1604-VLZ PRO 16-CHANNEL MIC/LINE MIXER OWNER’S MANUAL 120 VAC 50/60 Hz 20W POWER PHANTOM 1A/250V SLO-BLO CAUTION: TO REDUCE THE RISK OF FIRE REPLACE WITH SAME TYPE FUSE AND RATING UTILISE UN FUSIBLE DE RECHANGE DE MÊME TYPE. DEBRANCHER AVANT DE REMPLACER LE FUSIBLE UTILISE UN FUSIBLE DE RECHANGE DE MÊME TYPE.
Mackie product is not defeated. 16. Power Precautions — Unplug this Mackie product during lightning storms or when unused for long periods of time. Note that this Mackie product is not completely disconnected from the AC mains service when the power switch is in the OFF position.
READ THIS PAGE!!! We realize that you must have a powerful hankerin’ to try out your new 1604-VLZ PRO. Or you might be one of those people who never reads manuals. Either way, all we ask is that you read this page NOW, and the rest can wait until you’re good and ready.
• Distortion less than 0.0007%, 20Hz to 20kHz • Bullet-proof RF rejection using DC pulse transformer circuitry Now that you have your 1604-VLZ PRO, find out how to get the most from it. That’s where this manual comes in. HOW TO USE THIS MANUAL...
CONVERTING TO RACKMOUNT MODE Not only is the new 1604-VLZ PRO a compact, professional-quality tabletop mixer, it’s rack- mountable! Its unique rotating input pod makes this possible. One of the things that revolutionized the compact mixer industry was the “convertible pod” found on the original, classic CR-1604.
XLR-10 mic input add-on module. No more. Each and every channel on the New Improved 1604-VLZ PRO has the legendary Mackie mic/line input circuit. It’ s like getting a free XLR-10 with your mixer! MIC INPUTS...
2-track, your control room system, or your headphones. But let’s not forget that the 1604-VLZ PRO is a 4-bus mixer. These buses lead to the SUB OUTS , and are designed to accomplish the task of getting channels to the multitrack with- out using the direct outputs.
120 VAC 50/60 Hz 20W POWER PHANTOM 1A/250V SLO-BLO CAUTION: TO REDUCE THE RISK OF FIRE REPLACE WITH SAME TYPE FUSE AND RATING UTILISE UN FUSIBLE DE RECHANGE DE MÊME TYPE. DEBRANCHER AVANT DE REMPLACER LE FUSIBLE UTILISE UN FUSIBLE DE RECHANGE DE MÊME TYPE. DEBRANCHER AVANT DE REMPLACER LE FUSIBLE EFFECTS: SERIAL OR PARALLEL? You’ve heard us carelessly toss around the terms “serial”...
To learn how signals are routed to these outputs: To wire your own cables: . PHONES OUTPUT The 1604-VLZ PRO’s stereo " phones jack will drive any standard headphone to very loud levels. Walkperson-type phones can also be used with an appropriate adapter.
24-hour-a- day operation. There’s nothing that will burn out or get used up. You may notice that the 1604-VLZ PRO’s “pod” feels quite warm (the pod is the chassis that contains the jacks). This is perfectly normal.
, all the channel assignment switches +15dB -45dB should be disengaged (up). The 1604-VLZ PRO is what we call a “true 4-bus mixer.” Each channel can be assigned or unassigned to any of the subgroups without af- fecting the other subgroups or settings within...
3-BAND MID-SWEEP EQ The 1604-VLZ PRO has a 3-band, mid-sweep equalization: LOW shelving at 80Hz, MID sweep peaking from 100Hz to 8kHz, and HI shelving at 12kHz. It’s probably all the EQ you’ll ever need! (Shelving means that the circuitry boosts or cuts all frequencies past the specified frequency.
–5 TRIM –10 –15 +15dB -45dB –5 –10 –15 Most of the root and lower harmonics that define a sound are located in the 100Hz–8kHz SHIFT frequency range, and you can create drastic changes with these two knobs. Many engineers use MID EQ to cut midrange frequencies, not boost them.
We recommend going into a stereo reverb in mono and returning in stereo. We have found that on most “stereo” reverbs, the second input just ties up an extra aux send and adds nothing to the sound. There are exceptions, so feel free to try it both ways.
That’s why those “wall wart” mixers are often noisy — they can’t power a VLZ circuit. At Mackie, audio quality is much more im- portant than the price of wall warts. All of our mixers now employ VLZ and built-in power...
(if recording). But what if the engineer needs to hear something other than the main mix? With the New Improved 1604-VLZ PRO, the en- gineer has several choices of what to listen to. This is one of those tricky parts — have a double espresso first.
MODE (NORMAL (AFL)/LEVEL SET (PFL)) You may have already seen this, but in case you missed it: The 1604-VLZ PRO’s solo system comes in two flavors: NORMAL (AFL) (sometimes called SIP, or solo-in-place) and LEVEL SET (PFL) (sometimes called PFL, or pre-fader-listen).
METERS The 1604-VLZ PRO’s peak metering system is made up of two columns of twelve LEDs. Decep- tively simple, considering the multitude of signals that can be monitored by it. If nothing is selected in the SOURCE matrix and no channels are in SOLO, the meter display will just sit there.
20dB gain fully clockwise, to compensate for low-level effects. Signals passing through the STEREO AUX 1604-VLZ PRO RETURN level controls will pro- ceed directly to the MAIN MIX fader we’ll discuss in a moment.
MUTE the channels feeding the unwanted sig- nal to the effects device you do want to hear. Congratulations! You’ve just read about all the features of your 1604-VLZ PRO. You’re prob- ably ready for a cold one. Go ahead. The rest of the manual can wait.
Mic in to Insert Send out, max gain 1kHz: better than 90dB 1604 VLZ-PRO with pod normal 1604-VLZ PRO WEIGHT 20.0 lbs. (9.1 kg) 1604-VLZ PRO with pod to back Maximum Levels Mic in: All other inputs: Main Mix ⁄ " TRS outputs: All other outputs: Impedances –84.0dBu...
(if it’s missing, let us know and we’ll rush one to you). If you think your 1604-VLZ PRO has a problem, please do everything you can to confirm it before call- ing for service. Doing so might save you from being deprived of your mixer.
These switches may open an insert loop in a circuit, change the input routing of the signal or serve other functions. Mackie uses switches in the channel insert and bus insert jacks, input jacks and AUX returns. We also use these switches to ground the line-level inputs when nothing is plugged into them.
⁄ " TS phone plug. SPECIAL MACKIE CONNECTIONS The balanced-to-unbalanced connection has been anticipated in the wiring of Mackie jacks. ⁄ " TS plug inserted into a ⁄ " TRS balanced input, for example, will automatically unbalance the input and make all the right connections.
If you insert a TS (mono) ⁄ " plug only partially (to the first click) into a Mackie insert jack, the plug will not activate the jack switch and will not open the insert loop in the circuit (thereby allow- ing the channel signal to continue on its merry way through the mixer).
MULTS AND “Y”s A mult or “Y” connector allows you to route one output to two or more inputs by simply providing parallel wiring connections. You can make “Y”s and mults for the outputs of both unbalanced and balanced circuits. Remember: Only mult or “Y”...
120 VAC 50/60 Hz 20W POWER PHANTOM 1A/250V SLO-BLO CAUTION: TO REDUCE THE RISK OF FIRE REPLACE WITH SAME TYPE FUSE AND RATING UTILISE UN FUSIBLE DE RECHANGE DE MÊME TYPE. DEBRANCHER AVANT DE REMPLACER LE FUSIBLE 1604-VLZ PRO...
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