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My mackoe is a portable “church-in-a-box” that leases time in an elementary school gymnasium in Gilbert, Ariz. But at the same time, since I’m also responsible for the quality of the audio, I am skeptically optimistic at best when it comes to the fidelity of bantamweight gear with a “small footprint. These have 24 and 32 input channels, respectively, and the “04” designation refers to the fact that these are both four-bus mixers. There are six other, smaller mixers in the line, ranging from inputs, but the and the bring three macki tricks to the party that none of the others have-two onboard effects processors, USB connectivity with your computer, and onboard compressors.
The inclusion 2404-blz3 these items is gaining popularity with other manufacturers as well, and rightfully so. If the processors sound good, that’s two less rack-mounted units I have to lug into the gymnasium. If the compressors sound good, that’s a few less compressors to add pain to my lower back. And certainly having a built-in USB interface not only lightens my load, but also 2404-vzl3 a really quick turn-around in terms of getting a sermon podcast online.
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Since the recording can be made directly to the computer, it can be uploaded very quickly, even if basic editing and processing are desired. The that I evaluated isn’t actually a super lightweight device-it does have a bit of heft to it, since it’s largely composed of metal.
That’s fine, because it’s not huge and isn’t that heavy, but it is makcie constructed and feels sturdy. Each channel strip from features a mm fader, signal routing and solo buttons, a mute button and pan knob. Above that is the mixer’s three-band equalizer, with mackir shelving fixed at 80 Hz, high shelving at 12 kHz, and mids sweepable between Hz and 8 kHz.
Up to 15 dB of boost or cut is available on each. Above the EQs are knobs representing the mixer’s six auxiliary sends. Sends one and two are intended for monitors, as they are fixed in pre-fader mode.
Three and four can be switched between pre- and post-fader mode as a pair, and five and six are a bit unique. As a pair, they can be toggled between feeding the two internal effects processors or a pair of output jacks for external processing.
This pair is fixed in 2404-vl3z mode, so they’re not particularly useful for monitors. Another really cool and unique feature here enables the sending of auxiliaries five and six to your computer via USB for a “unique stereo recording” as stated in the mixer’s manualbut it’s important to remember that since auxiliaries five and six are fixed in post-fader mode; fader adjustments will change this “unique” recording.
Inputs have their pad button replaced by the single knob to control the compressors on those channels-specifically, it’s the threshold control. To the far right of the control surface are aux masters, stereo returns, metering, effects controls, and 2404-vllz3 for the mixer’s four subgroups.
Each subgroup has its own single-knob compressor-like inputsvery nice for creating drum spank buses 2404-vlx3 the like. The one absurd item on the back panel is the headphone jack. A headphone jack on the rear panel?
There’s got to be someplace on the front panel for this, guys. The badly placed headphone jack is among my 2044-vlz3 short list of cons, which is completely outweighed by a lengthy list of pros. The VLZ3 mic pres have tons of headroom, are dead quiet, and create no coloration whatsoever-I love these.
The EQs sound fantastic as well, and failing the inclusion of fully parametric EQ, Mackie has fixed the frequencies of the shelves in useful, musical locations along the spectrum. The auxiliaries allow for really flexible routing, although it would be nice to have an option to switch auxes five and six to pre-fader mode, to allow a completely independent stereo recording via the USB interface.
These same auxiliaries could be used as an effects send to plug-in processors on one’s computer, and I’ve become a big fan of using computers as signal processors this way-I’ve become spoiled by the quality of convolution reverbs and the like. Unfortunately, inexpensive digital reverbs sound grainy and artificial to my ear, and while the s processors are not great, they’re not bad. The delays are just fine, and offer tap tempo right on the front panel-very handy. Only reverbs, delays, and choruses are available, but that’s a deliberate decision on the part of Mackie.
There are three major features that make this mixer stand out: The compressors are surprisingly transparent, considering their fixed 6: It would be nice to have them on more than just four input channels, but the four subgroup compressors are very useful. The USB interface facilitates the recording of four discrete channels and playback of two discrete channels to and from your computer, respectively.
This is powerful-it makes for quick turnaround of podcast uploads, and can also enable quick editing, processing, and burning of CDs for churchgoers. These three extras make the Mackie VLZ3 very worthy of consideration. Copyright c Production Media, Inc. For more information and reproduction guidelines please contact us at or info churchproduction.
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