10-channel mixer — with compression
Our take on the Yamaha MG10 by Crutchfield's Buck Pomerantz
Reliable control of your sound
Yamaha used their extensive acoustical knowledge and engineering skills in offering you the MG10 mixer. This 10-channel mixer can bring order and balance to your sound, whether produced in school, church, home studio, or on the road.
The four microphone inputs feature Yamaha's D-PRE mic preamps, designed for their high-end recording consoles, which use a special Class A amplifier circuit to faithfully reproduce a microphone's signal without sacrificing warmth. The MG10 also offers stereo line-level inputs that can accommodate unbalanced signals via 1/4" TS or RCA plugs.
Two channels of the MG10 come loaded with a one-knob audio compressor, for smoothing out the dynamics of sounds that don't always maintain consistent levels, like vocals or horns.
The first four channels include three bands of EQ to help you adjust voices and instruments. You'll find the peak lights and LED meter handy for keeping channels clean and distortion-free. The MG10 comes in a powder-coated steel chassis that's ready to endure the occasional but inevitable bumps that occur along the way.
- channels 1-4:
- mono mic/line inputs (XLR and 1/4" TRS)
- switchable 26 dB pad
- channels 5/6 and 7/8:
- stereo line inputs (1/4" TS and RCA)
- channels 9/10:
- stereo line inputs (1/4" TS)
- all microphone inputs:
- D-PRE Class A microphone preamps
- phantom power (+48 volts)
- switchable high-pass filter (80 Hz, 12 dB/octave)
- 3-band EQ on chs 1-4 — high: 10,000 Hz (shelving), mid: 2,500 Hz (peaking), low: 100 Hz (shelving)
- 2-band EQ on chs 5-10 — high: 10,000 Hz (shelving) and low: 100 Hz (shelving)
- peak lights on chs 1-4
- dynamic compression available on chs 1-2 (single-knob control)
- 1 auxiliary bus/output
- LED output meter with peak indicator
- pan and rotary volume controls on each channel
- headphone and monitor outputs
- metal chassis
- weight: 4.2 lbs
- dimensions: 9-5/8"W x 2-13/16"H x 11-5/8"D
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
What's in the Box:
- 10-Channel mixing console
- AC power adapter
- Owner's Manual
- Technical Specifications
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Features and Specs
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D-PRE (Discrete Class-A Mic Preamps): This MG Series mixing console features Yamaha's studio-grade discrete class-A D-PRE preamps, which utilize an inverted Darlington circuit comprising two cascading transistors in a configuration that provides more power with lower impedance. Delivering fat, natural sounding bass and smooth, soaring highs, with very low distortion, D-PRE preamps possess an impressively wide frequency range that allow them to handle signal from any audio source without overly amplifying any specific elements of the sound. Having such a pure sonic platform to build on will ultimately save you time and effort by eliminating the need for excessive EQ-ing or additional effects processing in order to "fix" your mix.
High Quality Sound Op-Amp: The MG Series mixer features new, high-quality, custom made MG01 op-amps that we developed in cooperation with the semiconductor manufacturer. Although many other Op-amps prioritize electrical design and efficiency, we worked directly with the semiconductor manufacturer to focus on sound quality first. MG01 op-amps feature redesigned circuitry in which even the internal components and wiring have been optimized, and use materials such as high-quality silicon wafers and copper wire to achieve superb resolution.
10-Channel Inputs: The Yamaha MG Series mixer provides ten total channel inputs; there are four Mic/Line mono input jacks (Ch1, Ch2, Ch3, Ch4) and six Line stereo/mono input jacks (Ch 3/4, Ch 5/6, Ch 7/8). The four Mic/Line mono input jacks utilize high-quality Neutrik connectors which can support both XLR and phone plugs; use these to connect a microphone, an instrument, or an audio device. The six Line stereo/mono input jacks support phone plugs to connect a electric keyboard or other audio device.
Stereo & Monitor Outputs: The main stereo outputs consist of stereo XLR-type connectors and phono plugs to connect to powered speakers or a powered amp. The mixer also features a standard 1/4" headphone jack for private listening. In addition, there is a stereo monitor output which consists of phone plugs to connect to a monitoring system. Rugged and dependable, these professional connectors ensure stable signal transmission even in the most demanding environments.
Aux Send + Stereo Input: The 10-channel mixer features an Aux Send for connecting an external effects unit or a monitor system for players. This phone-plug jack outputs the sound adjusted with the Aux knob. The mixer is also equipped with additional stereo channel with a pair of phone jack that accepts Line-level signals.
Switchable Phantom Power & PAD Switch: With +48V phantom power (for the Mic channels), the MG Series console allows you to take full advantage of the greater frequency response and high sound quality of condenser microphones. The Mic/Line Ch 1 & 2 input channels feature a PAD switch; the PAD Switch attenuates high input signals that often accompany mic'ed instruments during performance, avoiding the clipping that can seriously affect your mix.
Gain & Level Knobs: The Mic/Line channels offer independent gain control to determine the basic volume level of each channel. The Level knob determines the volume of the signal from each input channel to the main mixing output.
1-Knob Compression: Compression plays an essential role in just about any recording or sound reinforcement environment by altering the level of dynamics of an audio signal when you need livelier guitars, punchier bass lines, a tighter snare, or a cleaner vocal sound. However, it can take countless hours to master the complexities of even the most basic outboard compression units and use them effectively. Originally a Yamaha innovation, 1-knob compressors are now an industry standard that gives you instant access to optimized compression settings via a single rotary control. 1-Knob compressors are found on Mic/Line input channels 1 & 2.
EQ & High-Pass Filters: The MG Series mixer benefits from Yamaha's unparalleled experience in designing pro audio gear, featuring 3-band equalizers (High = 10kHz, Mid = 2.5kHz, & Low = 100 Hz) on all Mic/Line channels and 2-band equalizers (High = 10kHz & Low = 100 Hz) on all Line stereo/mono channels for precise control of your sound. High-pass filters (80Hz) for the Mice/Line channels allow you to eliminate unwanted low-frequency noise, for a smoother, cleaner mix.
Pan & Balance: The Pan knob (on all Mic/Line channels) adjusts the volume balance of each channel sent to the stereo main output, and determines the positioning of the sound image between left and right (stereo L/R). The Balance dial (on all Line mono/stereo channels) determines the volume balance of the stereo channels sent to the main stereo output.
LED Level Metering: Easy-to-read LED level metering (on Mic channels 1-4) allows output levels to be monitored with precision.
Metal Chassis: The MG Series mixer features a rugged, impact-resistant, powder-coated metal chassis, offering an unrivalled level of durability. With a sleek design contoured for optimal convection cooling, the internal layout separates the power supply from the analog circuitry for superior noise reduction, and further extends the life of the components inside. To further ensure reliable performance, knob control placement above the surface of the chassis diverts any impact or pressure on the knobs to the chassis itself and not the circuit board or components underneath.
Optional Mic Stand Adapter: An optional mic stand adapter (BMS-10A, sold separately) is available from Yamaha.
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