In the product line of the professional audio equipment brand Mackie , the VLZ Pro is a compact analog mixer. It features sixteen input channels, four output sub-groups, and a user-replaceable fuse. Each of the input channels features a high-quality microphone preamplifier. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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Shipping to Saint Louis. When you call, mention priority code 20M-4RNT. Ships to:. In Stock. Call a gear expert now! Own this item for. Overview Specs Warranties and Docs Reviews. Mackie VLZ Pro Mixer No matter how much you spend on a microphone, its ultimate performance depends on how it interacts with the preamp it's plugged into.
Many high-end mic preamps can effortlessly amplify the slightest sonic nuance, creating an aural panorama that's breathtakingly realistic, excitingly vivid, and truly 3-dimensional in scope. For years they've provided fidelity that just hasn't been possible with the "stock" mic preamps built into mixing consoles.
Until now. They went through hundreds of iterations and revs and spent countless hours subjectively listening and arguing. They started all over again several times. They scoured the world for rare parts. Then they spent more time critically listening and evaluating the design with every high-end microphone you can think of.
Then they brought in veteran recording and live sound engineers for more exhaustive listening tests. What they ultimately ended up with is not just an awesome sounding design. XDR is also a highly resistant to damage caused by "hot patching" caused by routing a phantom powered mic through a patch bay ; b remarkably independent of cable-induced impedance variations; and c able to reject extremely high RF levels without compromising high frequency response.
Because a mic preamp must amplify faint one millivolt input signals up to a thousand-fold 60dB , its rectification components can also pick up radio frequency interference RFI from AM and FM stations, cell phones, and pager transmitters - even microwave ovens - and amplify them to audible levels. Mackie assaulted RFI on 3 fronts. First, they incorporate bifilar wound DC pulse transformers with high permeability cores that reject RFI but don't attenuate the sound at 15kHz and above.
Second, they use carefully matched, high-precision components for critical areas of the XDR preamplifier. Third, they direct-coupled the circuit from input to output and used pole-zero cancellation constant current biasing which also avoids increased intermodulation distortion at high common mode signal levels.
Bottom line for the non-technical: you can use the new XDR mic preamps at the end of extremely-long cheap mic cables in an RFI-saturated urban environment while talking on your cell phone If a mic preamp isn't designed right, it will actually sound different depending on the impedance of the microphone and the cable load!
XDR's Controlled Interface Input Impedance system accepts an enormous range of impedances without compromising frequency response.
The lowest ever in any compact mixer. Flat response. Not only are XDR mic preamps flat within a tenth of a dB across the bandwidth of any known microphone, but are also only 3dB down at an astonishing kHz! Super-low intermodulation distortion at very high operating levels thanks to instrumentation-style balanced differential architecture, linear biasing, and use of DC-coupled pole-zero-cancellation constant current that frees the mic preamp from power supply fluctuations.
Think of the as an ultra-premium, esoteric mic preamp Mackie Warranty. If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at and Customer Reviews 3. This review has been selected by our experts as particularly helpful. I used to do a tonne of hall shows and small concerts. Honestly, I never had any problems with it, the mix is great and once you learn the board, it is just as powerfull as Mackies high end mixer.
The clip head is great, the sound is great, its just a really sweet mixer if your going to be doing small concerts and hall shows. Feature: Standard 3 band EQ with sweepable low frequency rangs, low range cut, amazing aux in out abbility for a small board. Ease of Use: Like any mixing board, you get used to it and its still a little trouble getting around quickly when you need to.
It does take a little while to learn how it likes to work, it can be touchy at times but once you figgure it out your golden. Quality: Well lets put it this way, you can stand on it, you can jump on it, you can drop it caseless! I never had any problems with its durability, its made to last the extreems of long road trips and those days your too tired to care how you handle your gear.
If your just using it local itl live longer than you will! Value: Its pricy, but you get what you pay for, and in this case your getting a lot for what you paid for. There are a few little things that would be nice if it had but are simplie 5 dollar external fixes. In comparison to other equipment out there at the same or twice the price, it blows it away.
Manufacturer Support: Mackie not only makes the best products but have an excellent customer support department. If you have technical questions, how to use questions, anything, you get someone who knows what their talking about and will help you until your problem is fixed.
No general answers or standard response steps. Each problem is analised on an individual basis to give you the most informative answer. The Wow Factor: To a seasoned pro who works concerts all the time, hell look at the board and say "yeah thats a pretty good board. Those who dont do it often find the board too confusing and hate it but I find with anyone who knew what they were doing, they wanted to steal it from me! Overall: If your going to be doing small small concernts and hall shows, this mixer is perfect for you.
I only used mine for hall shows and recording, and I never ran out of channels or good quality. Its tough, its good and its got a competative price tag. Did you? This is my 2nd vlz pro that's done this over the years. I've been an avid Mackie user until last Sunday. I should've known better after the first one did this fool me once.. My local music store keeps pushing a VLZ3 on me saying it has fewer problems but I'm done with Mackie.
At first, I figured the routing options simply added more complexity than was necessary. But each plug filled a niche that would randomly pop up. It's well planned, that's for sure. Ease of Use: The mixer has a series of compromises to make it smaller and more portable.
This is pretty minor though. Quality: This is where this device really gets bad. The first VLZ Pro I bought came out of the box with a channel that had weaker output than the others on a pink noise generator test. I attributed it to manufacturing variances and thought nothing of it. About 3 months later, that channel started to drop out randomly.
I did another test and noticed that 2 MORE channels were now weak. This was an absolute disaster. I had to pull out my backup mixer an old VLZ Pro and a handful of channel preamps and wire this up in a few minutes. Not fun. Warranty repair isn't an option if I'm going to be out a mixer for a few weeks.
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