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Mackie 1202VLZ4 12-Channel Compact Mixer

BH #MA1202VLZ4 • MFR #1202-VLZ4
Mackie 1202VLZ4 12-Channel Compact Mixer
Key Features
  • For Sound Reinforcement Applications
  • 4x Onyx Preamps
  • 3-Band EQ
  • 48V Phantom Power
The Mackie 1202VLZ4 12-Channel Compact Mixer features high-quality Onyx preamps in a compact mixer design with the high-headroom / low-noise performance your professional applications demand.
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Mackie 1202VLZ4 Overview

The Mackie 1202VLZ4 12-Channel Compact Mixer features high-quality Onyx preamps in a compact mixer design with the high-headroom / low-noise performance your professional applications demand.

The mixer is built-like-a-tank with a rugged solid-steel chassis and high-contrast controls for discernible tactile control. With features like a dedicated control room section, it offers a step up in flexibility and performance that is suitable for your professional applications.

12-Channel mixer featuring signature high-headroom, low-noise design
4 Boutique-Quality Onyx Microphone Preamps:
Wide 60 dB gain range
128.5 dB dynamic range
+22 dBu line input handling
Extended frequency response
Distortion under 0.0007% (20 Hz to 50 kHz)
Improved RF rejection, suitable for broadcast applications
Phantom power for condenser microphones
12 High-headroom line inputs
3-Band EQ (80 Hz, 2.5 kHz, 12 kHz)
18 dB/octave, 75 Hz low-cut filter on microphone input channels
AUX send, level, pan, and PFL solo on each channel
Stereo return for connecting FX processor or other stereo source
ALT 3/4 stereo bus for added routing flexibility
Control room / phones source matrix
High-resolution 12-segment stereo meters
Sealed rotary controls resist dust and grime
Built-like-a-tank rugged steel chassis with powder-coat finish
High-visibility, high-contrast controls deliver convenient at-a-glance visual feedback
Rack-mountable design using a rack ear kit (sold separately)
Live sound mixing, houses of worship, clubs, gymnasiums, banquet halls, conference rooms, boardrooms, studio and field recording, multimedia applications, broadcast, and many more
UPC: 663961039771

Mackie 1202VLZ4 Specs

NoiseMain Mix Noise:
Main Mix Knob Down, Channel Gain Knobs Down: -100 dBu
Main Mix Knob @ Unity, Channel Gain Knobs Down: -86.5 dBu (90 dB signal to noise ratio, ref +4 dBu)
Main Mix Knob @ Unity, Channel Gain Knobs @ Unity: -84.5 dBu
(20 Hz to 20 kHz bandwidth, 1/4" main out, channels 1 to 4, gain @ unity, channel EQs flat, all channels assigned to main mix, channels 1 and 3 panned left, 2 and 4 panned right)
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD)Microphone Pre @ Insert: <0.0007%
(1 kHz @ 30 dB gain, 20 Hz to 20 kHz bandwidth)
Crosstalk / AttenuationMain Mix Knob Down: -75 dBu
Channel Alt / Mute Switch Engaged: -85 dBu
Channel Gain Knob Down: -87 dBu
(1 kHz relative to 0 dBu, 20 Hz to 20 kHz bandwidth, line in, 1/4" main out, gain at unity)
Frequency ResponseMicrophone Input to Main Output (Gain @ Unity):
+0, -1 dB, 20 Hz to 50 kHz
+0, -3 dB, <10 Hz to >100 kHz
Equivalent Input Noise150 Ohms Termination: -128.5 dBu, 20 Hz to 20 kHz
Microphone input to insert send out, maximum gain
Common Mode Rejection RatioBetter than -70 dB @ 1 kHz
Maximum LevelMicrophone In: +22 dBu
Tape In: +16 dBu
All Other Inputs: +22 dBu
Main Mix XLR Out: +28 dBu
All Other Outputs: +22 dBu
ImpedanceMicrophone In: 2.5 kOhms
Channel Insert Return: 2.5 kOhms
All Other Inputs: 10 kOhms or greater
Tape Out: 1.1 kOhms
All Other Outputs: 120 Ohms
EqualizerHigh Shelving: ±15 dB @ 12 kHz
Mid Peaking: ±15 dB @ 2.5 kHz
Low Shelving: ±15 dB @ 80 Hz
Power Consumption25 W, 100 to 120 VAC, 50 to 60 Hz
Operating Temperature32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Fuse Rating100 to 120 V: 500 mA slo blo, 5 x 20 mm
220 to 240 V: 250 mA slo blo, 5 x 20 mm
Dimensions10.7 x 11.9 x 3.0" (273.0 x 303.0 x 75.0 mm)
Weight6.5 lb (3.0 kg)
Packaging Info
Package Weight10.6 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)14 x 13.4 x 6.1"

