Mackie CR1604
Mackie CR1604

CR1604, Analog Mixer from Mackie in the CR series.

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Average Score:4.4( 4.4/5 based on 6 reviews )
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moosers's review

Mackie CR1604
The Mackie CR1604 is a 16 channel analog mixer. It has 16 built in mic pres with both XLR inputs and 1/4" connections. There are also four assignable channels as well, with auxiliary sends and controls on each of the sixteen main channels. Each channel also has a three band parametric equalizer. Other features include a pan knob and a mute button for each channel. Basically, the CR1604 has all of the bells and whistles that you need and expect from an analog mixer.


The configuration of the Mackie CR1604 is generally simple and straight forward. This is your standard, run of the mill analog mixer. There isn't anything out of the ordinary here, so those who know a bit about analog mixers will be able to adapt quickly to using this one. I haven't seen the manual, so I can't say anything about its make up, but if you're new to analog mixers it would be a good idea to have it around.


While the sound of the Mackie CR1604 isn't necessarily anything to write home about, this also means that is isn't too bad sounding. The preamps will get the job done more times than not, and are perfect for situations in a professional studio where you might need some extra preamps in addition to your outboard ones. They are decently clean sound enough where they will be fine for recording most things, although they're certainly not up to par with most mid and high end preamps out there. The EQ sounds real and is generally pretty clean sounding...


While the Mackie CR1604 is pretty decent, I don't think that I'd recommend using it as your main analog mixer, at least certainly not in a professional studio. Even in a home studio, unless you need a lot of preamps, I'd recommend just picking up a few really good ones. Having said this, on the plus side the CR1604 won't cost you too much money at all. Keeping this in mind, you're definitely getting a good amount for a relatively small amount of money...

SirJeff's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Non-objective opinion, I love it"

Mackie CR1604
the details to see different sites

Outstanding features for the price even if it refers to the price at the time


The general configuration is it simple?
It's basic but everything is

The manual is clear and sufficient?

The usual functions are they easily accessible?
everything comes to hand, button function


The console is transparent?
not at all and that's why we love it and it has become a legend in the world of electro

The equalizer is effective?

Introduced she breath?
slightly it is analog, but kidney annoying in the mix


How long have you use it?
I used 3 years in the late 90s and I have a resume because she left me good memories and use sound ... I do not regret my choice

Have you tried many other models before buying it?
yes Behringer M-Audio Soundcraft Allen & Heath yamaha (thus not comparable djing).

What is so special that you like most and least?
+ Facility / SON / number for the price / quality / affected
- Lack a small digital output, but hey it comes from another era

ducking-delay's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Mackie CR1604
Mackie best product to date
preamps worthy of pro gear
that !! c is of the premix console




Its color has it



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

Mackie CR1604
Console16 channel / 4 bus

Specifications dj Submitted by other users.


Extremely simple for those who can use a console.

  "Read the fucking manual" here is mandatory, because this very friendly advice will allow you to really make the most of your CR-1604. If you do not, you probably will not find out the many routing options provided by the console! 

  The knobs are sturdy enough, judging from their long life despite little or no care in handling. 

  The trick of the Mute / Alt 3-4 is a joy to use. A track when muted is automatically assigned to buses 3 and 4. Example: you can plug these buses into a compressor whose output can be routed back to two console strips. 


The CR-1604 is fast becoming legendary and it is not for nothing .... The legends says that even the first 2 albums were mixes of Daft on one CR-1604 and 1202 (sister of the range).
The strengths of the console are: pramplis, dynamics, the low EQ which allows for the low hum and low-mdiums.

We like it or not: his characters a little "roots" that can do the rhythmic DBOT.


The Cr-1604 is one of the few real mixing consoles mix that can be found at this price.

Excellent dynamic range - nothing like the current VLZ MODELS. 

