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Mackie 1202VLZ4 12-Channel Compact Mixer

Abel Code: MK-1202-VLZ4
Mfr. Code: 1202VLZ4
Estimated to Ship – 5-10 Business Days
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This is a special order item. You will be charged upon placing your order, which is non-cancelable and non-returnable.
Mackie 1202VLZ4 12-Channel Compact Mixer is a small form factor analog mixer with high sonic quality features, such as Onyx mic preamps, high-headroom/low-noise, premium components, and durable housing to withstand the rigors of production.
Key Highlights
  • Ideal for studio recordings
  • 4x Onyx preamps
  • High-Headroom / Low-Noise


Mackie 1202VLZ4 12-Channel Compact Mixer is an analog mixer with Mackie's flagship Onyx mic preamps, premium audio components, high-headroom/low-noise, and a durable housing in a small form factor. This clean board will become your go to mixer.

No-Nonsense Compact Mixer

Now featuring Mackie's flagship Onyx mic preamps, the comprehensive Mackie VLZ4 line delivers the proven feature set, high-headroom/low-noise design and Built-Like-A-Tank construction that created an industry more than 25 years ago and will still be going strong for the future.

Delivers improved RF rejection that is ideal for most Broadcast applications.

Layout includes highly visible and high-contrast controls for at-a-glance feedback on settings and an easy-to-use UI. The board includes three distinct zones: Patchbay, Channel Strip, Output Section. Click on the photos included for a close-up of the layout or read on for more detail.

Mixer Features

Onyx Preamps

4x quality Onyx mic preamps with:

  • Ultra-wide 60dB gain range
  • 128.5 dB dynamic Range
  • +22 dBu line input handling
  • Extended frequency response
  • Distortion under 0.0007% (20Hz to 20kHz)


Seeking component quality led to innovations like Mackie's custom M80 op-amps and class-leading negative summing bus architecture.

  • 12x high-headroom line inputs

Durable Construction

  • Sealed rotary controls on pots/pans to resist dust and grim
  • Rugged steel chassis with a powder-coat finish so mixer is built-like-a-tank
  • High-visibility with high-contrast controls and color coding

Comprehensive and Proven Feature Sets

  • Phantom power for condenser mics
  • 4x balanced inserts perfect for integrating your outboard gear
  • 3-band EQ (80Hz, 2.5Hz, 12kHz)
  • 18x dB/oct 75Hz low-cut filter on mic input channels
  • 2x AUX sends, level, pan, and PFL solo on each channel
  • ALT 3/4 stereo BUS for added routing flexibility
  • Control room / phones source matrix
  • High-resolution 12-segment stereo meters

Patchbay & Outputs

The top zone and rear ports allow you to patch and connect to your line-level musical instruments, microphones, guitar effects, digital delays, FX processors, drum kits, keyboards, and more.

  • Microphone Input (Channels 1-4) - female XLR ports
  • Line Input (Channels 1-4) - jack
  • Low Cut or High Pass Filter (Channels 1-4) to cut your bass frequencies below 75Hz at a rate of 18dB per octave
  • Stereo Line Input (Chanels 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12), balanced or unbalanced from -10 dBV to +4 dBu
  • Gain (Channels 1-4) to adjust sensitivity for optimal internal operating levels
  • Stereo Returns - connects the outputs of your parallel effect devices, balanced or unbalanced, stereo or mono
  • AUX Send 1 & 2 - feds your external parallel FX processors or your stage monitoring 1/4" jacks (22 dBu into a 600 ohm balanced or unbalanced load)
  • Tape Input - accepts hi-fi RCA cables
  • Tape Out - unbalanced RCA for simultaneous recordings or PA work
  • 1/4" Main Out - 1/4" TRS connectors (Tip-Ring-Sleeve), balanced or unbalanced
  • Headphones - stereo jack

The outputs on this 102VLZ4 Compact Mixer offer the ability to send signals to your stereo compressor, mono compressor, headphone amp, headphones, studio monitors, subwoofers, loudspeakers, and your computer.

