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Mackie 402-VLZ3 Premium 4-Channel Ultra-Compact Mixer

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  • Sleek, rugged steel chassis
  • Sealed rotary controls to resist dust and grime
  • 4 high-headroom line inputs
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 60 x 40 x 20 inches ; 2.5 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 4.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00132EJJW
  • Item model number: 402-VLZ3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,901 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2001

Product Description


Until now, mixers built for low-input, two-mic or one-mic-and-a-guitar applications really skimped on quality. With their flimsy construction and dismal sound, they resembled and performed like children’s toys. So we created the 402-VLZ3, the perfect ultra-compact mixer for applications that require few inputs, but demand full-on professional sound.

The 4-channel 402-VLZ3 delivers pure VLZ3 quality in our smallest form factor ever, making it ideal when your input counts are low, or when space is at a premium. In a sleek, small package, you get the signature VLZ3 high headroom, low noise design, complete with 2 XDR2 preamps, premium EQ, and modern mix bus architecture, for the best-sounding, mini-est pro mixer on the planet. And the price is mini, too—in fact, it’s our lowest price in recorded history for a VLZ3 mixer. At last, you no longer need to buy more mixer than you need just to get the quality you deserve.

XDR2 preamps
Extended Dynamic Range=Extended Sonic Possibilities XDR2Among the features that have earned the VLZ3 mixers their stellar reputation are the XDR2 "Extended Dynamic Range" mic preamps. That’s because serious amounts of time and energy went into their design, and the result is phenomenal. You simply won’t find preamps this good on any other mixer in this price range. The XDR2 preamps deliver pure, clean, studio-grade sound—the kind of quality you’d expect to find in pricey boutique mic pres. They have an incredibly wide frequency range, especially in the low end, and even at extremely high gain settings. They offer incredibly low noise, amazing RFI rejection, and with 60dB of available gain per channel, the 402-VLZ3 can handle inputs ranging from a whisper to a scream. With the superior sound of the 402-VLZ3’s two XDR2 preamps, rest assured you will always get optimum performance out of your professional ribbon, dynamic, and condenser mics.

Musical EQ for Your Tweaking Pleasure
EQ Knobs The 402-VLZ3’s ultra-musical 2-band Active EQ provides just the right amount of sound shaping flexibility. We invested tremendous resources into optimizing the center frequencies of our EQs, and improved the interaction of the separate EQ bands, so your tracks can be molded and tweaked for the perfect result. The 402-VLZ3’s low shelving at 80Hz and high shelving at 12kHz mean you can quickly and effectively sculpt your tone for the ultimate in punch and brilliance—and with up to 15dB boost/cut capability per band, you get loads of latitude. There’s also a 100Hz low cut/high pass switch for each mic input, so you can keep the ultra-low frequency muddiness out of your sound—and give your bass that extra punch if used in conjunction with the Low EQ.

Small Yet Powerfully Flexible
Though small in stature, the 402-VLZ3 provides an incredible abundance of professional features and mission-critical tools to enhance your mixing experience—and your creativity. In addition to essential features like phantom power for your condenser mics, you get a variety of user options that make the 402-VLZ3 a surprisingly versatile mixing machine. Two switchable Hi-Z instrument inputs allow you to plug instruments like electric guitar or bass in direct—no external gear required—or, disengage the switch to connect line level sources such as keyboards, or CD or mp3 players. Use the high pass filters on channels 1 and 2 to cut the rumble with the touch of a button. Connect line level stereo gear like DJ decks using the assignable stereo RCA input, and either route to your phones for queuing up, or to your main mix for overdubbing while monitoring back from your computer on phones. Flexibly monitor and record mono and stereo sources using the stereo pan function—when the switch is out, a mono source will be split between the left and right of the main mix equally, and when the switch is in, channels 1 and 2 are hard-panned left and right (perfect for recording stereo mics). Keep an eye on your levels with the bright 8-segment stereo meters, as well as the responsive overload LEDs that warn you when you’re overdoing it with the gain and/or EQ. No matter how you use it, the 402-VLZ3 supplies everything you need to get the job done.

