Mackie 1202-VLZ3

Mackie 1202-VLZ3

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1202-VLZ3, Analog Mixer from Mackie in the VLZ3 series.

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Mackie 1202-VLZ3 tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Mackie
  • Model: 1202-VLZ3
  • Series: VLZ3
  • Category: Analog Mixers
  • Added in our database on: 01/07/2007

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Mackie 1202-VLZ3 user reviews

Average Score:4.7( 4.7/5 based on 4 reviews )
 3 reviews75 %
 1 user review25 %

songboy's review

Mackie 1202-VLZ3
With the right "rack ears," then yes. But they are sold separately.
So here is the break down

Inputs=4 XLR with Gain, 4 Stereo 1/4", and 1 Stereo RCA
Main Outputs= 2 XLR (stereo), Stereo 1/4", and 1 Stereo RCA
Aux Output= Stereo 1/4"
Control Output= Stereo 1/4"
Sends/Returns= 2 Stereo 1/4" labeled Aux 1 and Aux 2 that apply to all channels (each is set up as a single 1/4" stereo Send to a regular (left/right) Stereo Return).
4 Stereo that apply individually to each of the XLR inputs ( each one is a single 1/4" stereo)
Headphone Output= 1

As for EQ you get 1 for the Highs, 1 for Mids, and 1 for Lows. You also get a Low Cut option on each XLR.
There are no effects on this board.


The setup on this mixer is a little confusing. You have a decent amount of options but you really have to read the manual to get the gist of things. The things I had trouble with were the Control ouput options and the Send Returns. The Control output I eventually figured, by reading the manual of course, but the Send Return issue has never been solved. Its seems that the Aux 1 and Aux 2 operate differently. Where 1 operates as its own volume control and 2 requires the Main fader and the Aux 2 fader used together (very weird). I personally find this to very frustrating because the Aux two is always blended with the clean signal, so you cannot isolate the effect signal. I have read the crap out of the manual, and still find no mention of this strangeness.
As for accessibility, everything is either fader or push button on the face and two switches on the back (power, phantom power). Everything is labeled well too, even some with info (i.e. proper input level).
The manual is clear, concise and even a little silly. They have a sense of humor and they try to be funny here and there. My only complaint about the manual is the lack of info on the situation with the Aux 2.


Well, I notice when I plug my keyboards directly to the amps instead of using the mixer, I think they sound better. Much warmer and louder. I have come to realize that I need a better mixer. I guess it has pretty decent preamps, can be noisy when you have weak signals, but usually fairly quiet. The EQ is really just cut or boost. I try to EQ my Fender Rhodes and the Mids are really just a volume control. Lets face it, good EQ comes from Units specified to do just that.


I have had this mixer for One year.
. I am using this mainly as a keyboard/synth mixer going into a Roland KC-550, Peavey TNT 150 and a Fender Twin. What I like the least is the Tone loss. When my Rhodes reaches the Twin, it sounds thin and weak. Directly through is definitely warmer. Same with my Korg Tr going the the Roland.
What I do like is its hardiness. This thing is solid, feels like I could drop it and nothing would happen to it.
I tried another model recently, the Allen and Heath Mix Wizard. WAAAYYY better. Just twice the price. Other than that, I used some older mackie vlzs and strangely enough, I think they were better.
As for value, yeah I guess. If you only want to spend $300 on a mixer, then this is probably the best one. But if you want a really good mixer, you need to spend more, at least from my experience.
I would not buy this again, i would save up and shoot higher.

jmi's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Mackie 1202-VLZ3
In short, 8-way, 4 mono, 4 Friedberger, 2 to a submix. Equa nonparametric Bass / med / treble on each of 8 channels. Of course the level of the control knobs and not to fade, I love to love. At construction, ca looks not bad, the console weighs its weight, connectors, assembly knobs all ca trusted, see ds time if AC is confirmed!


RAS, childlike simplicity that's no way ... 32


This is where we ca interresse more.
Good as well say right away I took a nice little slap. Sound definition, precision sound, dynamic clarity, monstrous output stage, winning only feature is really impressive, no breath. The qua really is not bad, pretty music, nothing to do with the series vlz I've never really liked on this point. I am very very pleasantly surprised. Nothing to do with the generation before (I do not know the series Onyx but filiation may be more of this cost. On good monitoring screw screw with the pro vlz, the difference is net, the sound is bcp bcp intligible is more easily perceives the details, the small errors etc ... I do not comment on preamps, I do not serve me I made electronics . In conclusion, it is not marketing, we are dealing a new generation that brings qd even a real plus. The series was strong pro vlz sympathetic, it still is, but I think bargains are on the market predict the OCCAZ because it is clearly a step up with VLZ3.


