It’s got an LED output meter and a large master-volume knob down the center of the box that make monitoring and controlling what’s going on in your setup super easy. He’s the owner of Audio Upgrades, Anyway, before I start repeating what Brandon said in his review below, let me point out a few things he skipped. In fact, these Mackies are configured out-of-the-box for zero-latency direct monitoring by default. I’m sure most Tape Op readers know that the summing wars are really heating up. They’re both suitable for a wide array of desktop production and on-stage performance duties. Plus, we decided our

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The only drawback here is that you aren’t able to monitor any effects or plug-ins you might be using on the track you intend to record since you’re monitoring the signal before it’s processed. Enough said-let’s move on to Brandon’s review.

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Subscribe for free here. Vintage King co-founder Michael Nehra shares some of his love, knowledge, and practical advice for diving into the world of vintage audio gear, and then macie us behind the scenes for a walk through Plus, we decided our No pocket protectors needed, even if your needs are more complex than you think. Using the sweepable mid as a band-cut is especially cool!

If I want to run Ableton Live through this mixer alone, I don’t have the ability to route a separate cue mix to just the headphones for cuing sounds before sending them to the master output.

As with all Mackie products, the manual is well-written, gets you up-and-running quickly, walks you through all the typical usage scenarios in detail, and is entertaining.

Jim Macmie has spent much of his 56 years working with some of the biggest names in the music business, including Frank Zappa, John McLaughlin and Stevie Wonder. As widely discussed in these pages and at TapeOpCon for the last few years, summing devices, such as the Roll Music After many years of regular use, it was starting to show its age.


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Amazingly enough, they do them all really well. Mackie isn’t the first company to release an integrated mixer and interface. Anyway, before I start repeating what Brandon said in his review below, let me point out a few things he skipped. Mckie less than the cost of a PreSonus FireBox or an M-Audio FireWireyou get a FireWire interface and fully-functional standalone mixer mwckie functions work flawlessly together right out of the box in only the time it takes to patch in your cables.

But I didn’t always want everything in the studio powered up, and sometimes I wanted my computer power available to run macmie applications, or I simply didn’t want the added steps to get going.

The popularity of tube-based audio gear has grown with the popularity of digital recording. I am a sucker for recording through outboard preamps direct to a recording device.

Although they’re not as bulletproof as Mackie’s metal-chassis VLZ3 compact line, they are heavy enough that hanging cables won’t pull them off a desk. This feature is a serious standout, and the basic idea is that you can choose to send the computer only what’s played into the mixer e. A really exciting piece of gear here for those that have been tied to an audio interface for the computer and a separate mixer for outboard gear that needs to play outside of the computer.

Concurrently, Mackie sent me the U.

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Sometimes these two loves can cause problems in All the dials and faders on the mixer are laid out in a compact, yet easily-accessible and fully-functional way. Latency during recording is always a big issue with any interface and Mackie has a decent solution in the way that they’ve wired the headphone outputs.


Bill Cheney and Jim Romney are the men responsible for keeping the amazing legacy of Spectra Sonics, a legendary, if criminally unheralded, pro-audio company alive. It really starts to get exciting when you get into how this mixer integrates with your computer.

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After cutting his teeth racking vintage channel modules, David Marquette has augmented his craft with meticulous re- creations of – and “tips of the hat” to – classic madkie gear. Each band can be turned down to kill for extreme filtering effects.

A few minor issues with the box are the tricky TRS connectors in the back connections were snug and didn’t affect performance at all, but a few cables took some force to get into place and the lack of more robust maciie routing.

Putting a mixer and interface together into a single package seems like a no-brainer idea, but most of the integrated systems I’ve seen aren’t for the plug-it-in-and-make-music crowd.

From professional multi-room facilities to bedroom computer jackie, the compact utility mixer is ubiquitous. He’s the owner of Audio Upgrades, In mmackie, these Mackies are configured out-of-the-box for zero-latency direct monitoring by default.

Also, the three-band EQ, available on all four stereo input channels, is worth mentioning.