Ultra-compact, sleek, rugged chassis
ProfileNow you can have your pro mixer, and take it with you, too. The 402-VLZ3 features a tight, low-profile design that fits the most modest—or congested—areas perfectly, including your backpack or laptop case. Like all VLZ3 mixers, the 402-VLZ3 is built like a tank, too. 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. And not only is the 402-VLZ3 tough, but it can be flexibly positioned, thanks to a bottom panel that lets you easily mount an optional mic stand adapter with just a few screws. Attach your 402-VLZ3 to a mic stand, and you can adjust its height and angle to suit your unique—or weird—work style.

Applications A-Plenty
With its professional features and ultra-compact footprint, the 402-VLZ3 is ideal for a variety of applications, including home studio and on-the-go recording, multimedia projects, field mixing, broadcast use, and post-production work. (Check out our hookup guide to see how you can put it all together.)

Less Really Is More
The best-sounding, most professional ultra-compact in its class, the 402-VLZ3 gives new meaning to the old adage, less is more. While there are other ultra-compact mixers out in the world these days, none provide the performance or sound quality of the 402-VLZ3. Thanks to its ultra-flexible, super-versatile, professional design, you get the low input count you want, the extra space you need, and the quality you deserve—all at an unbelievably low price. Put simply, the 402-VLZ3 is the go-anywhere, fit-anywhere professional mixer, delivering superior sound quality—and unbeatable value.


  • Ultra-compact 4-channel mixer featuring Mackie VLZ3’s signature low noise, high-headroom design
  • 2 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
  • 4 high-headroom line inputs
  • 2 selectable Instrument inputs – no DI box needed
  • 2-Band Active EQ (80Hz, 12kHz) and Lo-Cut filter on mic channels
  • Phantom power for studio condenser mics
  • Dedicated Stereo Line Input and Tape Input channels
  • High-resolution 8-segment stereo meters
  • Sealed rotary controls to resist dust and grime
  • Sleek, rugged steel chassis

Product Description

The ultra-compact 402-VLZ3 Premium 4-Channel Mic/Line Mixer builds on the legacy of Mackie?s top-selling VLZ mixers. Two studio-grade XDR2? (Extended Dynamic Range) mic preamps and proprietary Active EQ give the 402-VLZ3 its high-headroom, low-noise functionality. Its super-sleek, extra-rugged steel chassis is packed with useful features like 2 switchable Hi-Z instrument inputs, assignable stereo RCA input, phantom power for condenser mics, and bright 8-segment stereo meters. Thanks to the 402-VLZ3, you can now get exceptional sound quality and performance in an amazingly small footprint?at an astonishingly low price.

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Customer Reviews

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Very compact and seemingly well made mixer.
Would recommend this to anyone looking for a mixer to use for podcasts, video recordings, music recordings, et cetera.
A. Kerr
Very low noise, great pre-amps, crystal clear sound.
B. Summers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Mr BigEars on December 31, 2009
I got the Mackie 402-VLZ3 to replace an Alexis multimix, and the difference is stunning. There's almost no noise or hiss when recording with the Mackie. For $99, this level of quality was a nice surprise to me. Highly recommended. You can turn it up quite a bit before noticing any hiss.

This is not USB or firewire, so you will need a stereo RCA to mini (1/8) cable to connect to your PC line-in. It doesn't come with any cables. It does include a downloadable license for Tracktion 3 software.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Norm on June 7, 2008
I bought this so I could connect both my guitar and mic to a Roland SonicCell and record audio using Logic on my mac. The pre-amp is great; better than expected. I reduced both hiss and hum in my audio tracks.

The only minor complaint is that channel 3&4 do not have separate level controls (treats as stereo); I don't need the extra channel at the moment, but it would have been nice to have as a spare channel (since it is advertised as a 4-channel mixer, which is true, but...)
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41 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Danny Grizzle on April 6, 2011
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My guess is that anybody reading a review on the Mackie 402-VLZ3 is trying to decide whether to buy Mackie or Behringer.

