New Gear Review: Mackie MRMK3 Studio Monitors

MackieMRMK3Mackie’s MRmk3 powered studio monitor line uses Mackie’s “Music-Centric Voicing” process said to acoustically optimize them for truthful monitoring throughout all the stages in music production in any home/project studio from tracking to overdubbing, editing and mixing. The new MRmk3 line replaces the previous generation of 5-inch and 8-inch Mackie monitors and adds a third, in between size: the 6.5-inch MR6mk3 monitor as well as the new MR10Smk3 powered subwoofer.

All three models are 2-way active loudspeakers that use Class A/B amplifiers, the same 1-inch silk dome tweeters and polypropylene woofers. I immediately noticed the wider listener “sweet spot” that pleased the artists and musicians sitting in on my mixing sessions.

I also like the number of I/O options—balance XLR, TRS or unbalanced 1/4-inch—this feature let me configure the system anyway I wanted with plenty of gain. Modern hip-hop or EDM music producers (or any low frequency-centric music aficionados, really) will love this system.

I’ve shelved my previous set of super expensive monitors and I’m running these because they sound great. The Mackie MRmk3 Series Powered Studio Monitors pricepoints are MR5mk3: $199.99 each, MR6mk3: $259.99, the MR8mk3: $329.99 and the MR10Smk3 powered subwoofer: $449.99. http://bit.ly/1908vmA

By Barry Rudolph

miniBio: Barry Rudolph is a recording engineer/mixer with over 30 gold and platinum RIAA awards to his credit. He has recorded and/or mixed: Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs and Robbie Nevil. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and also teaches recording engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. http://www.barryrudolph.com