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Yamaha MGP24X

24-channel mixer with compression, effects, digital processing, and USB/iOS connections

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by Buck Pomerantz
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For live sound and studio recording

Yamaha's MGP24X mixer will help you produce fine music from both live and studio performances. As a mixer for a nightclub or house of worship, this versatile control surface can take on a group of almost any size, from jazz and rock bands to gospel choruses. This mixing console includes two onboard effects processors, compression on 8 channels, and a digital interface that connects to your USB device to help you produce concert-quality playback and studio-quality recording.

24 input channels

Yamaha understands the specialized techniques that reproducing music requires, so they designed the inputs of the MGP24X for different functions. The first 16 channels feature their D-PRE mic preamps, designed for Yamaha's high-end recording consoles, which use a special Class A amplifier circuit to faithfully reproduce a microphone's signal and maintain its musicality in terms of depth and tone. The other 8 input channels consist of 4 stereo pairs of line inputs, for instruments with stereo outputs. The last two pairs of input channels are called "Stereo Hybrid Channels" by Yamaha, because they feature digital processing as well as analog control.

Digital technology in an analog mixer

Yamaha loaded the MGP24X with three very handy processors on each of the Stereo Hybrid Channels. The Priority Ducker reduces the volume of that stereo channel when someone talks through channel 16's microphone, so someone could address a crowd over music, for example. The Leveler keeps every song playing through the channel at the same volume, so you're not blasting people on some songs. A Stereo Image control can reduce the left-to-right stereo separation of a song being played back, so the people on both sides of the room will hear the same thing.

USB recording and playback

You can record your performances to a USB storage device in WAV or MP3 formats. A hard disc or solid-state drive is recommended when recording WAV files, while a 2 GB flash drive can hold up to 36 hours of music recorded in MP3. You can route the USB playback through channels 21-22 and use the digital processing there to further improve the sound.

iPod®/iPhone® app control

The MGP24X sports a second USB port for your iPhone or iPod. Not only can you charge your device and play music from it, you'll be able to control the MGP24X's digital functions from your device, including the effects programs, digital source playback, and output EQ, by way of the MGP Editor app, available free from your friendly Apple App Store.

Dual effects processors and compression onboard

Two onboard digital processors provide reverb, delay, echo, and other modulation effects that'll give your music some pleasing spatial context and texture. An LCD display lets you view your digital controls and settings on your effects, the USB player/recorder, the graphic EQ, and the master compressor. The MGP24X also has 8 channels each loaded with Yamaha's one-knob audio compressor, for excellent dynamic handling of vocals, lead guitars, and other signals that don't maintain a consistent level.

Channel EQ and 6 auxiliary buses

Each channel offers 3 bands of EQ, high and low shelving, and midrange peaking control with adjustable center frequency, so you can get the tone you want for every instrument and voice. Yamaha's proprietary X-pressive EQ models the warm sound of vintage equalizers to give you a powerful tool for shaping your sonic landscape. You can use the 6 auxiliary sends to route different mixes to monitors or extra outboard effects. You can convert Aux 5 and 6 into effects sends, directing signals to the two onboard effects processors.

Output features

The MGP24X mixer features 2 digital processors on its main stereo outputs: a Master Compressor and a Graphic EQ. The Master Compressor lets you control the output's dynamics with standard compression or 3-band compression for more targeted control. The 14-band Graphic EQ, with adjustable bandwidths, gives you master tone and feedback control so every gig can sound its best. The master compressor and the graphic EQ each offer 8 memory slots for recalling past settings.

Four subgroups, with direct outputs for analog recording or processing, help you arrange a large musical ensemble into convenient groups of instruments for organized mixing. A PFL (pre-fader listen) bus system allows you to carefully monitor and meter each input signal directly. The mono output combines the stereo channels together for more uniform room coverage. A Matrix output lets you combine the 4 subgroup outputs with the left/right stereo output for a final mix with the capacity for 6 different subgroup adjustments.

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Highlights:

