Big Console Quality Preamps
Even the most expensive microphone is compromised when
you run it through a cheap mic preamplifier. Before Mackie, that was what
you got unless you spent $20,000 to $200,000 on a big console.
When you buy a Mackie mixer, you're getting a
preamp so good that many engineers actually carry one of our mixers with
them to supplement (or replace) the mic preamps on big consoles. And as
for the analog 8•Bus pre-amp, suffice it to say, it's recorded more
platinum albums than any other 8•Bus console.
At any gain setting, our mic preamp design gives you an incredible amount
of headroom, whether you're miking a kick drum on stage or a nutjob voiceover
announcer in a studio. Mackie preamps are also astonishingly quiet –
especially to anyone who has put up with the noisy mic preamps found on
many other "affordable" compact mixers. Our published spec of -129.5dBm
Equivalent Input Noise is real and verifiable. So is our mic preamps'
minuscule 0.005% THD measurement. They're capable of capturing the most
delicate detail of any performance – whether you're dealing with
an angelic choir or a scruffy speed metal band.
The usual approach to designing a compact mixer's mic preamps is to get
a catalog and pick out inexpensive, off-the-shelf integrated circuits.
But you get what you pay for. We do it the hard way: with discrete circuitry.
The only other place you find these kinds of electronic components is
in megabux British consoles.
When you're shopping around and see comparably-priced mixers with more
preamps, remember... they may look like female XLR connectors on the outside.
But it's what's inside that counts.
We're not finished. What's inside our new VLZ
PRO series mixers is even more mind-boggling.
R.B. of Glenwood, FL sez: "I would give you feedback on your products,
but it's hard to improve on perfection. If there are improvements to be
made, you Mackoids will figure them out and the rest of us will be surprised
Get ready for XDR.