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Mackie or A&H Mixer?
Old 16th December 2010
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Mackie or A&H Mixer?

I am split between getting a Mackie 1402-VLZ3 or an Allen & Heath Zed-14. one retails for 30 USD more than the other so thats not really an issue at all. For Electronic dance music btw. Both have all the features i need for studio and live applications. the mackie seems to be a bit more rugged, but it really just comes down to the sound of the units. I like the sweepable mid eq's of the A&H, but the size of the unit is a turn off. it seems quite large with an extra 2 aux pots and the 100mm faders which might pose as a problem with the load out for our live set ups.

Appreciate any help, and any responses i get will probably result in my decision.
Old 16th December 2010
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I am split between getting a Mackie 1402-VLZ3 or an Allen & Heath Zed-14. one retails for 30 USD more than the other so thats not really an issue at all. For Electronic dance music btw. Both have all the features i need for studio and live applications. the mackie seems to be a bit more rugged, but it really just comes down to the sound of the units. I like the sweepable mid eq's of the A&H, but the size of the unit is a turn off. it seems quite large with an extra 2 aux pots and the 100mm faders which might pose as a problem with the load out for our live set ups.

Appreciate any help, and any responses i get will probably result in my decision.
1. 100mm Faders are ALWAYS a better choice
2. The A & H just sounds better IMO

That said, both will work so it comes down to feature needs you have for your live gig and ergonomics of the unit itself
If its sound your after, get the A & H for sure. The A & H is a more solid build too IMO

If you GAVE me a choice between the two and you were giving them to me as a gift I would take the A & H and not think twice about it, ESPECIALLY if Im wanting to record with it

***Youll wish you had those extra AUX Sends before its over
Old 16th December 2010
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A&H when you grow out of it you can at least use it for extra bussing, drum bussing or synths. Mackie vlz is a terrible choice. Get a same some extra cash and get a mixwiz or a mackie onyx used. You will be happy you did.
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in addition, i would like that "A" sounds better than"B" to be applied to dance music.
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in addition, i would like that "A" sounds better than"B" to be applied to dance music.
The A & H just sounds better period, musical genre is moot
Old 16th December 2010
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A&H when you grow out of it you can at least use it for extra bussing, drum bussing or synths. Mackie vlz is a terrible choice. Get a same some extra cash and get a mixwiz or a mackie onyx used. You will be happy you did.
ya i agree with you on the faders, but in this case. we usually play in venues/clubs that are used to a DJs load out with two decks and a mixer so the extra size could become problematic as well as take away from prime alcoholic beverage real-estate.
Old 16th December 2010
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A&H hands down. It's just better in any way you can think of.
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A&H hands down. It's just better in any way you can think of.
wow i guess it isn't as hard of a decision as i was making it out to be. leaning toward A&H now
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