- How long have you use it?
Since yesterday, so ... hot Review
- What is the particular feature you like best and least?
The +: The sound quality, the quas.
The -: not really criticizes the present day.
- Have you tried many other models before acqurir?
In common usage, I have access 1402 vlz pro in the same brand, Soundcraft Racpac and Revox C279. I put the last standout is not necessarily comparable. I have a weakness for Soundcraft structure, especially the quas. I'm here I combl the potato and cot "surgical" Mackie with a more British eq ...;)
- How do you report qualitprix?
Really good, I paid 310 euros, well worth the ca.
- With the exprience, you do again this choice ...?
I've had too little time to say it, but if the console proves reliable, yes!
Ds range of compact, I do not think she really tural concurrency.

iTiDav's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Mackie 1202-VLZ3
First of all, let me describe my use of the console.
I used to electronic music (MC303, KorgSP250, etc.) in-home studio.
Everything is connected to the console that is connected to an audio interface for recording.
This is an analog console, so no built-in effects (reverbs not, delay or otherwise).

No band parametric equalizer, but for every three tracks, including stereo tracks that pass the door very often on consoles compact (treble, mid, bass, classical).

The console has 4 input channels + 4 stereo or mono mic channels.
A main section, a control room, in short as practical.
No output "multitrack" kind 8 separate tracks but still the bus send3 / 4 always practical for "sort" a few tracks for recording.

These are rotary knobs rather than faders.

It is small, a criteria I was looking for but weighs weight despite the size. Sign of good build quality? We will see in years ...

For the rest of the specifications, I invite you to see the card manufacturer that will always be more accurate than my description;)


Configuration is very simple.

We unpack, plug the instrument, headphones and speakers, are mounted and it's good gains.

All functions are accessible to the first contact (on the other hand, is an analog console, so no menu or submenu). You turn the knobs on its "reaction", simple as.
The rotation of the knobs is a little harsh, but this is what gives the precision settings. In addition, the fact whether they are knobs and faders do not bother me in any way because once my instrument calibrated, I do not touch the knobs virtually no gain ... and I win the place;)

A small downside to the instructions in English (very clear and understandable), but allergic to the language of Shakespeare will be disappointed not to read in French.


The sound is nickel.
I record from a Konnect24D which has excellent audio converters. The problem is that I had a good console to be able to connect my instruments "finally" and then connect the console itself to Konnect, and all without loss of audio quality.
Ben, I am more than satisfied!
No embarrassing blow, the headroom (in case) and an equalizer that is what is asked. That the (very) good!
Simple but effective.


I use it only for a few months and so far, I find nothing wrong.

What I like most is the audio quality of the table while still being very compact.

I tried several models before this one, recent, and not so recent, an Alesis Multimix, a ProMix01, a behringer and I know what else. Each has its own qualities and flaws, but I must say that I am bleuffé the simplicity / efficiency / quality of the (small) mackie.

In the end, I put that very high marks because for my use, it is perfect: small, practical, simple but extremely effective.

I paid € 278 and I must say that I do not regret this purchase, on the contrary. Excellent quality / price ratio, it is a choice that I do it again without problems.

Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Mackie 1202-VLZ3
What is apprciable is switching from one track "Mute" on an external output to the Main Output. Thus, I can register on the PC, rcouter from the PC in the headphones while recording a new track without the audio streams do not overlap. This is trs basic, I know, but I have yet not been able to do it properly for years with my one PC or my little behringer.


Trs simple, and complements, there is little need for the manual.
I regret that I may be shot APRS buttons (running) plutt the volume faders. But at the same time, I who am a bit awkward, I felt that the era c'tait more security than the faders moving in next to no movement. And indeed, once you argl volume has not move like a, trs manufacturing is good for the hardware of the 2000s. It's solid when compared to the same dernires sries or other brands.


I made several tests with recordings to hear the diffrence between the monitor speakers connected directly to the sound card or with the console between the two is really transparent and I am an plutt difficult. Not the slightest breeze (it also verifies the view in a squenceur software when recording) and a real dynamic. I do not use it that often trs of legalization for the moment, I prfre directly modulate the sound source to play the Manir or type of microphone. The pre-amp power supply by dclenchs fantme slices lgrement mono color the sound to the grave, to give an apparently round, but they are of good quality. I no longer use my pre-amp between end I could resell the coup (BlueTube).


I use it for a year ending for. What I like most is the sound of course the point now that I plug all be over and I start over slices. It is true that I have not tried many other models but for just 300, I do it again this choice without problem. Premire time I start to have a good sound and gnral dvelopper of intuitiva vis - vis hardware hardware.

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