Mackie 1604VLZ4 16-Channel 4-Bus Compact Mixer

Model: 1604-VLZ4

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General Information

Operating Temperature 32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Noise Main Mix Noise:
Main Mix Fader @ Unity, Channel Faders Down: -88.5 dBu (92 dB signal-to-noise ratio, ref +4 dBu)
Main Mix Fader @ Unity, Channel Faders @ Unity: -82.5 dBu
(20 Hz to 20 kHz bandwidth, 1/4" main out, channel gains at unity, channel EQs flat, all channels assigned to main mix, odd channels panned left, even channels panned right)
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) Microphone In to Insert Send: Microphone In to Main Out: (1 kHz @ 35 dB gain, 20 Hz to 20 kHz bandwidth)
Crosstalk / Attenuation Channel Mute Switch Engaged: -84 dBu
Channel Gain Knob Down: -84 dBu
(1 kHz relative to 0 dBu, 20 Hz to 20 kHz bandwidth, line in, 1/4" main out, gain @ unity)
Frequency Response Microphone Input to Main Output (Gain @ Unity):
+0, -1 dB, 20 Hz to 50 kHz
+0, -3 dB, 100 kHz
Equivalent Input Noise 150 Ω Termination: -128.5 dBu, 20 Hz to 20 kHz
Microphone input to insert send out, maximum gain
Common Mode Rejection Ratio Better than -70 dB @ 1 kHz
Maximum Level Microphone In: +22 dBu
All Other Inputs: +22 dBu
Main Mix TRS Out: +28 dBu
All Other Outputs: +22 dBu
Impedance Microphone In: 2.5 kΩ
Channel Insert Return: 2.5 kΩ
All Other Inputs: 10 kΩ or greater
Tape Out: 1.1 kΩ
All Other Outputs: 120 Ω
Equalizer High Shelving: ±15 dB @ 12 kHz
Mid Peaking: ±15 dB sweep 100 Hz to 8 kHz
Low Shelving: ±15 dB @ 80 Hz
Low Cut Filter: 18 dB/octave, -3 dB @ 75 Hz
Power Consumption 50 W, 100 to 120 VAC, 50 to 60 Hz
Fuse Rating 100 to 120V: 1 A slo blo, 5 x 20 mm
220 to 240V: 0.5 A slo blo, 5 x 20 mm
Dimensions (H x W x D) 17.0 x 17.3 x 5.1" (433.0 x 440.0 x 129.0 mm)
Weight 20.0 lb (9.1 kg)
User Reviews
14 January 2022

Has everything for my needs, durable. The main feature I like for my recording needs are the direct outputs

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    Direct outputs, Durable

17 March 2015

My CR 1604 was finally giving up the ghost after several years of gig abuse, so I started shopping around. After looking at several that were more expensive or in this range I settled for the 1604LVZ4 because I had experience with this line.

13 April 2017

Great little mixer. I use it on my drums to use with the hybrid kit so that I can get a better mix in my monitor system. Does everything I need with direct routes to the main system. Awesome little mixer. The only downside is I believe the RotoPod rackmount stuff should be included for the price.

8 November 2015

Sound way different than the 3 model... In some ways it sounds clearer.... But it doesn't seem to be as loud....have to do lots of tweaking.... I don't like the new slider knobs...harder to see where they are set. I'm not a big Mackie fan but it's the only mixer I can use for my application.

21 April 2015

It seems to work as expected. Good eq and a million touting options. Faders are a little fancier than I'd like but they are supposedly more tactile. There is very little room to put tape for labeling channels. Overall though, seems a good solid mixer.

4 September 2020

Great price, you won over some competitors.

25 February 2017

Our band uses several mixers, including a full up Bose system for various sized rooms. However, in most cases we use this 1604 because of several key functions. SUPER clean Onyx pre-amplifiers and great headroom are key, but the ability to have 4 dedicated aux buses is spectacular to give three...

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    • Mackie 1604VLZ4 16-Channel 4-Bus Compact Mixer
    • Power Supply
    • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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