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Mackie 1202-VLZ3 12-Channel Compact Recording/SR Mixer

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  • New ultra-low noise VLZ3 design with highest possible headroom
  • 4 studio-grade XDR2 Extended Dynamic Range mic preamps with - Ultra-wide 60dB gain range, 130dB dynamic range
  • 12 high-headroom line inputs
  • Advanced DC pulse transformer RF rejection
  • 2 Aux sends, level, pan and PFL solo on each channel
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches ; 7 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000MWF2K4
  • Item model number: 1202-VLZ3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,189 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at June 12, 2007

Product Description

Product Description

New from the people who created the world?s best-selling compact mixer line, The Mackie 1202-VLZ3 Premium 12-Channel Compact Mixer with premium XDR2? mic preamps and a rich feature set. It?s ideal for live sound or project and recording studios.

Sure it’s cute, but the Mackie 1202-VLZ3 is a serious professional compact mixer, with features that belie its small footprint. The ideal compact mixer for home and project studios, the 1202-VLZ3 is equally at home on the road, on the stage, or in the recording studio. Here at Mackie, we can never leave "well enough" alone. After all, the VLZ Pros are the best-selling mixers of all time, so we knew it would be tough to improve on what many devoted owners already consider perfection… and yet we were driven to do it anyway.

While it keeps all the features and functionality of its predecessor, the Mackie 1202-VLZ3 offers even greater headroom versus the original. We could have stopped right then and there, but we’re obsessed with perfection. So we redesigned the Mix Bus, tweaked the EQs, and created a mixer with a highly intuitive, musical feel.

Vastly Superior XDR2 Mic PreAmps
Our new XDR2 (Extended Dynamic Range) second-generation mic preamps are better than ever. These new pres offer incredibly low noise, with individual mic pre THD below 0.0007%, and overall mixer THD less than 0.0025%. With 60dB of available gain per channel, the 1202-VLZ3 can handle inputs ranging from a whisper to a scream, and can even handle hot line-level signals up to +22db, without any added coloration. You simply won’t find preamps this good on any other mixer in this price range.

We invested tremendous resources optimizing the center frequencies of our 3-band Active EQs. By selecting 80Hz, 2.5kHz and 12kHz, for the Lows, Mids and Highs, respectively, we created an even more musical EQ than on previous VLZs. With up to 15dB boost/cut capability per band, VLZ3’s Active EQ provides more tone-sculpting latitude than any other mixer in its class.

Professional Features
The Mackie 1202-VLZ3 is packed with premium features on every mic channel: 75Hz Low-Cut filters, two Aux Sends, inserts, phantom power, constant-loudness Pan controls and Pre Fader Solo. And since you can never have too many output options, we provided a Control Room/Phones source matrix, Master Aux section with EFX to Monitor, tape outputs, a high-volume headphone amplifier and balanced XLR and TRS outputs.

Need Even More Flexibility?
Greg Mackie's mind was working overtime when he originally came up with this—instead of sending muted signals into the vacuum of space, why not do something useful with them? So, when you press the mute button on the 1202-VLZ3, the signal is indeed muted—but it also appears at the ALT 3-4 output jacks and ALT 3-4 stereo bus. This is an ideal way to create additional Aux Sends and mixes for cry rooms, green rooms, or assistive listening, etc. And with a press of a button, the ALT 3-4 mix can be assigned to the Main output—which means ALT 3-4 can act very much like a mixer within a mixer.

Built Mackie Tough
All VLZ3 mixers are built tough-as-a-tank. Our legendary solid-steel chassis can take the kind of abuse that would turn our competitors’ flimsy boxes into twisted chunks of debris. Instead of cheap, unsealed potentiometers, we use co-molded pots, which offer substantial strain and impact relief. By design, our control knobs "ride" just above the surface of the chassis, so if something falls onto the mixer, the impact is transferred from the knobs to the chassis—not to the potentiometers or circuit board. Finally, we use thick, horizontally mounted fiberglass PC boards to eliminate the potential for damage and brace them with a shock-absorbing support structure. They’ve survived earthquakes, hurricanes and typhoons, so Mackie mixers can certainly handle whatever you throw at them.

You'll find Mackie mixers everywhere you go—from video post-production facilities, to major artist tour buses, to duty as field mixers for news departments of all the major networks. Drummers and keyboardists use them to send submixes to front of house and monitor consoles. VLZ3 compact mixers are the ideal choice for any situation requiring superior audio mixing, especially where space and/or budget constraints are an issue.

Leave it to the innovative minds at Mackie to produce the 1202-VLZ3, an even perfecter version of the best-sounding mixer in its class.


