Designed to eliminate the last barrier between you and audio creativity
Mackie's 8-Bus Series has never been equalled for sound quality.
Professional Quality Production
Excellent for project studios and digital multitrack recording, when combined with digital multitrack or hard disk recording systems, a Mackie 8 Bus console can create not just major label CDs, but major motion picture soundtracks and network quality commercials.Features
Features include low-noise/high-headroom mic preamps on every channel, as well as channel inserts and direct outs. In the channel strip you'll find Mackie's truly musical EQ -- with Hi and Lo shelving EQ, parametric Hi-Mid, and sweepable Low-Mid EQ -- as well as our Low Cut Filter, which allows you to eliminate mic thumps and room rumble from your mix, and use your EQ for music and vocals.A Value at Many Times the Price
With Mix B, "in-line monitoring" is a breeze. Six aux sends and six aux returns allow you to use all the effects you want. And the 8 Bus's complete talkback and phones level controls make communicating with the talent a snap. When you get right down to it, the 8 Bus series of recording consoles is a value at many times the price. The fact that artists and producers of every shape and size have sworn by them means when you buy an 8 Bus you'll be in good companyNot all mixer EQ sections are equal
When you're cooking up a mix, equalization is your seasoning. You can add new flavors or enhance existing ones. You can perk up a bland sound or mellow out a sharp one. If you want to serve up gourmet audio, you should use the freshest, most natural seasonings -- uh, EQ -- available. And just as with flavorings, you can ruin a mix with artificial or stale equalization. We promise to drop this dumb analogy if you agree to read the following section. It explains why Mackie is known for the quality of our EQ -- and how our practical approach can improve your creative product.For starters, we put it in the right places
Along with designing mixers, Greg Mackie uses them, too. In the years between TAPCO and Mackie Designs, he had his hands on just about every mixer made. One of his ongoing frustrations was where EQ points were placed. They seemed to exist in some sort of time warp: "High EQ" was placed at 10kHz. That may have been high back in the Fifties, but today there is another octave of treble above 10k. Low EQ at 100Hz is equally outmoded -- bass goes a lot lower than that nowadays. And midrange EQ seemed to be a refugee from some old radio studio board. Centering mid EQ at 1k might be great for making the spoken voice excruciatingly audible, but it has little to do with shaping the contours of music. So Greg rewrote the book on mixer equalization... as only a practical musician could.Hi Shelving EQ at 12kHz
All of our mixers have Hi Shelving EQ at 12kHz instead of 10kHz. A gentle 12k boost adds detail and sheen (without aural fatigue). Cutting at 12k can take a harsh edge off a sound without emasculating it. When you're demoing mixers, EQ is one thing you can accurately test just by playing a CD into a couple of channels. Listen to how our Hi Shelving EQ delicately enhances the "tizzz" of cymbals, the delicate texture of strings and the breathiness of vocals. Then listen to the competition, many of whom still adhere to the old 10kHz thing.Lo EQ with firm foundations
Down there at the bottom, we have 80Hz Lo Shelving EQ instead of the tubby boom and bonk of 100Hz EQ. 80Hz gives you more control over deep, fundamental bass that's produced by kick drums, floor toms, bass guitar, and low synth sounds. You can add depth and richness to male vocals, fatten up guitar sounds and create ear-stomping dance mixes.Shelving EQ that isn't off the shelf
Shelving EQ gets its name from the plateau, or shelf, that's created when you boost or cut it. The whole idea is to boost all of the frequencies above or below a certain point (in our case, 12kHz and 80Hz). But the shelving equalization found in some mixers gives you an unpleasant bonus in the midrange.
When you boost high or low shelving EQ on some mixers the midrange gets boosted, too (fig. 4). When you add high- or low-end, you also hear more midrange. So you boost the shelving EQ more. Which boosts the midrange more, etc. This is a vicious cycle. Through careful circuit design and more expensive components, Mackie Designs mixers avoid Hi/Lo-Mid interaction problems (fig. 5). If you want high or low shelving EQ, that's ALL you get. It's a difference you'll come to appreciate.Midrange done right
We located the fixed peaking Mid EQ on our 1202-VLZ PRO and 1402-VLZ PRO at 2.5kHz (fig. 3) because that's a far more musical point than 1kHz. 2.5kHz interacts with and enhances the harmonics of the human voice and many instruments, including guitar, reeds, horns, and keyboards. Hear the difference for yourself: At 1k, a boost adds a gradual "hollowness," as if the sounds were coming through a cardboard tube. As you continue to boost the 1k, the sound becomes strident and fatiguing. A 2.5k boost adds a brisk clarity of tone that enhances instead of hurts. Gently cutting 2.5kHz mid EQ de-emphasizes an instrument or vocal without radically altering its sound.
But there's another reason why so many warranty cards have raves about Mackie midrange: it's wider than many of our competitors' mid EQs. That goes for the fixed EQ found on the 1202-VLZ PRO, 1402-VLZ PRO, and for the 1604-VLZ PRO and 1642-VLZ PRO's swept mid EQs. That's a very important difference. Narrow EQ curves (like the green one in figure 6), create an unnatural, intrusive effect that's not good for much except drastic corrections. The wider a midrange peak is, the more natural it sounds. The broad midrange EQ curve found on our compact mixers (blue area in fig. 6) is based on the circuitry in our acclaimed 8 Bus consoles. It lets you actually use mid EQ as a creative enhancement, instead of as an audio "bandage."
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I have installed several of these boards in churches and find the layout to be easy to teach as aux sends, masters and returns are in-line. The board is very quiet with extended headroom. It has stacked outputs to make interfacing to recording and PA equipment a breeze. The manual is easy, almost fun reading, and includes track sheets to copy for scene and set up changes. Ex- panders are available to add 24 channels if you run out. GREAT PRODUCT MACKIE!