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Mackie PROFX8V2 8-Channel Compact Mixer with USB and Effects
- 4 low-noise Mackie Vita mic preamps add life to any input
- ReadyFX effects engine with 16 effects including reverbs, delays, and choruses
- 7-band graphic EQ for tuning mains or monitors
- Aux output for monitor mixes, venue 70-volt systems, and more
- 3-band EQ and 100Hz low-cut filter on all channels
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The Life Of Your Sound
All-new Vita preamps for stunning clarity, ReadyFX effects engine and USB for easy recording right to your computer.
Mackie ProFXv2 mixers provide a comprehensive live sound solution with a wide range of models, each delivering unmatched sonic performance. Featuring all-new Mackie Vita preamps designed specifically for live sound and the powerful new ReadyFX effects engine, ProFX delivers a no-compromise toolkit including GEQ, USB recording/playback* and flexible I/O for any professional application.
*Available on ProFX8v2, ProFX12v2, ProFX16v2, ProFX22v2 and ProFX30v2.
Vita Mic Preamps
Designed specifically for live sound, Vita preamps ;are virtually noiseless, featuring a discrete Class-A front end design, dual feedback stabilization and bias current optimization for unmatched low-noise performance.
ReadyFX Effects Engine
The all-new ReadyFX effects engine employs floating-point DSP, designed specifically for intensive processing of high-quality audio. This results in effects that are rich and always ready to elevate performance and inspire audiences.
No-Compromise Live Mixing Toolkit
Each ProFXv2 model is a well-stocked audio toolkit. From critical tools like multi-band graphic equalization to smart features like channel inserts and footswitchable FX mute, ProFXv2 always has the tools you need.
USB Recording / Playback
Built-in USB interface for easily recording your mix or for music playback during the show. We’ve included easy-to-use Tracktion recording software so you can get started right away.
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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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That's completely understandable for a board that costs less than $200 which includes a USB sound card. I'm used to paying $500+ for a USB sound card ALONE, and this one includes an 8 channel Mackie mixer?!? They simply had to have cut some corners somewhere. So with all the complaints, I initially bought a different brand, but that one seemed to have a technical issue (or maybe a design flaw). In any case, I returned in and at the last minute came back to Amazon for the Mackie PROFX8V2.
First thing I noted: It was plug and play on all 3 machines I tried it on. (Windows 7 and Windows 10). I didn't need any drivers at all, unlike the first board I tried. That's a big plus.
But the big question was that USB noise. All those reviews that complained about it never gave it in a quantifiable amount: There is noise. But how MUCH noise? I was about to find out.
Connecting it to a laptop, I fired up Adobe Audition. I quickly had audio in and out. I set levels, then I turned all the pots to zero, which should leave me with dead silence. The headphone jack gets pretty loud on this board, and at full volume I could easily hear the noise they were complaining about. But the input meters on Adobe Audition showed a level of about -63 dB. That's the noise floor. I'd expect much better in a $500 sound card. But -63 dB is something I can work with.
To put it in perspective, the noise floor requirement for FM broadcasters imposed years ago by the FCC is -60 dB. This board beat that requirement by 3 dB. I have professional broadcast studios that aren't quite that good. So I sent the board out on the trip to NYC and didn't worry about it.
The broadcast lasted 3 days. The group came back and raved about the board. "It's a FANTASTIC board!". Not one word about any noise. I'm very happy with this!
I was in the market for a replacement of my Behringer XENYX 1622USB mixer that I had bought about 6-7 years ago. That mixer served me well for many years but recently started to malfunction on a number of levels, including the onboard FX and more importantly the amount of noise/hum I would get from many channels. I heard that Mackie mixers are incredibly quiet so I decided to give them a try. I initially settled on the ProFX12V2 as it appeared this model would be the equivalent in the Mackie line to what I had with my Behringer. However, after setting it up it became apparent that my configuration would be better served by the next level up in this line - the 4 bus, 16-channel mixer.
For example, this model did not provide me with the ability to mute my in-studio speakers that are plugged into the XLR outputs when I am recording because the MAIN MIX fader also affects the recording levels to my external recording device. Yes, there is a separate MON fader which controls a MON SEND TRS output which I could use for my monitors (with an appropriate adapter), but I am using that output for a MIX MINUS to another Mac for my Skype calls. Also, there is no master control for the RCA TAPE OUT. The TAPE OUT is pre MAIN fader so turning the MAIN fader down will not affect the level of the signal going out of the TAPE OUT. With these two examples, it was clear that I was starting off with a mixer with no room for me to expand so it was a personal decision for me to get the 4 bus, 16 channel mixer that provides a variety of options for feeding the output signal to many different external devices. This mixer is likely sufficient for most podcasters. Overall though, I like the Mackie line and the quality of the signal has been superior to the Behringer mixer I had.
The effects leave something to be desired.
The 3 preset delay speeds are too fast are pretty much useless and there is no way to custom set the speed or choose a number of repeats. Still it is worth the small price tag. Yay go portable!
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