Mackie 802VLZ4 8-channel Ultra Compact Mixer

8-channel ultra-compact mixer with 3 Onyx preamps and 3-band EQ



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8-channel desktop mixer with three high-quality Onyx preamps, eight high-headroom line inputs, phantom power, 3-band EQ, aux send/returns, and 12-segment stereo meters

 Since their inception, Mackie VLZ mixers have brought professional-level features to compact, affordable mixers, and now with the VLZ4 series, sonic performance has taken a giant leap upward. Featuring Mackie’s premium, wide-bandwidth, super-clean Onyx preamps, the 8-channel 802VLZ4 offers high-headroom and low-noise operation in a desktop-friendly, ultra-compact “built-like-a-tank” solid steel chassis. With high-contrast controls for at-a-glance visual feedback, the Mackie 802VLZ4 includes instrument-level inputs, phantom power, and level metering. The 802VLZ4 offers a true step-up in performance and durability that’s essential for low-channel count, professional use. Applications for the Mackie802VLZ4 include live sound mixing, houses of worship, clubs, conference rooms, boardrooms, studio and field recording, multimedia applications, and broadcast.

Mackie 802VLZ4 compact mixer in one take:

  • 8-channel  mixer featuring Mackie’s signature high-headroom, low-noise design
  • 3 boutique-quality Onyx mic preamps
  • 2 mono mic /3 stereo line in; or 3 mono mic/2 stereo line in operation
  • Ultra-wide 60dB gain range

INSIDE THE BOX—Mackie 802VLZ4 Compact Mixer

 The 802VLZ4 has phantom-powered, balanced Onyx mic preamps, which are Mackie’s flagship preamps. Featuring a wide-bandwidth design and clean output at high gain, Onyx preamps are also excellent at rejecting hum and noise. The 802VLZ4 can accept professional-level ribbon, dynamic, and condenser mics—pretty much any kind of mic that has a standard XLR male mic connector—and all will all sound excellent through these inputs. The 802VLZ4’s mic inputs will handle any kind of mic level you can throw at them without overloading.

For condenser mics, the 802VLZ4 has phantom power that is globally controlled by a top-panel switch. While phantom power for the mic inputs of channels 1-3 is turned on and off together, dynamic mics, such as Shure SM57s and SM58s will not be affected since they are balanced and therefore don’t “see” the voltage of phantom power. However, care must be taken with certain ribbon mics, since phantom power voltage can run through the ribbon diaphragm and burn it out.

Channels one and two are mono with an XLR input, while channel 3-4 is a hybrid design, with a mono mic input in a stereo channel. The mono mic input is fed to both sides of the stereo field. Channels one and two also have a switchable DI input for guitar or bass. These inputs share circuitry (but not phantom power) with the mic preamps, and can be driven by balanced or unbalanced sources at almost any level. Since there is more gain available than on line inputs 3–8, you can use these versatile inputs for instrument levels as low as –40 dB to operating levels of –10dBV to +4dBu,.

The 802VLZ4 has 3-band equalization at carefully selected points, including low shelving at 80Hz, mid peaking at 2.5kHz, and high shelving at 12kHz. The high and low shelf filers have boost and cut of ±15dB. The shelf boosts or cuts all frequencies either below or above the selected points (below for LF, above for HF), while “mid peaking” means that certain frequencies form
a “hill” or a bell curve around the center frequency, which is 2.5 kHz in the case of the mid EQ.

OUTSIDE THE BOX—Mackie 802VLZ4 Compact Mixer

 The top panel of the 802VLZ four has a patchbay section at the top of the mixer where all connections are made. Channels 1-2 each have a mono XLR input, ¼” (bal/unbal) mono line input, ¼” TRS insert jack, DI switch, low-cut filter switch, and rotary gain knob. Channel 3/4 has a mono XLR in, stereo ¼” line inputs, (mono, L/F, bal/unbal), 100Hz low-cut filter, and mic gain control. The patchbay section to the right of the channel inputs has balanced L/R stereo XLR and ¼” main outputs, stereo RCA inputs and outputs, and ¼” aux send. The main output section also has a level switch that enables the 802VLZ4 mains to output at mic level, which is very useful for sending sub-mixes from the 802VLZ4 to mic inputs of a larger mixer. (Clever, yes?)

The remaining I/O in the patchbay section includes mono/stereo ¼” line inputs for channels 5/6 and 7/8; L/R stereo ¼” returns; L/R stereo ¼” ALT outs, which is a separate stereo bus fed by the 802VLZ4’s dual-function mute switches; and L/R stereo ¼” control room outputs, all of which can accept balanced or unbalanced signals. And finally, to the far right of the patchbay section are the phantom power switch and ¼” stereo TRS headphone out jack.

