Mackie PROFX8 8-Channel Mixer
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- Brand: Mackie
- Product Code: PROFX8
- Professional 8-channel compact mixer with onboard effects and USB I/O
- 4 low-noise, high-headroom Mackie mic pre-amps with easy LED metering
- 32-bit RMFX(TM) processor with 16" "Gig-Ready" reverbs, choruses and delays
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The ProFX8 offers a complete and truly professional feature set, perfect for solo performers, small performing acts or any small venue that needs it all, without the hefty price tag. They offer all the right tools to get the job done well, sport the popular compact footprint that Mackie is known for and are also the most budget-friendly of all the Mackie sound reinforcement mixers. Our competition either doesn't have the expansive feature set of the Proofs Series, or they simply will not survive the test of time. You are investing in your mixer and the Proofs will be there for you at every gig, ready to roll. Features: Professional 8-channel Compact Mixer with onboard effects and USB I/O 4 low-noise, high-headroom Mackie mic preamps with easy LED metering 32-bit RMFX? processor with 16 "Gig-Ready" reverbs, choruses and delays Precision 7-band graphic EQ for tuning Mains or Monitors USB I/O for recording shows and music playback via Mac or PC 3 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 ¼-inch Main outputs FX mute with remote control via footswitch Break switch mutes all channels for music playback between sets Built-like-a-tank steel chassis with rugged, yet stylish ABS side cheeks "Planet Earth" switching power supply for worldwide use Includes Traction 3 Music Production Software for Mac or PC.
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But after about 6-10 hours of use, it became obvious that MOST of the preamp gain pots were becoming flaky and unreliable. They scratch badly when turned, and at several positions they become almost silent until you kind of "bump" the knob. This is indicative of poor solder joints on these pots, which doesn't give me a ton of confidence about the build quality of the rest of the unit. This is just not acceptable, and I would have happily paid more for a higher quality unit. This mixer is only a good deal if it works well- and it's not working well.
Update: ALL preamps are now completely toast. This mixer is a total loss and will have to be replaced. What a waste of $179.99. (It's gone up, did you notice that?)
This mixer is now being replaced. 3 out of the 5 preamps have starting randomly flaking out, and are so inconsistent and noisy that they are not worth fighting with. This mixer will be replaced by something OTHER than Mackie. I thought I'd dodged the bullet with this, because I wasn't planning on using the USB features. But it turns out, this thing is a lemon in every dimension. Really disappointed!
Well, I am getting to the point where I am fed up with this mixer's USB. Oddly enough, I am NOT talking about the 'whine' experienced by other users. I have heard that as well, but keeping the USB knob below 50% eliminated most of it. My problem is the total failure of the USB connection. My PRO FX12 has failed to connect on a couple of occasions, but my (newer) PRO FX8 has failed completely. E-mails to the company have been useless. I sent them detailed description of my setup, including the fact that I had connected the mixer to another computer with the same result. Their recommendation: Try connecting it to another computer. Really guys? My solution for now is to use a Behringer U-Control UCA222 from the mixer to the computer. The only mixer I have with a reliable USB connection is a Alesis MultiMix 4 that cost me about forty bucks. I really want to use the Mackie for DJ work, but I can't rely on it.
I mostly use it for mixing:
Keyboard Casio LK-215
Yamaha DTXplorer 5-piece Electronic Drum Kit
Yamaha YDD40 Portable Digital Electronic Drums Premium Pack
and MP3 player for rehearse with my kids at home.
few days ago I recorded my performance (I'm a beginner drummer) with tracktion 3 software, and found a little noise on the usb input track. it is the only noise I found so far. The rest of the channels sounds great.