    24-channel mixer
    • channels 1-16:
      • mono mic/line inputs (XLR and 1/4" TRS)
      • D-PRE Class A microphone preamps
      • insertion (I/O) jack
      • switchable phantom power (+48 volts)
      • switchable high-pass filter (100 Hz, 12 dB/octave)
      • switchable 26 dB pad
    • channels 17-24:
      • stereo line inputs (1/4" TRS and RCA)
      • chs 21-24 include Stereo Hybrid Channel digital features (described below)
    • 3-band EQ on all channels
      • high: 8,000 Hz (X-pressive EQ shelving)
      • mid: tunable 250-5,000 Hz (peaking) on chs 1-16 and 21-24, fixed 2,500 Hz (peaking) on chs 17-20
      • low: 125 Hz (X-pressive EQ shelving)
    • peak lights on all channels
    Special features
    • Stereo Hybrid Channels: digital signal processing on chs 21-24 stereo inputs
      • Priority Ducker: lowers channel program when speaking through ch 16 mic or Group 1
      • Leveler: equalizes the volumes of the songs played back through the input
      • Stereo Image: blends left and right stereo signals together with a mono mix for better room coverage
    • USB digital connectivity
      • record and play digital files (WAV and MP3)
      • iPod/iPhone compatible: control the mixer's digital functions (effects, Stereo Hybrid Channels, and playback) with MGP Editor app
    • two onboard digital effects processors:
      • REV-X reverb (8 programs)
      • SPX special effects (16 programs)
    • audio compression available on chs 9-16 (single-knob control)
    • 6 auxiliary buses
      • aux 1-4 switchable in pairs as pre- or post-fader sends
      • aux 5-6 post-fader switchable as aux outputs or effects sends
    • 4 subgroups with direct outputs
    • stereo and mono main outputs
    • Matrix output mixes subgroup and stereo outputs
    • digital signal processing on the main stereo outputs
      • master compressor: standard or 3-band — 8 memory scenes (3 preset, 5 user)
      • 14-band graphic EQ with selectable bandwidths — 8 user programs can be saved and edited
    General features
    • LED output meter with peak indicator
    • LCD display for digital settings and controls
    • PFL (pre-fader listen) for metering and monitoring individual channels
    • on/off, pan, and stereo/group assignment controls on each channel
    • headphone and monitor outputs
    • steel chassis
    • weight: 34.2 lb
    • dimensions: 32-1/4"W x 6-3/4"H x 22-1/4"D
    • warranty: 1 year
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    Features and Specs
    General
    Mic inputs
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    XLR (16), 1/4" (16)
    Line inputs
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    1/4" (24), RCA (8)
    Phantom power
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    +48V
    Channel EQ
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    3-Band
    Master EQ
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    Y
    Monitors
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    1/4" (L/R)
    Effects
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    Built-in
    Talkback
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    Y
    Height (inches)
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    6-3/4
    Depth (inches)
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    22-1/4
    Width (inches)
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    32-1/4
    Weight
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    34.2 lbs
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    Features

    D-PRE Mic Preamps w/ Switchable Phantom Power: The D-PRE mic preamps were initially intended for use with Yamaha's high-end recording gear, these studio-grade, discrete Class-A mic preamps employ an inverted Darlington circuit design that features multiple circuitry elements in a multi-layered configuration in order to deliver more power with lower impedance. This means all the character, depth and feel of your original signal will be delivered with fat, natural sounding bass and smooth, soaring highs. Rediscover a favorite mic or trusted instrument by capturing the full range of your musical expression with sound that you don't hear, so much as feel. Independent toggle switching of +48V phantom power and 26dB (pad) is on each mic channel. Switchable phantom power (+48V) lets you can take advantage of the natural, extended response of high-quality condenser microphones. The 26dB (pad) switch attenuates the mic inputs by 26dB.

    Inputs: The Yamaha MGP series mixer provides twenty four total channel inputs; there are sixteen mono and four stereo mixing channels, plus sixteen channel Inserts (i/o) and a Talkback input. With up to ten mic/line inputs or up to four stereo inputs, the MG series mixer can simultaneously connect to a wide range of devices; including microphones, line-level devices, stereo synthesizers, and more. The MGP mixer offers balanced and unbalanced connectivity. Input channels 1-16 consist of XLR and TRS 1/4" jacks, as well as 1/4" insert I/O jacks. Input channels 17-24 consist of stereo 1/4" line jacks and stereo RCA line jacks. Each channel features its own input gain and output level adjustment. In addition, there is a dedicated Return input for a processed effect signal.

    Terminal Connector Gain (dB) Load Impedance (kΩ) Nominal Use (Ω) Input Level (dBu)
    Sensitivity Nominal Max. before clip
    Mono Channels
    1-16
    Mic XLR-3-31, 1/4" jack -60 3 50-600 -80 -60 -40
    -16 -36 -16 +4
    Line -34 600 -54 -34 -14
    +10 -10 +10 +30
    Stereo Channels 17-24
    Line 1/4" jack, RCA -34 10 600 -54 -34 -14
    +10 -10 +10 +30
    Mono Channel Insert 1-16 1/4" jack n/a 10 600 -20 0 +20
    Stereo Channel Insert (L/R) 1/4" jack n/a 10 600 -20 0 +20
    Talkback Input XLR-3-31 n/a 10 50-600 -66 -50 -30

    Outputs: The MGP series mixers features stereo XLR and TRS 1/4"-jack outputs which will connect to your PA system's power amplifier or powered speakers. There is also a stereo 1/4"-jack monitor output to connect to your PA monitoring system, or simply use the 1/4" headphone-jack output to connect a set of headphones for monitor. In addition, the mixer provides six Aux and two Matrix Sends. There is also a Mono output jack that outputs the signal adjusted by the mixer's Mono master fader and outputs a mono signal of the mixed stereo bus (L/R); connect to a subwoofer speaker or an expanded SR system. There are Group outputs (1-4) to connect to the inputs of a multi-track recorder, external mixer, or other such device.

