 1202 VLZ3
The Mackie 1202-VLZ3 is a serious mixer with a compact design - equally as ideal for use in home and project studios, as it is for use out on the road, or on stage. With four studio-grade XDR2 mic preamps at its heart, the 1202-VLZ3 can accommodate a number of band setups, boasting 12 high-headroom line inputs with 2 aux sends, level, pan, and PFL solo on each channel. Mackie's tone-sculpting three-band EQ section is impressively musical, giving you up to 15dB boost/cut per band, and optimized mid-frequency control for dialing in your signature sound.
Mackie 1202-VLZ3 at a Glance:
- Tremendous XDR2 preamps
- Premium musical EQ section
- Ultra-compact and professional
- Sleek, rugged design
Tremendous XDR2 Preamps
If you want excellent, professional sound, you need great mic pres - that's why Mackie put a lot of heart into the design of the 1202-VLZ3's XDR2 (Extended Dynamic Range) mic preamps. Delivering pure, clean, studio-grade sound, these pres have an impressively wide frequency range, especially in the low end, and even at extremely high gain settings. Switchable phantom power means you can use any of your favorite microphones with your 1202-VLZ3 and expect incredible, high-quality sound. While it's true that the VLZ3 mixers have gained an excellent reputation for more than just their mic pres, we can't help but attribute some of that fame to the XDR2's superb design.
Premium musical EQ section
The 1202-VLZ3 features an ultra-musical 3-band active EQ for tweaking and sculpting your signature sound. Mackie spent time optimizing the center frequencies of these EQs, and it shows on the 1202-VLZ3: enjoy low shelving at 80Hz, mid-peaking at 2.5kHz, and high shelving at 12kHz to shape your sound in any direction. Plus, up to 15dB boost/cut per band gives you an even higher level of flexibility and tone-sculpting control.
Ultra-compact and professional
Weighing just six and a half pounds, the Mackie 1202-VLZ3 delivers a host of professional ins, outs, and features to accommodate nearly any configuration imaginable! To start with, on every mic channel, you have 75Hz low-cut filters, two aux sends, inserts, phantom power, constant-loudness pan controls, and pre fader solo. Impressive output options include a control room/phones source matrix, master aux section with EFX to monitor, tape outputs, a high-volume headphone amplifier, and balanced XLR and TRS outs! Another handy feature on the 1202-VLZ3 is its clever "mute" button - signals from muted channels are secretly routed to the Alt 3-4 outputs - ideal for creating submixes, previewing channels, or creating a "mix minus" for broadcast applications! Plus, with the push of a button, the Alt 3-4 mix can be assigned to the main output - meaning, the alt 3-4 can basically act very much like a mixer within a mixer, giving you even more control over your sound. And, for even more convenience, you can rack mount your Mackie 1202-VLZ3 with optional rack ears.
Sleek, rugged design
Professionals around the world choose Mackie mixers for their road-proven, time-tested design. These 1202-VLZ3 Mixers are the same Mackie workhorses we've come to expect, designed to take some serious abuse, yet keep on sounding their best. With Mackie's legendary solid-steel chassis that protects it from any tough knocks, your 1202-VLZ3's control knobs even ride just above the surface of the chassis, transferring potential impact to the chassis - and not to the vital circuit board. Thick, horizontally mounted fiberglass PC boards add to the 1202-VLZ3's brick-like construction, giving it a shock-absorbing support structure that's truly built to last.
- 12-channel ultra-low noise compact mixer with highest possible headroom
- Four studio-grade XDR2 Extended Dynamic Range mic preamps
- Ultra-wide 60dB gain range
- 130dB dynamic range
- +22dBu line input handling
- Extended low frequency response
- Distortion under 0.0007% (20Hz - 20kHz)
- Phantom power for studio condenser mics
- 12 high-headroom line inputs
- Advanced DC pulse transformer RF rejection
- Two aux sends, level, pan and PFL solo on each channel
- Two stereo aux returns + EFX to Monitor
- Three-band active EQ (80Hz, 2.5kHz, 12kHz)
- 18dB/oct. 75Hz Lo-Cut filter on Mic input channels
- ALT 3/4 stereo bus for added versatility
- Control room/phones source matrix
- Rack-mountable design using optional rack ears
- Sealed rotary controls to resist dust and grime
- New multi-voltage power supply for worldwide use
- Rugged steel chassis
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