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Note: The CR1604-VLZ evolved to the 1604-VLZ PRO. The information contained here pertains to the lesser/discontinued product and is for reference only.

Mackie's CR1604-VLZ is a feature-packed update of what was already a feature-packed classic compact mixer. We collected all the comments from warranty cards sent in for the original CR-1604, and we listened to what our customers wanted. We designed the CR1604-VLZ with those comments in mind -- yet, we didn't let that advice go to our collective head.

All too many times a manufacturer forgets what made the first version of a product successful when it comes out with a "new improved" model. Our CR1604-VLZ maintains the original's sound quality, musical equalization, and rugged construction, and keeps intact the multi-configuration possibilities, too.

For one thing, the CR1604-VLZ is a true 4-bus mixer. With channel assigns to buses 1-2, 3-4, and main L-R, sub mixes are easy. How about sixteen (16!) high-headroom/low-noise mic preamps? OK. And the new trim control gain structure for both mic and line inputs allow the CR1604-VLZ to handle everything from ultra hot digital multitrack signals to the most timid of vocalists.

EQ-wise, the CR1604-VLZ is not only 3-band with 12kHz Hi and 80Hz Lo shelving EQ, its midrange equalization is sweepable from 100Hz to 8kHz. The low cut filter on every channel lets you cut unwanted low frequencies like mic thumps and stage noise with one push of a button. Your low frequency EQ needs can now be met with Lo shelving EQ (rather than using the low EQ to do what the low cut filter was meant to do in the first place).

  1. Tabletop, jacks to top (as shipped)
  2. Tabletop, jacks to front (with optional RotoPod-VLZ kit)
  3. Rackmount, jacks to top (short rackrails supplied)
  4. Rackmount, jacks to back (short rackrails supplied)
  5. Rackmount, jacks to front (rackrails included with optional RotoPod-VLZ kit)
  • Inserts on every channel
  • 60mm log-taper faders
  • Built-in Power Suppy
  • -20dB signal present LED that doubles as a solo indicator
  • Control Room outputs
  • Mono output volume control
  • AFL/PFL solo for easy level setting and panning adjustments
  • Aux Send 1 & 2 master controls with individual solo switches and LEDs
  • Effects Return to Monitor controls for Aux Sends 1-2
  • Control Room/Phones source matrix for selecting any combination of Tape, Subs 1-2, Subs 3-4, and Main Mix sources
  • Tape Input level control
  • Tape to Main Mix switch
  • Multi-configuration for easy rackmounting and tabletop setups

Channel Strip| Master Section| Rear Panel

Note: The CR1604-VLZ evolved to the 1604-VLZ PRO. The information contained here pertains to the lesser/discontinued product and is for reference only.


Trim control

Aux Sends 1 & 2

Aux Sends 1 & 2 pre/post switch

Aux Sends 3-4, 5-6

Aux Sends 3-4, 5-6 shift switch

12kHz Hi shelving EQ

Midrange cut/boost control

Midrange sweep control (100Hz to 8kHz)

80Hz Lo shelving EQ

Low Cut Filter switch

Constant-power Pan control

Mute switch

Overload (OL) LED indicator

-20dB signal present LED indicator (also acts as solo indicator)

Solo switch

Sub 1-2 & 3-4 assign switches

L-R assign switch

60mm log-taper fader
Master Section

12V BNC lamp connector

Aux Sends 1 & 2 master gain control

Aux Sends 1 & 2 solo switches

Aux Sends 1 & 2 solo LED indicators

Stereo Aux Returns 1 & 2 controls

Effects To Monitor controls
(To Aux Send 1, To Aux Send 2)

Stereo Aux Returns 3 & 4 controls

Aux Return 3 Assign to Main Mix or Subs switch

Aux Return 3 Assign to Subs 1-2 & Subs 3-4 switch

Aux Return 4 Assign to Control Room Only switch

Global Aux Return solo switch & LED indicator

Phantom Power and main Power LED indicators

Control Room/Phones level control

Control Room/Phones source switches (Tape, Subs 1-2, Subs 3-4, Main Mix)

Tape in (tape return) level control

Tape To Main Mix assign switch

Global Solo level control

AFL/PFL solo mode switch (global)

Left-Right LED meters

Level Set marker and LED indicator

Rude Solo Light LED (famous!)

Assign To Main Mix L & R assign switches

Headphones jack

Subs 1-4 faders

Main L-R fader
Rear Panel

Power cord connection (IEC) and fuse

Power switch

Phantom Power switch

Main L-R 1/4" outputs (bal./unbal.)

Mono output (bal./unbal.) with level control

Main L & R channel inserts

RCA tape inputs and outputs (unbalanced)

Control Room outputs (bal./unbal.)

Sub 1-4 outputs (bal./unbal.)

Aux Returns 1-4 (bal./unbal.)

Aux Sends 1-6 (bal./unbal.)

Direct Outs for channels 1-8 (bal./unbal.)

Channel insert (unbalanced)

Channel line input (bal./unbal.)

Channel mic preamp XLR (balanced)


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