Mackie 1202VLZ4 Reviews

Just what the doctor ordered

By Mark
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-04-29

I purchased this mixer for my live electronic music rig. I needed a mixer with two aux sends and a small footprint. My live electronic rig has to fit entirely on a 2 X 4 table and I was having a hard time finding something with all the channels and features I needed that would fit. This mixer is classic Mackie. Clean, lots of headroom and solidly built. Signal path and routing options are unheard of in a package this small. Its very flexible and doesnt have anything I dont need (USB interface, effects). I did a lot of research before buying this mixer and it definitely checks all the boxes.

A real solid mixer!

By Anonymous
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-01-02

This is my third one! Not a throw away. Worth every dollar. Great features - the ones you need. Bag fits perfect.

always reliable

By s1gna7
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2015-12-23

all the small mackie mixers are excellent and durable and perfectly priced i have used higher-end consoles with cleaner channels but for the most part soud quality is same

Mackie's best yet

By John
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2015-12-06

Mackie has topped itself again. Super quiet preamps. The best.


By Kelton
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-04-08

My 5th Mackie mixer. I keep scaling down in size from larger to smaller models. This is my second VLZ 1202. The first one started to develop very scratchy gain pots after three years of weekly use and life in a road case. Finally died after being dropped. This is the smallest model that still has enough outputs to be flexible in a live situation. Doesn’t sound as good as the Allen & Heath or Yamaha equivalents but more functionality: PFL, balance, mute, 2 aux sends, RCA in and out, XLR & 1/4” master outs, sub mix, independent return volume.

Solid Construction. Quiet Pres. Good Headroom. Simplicity.

By Christopher
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-08-08

I am a touring noise and modular synth performer and I recently switched to this mixer to run my portable live gig rig. The mixer has a heavy and durable feel and I'm sure it will last a long time. Standard IEC power connector on the back is nice. Mixer is heavy because the transformer is build in the case. NO WALL WORTS! Better than the flimsy power connector on the back of some competitor's mixers. On initial inspection with headphones you will realize that the preamps are very quiet even at max gain. The channels also have enough headroom to handle modular synth levels. Pre-fader Listen / Solo is AWESOME! 2 mono sends and 2x stereo returns are really nice for my synth reverbs. The meters are responsive and helpful to keep track of your headroom. Only cons aren't a big deal. The color scheme is too much bro-like monster energy drink dirty rave hippy for me. I much prefer the knob colors on the older VLZ. The pots feel decent but they are not anything fancy. Would like a sweepable mid for eq in a mixer in this form factor. Would like direct outs on every channel. Would like a built in audio interface or expansion card in the vlz series. That would be a much more expensive mixer.

Have three and I would buy three more

By Ralph
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-05-22

i have used Mackie mixers in my studio and on location for music gigs and three they get the job done with superb quality. Mackie has the best pre-amps for my mics. I like the fact that the 1202 VLZ4 has two aux sends and more important to me two aux returns. Some mixer do not have aux returns and using another channel is just a wasted channel to me. A good mixer that delivers great sound quality

Good Portable Mixer

By Bruce
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2017-02-15

I really do like this compact mixer for what it does. It's small, portable and does everything a small professional mixer should do. The only negative is that I wish the mute buttons had lights so it would be easier to see if a channel was muted or not.

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The interior dimension of the bag appear to be smaller than the size of mixer. Does the bag fit?
Asked by: Eva L.
Yes the bag fits the mixer. Forced perspective can be deceiving.
Answered by: John P.
Date published: 2018-08-26


Is Aux 2 pre or post fader?
Asked by: Brian
Aux 2 is post fader. Aux 1 is switchable pre/post
Answered by: arachnid1
Date published: 2018-08-29


what are the stereo aux returns?
Asked by: Anonymous
I use them for stereo returns from my reverb unit. I run my PA In stereo for small venues.
Answered by: ROBERT S.
Date published: 2018-08-28
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