Channel controls of the 802VLZ4 include aux send level knob, 3-band EQ knobs, pan control, mute/Alt ¾ switch, pre-fader solo button, and level pot. The output or master section has an Aux master level control with pre- or post-fader selector that enables the Aux master to either control levels to outboard effects or cue mix sends. Next to the Aux master is a stereo return level control. Beneath Aux and Return level controls are selectors for control room source, including main mix, Alt ¾, and tape. Plus, an assign-to-main-mix button can send Alt/3/4 to the main mix. There are also level controls for control room/sub-mix, phones, and main mix. For level control, there is a 12-segment stereo LED meter, and last but not least, Mackie’s famous Rude Solo light.

The rear panel of the 802VLZ4 has a power-on switch and connector for the included AC power adaptor. For greater convenience, the bottom panel of the 802VLZ4 has three non-threaded holes that allow it to be fitted with an optional microphone stand adapter. This allows you to support the mixer on a standard mic stand and adjust its height and level.

 From the company that put high-quality, low-cost mixers on the map, Mackie makes selecting a mixer for your particular needs easy. For more information, on the Mackie 802VLZ4 compact mixer, call or chat with your Westlake Pro sales consultant today.


Mackie 802VLZ4 compact mixer key features

  • 128.5dB dynamic range
  • +22dBu line input handling
  • Extended frequency response
  • Distortion under 0.0007% [20Hz – 50kHz]
  • Improved RF rejection, perfect for broadcast applications
  • Phantom power for condenser mics
  • Eight high-headroom line inputs
  • Selectable instrument inputs on first two channels – no DI box needed
  • 3-band EQ (80Hz, 2.5kHz, 12kHz)
  • 18dB/8va 100Hz low-cut filter on mic input channels
  • Aux send, level, pan and PFL solo on each channel
  • Stereo return for connecting FX processor or other stereo source
  • ALT 3/4 stereo bus for added routing flexibility
  • Control room / phones source matrix
  • High-resolution 12-segment stereo meters
  • Sealed rotary controls resist dust and grime
  • “Built-Like-A-Tank” rugged steel chassis with powder-coat finish
  • High-visibility, high-contrast controls deliver convenient “at-a-glance” visual feedback

Mackie 802VLZ4 Specifications:

 Main Mix Noise:

  • (20Hz–20kHz bandwidth, channels 1–3 gain @ unity gain, channel EQ flat, all channels assigned to main mix, channel 1 panned left, 2 panned right, 3–8 centered)
  • Main mix knob down, channel level knobs down:

          – XLR: –95dBu

         – TRS: –101dBu

  • Main mix knob unity, channel level knobs down:

          – XLR: –90dBu

          – TRS: –96dBu

  • Main mix knob @ unity, channel level knobs @ unity:

          – XLR: –84dBu

         – TRS: –90dBu

 Total Harmonic Distortion (THD)

  • (1kHz @ 30dB gain, 20Hz–20kHz bandwidth)
  • Mic pre @ insert: 0.001%

Attenuation (Crosstalk)

  • (1kHz relative to 0dBu, 20Hz–20kHz bandwidth, line in, 1⁄4″ main out, gain @ unity.)
  • Main mix knob down: –75dBu
  • Channel Alt / Mute switch engaged: –100dBu
  • Channel level knob down: –100dBu

 Frequency Response

  • 30Hz to 30kHz, mic input to any output, @ 60dB gain: +0dB/–1dB
  • 10Hz to 100kHz, mic input to any output, @ unity gain: +0dB/–3dB

Equivalent Input Noise (EIN)

  • (20 Hz–20 kHz, mic input to insert send out, max gain.)
  • 150 ohm termination: –128.5dBu

Common Mode Rejection Ratio (CMRR) (Mic in to insert send out, max gain)

  • 1kHz: better than -70dB

Maximum Levels

  • Mic in: +21dBu
  • Tape in: +22dBu
  • All other inputs: +22dBu
  • Main mix XLR out: +28dBu
  • All other outputs: +22dBu


  • Mic in: 2.55k ohm
  • Channel insert return: 5k ohm
  • All other inputs: 17k ohm or greater
  • Tape out: 1k ohm
  • Phones out: 60 ohm
  • All other outputs: 120 ohm


  • High Shelving: ±15 dB @ 12kHz
  • Mid Peaking: ±15 dB @ 2.5kHz
  • Low Shelving: ±15 dB @ 80Hz

Power Consumption:


Dimensions (H x W x D):

10.7″ x 8.9″ x 1.8″ (273 mm x 227 mm x 47 mm)


With power supply: 5.5 lb. (2.5 kg)

Without power supply: 4.5 lb. (2.0 kg)

Additional information

Weight 6 lbs
Dimensions 11 × 9 × 2 in

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