May 16, 2014, by PSW Staff
The new small-format MG Series mixers from Yamaha (Yamaha Corporation of America) are now shipping. The redesigned series provides compact and cost-effective solutions with quality sound for install, recording and live settings.
Ten MG models incorporate technologies originally developed for high-end professional mixers, including studio-quality preamps, powerful digital signal processing and rugged, reliable construction.
All models come with Yamaha discrete Class-A D-PRE microphone preamps. By using an inverted Darlington circuit topography, these studio-grade preamps have multiple circuitry elements designed to provide more power, deliver lower impedance and supply an impressively wide frequency range.
With varying input/output and processing capabilities, the new MG Series includes four XU models that feature an upgraded version of the Yamaha SPX effects processor, including a comprehensive suite of 24 different effects that can be used to add polish to mixes (upgraded from the 16-effect version in the previous MG series).
The smallest model, the MG06X, includes six of the most popular SPX presets. Five standard models range from six to twenty channels.
For XU models offer digital connectivity and software that streamlines the recording process, including Steinberg Cubase AI. A USB 2.0 audio interface capable of 24-bit/192 kHz sound quality allows for playback of digital content from a PC and recording of the mixer output using DAW software.
USB Audio Class 2.0 is also supported so that compliant tablets and other devices can be used without installing drivers. All models in the XU line are compatible with Apple’s Camera Connection Kit or Lightning-to-USB Camera Adapter for recording and playback of digital audio content to and from an iPad or iPhone.
MG mixers also include high-pass filters, input pads and 48-volt phantom power. Models with more than 10 inputs are equipped with newly-upgraded, 1-knob compressors that add optimized compression to a wide variety of input sources with the touch of a single control.
U.S. MSRP for the MG Series ranges from $129 to $929.
Yamaha Corporation of America (YCA)