  We love to use it with a small compressor (kind of an Alesis - which doesn't really look that great) that we put in out of Bus3 / 4 and that is re-injected into the console to enjoy a post-compressor Eq on the bass ..... hehe! 
  You mix all digital?? Boooo! That isn't pretty ... you like analog? really take a look at this console. Second hand price is not excessive, just check everything is functioning  
 on all strips (trims, faders ...). 
  If you are already a happy owner, take care of it... if you do not do it for you, do it for the future generations FYI I know that there is an official service center for those old models in the Paris suburbs. 

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

Mackie CR1604
Specifications <ul> Frequency Response: 20Hz-40kHz + /-1dB
Distortion: less than 0.025%, 20Hz-20kHz
Noise: Mic EIN-129dBm, 150 Ohm source;-133.7dBV input shorted; main output noise-86dBu, 90dBu working SNR (ref. +4 dBu)
Max. Output: +28 dBu main output balanced, +22 dBu unbalanced outputs All Other
Dynamic Range: 108dB
Max Gain: Mic 48dB, Lines 1-6: 40dB; Lines 7-16: 25dB, Mic in to balanced line out: 84dB, Mic in to unbalanced line out: 78dB; Channel faders: 20dB; TO return: 20dB; L / Master R: 10dB
Channel to channel crosstalk:-85dB
Headphone Impedance / Output: 20-2000 ohms/200mW
Equalization: Hi shelving + /-15dB @ 12kHz, peaking Mid + /-12dB @ 2.5kHz; Lo shelving + /-15dB @ 80Hz
Phantom: 160mA, 10mA/CH.
Power Supply: 35 Watts
Weight: 18lbs </ul>

Connections: <ul> 6 mic (phantom, XLR) or line (jack) + 10 line inputs (jack)
1 insert per
4 / 6 aux send per
A 3-band eq (2 + 1 shelf paramtrique non peak) per
4 Stereo to return (two mono jack in back)
Exit Alt 3 / 4 (two mono jack)
headphone output (1 Stereo jack) </ul>


Trs robust.

Many possible routings with 4 / 6 aux send (4 per slice, 6 available) and 4 Stereo Returns.

Possibility of having two sub-groups with the output Alt 3 / 4 to reroute a return or two slices of the table.

19 "rack.

Trs good manual, and document possible changes to the site Mackie.


This is a table references. But:

Since I EAA Quest 804, I do realize that EQ is dirty, dirty trs. The sound loses its momentum just by pushing a single low squence simple but rhythmic percussive trs. EQ make the service but do not really abuse it, unless its a typical search. Note that the EQ is not disabling.

Personally I hear the crosstalk. A priori nothing serious once in a mix, as the noise levels are too low.


I have this table since 1997. TRS is a good restaurant in its class, very compact routing capabilities, and it is his strong point. Its weak point is the EQ DEFINITIONS. I can not talk about Micro preamps, I do not use.

The acquisition of Quest 804 EAA brought me wonder if I will keep. The rponse is yes because I could not find a table with the same rack routing capabilities that level of quality and low price. So I will use my tables for two DIFFERENT needs, and playing the patchbay to route my sounds on one or the other as needed.

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

Mackie CR1604
Good product "vintage" home mackie 16 channel and 4 / 6 to. (Assignable)
output jack.
48v power supply.
no effect.
6 XLR input jack and 10 (but possible 10 xlr plus optional I took)
or 16 grafted xlr.


So easy just low / medium / high and its rings.


In the long tiring few knobs can this old lady is no longer young.
8 and 7 for the small knobs for stroke.
I just revise and change mine 6.


I use it for 3 years in group I sell (see my ad to 550 euros) because I switched to digital and I need money, but I sometimes want to keep re-use see as really with a compressor limiter rings his ass!
the "hot" and sounds better than the yamaha analogue I've had before, too metallic and cold, see the Beringer I had just before that was flattering on small systems and relatively catastrofique on the mainframe, but hey to each his own ....