It is true you can get what appears to be a lot more mixer from Behringer for significantly less money than the 402 VLZ3.

So it makes perfect sense to buy Behringer until you learn your lesson -- "Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice shame on me."

OK, I've been a fool at least a half dozen times, and I am now an officially recovering Behringer addict.

I've also got Behringer's largest mixer, the Eurodesk MX9000, taking up space in my office. It will take 2 men to haul outside and heave into the dumpster.

I never, ever abuse equipment, but I am struck by the failure rate of Behringer gear. And also, I've tried to get things fixed. Forget about it!

Hate to review Mackie by talking about Behringer, but the bottom line is this: Mackie gear is utterly reliable. It has never let me down. And it is not expense. The only problem is confusion when Mackie is compared to other products which are really not in the same class.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Cactus Patch on December 25, 2010
I use this for sporting event presentation. Music is played via Ipod to mini plug to RCA tape input. A Shure SM58S is used via XLR cable as the main microphone and a Line 6 XDR955 wireless microphone is used for frequency worry free reliability. One input remain open for adding a second ipod for the national anthem, for another performers music input device or for a back up mic. The output is via two Harbinger APS12 powered speakers that cover a space that is over 400' feet wide. We place the speaker side by side so that we on have to run one extension cord and there is no annoying echo like delay that can make hearing difficult. XLR to ¼" adapters are needed to connect the ¼" mixer output to the XLR cables. You can't have too many XLR cables with quality connectors.

I love how such a quality mixer unit comes in such a small package. The mute button is an essential function. I am interested in the Mackie PROFX8 8-Channel Compact Effects Mixer with USB for the slide volume controls, but I am glad for the small size of the Mackie 402-VLZ3 Premium 4-Channel Ultra-Compact Mixer which make transport, set up and take down easy.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jayne_Cobb on May 25, 2012
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I purchased this to replace my Behringer Xenyx 502 mixer which was starting to have some scratch on the primary mix volume control. The Behringer unit sounded completely fine to me for the time I owned it, but I was blown away when I hooked the Mackie up in its place. The sound is noticeably more clear. The Mackie also feels much more solid in the controls and I like the layout and design more on the Mackie. With the Behringer, the headphone volume is affected by the main mix volume control (except for the tape-inputs). On the Mackie, the headphone volume control is 100% independent from the main mix volume control, which I think is the way it should be.

As a headphone amp, the Mackie is superb. I'm running Sennheiser HD598's and they sound absolutely beautiful, crystal clear on this Mackie mixer. I can say the same for my Dynaudio BM5A studio monitors as well. If you're debating between a Behringer mixer or a Mackie, I'd say definitely go with the Mackie. It's well-worth the extra $.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Danrogy on August 30, 2012
I've been using this to edit/mix TV promos for about two months now. This thing is everything you've come to expect from Mackie mixers, only in a smaller & less expensive size. It has enough inputs for almost any film/video mixer, provides essentially no buzz/hiss and sounds perfect. I just attached it to a pair of M-Audio BX-5's. Perfection for those with space or money constraints.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dmytro Kostiuchenko on January 8, 2013
I've used some well known cheap mixer before ;) Certain tests showed very high crosstalk level in that device, and it was really noticeable even when compared to high-quality portable players.
So, I was expecting some gain in stereo base quality with this Mackie 402 mixer.
Device, however, overwhelmed my expectations. It sounds very well. Nothing more to say here.

Besides of that, it operates very smoothly, no cracks when moving faders. Slightest filter or level adjustments are noticeable. If it is stated that signal level is -infinity when fader is in left-most position, than it is so, and you'll get no unwanted signal in the mix, even with the highest possible gain.

Inputs, however, have not so great overloading capabilities. Signal gets distorted on levels about +8dBu..+12dBu. It is not an issue, of course. Just to let others know. Because I use this device in conjunction with ESI Juli@ and its peak output level is +20dBu, so I had been disappointed with sound quality before I performed level adjustments.

I would totally recommend buying this device.
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