  • New ultra-low noise VLZ3 design with highest possible headroom
  • 4 studio-grade XDR2™ Extended Dynamic Range mic preamps with:
    • Ultra-wide 60dB gain range
    • 130dB dynamic range
    • +22dBu line input handling
    • Extended low frequency response
    • Distortion under 0.0007% (20Hz - 20kHz)
    • Phantom power for studio condenser mics
  • 12 high-headroom line inputs
  • Advanced DC pulse transformer RF rejection
  • 2 Aux sends, level, pan and PFL solo on each channel
  • 2 stereo Aux returns + EFX to Monitor
  • 3-Band Active EQ (80Hz, 2.5kHz, 12kHz)
  • 18dB/oct. 75Hz Lo-Cut filter on Mic input channels
  • ALT 3/4 stereo bus for added versatility
  • Control Room/Phones source matrix
  • Rack-mountable design using optional rack ears
  • Sealed rotary controls to resist dust and grime
  • New Multi-Voltage power supply for worldwide use
  • Rugged steel chassis

Customer Reviews

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Mackie is the best sounding, cleanest, and most useful mixer in existance.
Joe Ecker
I plug in my laptop, ipad, microphone, and speakers and the unit works flawlessly.
Jon B. Watson
It's funny how the extra features on some mixers tend to degrade the quality.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By SRFireside TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 17, 2010
I own the original Mackie 1202-VLZ and after comparing it with the VLZ3 I can tell you the differences between the two are very minimal. I say this as a good thing because my good old 1202 has been a loyal and reliable mixer for me since the early 90's. The sound on my mixer is still amazing. The amplification is super quiet, which means no worrying about pumping up the volume only to hear more static noise. The knobs and buttons are studio grade, which means they have just the right amount of tension and feel just as smooth as the day I bought it. For all the basic mixing needs the Mackie delivers and then some.

It's funny how the extra features on some mixers tend to degrade the quality. I used a Behringer Eurorack that is just as quiet as my Mackie on the surface. However when you use the included effects processor the noise level goes from professional quality to garage band levels of fidelity. While the VLZ doesn't have it's own effect processor it does have plug in capabilities for outboard effects units, and the effects bus Mackie uses is just as seamless and quiet. Same goes for the phantom power, which is a really nice bonus for a mixer like this. No more having to use dodgy dynamic mics when you are looking for the subtle nuances a condenser mic can give.

So now you know how awesome my 'old' mixer is, but you are likely wondering, "what does this have to do with the VLZ3?" I'm glad you asked. Essentially you are getting the exact same mixer. Same engineering. Same circuitry. Same quality. The only difference between the two is the newer model has an even better mic preamp. That's right. They have gotten this little mixer's microphone power tweaked to the point where you can practically use it for full studio quality voice recordings.

So there you have it.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Dr. P. D. on February 11, 2009
Superb engineering at a very reasonable price is what I thought after using and testing the Mackie 1202. I work in a physics lab to which I took this mixer to see if it will perform to the level Mackie claims. To my surprise, mine exceeds Mackie's specifications: for example, they claim a very low 0.0007% distortion and linear response to 60000 cycles, mine far exceeds those specifications (measured on lab quality equipment). I also have a small home recording studio and work, part time, as a DJ and play in a small band. I needed a mixer with very low distortion, without costing a fortune, for my home studio and capable of handling mobile DJ work (MP3 from a computer) and work with a band as well so that is why I selected this unit. It is not specifically aimed at the DJ market-no cross fader-but works quite well with only a little bit of practice. Someone did some very careful thinking when designing this superb little mixer.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By HMMWV TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 13, 2011
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It's my wedding. I want it done right. I can't do it myself, but I can invest in hardware that will get the videographer through the complex microphones, and at the reception also serve as a music / announcement mixer to the group of people gathered at the reception party.

The solution: Mackie's 1202. My first problem was 3 live mics and one reverse channel mic going to an earbud that I'm wearing as the groom. That's reserved for me to listen to the audio mix and signal the videographer to adjust things or for the videographer to light up a lightpole and signal me that he's having problems, and to take me out out the mix (mix minus) so that he can hear me in his headphones and I can hear his dedicated mic (mic #4). (I'm using an IEM wireless to monitor the audio and he can insert his comments into the IEM without driving the house mics with them in the church)

Where did mics 1,2,and 3 go? Bride, Groom (me), and Pastor marrying us, who has never used a lav before so we're putting him on a split system Sennheiser EW300 instead of EW100 that can handle lav's and stick mics both the same. It's one extra hidden button for the pastor but frees up a frequency for us to use afterwards on the stick mic.

The 4th mic is the videographer's return mic (actually the sigma of the left,right on camera mics so that there is no obvious mic - they have their own outs and will plug in to the mackie just fine) We have ample stereo inputs for my fiance's favorite music, and we have

How is all this possible? Believe it or not, the MUTE button on the Mackie mixers. See, a long time ago Mackie did two things.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By podcastmark on December 27, 2012
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About a year ago I bought a Mackie 402 VLZ3 mixer and really loved the quality. The preamps are absolutely noiseless. My podcasting needs expanded during the past year and I found that I needed additional XLR inputs, plus mix/minus in order to bring Skype callers into my mix. The 802 VZL3 looked like it would do, but the 1202 VLZ3 was on sale for only $40 more, so I scooped this up. In addition to the extras I've mentioned, the added bonus of having a mute button and other numerous other features, which I'm still learning, this great mixer can run on any world current simply by sliding a switch. Because I'm currently living overseas, this really sealed the deal. With the 402 VLZ3 I had to run it with a voltage converter (local current is 220v), although this wasn't a problem, introducing more electrical components into the sound chain is always a risk.
I intend to spend part of my Christmas vacation learning how to use some of the new to me features of this fantastic mixer.
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