The Mackie 802-VLZ3 features 8 channels with 2 mono line inputs, 3 stereo line inputs and 3 XDR2 microphone preamplifiers and builds on the legacy of Mackie’s top-selling VLZ mixers.
The 3 XDR2 microphone preamps provide high headroom and an impressively low noise-floor; If it’s more channels and more performance that I need I would definitely buy a Mackie 802-VLZ3.
Why Mackie 802-VLZ3
All channels have three-band EQ, with the same shelves and low-cut as the 402, but with the addition of a fixed-Q mid range centered at 2.5 kHz. With 15 dB of boost or cut, you can still go overboard if you desire. Three of the channels can take mic-level signals via XLR, and the first two can take instrument-level and have insert points as well. All channels are capable of taking line-level via TRS. Wouldn’t be enough to buy a Mackie 802-VLZ3? Moreover, there’s a pre-fader solo function for all input channels. All these additional features allow the bigger 802-which is still a tiny mixer-to be used for more complex recording and mixing tasks as well as for live sound. However you may need less horsepower for a fair price maintaining the quality and the crystal sound, if that is so then you should have a look to a Mackie 402-VLZ3 instead.
What the Manufacturer Have to Say
Fully pro, fully featured
A completely pro mini-desk, the 802-VLZ3 delivers a comprehensive set of mission-critical mixing tools. Five full channel strips let you easily get your hands on your mix, while bright 12-segment stereo meters allow for ultra-accurate metering. The dedicated Stereo Return channel lets you connect external components, such as effects units or mp3 players, so you can incorporate your favorite sounds or prerecorded material into your tracks. You also get Hi Z inputs on channels 1 and 2 for recording instruments such as electric guitar and basses direct—no external gear required—and phantom power is provided for your studio condenser mics.
The PFL solo function lets you easily set your gain to perfect levels, and high pass filters allow you to cut low frequency rumble—100Hz and below—on channels 1 to 3. The 802-VLZ3 also gives you essential engineering features including separate control room volume and phones knobs. And thanks to our clever engineers, the “mute” button actually serves a dual purpose— signals from muted channels are secretly routed to the Alt 3-4 outputs and also into the Control Room section, ideal for creating submixes, previewing channels, or creating a “mix minus” for broadcast applications.
Ultra-compact, sleek, rugged chassis
Now you can have your pro mixer, and fit it in your workspace, too. The 802-VLZ3 features a tight, low-profile design that fits the most modest—or congested—of areas perfectly. Like all VLZ3 mixers, the 802-VLZ3 is built like a tank, too. Our legendary solid-steel chassis can take the kind of abuse that would turn our competitors’ flimsy boxes into twisted chunks of debris. Instead of cheap, unsealed potentiometers, we use co-molded pots, which offer substantial strain and impact relief.
By design, our control knobs ‘ride’ just above the surface of the chassis, so if something falls onto the mixer, the impact is transferred from the knobs to the chassis—not to the potentiometers or circuit board. Finally, we use thick, horizontally mounted fiberglass PC boards to eliminate the potential for damage and brace them with a shock-absorbing support structure. And not only is the 802-VLZ3 tough, but it can be flexibly positioned, thanks to a bottom panel that lets you easily mount an optional mic stand adapter with just a few screws. Attach your 802-VLZ3 to a mic stand, and you can adjust its height and angle to suit your unique—or weird—work style.
The “V” stands for Versatility
Okay, not really, but the 802-VLZ3 is just that—versatile. With its pro features and small footprint, it’s ideal for a variety of applications, including home and project studio recording, sound reinforcement, multimedia projects, field mixing, broadcast use, and post-production work.
Less Really Is More
The 802-VLZ3 gives new meaning to the old adage, less is more. While there are other under-12-channel mixers out in the world these days, none provide the performance or sound quality of the 802-VLZ3. Thanks to its ultra-compact, pro design, you get the low input count you want, the extra space you need, and the quality you deserve—all at an unbelievably low price. Put simply, the 802-VLZ3 is the go-anywhere, fit-anywhere professional mixer, delivering superior sound quality—and unbeatable value.
I was actually quite surprised how such a big sound can come from such a compact mixer. I have had behringer, soundcraft mixers but this one was much more punchier. Lots of headroom, i previously had a mackie DFX 6 which was great but this one was streets ahead of the DFX 6 with crystal clear sounding XDR extended range mic pre’s. Also no noise issues
I use this both for recording as well as for a PA set up. the pre-amp in the 802 really takes things to the next level. I use it with my ROLAND CD 2E CD recorder, & i notice a considerable difference between my current batch of recordings using the 802 & the former ones. I’ve only scratched the surface with Mackie 802-VLZ3 features, but I’m very happy with it so far.
- 3 XDR2 microphone preamps
- 8 line inputs (2 hi-Z switchable)
- 3-band EQ (80Hz, 2.5kHz, 12kHz)
- Stereo main mix bus and Alt 3-4 bus
- 1 auxiliary send
- 1 stereo return plus RCA I/O
- Phantom power
- Sealed rotary level controls
- Stereo 12-segment LED meters
- Control room source matrix
- Mic stand mount option
- Includes Tracktion 3 Project Bundle music production software