    Terminal Connector Source Impedance (Ω) Nominal Use (Ω) Input Level
    Nominal Max. Before Clip
    Stereo Out (L, R) XLR 3-32, TRS 75 600 +4 dBu +24 dBu
    Mono Out XLR-32 75 600 +4 dBu +24 dBu
    Group Out (1-4) 1/4" 150 10k +4 dBu +20 dBu
    Aux Send (1-6) XLR-3-32 75 600 +4 dBu +24 dBu
    Matrix Out (1,2) 1/4" jack 150 10k +4 dBu +20 dBu
    Mono Channel Insert Out (1-16) 1/4" jack 75 10k 0 dBu +20 dBu
    Stereo Channel Insert (L/R) 1/4" jack 75 10k 0 dBu +20 dBu
    Monitor Out (L, R) 1/4" jack 150 10k +4 dBu +20 dBu
    Phones Out Stereo 1/4" jack 150 40 3mW 75mW

    Channel and Master Compressors: Originally a Yamaha innovation, 1-knob compression is now a popular feature on an increasing number of compact mixing consoles with good reason. These intelligent compressors add optimally set compression to a wide variety of input sources (9-16) with the touch of a single control, minus the hassle of setting up and configuring complex outboard gear. The MGP mixer features Yamaha's newly upgraded 1-knob compressors that feature LED indicators allowing you to visually monitor when the compression "kicks-in" on each channel. The MGP mixer is also equipped with a master compressor on the stereo bus. Both a standard type (COMP) and a three-band divided (Multi-band) master compressor have been built in. Using a master compressor allows you to reduce the overall dynamic range of the signal to fit the environment, and protect the sound system from overloads. A total of 8 memory scenes (3 read only and 5 user defined) allow settings to easily be stored and recalled as needed quickly.

    Equalizers + HPF: All input channels feature a 3-band equalizer to adjust the channel's high, mid, and low frequency bands. All Input channels (except for 17/18 & 19/20) provide a variable mid frequency adjustment from 250Hz-5kHz; channels 17/18 & 19/20 have a fixed 2.5Hz mid EQ. The shelving EQ (low/high) on the mono input channels features Xpressive EQ, which effectively models analog EQ utilizing Yamaha's famed VCM (Virtual Circuitry Modeling) technology. Yamaha analyzed vintage EQ analog circuits and redesigned the technology specifically for the MGP mixer to create an EQ with exceptionally musical characteristics. Furthermore, the cutoff frequency can also be adjusted, enhancing use of the EQ in sound reinforcement applications, and extending the sonic control range of the mixer. The MGP mixer is also equipped with a master graphic EQ on the stereo bus to tailor the overall output. You can select the 14bandGEQ or the Flex9GEQ; the Flex9GEQ lets you adjust the gain by selecting up to nine bands from the 31 frequency bands. Although not directly related to the equalizer circuitry, channels 1-16 also feature 100 Hz low-pass filters that can be used to eliminate subsonic noise that is outside the equalizers' range.

    Band Type Frequency Maximum Cut/Boost
    High Shelving 10 kHz +/- 15 dB
    Mid Peaking 250-2.5 kHz
    Low Shelving 100 Hz
    Note: The 1-16 insert (i/o) jacks can be used to insert an external signal-processing device between the equalizer and fader of the corresponding
    monaural input channel. The Insert jacks are ideal for connecting devices such as graphic equalizers, compressors, or noise filters into the corresponding channels.

    Dual Digital Effects: The MGP series mixing console offers two separate studio-grade effects processors for ultimate enhancement of your sound, with simple intuitive control. Yamaha's high-end REV-X reverb offers three very musical and natural high-resolution reverb effects; Hall, Room, and Plate. For more sound-shaping possibilities, Yamaha's renowned SPX digital multi-effect processor provides a useful selection of 16 advanced digital effects with editable parameters. Both processors can be used simultaneously, giving you a vast array of tools to color your sound.

    Note: For additional effects, you can use the six Aux and two Matrix Send jacks to feed the signal to an external signal processor, and then return the processed stereo signal through the mixer's Return jack. You can adjust the effect level and parameters of the Aux Send/Return.

