Mackie ProFX12
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Mackie ProFX12

ProFX12, FireWire/USB/mLan Mixer from Mackie in the ProFX series.

johnrae 10/03/2012

Mackie ProFX12 : johnrae's user review

« Pretty Darn Good! »
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The Mackie ProFX12 is a compact, 12 track desktop mixer module. It comes with more than enough features for the average user. It boasts a 32-bit effects processor, with 16 effects (ten of these are reverbs), a 7 band eq for tuning either the mains or monitors, USB I/O for recording shows and music playback via Mac or PC, four full stereo channels plus extra stereo return for keyboards, external effects, or stereo playback devices, 60mm faders for input channels, returns and Main/Monitor masters, 3-band active EQ (80Hz, 2.5kHz and 12kHz) on all channels, hi-Z input for direct connection of guitar, bass and other instruments, Insert, 100Hz low cut filter, and 48V phantom power on all mic channels, Stereo RCA tape I/O with input level control, headphone output with separate rotary level control, balanced XLR and balanced/unbalanced 1/4-inch Main outputs, FX mute with remote control via footswitch and more. The thing is PACKED with features, for such a low price it is a steal. Great for small ensembles who do both home recording and gigs.

UTILIZATION

Setup is really a breeze. Provide it with some power and outputs and start hooking up your instruments, mics etc. Couldn't be simpler. The usb interface works great, and is super useful. Great for recording live shows on the fly. Very responsive mixer with a good compact feel. Things are spaced well enough that it doesn't feel cramped. One complaint I have, however is the eq's high range is too high. Causes some hisses and such. Simple enough fix, however: lay off the eq. There are only 6 XLR inputs, so this is better for smaller, acoustic type ensembles. Or if you are recording in a studio you could use one of these for a whole drumset.

SOUNDS

The sound quality is fine, rather natural with little coloration. The EQ is good, except for the high range issue I mentioned above. There's no latency through the USB interface, which is really nice.

OVERALL OPINION

Overall I think this is a great product. It's economical, packed with features,and built like a freakin tank. I've dropped mine in puddles and on concrete with only minor scratches. Still works perfect after a year. I really recommend one of these to anyone who needs something like this, as it's really a good deal.