Components 1: the Mackie 402-VLZ3

In the last post I described the sweet odyssey that was researching, testing and eventually setting up a rudimentary home music recording studio based on traditional instruments, an iPad and GarageBand.  This post is about the control center of my set-up -the mixer, in my case a Mackie 402-VLZ3.

The thing.  Mixers were developed to take a variety of input signals and allow the user to adjust the level of each, resulting in a mixed or balanced output signal.  Good mixers have built in pre-amps and EQing capabilities while limiting added signal noise.  This mixer has/does/doesn’t do these things well -all in a package a little bigger than a 1 pound London Broil steak.

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