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Mackie 1642-VLZ3

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Model: 1642-VLZ3
16-Channel Compact Analog Mixer w/ 10 XDR2 preamps

With its sleek new look, upgraded preamps and EQ circuitry, the new Mackie 1642-VLZ3 redefines perfection. With the same features and functionality of its predecessor, the re-engineered Mackie 1642-VLZ3 has even greater headroom than the original. We could have stopped right then and there, but since we’re obsessed with perfection, we redesigned the Mix Bus and made significant enhancements to the EQs, giving the 1642-VLZ3 a more intuitive and musical feel.

The 1642-VLZ3’s three unique channel strip formats allow you to input and shape any kind of signal, including mic, line, and stereo instruments. Whether you need a live mixing board for club work, or a full-featured workhorse for home and studio recording, you owe it to yourself to check out the new Mackie 1642-VLZ3. You’ll think it’s perfect, too.


Our new XDR2 (Extended Dynamic Range) second-generation mic preamps are better than ever. They 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 1642-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.

1. Channels 1–8 are essentially the same as those on our 1604-VLZ3, with mono line-level input and our ultra-high-quality XDR2 mic preamps. These VLZ (Very Low Impedance) mic pres offer superior sound quality and the best RFI rejection of any compact mixer on the market.

2. Channels 9/10 and 11/12 (two physical channel strips) each provide a stereo pair of line-level inputs and a mono XDR2 mic preamp.

3. Channels 13/14 and 15/16 (also in two physical channel strips) each provide a stereo pair of line-level inputs only, with fixed 4-band equalization at points that are specifically designed for line-level inputs, such as keyboards, sound modules, etc.

High-quality equalization is a must for any good mixer, that's why we didn't cut any corners on the 1642-VLZ3. Channels 1-8 feature the same world-renowned 3-band Active equalization that you'll find on the 1604-VLZ3. Tremendous resources went into optimizing the center points of these mic channel equalizers, with the Lows at 80Hz and the Highs at 12kHz. Midrange compensation is handled by a peaking control with a two-octave variable frequency center. This means the Mids can be swept from 100Hz all the way up to 8kHz—with a boost or cut of 15dB.

We designed a fixed 4-band, “musically-correct” EQ for the remaining channels, which are primarily intended for line-level signals, such as keyboards, sound modules, and drum machines. This all adds up to practical, useful equalization, with the tone-shaping facility to actually improve the musical nature of the original signal.

The Mackie 1642-VLZ3 mixer is packed with premium features on every channel: 75Hz Low-Cut filters, four Aux Sends, inserts, phantom power, constant-loudness Pan controls, OL (overload) and signal present LEDs, sub and main mix assign switches, and assignable AFL/PFL Solo switch. And since you can never have too many output options, we also provided a Control Room/Phones source matrix, Master Aux section with EFX to Monitor, tape outputs, a high-volume headphone amplifier, channels 1-8 direct outs, and balanced XLR and balanced/unbalanced TRS outputs.

All VLZ3 mixers are built tough. Our legendary solid-steel chassis can take the kind of abuse that would turn our competitors' flimsy boxes into so much scrap. And instead of cheap, unsealed potentiometers, we use co-molded pots, which offer substantial strain relief at all critical points. By design, our control knobs “ride” just above the surface of the chassis, so if something heavy falls onto the mixer, the impact is transferred from the knobs to the steel chassis—not to the potentiometers or circuit board. Finally, to eliminate potential circuit board damage, we use a thick, horizontally mounted fiberglass PC board, braced with a shock-absorbing support structure. Nobody builds ’em tougher than Mackie!

Above all, the 1642-VLZ3 has superior sound quality, wide dynamic range, tons of headroom and extremely low noise, allowing you to create high-quality professional output. Whether you're tracking in the project studio or laying down the truth in front of a live audience, you can always count on the Mackie 1642-VLZ3 to provide superb sound quality and extreme versatility. Audition a “perfecter” mixer at your Mackie dealer today.

  • New ultra-low noise VLZ3 design with highest possible headroom

  • 10 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% THD (20Hz - 20kHz)
    - Phantom power for studio condenser mics

  • 16 high-headroom line inputs (4 stereo pairs, 8 mono)

  • Advanced DC pulse transformer RF rejection

  • 60mm long-wearing logarithmic-taper faders

  • 4 Aux sends, level, pan, -20dB/Solo and OL/Mute LEDs on each channel

  • 4 stereo Aux returns, 8 Direct outs, 4 stereo Group/Bus outputs

  • 3-band Active EQ with sweepable midrange on mono channels

  • 4-band Active EQ on stereo channels

  • 18dB/oct. 75Hz Lo-Cut filter on mic channels

  • Control Room/Phones multi-input source matrix with separate level controls

  • Balanced 1/4" inputs and outputs (except inserts)

  • Rack-mountable design using optional rack ears

  • Sealed rotary controls to resist dust and grime

  • New Multi-Voltage power supply for worldwide use

  • Sleek, rugged steel chassis

  • Includes Tracktion 3™ Music Production Software for Mac or PC

General Specifications
Frequency Response: (Mic to any output)
20 Hz to 40 kHz: +0dB/-1dB
20 Hz to 60 kHz: +0dB/-3dB
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD+N): (1 kHz @ 35 dB gain, 20 Hz to 20 kHz bandwidth)
Mic pre @ insert: <0.0007%
Noise Characteristics: (Mic in to Insert Send out, max gain)
150Ω termination: -129.5 dBu
(20 Hz to 20 kHz bandwidth, 1/4" Main Out, channels 1-6 Gain @ unity gain, channel EQs flat, all channels assigned to Main Mix, channels 1,3 and 5 panned left, 2,4 and 6 panned right)
Main Mix Knob down, channel faders knobs down: -86.5 dBu
Main Mix knob @ unity, channel faders knobs @ unity: -86 dBu

Signal-to-Noise Ratio, ref. +4 dBu: 95 dBu
Attenuation/Crosstalk: (1 kHz relative to 0 dBu, 20 Hz to 20 kHz bandwidth, Line In)
Main Mix knob down: -100 dBu
Channel Alt/ Mute switch engaged: -90 dBu
Channel Level knob down: -90 dBu
Common Mode Rejection Ratio (CMRR): Mic In to Insert Send out, max gain @ 1kHz: better than -70 dB
Maximum Levels: Mic In: +22 dBu
All other inputs: +22 dBu
Main Mix XLR Out: +28 dBu
All outputs: +22 dBu
Impedance: Mic In: 2.5 kΩ
Channel Insert Return: 2.5 kΩ
All other Inputs: 10 kΩ or greater
Tape Out: 1.1 Ω
All other outputs: 120Ω
Physical Dimensions and Weight: Height: 16.7 in / 425 mm
Width: 20.0 in / 508 mm
Depth: 10.0 in / 254 mm
Weight: 26 lb / 11.8 kg
AC Power Requirements: Power Consumption: 50 watts
US, JP: 100-120 VAC, 50 - 60 Hz
Fuse rating: 1 A slo blo, 5 x 20 mm
EU: 200 - 240 VAC, 50 - 60 Hz
Fuse rating: 0.5 A slo blo, 5 x 20 mm

Operating Temperature: 0° - 40°C, 32° - 104°F
4-Band EQ (channels 9 - 16): High Shelving: ± 15 dB @ 12 kHz
Mid Peaking: ± 15 dB @ 2.5 kHz
Low Mid Peaking: ± 15 dB @ 400 Hz
Low Shelving: ± 15 dB @ 80 Hz
Low Cut Filter(ch. 9-12): 18 dB/octave, -3 dB @ 75 Hz




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