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Mackie ProFX12v3

Compact Mixer & USB Interface
By Paul White

Mackie ProFX12v3

Now boasting Mackie's highly regarded Onyx preamps, the newest mixers in the ProFX range offer much to tempt musicians on a budget.

Mackie's ProFX range of compact mixers has been around for a while now, and in 2015 they got a 'v2' overhaul. Those models boasted Mackie's then–new Vita preamps and updated features such as the powerful Mackie Ready FX engine, and are still on sale. The new v3 model reviewed here appears to be a slightly sideways step from the v2, losing some features and gaining others. Like previous versions, the v3 models include a USB interface for two-channel recording and playback (24-bit, up to 192kHz sample rates), making them useful in the home studio or as a practical live mixer/submixer.

There are six different versions of the mixer available, distinguished by their channel counts (from six to 30 channels). The 12-channel version we have here features seven mic/line input channels, the first two of which are equipped with 'combi' jack/XLR sockets and Hi–Z switches to accommodate instruments with passive pickups. The first four channels each have an insert point and a one-knob compressor, while the last three channels (5-6, 7-8 and 9-10), can be used either as mono mic channels or stereo line channels. All the channels have a gain control, and all but channels 11–12 have a switchable 100Hz low-cut filter. Channel 11–12 can either be fed from a stereo mini jack or switched to the USB return, but it still has the full complement of channel EQ, send and pan controls. Note that the...

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Published November 2019