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Yamaha MG Series mixers

Compact, rugged, and user friendly

Yamaha MG20XU

Yamaha MG20XU 20-channel mixer

Yamaha's latest MG Series mixers are designed to be more reliable, more versatile, and better-sounding than ever before. The tough metal chassis houses improved internal electronics that come from their high-grade studio mixing consoles.

Yamaha MG16

Yamaha built each of their MG Series mixers with a tough metal chassis

Accurate and warm-sounding preamps

The microphone inputs of MG Series mixers feature Yamaha's high-end D-PRE preamps. The low-distortion Class A circuitry they use produces more power for the signal, in a very balanced and controlled manner, so you end up with more headroom on each channel, which allows loud transient sounds to pass cleanly.

All the microphone channels in MG mixers feature:

  • Phantom power for condenser microphones
  • High-pass filter to remove the low rumble often generated through live onstage microphones
  • 26 dB attenuating "pad" on every input to tame hot inputs like keyboards.
Yamaha MG06

MG06 6-channel mixer

Simple signal routing

The signal routing is intuitive and straight forward. Signals come in, get mixed together via the channel faders, or volume knobs on the 6- and 10-channel models, and exit out the main stereo outputs. The main outputs are balanced XLR connectors, so you won't be tempted to use noisy unbalanced cables when connecting to your amplifiers or powered speakers.

Which configuration suits your needs best?

MG mixers come in 10 models: 5 with onboard effects, and 5 without. As the channel count increases, the mixers feature more outputs, including auxiliary outputs for different monitor mixes, and group outputs that control multiple voices and instruments with one fader, for better organized sound production.

On the 10-channel-and-up models, most channels have 3-band EQ, to clean the tone of each voice and instrument as it enters the mix. Also on the 10-channel-and-up mixers, some channels have user-friendly one-knob compressors. These let you easily adjust dynamics to achieve mixes that sound well-blended and unified.

Compact, easy-to-use 6- and 10-channel models

Mixer Mic inputs Line inputs Aux outs Compressors Effects Group outs
MG06 2 6 0 0 0 0
MG06X 2 6 0 0 6 0
MG10 4 10 1 2 0 0
MG10XU 4 10 1 2 24 0

The MG06 6-channel mixer has outputs for main speakers only, which makes it perfect for a school or church auditorium where one or two microphones and the ability to play music are all that're needed. The MG06X adds some reverb and delay effects, so it would work well with solo or duo musical acts where those effects are useful.

The 10-channel MG10 and MG10XU add an auxiliary output, so they would work for small musical groups, solo rappers, or even radio broadcasters who only need one monitor mix.

With more channels, you get more versatility, too

Mixer Mic inputs Line inputs Aux outs Compressors Effects Group outs
MG12 6 12 2 4 0 2
MG12XU 6 12 2 4 24 2
MG16 10 16 4 8 0 4
MG16XU 10 16 4 8 24 4
MG20 16 20 4 8 0 4
MG20XU 16 20 4 8 24 4

The 12-channel-and-up models feature three important step-up features:

  • Instead of rotary knobs, you get faders for quicker, more precise level adjustments
  • On/off switch on each channel
  • Pre-fader listening (PFL) bus for monitoring every signal via the mixer's LED meter and your headphones.

The MG12 mixer will work well for a small ensemble that doesn't want any reverb or other sonic effects added to their music, while the MG12XU will work best for those who do want them.

Most rock bands will prefer the MG16XU or MG20XU. The extra channels accommodate drum microphones. And the four auxiliary outputs allow for different monitor feeds.

The MG16 and MG20 mixers will be more appropriate for larger rooms and auditoriums that won't need more echo or reverb added to the mix. These two mixers and the MG16XU and MG20XU each come with a rack-mount kit included, for extra protection when on the road.

Yamaha MG12XU

MG12XU gain, compression, EQ, and effects controls

The X and XU models have high-quality effects onboard

The models ending in XU feature Yamaha's SPX digital multi-effects processor, another technology that trickles down from their high-end mixers. On all models except the MG06X, you get 24 different reverbs, delays, and modulation effects that add color and feeling to your music. A parameter control lets you fine-tune settings like delay time or a reverb's apparent room size.

Also on the XU models, you can plug in a footswitch to mute and re-engage the effects while onstage, without needing a soundman at the mixer. The MG06X includes 3 reverbs and 3 delays with set parameters, which make sounding good easy.

Yamaha MG20XU

MG20XU outputs and USB port

The XU models connect to your computer

The models ending in XU feature digital interface via USB 2.0. This allows 2-channel 24-bit/192K Hz recording and playback to and from your computer. For laying down studio tracks, Yamaha includes a downloadable version of Steinberg's Cubase AI digital audio workstation (DAW) software that provides musicians a powerful tool to help shape and preserve their work.

This digital connection can be accomplished directly to compatible Apple devices by way of a Lightning to USB Camera Adapter cable. For Windows users, you may have to install a different USB driver, which is available as a free download from Yamaha.

Conclusion

Yamaha MG Series mixers pass all the tests for ease of use and simplicity of workflow. You can get to work immediately with one, without stressing out about a steep learning curve.

It’s great that Yamaha can offer mixers of such high quality at such affordable prices. The inclusion of Cubase AI software with XU models makes them a particularly impressive value.

  • Buck Pomerantz from Crutchfield

    Posted on 9/25/2017

    Jeff, The MG16XU sends the main 2-channel mix out its USB output. The only control over individual drums in your mix will be on the mixer itself.

  • Jeff Seaters from Cameron Park

    Posted on 9/24/2017

    Can I record an analog drum set through the MG16XU into a computer and be able to control all the drums separate?

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