Mackie Mix5 Compact Mixer
Little Package Large Sound!
The Mackie Mix5 Compact Mixer is definitely compact though provides an excellent quality output without added noise or distortion. This is one tough little mixer for your mobile unit or your studio.
Dubbed by some as the Mackie Mini Mixer, or triple M for short, the Mix5 fits the bill for quality and affordability for even the tightest studio budgets. Let’s take a look at the Pros and Cons.
- Durable metal construction with plastic side panels
- Easy layout and controls
- All top panel connections (except power)
- Small footprint.
- Excellent sound quality
- The user manual lacks the old style Mackie humor 🙁
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Unpacking and Setup
The box was not much bigger than the Mix5 but kept it cozy on it’s way to me. Not much to cover here, an off-board power supply (a.k.a. wall wart), the Mix5 a manual and some other (essential to someone I’m certain) papers.
The manual covers several languages including English. I’d explain what they are but I cannot read them. 🙂 I am fairly certain they are English, Spanish, French and German though.
Upon inspection of the Mix5 I noticed one of the stick on rubber feet missing in the back left hand corner of the unit. I looked through the packing material and the empty box but was unable to find it.
I called the 800 tech support phone number on the back of the manual and a gentle mans automated voice described to me that the office was closed and to call back during regular business hours – which the voice also promoted were between 8am and 5pm Monday through Friday Pacific Standard Time. Good to know so I can get my rubber foot and provide you all a review of Mackie’s product service department response.
Everything else looked good and I was ready to set up the Mix5 for a few quick tests.
I started by adding this to a PA system I have set up in my garage. Nothing special here just an 1/8″ stereo – RCA (Phono) cable to connect to the Tape in on the Mix5 and two 1/4″ cables on the main out of the Mix5 to a 1200W power amp.
I fired up my laptop, powered up the Mix5 and the amp and opened an audio file I am very familiar with. No sound – oops operator error – I forgot to press the button on the Mix5 to send the Tape bus to the Main output. All good now.
I went through the full length of the main out volume control an wasn’t surprised to hear crystal clear audio as I’ve heard from other Mackie products.
I brought the Mix5 into my studio and checked the other channels and the XLR input, which does include phantom power. Again I was impressed with the quality of the sound and lack of distortion or other noise.
This will make a great addition to your home recording studio equipment list.
Don’t be fooled though – I’ve seen the Mix5 in local music shops selling for as much as 70 bucks – so don’t get ripped!
This little mixer is the Perfect Solution to solving some of the most annoying studio or live problems – I need more
I was not super excited about the plastic side panels until I realized just how tough they really are … I won’t tell you That took them off to check them out as I don’t want to void my warranty. I’m am qualified in medical equipment repair so all is good. 🙂
Stop back to LRT soon – I will provide an update to this review after I’ve called Mackie product support to get assistance with my missing rubber foot.
Until Next Time . . .
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