Mackie MS1202
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Mackie MS1202

MS1202, Analog Mixer from Mackie in the Micro series.

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Average Score:4.6( 4.6/5 based on 5 reviews )
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moosers06/11/2010

moosers's review

Mackie MS1202
The Mackie 1202 is a small analog mixer that can be used for a variety of purposes. You can use it as a traditional mixer, or just for routing purposes. The application that I've used the 1202 for is a bit out of the ordinary, but it still works great for it nonetheless. I've used it as a headphone mixing station in the recording studio. In other words, we send channels from Pro Tools out to the 1202, and players in the booth or in the live room can set their own mixes using this mixer. While they certainly make boxes that are specifically designed for this type of use, the 1202's work just as well. As far as characteristics go, it's got 12 channels in total, with four mono channels and four stereo channels. It's got four microphone preamplifiers, and each channel has it's own EQ and aux sends. It's overall a pretty standard mixer and doesn't present anything out of the ordinary.

UTILIZATION

Using the Mackie 1202 is really not too difficult, but if you don't know your way around a mixer, any mixer will seem complicated. However, this is probably the easiest type of mixer to learn on if you are unfamiliar with the make up of mixers, since it really just has the essentials. A manual would be a good idea to have around if you are indeed a beginner, but definitely isn't necessary otherwise.

SOUNDS

I haven't done any recording with the Mackie 1202, as I've only used it as a headphone box as I previously mentioned. I have used another version of the 1202 for other applications, which I would imagine would be pretty similar to the original 1202, but I can't say so for sure since I haven't used the mic preamps on this one. I will say that it does a good job of allowing control to players in the studio trying to get their own mix. It definitely doesn't degrade the sound quality in any fashion when used in this way.

OVERALL OPINION

For a home studio owner, the Mackie 1202 wouldn't be a bad choice if you're looking for a simple mixer to route everything through. However, the only application that I could see it being used in a professional studio would be for a headphone mixer as I previously mentioned. The price isn't too expensive at all, as these can definitely be had for cheap since there are a number of other newer version of the 1202 out. I'd definitley consider it as a cheaper option to headphone boxes.
moosers02/03/2010

moosers's review

Mackie MS1202
The Mackie MS (Micro Series) 1202 is a 12-channel analog mixer. The mixer consists of four mic channels with XLR and 1/4 inch inputs and four stereo channels with only 1/4 inch inputs. Each of the eight channels (four mono, four stereo) has built in equalization as well. It also has two sets of stereo auxiliary returns and sends as well as stereo RCA inputs and outputs. For your main monitoring, it has 1/4" outputs as well. The EQ is two bands, and there are also knobs for two aux sends and for panning. It isn't rackable as it is a mixer that is supposed to sit on your desk.

UTILIZATION

Using and setting up the Mackie MS 1202 is a pretty easy thing to do, as everything is quite self explanatory. If you have previous experience at all with analog mixers of this kind, you're all set as far as utilization goes. If you don't have much or any experience, I'd recommend doing some research about the types of connections and parameters that you will find on mixers of this kind, and everything should fall into place from there as the MS 1202 is standard through and through. I've never seen the manual for this, but unless you are a beginner I don't think that you need one anyway.

SOUNDS

I haven't used too many of the features on the Mackie MS 1202 that make any sound for itself (i.e. the EQ), as I've used it mostly for routing purposes. However, I will say that this is a clean mixer in the sense that it routes everything without adding its own color or anything like that. Since I've only used this for routing, I also can't say anything about how it sounds if you were to plug a mic into it. I have used the EQ a few times, and it is pretty clean sounding but definitely doesn't offer up much versatility. This wouldn't be the type of mixer that I would recommend if you're looking to get some EQ or other signal processing from it...

OVERALL OPINION

The Mackie MS 1202 has become a popular model for both the studio and on the stage for its easy to use features and set up. If you're looking for a small mixer for either of these applications that doesn't require too many inputs, this is definitely get the job done and at a good price. I'm not sure on if these are still being made, but you can definitely find them easily used otherwise if you'd like to seek one out...
AnimalTracksStudio05/12/2008

AnimalTracksStudio's review

Mackie MS1202
This is a rackable, twelve channel board with two aux sends and two band EQ.

UTILIZATION

The set up on this unit is easy and straight forward and the manula is super easy to use.

