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There’s got to be someplace on the front panel for this, guys.

Aux sends are pre-fader. The auxiliaries allow for really flexible routing, although it would be nice to have an option to switch auxes five and six to pre-fader mode, to allow a completely independent stereo recording via the USB interface. The EQs sound fantastic as well, and failing the inclusion of fully parametric EQ, Mackie has fixed the frequencies of the shelves in useful, musical locations along the spectrum. These have 24 and 32 input channels, respectively, and the “04” designation refers to the fact that these are both four-bus mixers.

To get the maximum number of line inputsuse the 20 mono inputs, plus the 2 stereo input channels, plus the 2 stereo returns, plus the tape return sent to the main mix for a total of 30 line inputs. About Us Subscribe Editorial Advertise.

There are 20 mic preamps. Now these inputs are panned to the center mono. But, they can be routed to the aux sends. To see the rest, and for definitions, visit The Guide.

Another really cool and unique feature here enables the sending of auxiliaries five and six to your computer via USB for a “unique stereo recording” as stated in the mixer’s manualbut it’s important to remember that since auxiliaries five and six are fixed in post-fader mode; fader adjustments will change this “unique” recording.


Gain Control of Direct Output: Pan that input to the center. The badly placed headphone jack is among my very short list of cons, which is completely outweighed by a lengthy list of pros. Copyright c Production Media, Inc. My church is a portable “church-in-a-box” that leases time in an elementary school gymnasium in Gilbert, Ariz. But some of these are panned hard left and right. Take them out of the l-r mix, assign them to the “group” busses i.

For more information and reproduction guidelines please contact us at or info churchproduction. These same auxiliaries could be used as an effects send to plug-in processors on one’s computer, and I’ve become a big fan of using computers as signal processors this way-I’ve become spoiled by the quality of convolution reverbs and the like.

There are three major features that make this mixer stand out: Three and four can be switched between pre- and post-fader mode as a pair, and five and six are a bit unique. This pair is fixed in post-fader mode, so they’re not particularly useful for monitors.

Review: Audio Review: Mackie 2404-VLZ3 Compact Mixer

Above that is the mixer’s three-band 240-vlz3, with low shelving fixed at 80 Hz, high shelving at 12 kHz, and mids sweepable between Hz and 8 kHz. The USB interface facilitates the recording of four discrete channels and playback of two discrete channels to and from your computer, respectively.

Unfortunately, inexpensive digital reverbs sound grainy and artificial to my ear, and while the s processors are not great, they’re not bad. A headphone jack on the rear panel?

Only reverbs, delays, and choruses are available, but 2404-vl3z a deliberate decision on the part of Mackie. Since the recording can be made directly to the computer, it can be uploaded very quickly, even if basic editing and processing are desired.

But at the same time, since I’m also responsible for the quality of the audio, I am skeptically optimistic at best when it comes to the fidelity of bantamweight gear with a “small footprint.


The two stereo returns can’t be bussed to achieve the same trick as on inputs Above the EQs are knobs representing the 2404vlz3 six auxiliary sends. If the compressors sound good, that’s a few less compressors to add pain to my lower back. By default, inputs will be hard-panned as left and right stereo pairs.

This is just one of over 75 professional audio mixers covered in The Mixer Output Guidewhich describes direct outs, inserts, hidden mods and more. The compressors are surprisingly transparent, considering their fixed 6: To the far right of the control surface are aux masters, stereo returns, metering, effects controls, and faders for the mixer’s four subgroups.

This mixer weighs 31 lbs Here is the manual. This is powerful-it makes for quick turnaround of podcast uploads, and can also enable quick editing, processing, and burning of CDs for churchgoers. This allows you to tap out the channel signal without interrupting normal operation. Aux sends are post-fader or can be set to send to the internal effects. Skip to main content. These three extras make the Mackie VLZ3 very worthy of consideration.

Mixer Output Guide: Mackie VLZ3 |

All aux sends, whether they are pre-fader or post-fader, are post-insert, post-low cut, post EQ, and post-mute. The delays are just fine, and offer tap tempo right on the front panel-very handy. The that I evaluated isn’t actually a super lightweight device-it does have a bit of heft to it, since it’s largely composed of metal.