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Where can we find replacement faders for mackie 1604

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See the link below for contacts either locally to you are from Mackie support directly. These guys are extremely helpful. Please have the serial number of the unit with you when you contact them. That will insure that the correct parts are ordered.



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sounds like it could be dust or moisture ...Try cleaning the board and knobs and faders. this may help it may make it worse. Also while at it...check all connections...especially from board to amps. or to outboard gear. Could be a bad chord

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How do i hook up monitors to mackie1604 vlz pro to where you can hear music and mike.

Plug either a powered monitor or amp and then speaker into one of the aux sends. Now adjust the monitor mix using the appropriate aux send pot on each of the channel strips you want to send to the monitor. Think of the aux send pots as faders for the monitor mix the same as the main fader for the ain mix.

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The main mix fader is not working , how to change and where can i buy parts ? i'm in the philippines!

try to put a litlle dust oil in the cursor that it will work. something like "W40".
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in the mackie site they have all the adresses of the concessions in the several countries.

Mar 07, 2011 | Mackie 1604 Vlz3 16 Channel Mixer

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Hi, my makie 1604 vlz channels are tempermental in that sometimes they work and sometimes they dont. what can i do?

There are cables that bridge the sets of channels together. You MAY have a bad connection of one of these. The strips of channels I believe are in banks of 8 in the Mackie's. The cables should be accessable with removing the back of the unit.
If you have had a spill of liquid into the faders, then you know what the problem is and requires extensive work to replace faders. You could try putting a bit of CRC226 into the middle of the fader slots if the faders are noisy. You can get the CRC226 at the Home Depot in the electrical dept. Use ONLY this exact product.

Feb 22, 2011 | Mackie 1604 Vlz3 16 Channel Mixer

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My mackie 1604 vlz 16channel has a problem, it changes sounds during the use and faders need to be cleaned. why is it changing sounds on me...?

If the faders have become noisy, they may be changing due to poor contact. Try putting a small amount of CRC226 in the center of the slot of each fader and then move fader knob to top and bottom. CRC226 is available in the electrical department of Home Depot in a small can with spout... about $2.70

Jan 16, 2011 | Mackie 1604 Vlz3 16 Channel Mixer

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What is the value of mackie's faiders and master faders

The channel faders will be a 10K with standard fader taper.

The master fader is a 50K dual, with standard fader taper.

Sep 20, 2010 | Mackie 1604 Vlz3 16 Channel Mixer

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Where can I get New master faders for Mackie 1604 ? I live in banbury.

Your best bet is to visit the link below and select the "local distributor" option under section 4. You will then get contact information for a local distributor. I have found Mackie to be very helpful with parts requests. Please note that these units are a bit tricky to open up. Take care during dis-assembly not to tear any cables.



Aug 31, 2010 | Mackie 1604 Vlz3 16 Channel Mixer

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One of my channels creates a popping noise on my mackie 16 track board. Can I do something or does it need to go in for repairs? BKKirk

Check the possibility of marginal connectors.

You MIGHT try putting a small bit of CRC226 into the fader for that channel if it might be the fader. CRC226 is available in the electrical dept of Home Depot in a small spray can with a tube spout. DO NOT use De-Oxit in the faders. Put the tube into the slot and give a SMALL shot and work the slider. This MIGHT fix your problem. Other than that it is ready to go to the shop.

Aug 08, 2010 | Mackie 1604 Vlz3 16 Channel Mixer

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I need a part. a fader for a SR24?4?2 VLZ PRO.

Removing all the knobs from a section of the board where the bad fader is can be a hassle.and sometimes some of the nuts from jack or screws from some connectors.

You are probably better to order the part from Mackie to get the exact part. Most are made by ALPS and I get ones for some equipment from or However, it does take a bot o knowledge to get the correct part and sometimes requires cutting the shaft of one that is too long.
One MUST match the mounting holes, resistance value, length of throw AND the "taper". Yours will probably be a standard "Audio taper" for the main output.

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No volume control with 2 faders on Mackie CR1604 mixer

If all other functions work for those channels, the most likely problem is the fader itself. These can fail and operate more like switches rather than faders. Without witnessing the behavior, I can not state that for sure. While these mixers are not the hardest to work on, they are time consuming. The faders can be purchased from Mackie directly. If you need to have this repaired, any shop that repairs audio gear should be able to erpair this for you. Where are you located?


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