  • XLR Main Outs - send the main mix into the line-level balanced inputs of your amplifier or powered speakers. Low impedence. Will drive +4 dBu lines with up to 28 dB of headroom.
  • XLR Main Out Level Switch - reduce the level of the balanced XLR main outputs by 40 dB for a number of reasons, including feeding the mic input from another mixer
  • Control Room Outs - 1/4" outputs to listen to alternate audio (other than your main mix). You can review between 33x switches with an adjustable control room/submix knob for audio review volume control.
  • ALT 3-4 Outs - 1/4" outputs, deliver 22 dBu balanced or unbalanced. Sum of any channels with mute/alt 3-4 switch pressed in
  • Channel Insert (Channels 1-4) - rear panel jacks to connect serial effects (like your compressor, equalizer/EQ, filters, etc.)
  • Power
  • Fuses
  • Power Switch
  • Voltage Selector
  • Phantom Switch


This compact mixer accepts a standard 3-prong IEC cord and comes with a power supply. The 1202VLZ4 mixer consumes only 25W. It operates on 100 to 120 V AC with 50/60 Hz.

Channel Strip

An 8-Channel strip for microphones or mono instruments with more gain available (4 at left) and stereo or mono line-level sources (4 at right). Each strip includes:

  • AUX 1 Send
  • AUX 2 Send
  • 3-Band EQ :
    • Hi EQ (12 kHz)
    • Mid EQ (2.5 kHz)
    • Low EQ (80Hz)
  • Pan
  • Mute/Alt 3-4
  • Pre-Fader Solo
  • Level
  • "U" for Unity Gain

Output Section

This section includes:

  • Main Mix
  • Control Room Source Matrix
  • Control Room / Submix
  • Rude Solo Light (No, we did not make up that title, Mackie did. Clever name for a flashing LED that reminds you when a channel is set to solo)
  • Assign to Main Mix
  • Meters
  • Pre or Post (AUX 1)
  • AUX 1 Master
  • Stereo Returns
  • Return to AUX 1
  • Plus, Jack Normalling Pins

Want to know more details about this quality Compact Mixer? Check out the Owner Manual.

What's in the Box

  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Power Supply
  • Mackie 1202VLZ4 12-Channel Compact Mixer


Key Highlights

  • Ideal for studio recordings
  • 4x Onyx preamps
  • High-Headroom / Low-Noise
  • 3-Band EQ (80Hz, 2.5Hz, 12kHz)
  • Small form factor with full function
  • 48V Phantom Power
  • Sealed rotary controls to resist dust


Frequency Response:
Microphone Input to Main Output (Gain @ Unity) - +0, -1 dB, 20 Hz to 50 kHz; +0, -3 dB, <10 Hz to >100 kHz
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) - (1 kHz @ 30 dB gain, 20 Hz–20 kHz bandwidth) Mic pre @ insert: 0.0007%
Audio Accessory Type:
All Other Inputs - 10 k Ohms or Greater
All Other Outputs - 120 Ohms
Channel Insert Return - 2.5 k Ohms
Microphone In - 2.5 k Ohms
Tape Out - 1.1k Ohms


Input Connector/Port:
1 x IEC Power

Mixers / Audio

Mixer Features:
Production Mixer
High-Pass Filter or Low Cut Filter
Attenuation (Crosstalk) - (1 kHz relative to 0 dBu, 20 Hz–20 kHz bandwidth, Line in, 1⁄4" Main Out, Trim @ unity.) MAIN MIX knob down: -75 dBu, CH ALT/MUTE Switch Engaged: -85 dBu, CHANNEL GAIN knob down: -87 dBu
Mixer Notes:
Common Mode Rejection Ratio (CMRR) - Mic in to Insert Send Out, Max Gain: 1 kHz: better than -70 dB
Equivalent Input Noise (EIN) - Mic in to Insert Send out, Max gain. 150 Ohms termination: –128.5 dBu 20 Hz–20 kHz
Main Mix Noise: Knob down, Channel Gain Knobs Down: -100 dBu - (20 Hz–20 kHz bandwidth, 1/4" Main out, channels 1–4 Trim @ unity gain, channel EQs at, all channels assigned to Main Mix, channels 1 and 3 Pan left, 2 and 4 Pan right.)
Main Mix Noise: Main Mix knob unity, channel Gain knobs down: -86.5 dBu - (20 Hz–20 kHz bandwidth, 1/4" Main out, channels 1–4 Trim @ unity gain, channel EQs at, all channels assigned to Main Mix, channels 1 and 3 Pan left, 2 and 4 Pan right.)
Main Mix Noise: Main Mix knob @ unity, channel Gain knobs @ unity: -84.5 dBu - (90 dB Signal to Noise Ratio, ref +3 dBu)
Maximum Levels: All Other Input: +22 dBu
Maximum Levels: All Other Outputs: +22 dBu
Maximum Levels: Main Mix XLR Out: +28 dBu
Maximum Levels: Microphone Input: +22 dBu
Maximum Levels: Tape Input: +16 dBu


Input Voltage:
100-240V AC - 50/60 Hz
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