Mackie 1604-VLZ PRO 16 Channel Mic/Line Mixer
This is a top-of-the-line analog mixer that functions as intended. No issues and operates correctly. One control knob is missing, otherwise in excellent cosmetic condition.
Mackie 1604-VLZ PRO 16 Channel Mic/Line Mixer w/ Premium XDR Mic Preamplifiers
4 Hard Buses plus a Stereo Bus and 4 FX Sends. Insert on every Channel. Direct Outs are available. Everything is works correctly and as intended.
The Mackie 1604-VLZ PRO incorporates the new ultra-high quality XDR™ (Extended Dynamic Range) mic preamps with the best RFI rejection of any compact mixer design on the market and maximum freedom from ground loops. Like all Mackie mixers, the 1604-VLZ PRO is designed for rugged, 24-hour-a-day use. It is a supremely flexible mixer, not just because of its multiple input/output configurations, but because of its true 4-bus architecture, 6 aux sends (with 3-4/5-6 shift switch), and extensive routing capabilities. No matter what the application, the 1604-VLZ PRO can be configured for optimal use. As a tabletop mixer, input/output jacks can be positioned at the rear of the unit, or with the optional RotoPod Kit (RP1604-VLZ), positioned on the same plane as the controls. Placed in a rack system, the 1604-VLZ PRO can be set so that jacks are facing front (using the RotoPod kit) or facing the rear to keep wandering hands from playing with cords. Whether used in a permanent installation, or as a portable mixer, the 1604-VLZ PRO is completely at home. Built like a tank, the 1604-VLZ PRO is a team player that can stand up to vigorous use, day in and day out, any place it is installed. It’s sturdy-yet light steel monocoque construction houses rugged, double-sided through-hole-plated fiberglass circuit boards, and 60mm faders with ultra-tight lip seals for keeping out dust and other contaminants. Impact-resistant knobs are mounted so they “ride” just above the steel chassis — they absorb impact without trouble. They’re designed to last, too, thanks to co-molded potentiometers that don’t get brittle and crack up. Then, we use metal stand-offs at regular intervals to mount thick fiberglass circuit boards inside the mixer. Radio frequency interference from TV/radio stations and cellular phone users is virtually eliminated, thanks to Mackie’s new XDR mic preamp design. The mixer’s built-in power supply is beefy enough to handle major power consumption without breaking up. And there’s no bulky “wall wart” to be kicked out of place or to cover up extra outlets. All of this adds up to an extremely durable mixer that can withstand major use and misuse. Multi-user applications like churches, night clubs, A/V rooms and schools are perfect homes for the 1604-VLZ PRO. Sixteen XDR mic preamps deliver the fi nest quality sound ever offered in a compact mixer. They cannot be damaged by hot patching. And they are impedance-independent: frequency response remains the same whether the mic preamp is presented with an extremely high or low-impedance load. Additionally, each channel has its own switchable low cut filter (18dB/octave @ 75Hz), so mic thumps, room rumble and stage mishaps are left out of the mix without diminishing the audible bass frequency range. Four buses add mixing flexibility. Channels can be assigned to buses 1-2, 3-4 and/or Main Mix L/R, and the 4 subs can be assigned to left and/or right main mix. A Control Room/ Phones source matrix lets you route any combination of tape, subs 1-2, 3-4, main mix or Aux Return 4 to headphones, control room outputs, and meters. This enables you to monitor 2-track tape output or route a click/cue track to phones, create special phones or broadcast mixes via the subs, or create an extra stereo mix (with its own gain control) for another zone, like a cry room, lobby, or other such place. For that matter, the 1604-VLZ PRO’s Mono Main Out has its own level control, so a mono mix can be sent to another zone and adjusted accordingly. The 1604-VLZ PRO has six aux sends, in a four knob per channel strip format with Aux Sends 1 & 2 switchable pre- or post-fader, and the next two knobs switchable between Aux Sends 3 & 4 or 5 & 6 (all four are post-fader). Solo has its own volume control and is switchable from AFL (In-Place) to PFL. Level setting is easy in PFL, especially when used in conjunction with the mixer’s level set LED and marker (near the 12-segment stereo LED ladder). Check a channel’s stereo placement by switching to AFL; the 1604-VLZ PRO’s constant power pan pots maintain a consistent loudness across the stereo horizon. Log-taper 60mm faders deliver a consistent fade throughout the fader’s throw, so choppy fade-ins and fade-outs are history. These faders have a copolymer membrane that provides a continuously sealed barrier against dust and liquids without interfering with fader travel. Similarly, the fader’s long-wearing contact material (first designed for use in exterior automotive sensors) means longer fader life and improved resistance to the elements. The 1604-VLZ PRO is designed for continuous, hassle-free use in any application or installation. And it’s packed with useful features and practical routing capabilities. Simply stated, this mixer offers more features, more peace of mind and more possibilities than any mixer in its class.