From Tape Op interview by Larry Crane with Elliott Smith and producers Rob Schnapf and Tom Rothrock on the recording of Either/Or. > Tom: “In other cases, like the song "Alameda," the drum mics were mixed together live through the Mackie 1604 to one track live as they were recorded, with compression from the Behringer Composer added at the same time as well. Knowing Elliott, I'd speculate that he did test passes of the drum mix until he felt it would work well in the final mix. "Alameda" was also dumped to 16-track at The Shop, where some vocals were added (see Alternate Versions… for this iteration), but for the album release Elliott chose to return to the original 1/2-inch master and mix from those tracks, possibly after recording an "updated" vocal.”more
Machine info: This mixer is designed for maximum flexibility. It features 16 XLR Mic, 1/4" Line inputs. It is perfect for larger exhibit booth demonstration areas. The 1604 is also an excellent choice for meeting applications where a number of mics, and audio sources need to be mixed together. Used: Liam always uses this mixer in live shows. Liam's comment: "I take a Mackie 1604 out live. As far as I'm concerned, Mackie are the best desks for dance production. I had a Tascam 32 channel, and I sold it to Shades Of Rhythm, and I had done as much as I could do with it. Mackie has much more headroom. I went from a 16 channel Mackie to buying that Tascam and after a year, I still couldn't get a good sound out of it. So I went back to basics - like two 16 channel Mackies. Then I was happy again!" . Inputs Channels 1-16 XLR Mic, 1/4" Balanced/Unbalanced Line Level Insert 1/4" Balanced/Unbalanced Line inputs Other inputs Tape in (dual RCA) Main Insert (L & R)1/4". Balanced/Unbalanced line level (4) Aux returns (L & R)1/4". Balanced/Unbalanced line level Outputs Main outs Left, Right, Mono 1/4" Balanced/Unbalanced Line Level (4) Sub Outs 1/4" Balanced/Unbalanced Line Level Other outputs Tape record out (dual RCA), (6) Aux sends 1/4" Balanced/Unbalanced line level (8) Direct Outs 1/4" Balanced/Unbalanced Line Level Width 442mm (17.3") Depth 447mm (17.6") Weight 9.1kg (20 lb) Power Requirements 120V 60hz 50wmore
"At home I do most of my mixing in the box–that’s to say, inside Pro Tools. For serious mixing I go off campus. On the input side I have a few nice pre-amps like Amek, Neve, API, Daking, and the underrated Drawmer 1960. And for overflow I have several Mackies (32×8, 1604, 1202) and a few Presonus pre’s."more
I purchased this board back in 1995 for my, at the time, tiny MIDI/recording studio I was setting up. It's gone through a lot of reconfigurations over the years and now it's my band's central hub and primarily feeds an IEM system. It has handled a lot of different configurations and options, thus I consider that its biggest benefit. The mic preamps are good and quiet, the output is clean, no noise or crackles, wish it had more mic inputs but it has an option to expand them if I want to seek it out. On the whole, it's been very good to me for many years.