    Stereo Hybrid Channels: The MGP series mixer utilizes a powerful, proprietary DSP to provide three essential features that are staples of both installed and live sound applications. In keeping with the theme of analog simplicity found throughout the MGP series design, each of these functions is readily accessible and available at the touch of a button. Featuring a mid-sweep, three-band EQ for nuanced sound control, and high-performance onboard A/D and D/A converters, the Stereo Hybrid Channel offers unique functionality with superior sound. The mixer features three exceptionally convenient features for the stereo input channels (21/22, 23/24):

    • Priority Ducker: An invaluable feature for applications that require both public-speaking and background music, Priority Ducker allows a microphone to take priority over another sound source automatically, just by speaking into the mic. Stop talking and the other sound source is brought back to its original level, therefore no console operator is required for this simple yet valuable function. You can even adjust the ducker attenuation of sound source depending on your preferences.
    • Leveler: This intelligent compressor "auto levels" different tracks from a sound source that vary in volume, providing a more pleasurable listening experience. Ideal for small events with un-manned operation of your console, Yamaha's proprietary DSP algorithm allows for extended play time without the worry of fluctuating volume levels distracting your listeners.
    • Stereo Image: The Stereo Image function seamlessly narrows the pan balance of the stereo sound source so that audiences spread over a wide area can enjoy a comfortably blended mix. This is particularly helpful for installed sound applications that requires background music. Using either of the two optimized settings (MONO or BLEND) Stereo Image ensures that everyone is in the "sweet spot" by providing a more optimally mixed sound to the entire space.

    Pan/Balance Control: The PAN control determines the stereo positioning of the channel signal on the Stereo L and R or Group 1-4 buses. The BAL control knob sets the balance between left and right channels. Signals input to the L input (odd channel) go to the Stereo L/Group (1,3) bus; signals input to the R input (even channel) go to the Stereo R/Group (2,4) bus.

    PFL Switch + Talkback: The PFL (Pre-Fader Listen) switch lets you monitor the channel's pre-fader signal, before any level adjustment. When the switch is "On", the pre-fader signal is output to your monitor speakers for monitoring. The pre-fader signal can also be routed to the Aux bus. Use the Talkback function to send instructions mainly from the mixer's operator to musicians and studio staff. You'll be able to adjust the level of the microphone signal received from the Talkback mic jack, and determine the bus to be output.

    iPod/iPhone Connectivity: The Yamaha MGP series mixer provides USB connectivity and a dedicated control app for Apple iPod, iPhone, and iPad.

    • Direct USB: The MGP series mixer features a built-in USB port to connect and charge your iPod or iPhone for seamless playback with a single connection. A direct digital connection offers a much higher level of quality with more detail and clarity than typical analog inputs can provide. The mixer also supports playback of the Apple iPad, but will not charge it.
    • MGP Editor App: MGP Editor is a free software application that gives you additional control of your console's DSP settings via your iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad (running iOS 4.3 or later). With a simple and intuitive graphic display, MGP Editor gives you additional, detailed control of your REV-X and SPX effects parameters as well as Hybrid Channel's Priority Ducker, Leveler and iPod/iPhone's playback settings. Direct playback of iTunes play list is also possible.

    USB Recording/Playback: A USB device recorder is built into the mixer for recording mixed audio to a USB device as an audio file, and for playing back
    music saved in the USB device by assigning it to the desired channel output or bus output. Supported file formats are MP3 (MPEG-1 Audio Layer-3) and WAV for recording and MP3, WAV, and AAC for playback. Up to 64GB of the capacity for the USB device is guaranteed by Yamaha. (However, Yamaha cannot guarantee operation for all the USB devices). The supported file system is FAT32. The maximum size of one file is 2GB.

    Note: As transfer speed requirements are strict for recordings made in WAV format, normal recording may not be possible when using USB memory. Accordingly, we recommend recording to a hard disk with a fast transfer speed or to an SSD (Solid State Drive). When recording in MP3 format, USB memory, hard disk, and SSD may all be used.

    Rugged Chassis: With a rugged, impact-resistant, powder-coated steel chassis, the MGP mixer is more than ready for the rigors of road abuse. The sleek design of the chassis is contoured for optimal convection cooling, further extending the lifetime of the components inside, while the internal layout separates the power supply from the analog
    circuitry for superior noise reduction. What's more, knob control placement above the surface of the chassis ensures that any impact or pressure on the knobs will be absorbed by the chassis and not the circuit board or potentiometers underneath.

    Internal Universal Power Supply: You can plug in with confidence in any region with 100V-240V power thanks to the mixer's highly-efficient internal universal power supply. With its multi-voltage design, the MGP series mixer ensures worry-free operation in potentially damaging environments with fluctuating power levels. An Internal power supply also simplifies rack mounting of the console at installed applications, with no use for a bulky adapter or additional connections.

     
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