New Gear Review: Mackie VLZ4 Series Mixers

It just gets better and better with Mackie’s updated VLZ4 series of analog compact mixers. They now include Mackie’s acclaimed Onyx microphone pre-amps and deliver the ultimate in high-headroom, low-noise analog mixer design. All eight new VLZ4 mixers directly replace the previous VLZ3 generation models ranging from the affordable desktop 402VLZ4 to a wide choice of multi-channel, 4-bus mixers perfect for touring live sound work.

Especially good for recording and live sound work, the Onyx mic preamplifiers have proven they can hold their own with many external boutique preamps out there. The solid steel wraparound chassis and grime-resistant sealed rotary pots make them more than ready to hit the road.


Prices range from $129.99 for the four-channel 402VLZ4 up to $1,699 for the 32-channel 3204VLZ4.

For purchase here: www.mackie.com/VLZ4

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