VLZ4. Important Safety Instructions. 1. Read these instructions. 2. Keep these instructions. 3. Heed all warnings. 4. Follow all instructions. 5. Do not use this. In a crowded subset of the mixer market, Mackie offers proven design, build, and operational qualities via its VLZ3. As a continuation of the series, the VLZ is an extremely popular consumer-level mixer from Mackie. The original CR was a game-changing .

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Way back in the s, Mackie introduced the VLZ Pro compact mixer line, which single-handedly invented the “musician-friendly” compact mixer category.

In fact, the VLZ Pro quickly became the most successful, best-selling mixer of all time. It has seen me through more gigs than I can count without a single failure. My VLZ Pro has been rained on, dropped, and subjected to the various indignities that plague the nightclub environment—clouds of cigarette smoke, the occasional spilled beer, and the seemingly endless exposure to the dust and “club goo” that forms a thin layer over everything I own.


The VLZ Pro has taken all this abuse, and more, without so much as a whimper. When I heard there was a new VLZ3. I wondered, how 1064 better could it be?

Mackie Vlz3 16 Channel Mixing Console | eBay

After giving it a thorough workout I can vouch for the fact that this latest version of the perennial favorite is an absolute knockout! And with the exact same price as the VLZ Pro, it will please both dedicated Mackie users and newcomers alike.

I felt just like a kid at Christmas when the UPS driver dropped off my package. Since the VLZ3 has been completely redesigned from the ground up, I thought it might take a little getting used to.

Mackie Vlz3 16 Channel Mixing Console | eBay

No steep learning curve here; I can practically close my eyes and grab the knob I need without looking. And the new color scheme makes it easy to read, even in a dimly lit club. Setting up the VLZ3 ringing out the room, and riding the faders was a breeze—everything seemed like second nature.

They are superbly transparent and offer tremendous headroom versus the original XDR mackje.

Even with a relatively low output mic on the kick drum, I was able to crank up the gain without any noticeable loss of low end.


And the new 3-band active EQ is better than ever—in fact the individual controls seem to be more focused, more independent of each other.

Mackie 1604 Vlz3 16 Channel Mixing Console

I find that I often use the sweepable mid frequency as a second upper bass control. By sweeping the frequency down to somewhere between and Hz, I can give the kick drum and bass guitar real in-your-face punch, without the boominess that mzckie occurs when the low EQ is cranked. And the top end sparkles—something you really notice when you start adding effects to the mix. Not only is the new look an upgrade to my professional image, but the sound quality of the VLZ3 is a marked improvement.

My live mixes were good before, now they voz3 highly detailed and cleaner than ever. Studio-quality sound in a nightclub—imagine that.