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mackie 1604

Discussion in 'Recording' started by blasted01, Oct 21, 2003.

  1. blasted01

    blasted01 Guest

    So i just picked up a mackie 1604 off ebay and i was curious if it was a good buy or not. I dont own a good mixer and i found this on ebay with 18 minutes to go. Probably wasent wise to jump at something so quick but im impulsive.

    clint
     
  2. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    I recently sold a 1604 vlz for $350...
     
  3. blasted01

    blasted01 Guest

    hey kurt,
    This is the mackie cr 1604, I understand that the 1604 vlz is its successor? Did you have many problems with what you had? why did you sell it?
    Clint
     
  4. white swan

    white swan Guest

    I desperately need a Mackie 1604 with the rotopod for my live gigs. Mine is on it's deathbed. It seems there are no other mixers out there with similar features that (with the rotopod) will fit into such a small rack space. I'd even buy a new one, but Mackie says the rotopods are back-ordered for a couple of months, and my old one won't fit on the new models!

    I wish I knew about that $350 one. Anyone else have one they want to sell me???
     
  5. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    Clint,
    Never had a problem with it! Built like a tank! Was in almost new condition when I sold it. I just didn't need it, it was taking up space. I have a SR24 vlz I use to monitor DAW and mix phone mixs with and I just had no use for it.
     
  6. blasted01

    blasted01 Guest

    Its always good to hear you didnt buy a peice oh junk huh?
    Thanks for the reassurance, does anyone know how to get ahold of the power supply for one of those? The seller didnt mention not having it but also didnt mention having it.
    Thanks
    Clint
     
  7. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    Clint,
    The power supply is internal. It uses an IEC power cord just like a computer power cord...
     
  8. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Well-Known Member

    Damm Dude, I finally got fed up with the harsh sound and sold my 1604-VLZ with rotopod a little over a year ago after using it as a sidecar and for FOH/PA gigs. I got $650. Then for $50 more, I bought a brand new old stock Neotek MicMAX dual mic pre. Sounds as clean, crisp and sweet as my friends John Hardy and the Neotek board I used to own. Good old ebay...
     
  9. Idjiit

    Idjiit Guest

    I have a 1604 VLZ I might part with for the right price. I agree that $350 seems ridiculously low. I might also be willing to work out a trade. I would need to either get something with 8 nice mic-pres or enough cash to buy something.
     
  10. white swan

    white swan Guest

    How old is it? What kind of condition? All the inputs, outputs, pots, faders, etc. still working? Does it have the rotopod?

    If yes to all of the above, what do you want for it?
     
  11. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    Yeah, just wanted to get rid of it without having to hassel shipping it somewhere. A friend offered me $300 and I said, "$400" and he said. "$350" and I said "sold". Most people I know, don't really want something like that, so I was happy to get what I could and be finished with it. I'm $350 to the good on it 'cause I got it for nothing... can't complain.. :D
     
  12. Skeetch

    Skeetch Guest

    My friend, have I got a deal for YOU!!!! Check this out and let me know what you think.
     
  13. spoon

    spoon Guest

    It is a fine mixer for what it is.
    What are you going to use it for....monitoring, some routing....some non crucial pre amps... fine.
    The SM57 doesnt mate particularly well with these pres....not bad just blah. And the pres get grainy when the gain is jacked up.
    Others say the EQ sucks....I have never really played with anything but the hi-pass filter.

    Have fun,
    spoon
     
  14. white swan

    white swan Guest

    Skeetch,

    Would you be willing to sell just the mixer? I have no use for all that other stuff.
     
  15. Skeetch

    Skeetch Guest

    Swan -

    Email me and we can talk it over. Was kinda hoping to sell the whole thing together, but I might be persuaded to unload just the mixer.
     
  16. Idjiit

    Idjiit Guest

    It's in mint condition, but it does not have the rotopod. It has only seen "non-smoking" studio use. Let me know if the deal with Skeetch falls through - looks like that may be a better way for you to go since the Rotopod is key for you.

    Not really desperate to part with it, it's a handy little thing - but I don't really have a use for it ATM. I always like being able to help out fellow musicians/recordists if I can. :D
     
  17. Skeetch

    Skeetch Guest

    Swan -

    I still have the mixer if you're still looking for one with a rotopod.
     
  18. tron

    tron Guest

    I would not make a final mix on a CR 1604
     
  19. white swan

    white swan Guest

    Neither would I, Tron. But I've been happily using mine for live gigs for about 10 years and 100,000 miles.

    Skeetch and Idjit - I want to thank you for graciously trying to help, but I have good news and bad news. My local pro dealer, when he found out about my situation, asked me if I had tried spraying some CAIG DeOxit on the various intermittent faders, pots, and jacks.

    So the other day, I got out my trusty can (don't leave home without it?) and I gave the Mackie a thorough spraying. Guess what? It's working like new... at least for the moment!!!

    So that's the good news. The bad news is I won't need to buy either of your fine mixers. At least, for the moment!

    But thanks for offering aid!

    (Oops! I hope this isn't considered an illegal review of CAIG DeOxit!)
     
  20. Idjiit

    Idjiit Guest

    Sweet! It always feels good to bring a piece of gear back to life! :D
     

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