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Mackie 1604 Love Thread... Go Ahead... You Got a Story... Mixers (Analog)
Old 9th December 2014
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I produced and mixed a single in 1994 on a 1604 that had huge local success. The "BIG" studio in the area had Neve and SSL boards. One day I was chatting with the head engineer of that studio who had just completed sessions with Foster and Gatica and the single that I had produced came up. He asked which SSL had I mixed it on because he "KNOWS" that's an SSL sound.....Obviously he was shocked when I told him the whole thing was done on a 1604 and
Old 9th December 2014
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I sure put mine through its paces and learned a lot in the process.
Value to performance was really pretty good back then.

It also permitted me to keep everything I used hooked up and ready to go.

Mackie 1604 1st Gen.
Tascam 488
Pioneer duel cassette for dubs and bounces.
Marantz 2252-B receiver for power amp
ART FXR Elite Reverb
Alesis 3630

Ensoniq EPS with on board 8 channel sequencer.
Infinity SM-82's for near fields.

Even though I was flying by the seat of my pants, everything made sense.
Old 9th December 2014
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As far as the question concerning what 90s records were recorded on the old Mackie 1604 VLZ there are supposedly a number of them. Some years ago this issue came up on the now defunked Studio Forums site, and a pretty impressive list was amassed at the time. Anyway, why not? Lots of great recordings have been done with less…
Old 9th December 2014
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Even at early 1604 level, just the experience, grasping the signal path and routing, riding those faders in a complex mix was much more intuitive than screwing with my current M-Audio Project Mix and on screen automation.
Old 9th December 2014
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I cut my teeth at home and on stage with a 1604 while interning at a place that had s beautiful Trident. That very same 1604 did 4 national tours and countless regional as well as two weeks of f***ing burning man, where I obviously had to have it cleaned afterwards. It served as my live and stage rig till only several years ago when I finally needed a higher channel count and picked up an a and h for my live work.
I sold it to someone who probably isn't using it much but considering the legacy its had that's probably best. A track I recorded on it many many years ago still brings in enough revenue to pay several website hosting fees. I have higher end stuff now but that little workhorse caught some real emotion, mixed some pretty amazing bands and artists and had taught a young would be audio engineer a lot about the art of live sound.
I know no behringer pos could have put up with half the abuse that 1604 did and im skeptical of many others as well. So... although I probably will never buy another that little beast served me well.

Last edited by omnialinx; 9th December 2014 at 06:12 PM.. Reason: grammar
Old 9th December 2014
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A power surge took mine out.

I can't speak for later Mackie stuff, but I have to agree, for the time, for the money, I totally got my money's worth out of it.
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