SOUNDS

This is a quiet, muti pupose mixer.

OVERALL OPINION

MACKIE MS-1202 MIXER

One thing that today’s studios cannot get enough of is mixers. You need a way to get everything into your system and with all that gear you can either buy one LARGE mixer if the budget is good or get a lot of smaller mixers to sub mix everything.

Granted, a larger mixer is more convenient and makes life easier if you have the cash, but the smaller units can get the job done and give you more money for other gear.

Enter the older Mackie Micro Series Mixer. The Swiss army knife of audio mixing. I bought mine in 1989 and still use it every day and have had ZERO problems and even less complaints on it.

The main use in my studio for this one is as a keyboard and tone module sub mixer. I get two full effects sends and Bass and Treble control for four mono and four stereo sources from a space about the size of a cigar box.

The biggest compliant, if you want to call it that, is that the volume controls are rotary and not faders.

While on the surface this is a drawback, for keyboards and tone modules, and even when using as a drum sub mixer, it can actually be a blessing.

My mixer sits up and the knobs are easy to see and actually allow the mixer to be smaller in size that it would be with a linear fader so it can fit in more places than you might imagine.

The unit is well crafted in solid metal that shields it and makes it quite durable, as I said, I have had mine in DAILY use now for nearly twenty years.

It will make a cost effective addition to your studio gear and at the going rate, you can actually afford several of them for various things and still pocket enough money to get yourself a decent Mic.
Oliviercool02/20/2006

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

Mackie MS1202
Analog mixer 12/2/2 very compact.

Key features:
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12 entries with the first 4 inputs with XLR, alimantation fantom, insrert jacks and mic preamps (the other 8 entries are in fact four stereo pairs

2 effect sends

1 pair of stereo outputs

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In addition to the first 4 inputs that the gain and more, all channels have settings like:
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2 effect sends

Acute settings

Adjusting media

Adjusting bass

Panoramic

Volume (but not fader knob!)

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The two effects returns (which are the two stereos, making 4 additional entries ^ ^) have only the volume control.

Connection: All except the TRS inputs 1 to 4, which in addition to the XLR. + TRS output on cinch for any recording (with return to monitoring recorder input cinch ^ ^).

UTILIZATION

It was my first table mix "pro". Bought home to mix my 4 Audio-Technica microphones ATM11R on my portable DAT Tascam DA-P1, being at that time instead of the hunter. She, however, served later as when I had my table auxillière Tascam multitrack cassette. But when his successor in 1202 VLZ came out, I immediately replaced by the latter, with significantly more potential connections. Too bad because it was better sound quality (over fishing, mostly).

SOUNDS

Except it was more than 1202 VLZ fishing, I do not remember, this is so long that I replaced it ... ^ ^

OVERALL OPINION

Advantages:
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Very compact (there was not much of so little of this quality, at the time of its release)

Very good sound quality (not bad fishing - so almost no breath)

With feedback effects, this makes 16 entries look the other way ^ ^

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Its inconveignents:
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Connectivity just about right (it is because of this that I replaced with a 1202 VLZ out soon)

No internal effects

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The table was worthy of my portable DAT Tascam DA-P1 ^ ^
droors911/25/2003

droors9's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Mackie MS1202
possible to the rack via optional headsets, between 4 XLR mic / line 4 from line STREO, 4 insert, AUX 2, a pair of stereo outputs and a second circuit to monitor a DAT, MD , WRITER etc!
it fits a lot of configurations 8-)

UTILIZATION

Perfect for a little training in bar / caf or rpt, one can for example plug in microphones, a bass, several synths (stereo) sound all a religious one, the advantage is the good rev output level and trs trs small footprint!
it has its place in the home studio where she shuffled my few synths, my Roland rhythm box)), the PC and out of my spares sampler!

SOUNDS

The EQ is nice for plutt fixed, but do not expect miracles, the pre-amp Ragit well. this console is much more than pchue 1202VLZ out later.

OVERALL OPINION

I used the 1202 in all situations, it is to shock trsrsistantes example and fits in a backpack,
one default, to over the years with the accumulation of hardware is lacking rapidly mixing channels, two coupled single solution three or four. . . or opt for its big sister the CR1604 but that's another DLIR you lose a lot of friendly but we gain and the equa, matter of choice!