Mackie 1604??

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  1. AceBSpankin

    AceBSpankin Prince of Ales Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

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    Hey "PA" guys!! I have used and abused my Mackie 1604 VLZ Pro for over 10 years now and it has developed a problem. It cuts out one side of the mains, so only 1 set of LED's work, I can shock it back into working with a quick twist of the CD Vol. knob. But I would like a better, "permanent" fix. Has anyone else seen this prob? Do I take it somewhere to be fixed? Do I just replace it? What would be the best replacement mixer,if I have to do that? Sorry for all the Q's & Thanks for all the An's, Ace
     
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    hate to be the bearer of bad news, but by the time a tech opens that board up just to diagnose the problem, you are half way to the cost of a new console. 10 years for an $800 console is pretty good. $80/yr. $.22/day. you did ok with that purchase.
     
  3. AceBSpankin

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    What's a good replacement mixer?? Doesn't have to be 16 channel.
     
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    I'm partial to a mixwiz. You could sneak by for awhile and just run the mackie in mono. If you want to step up above the mixwiz, check out the studio live series. It appears to be more dough but if you figure in the fact it has built in eq/com/effects on each channel, it's hard to top.

    Either board will be a big improvement from the Mackie. I do agree that you got your dough out of it.
     
  5. AceBSpankin

    AceBSpankin Prince of Ales Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

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    We already have all the effects/Eq's, so I just want to keep it simple!! What is the learning curve like, moving from Mackie to A&H. I want to just take the old board out and stick the new one in, not relearn how to use the system.
     
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    I had a similar problem with a regular 1604 VLZ
    They develop problems with the ribbon cables
    I used to do a volume blast to "unclog the arteries" too

    About 5 years ago I bought a current 1604 VLZ3 and no problems so far
    I believe they don't have the same ribbon cable system
     
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    I had the 1604 and moved up to a Mixwiz 3. Learning curve was very little. Mixwiz was a much better board. Sold the Mixwiz and now use a StudioLive, which I like a lot better but because of the recording aspect. Mixwiz is a great board.
     
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    midas venice is a nice step up. if you don't want to spend that much, the allen & heath mixwizard gets the job done, as does the SL.
     
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    Whats the difference between the 1604 and the 1642?? I am thinking of going Mackie agian so it will fit right back in the rack!!
     
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    The 1642 has less mic pre's and inserts.
     
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    that size (19") is a standard rack size, so don't worry about buying a mackie to fit the space....any standard 19" mixer will fit.
     
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    It's a downgrade.

    MixWiz, all the way.
     
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    I wanted a direct replacement for my somewhat broken 1604 in a rack too

    I put a 1604 VLZ3 there 5 years ago and have had no complaints, but...

    I use it in a recording setup for some routing, headphone mix, monitor vol, CD player control, a couple extra pres... not for mixing
     
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    My bass player says he thinks there is a different 1/4" out that we could use,is that real????
     
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    plenty of companies make rack mount mixers. alesis, allen & heath, midas, soundcraft, yamaha, behringer, APB, presonus....should I keep going?
     
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    there may be an A/B out, or a control room out, that would work even if your main XLR doesn't. have a look.
     

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