At the Prolight+Sound 2013 show in Frankfurt, Yamaha has introduced the MGP32X and MGP24X analog mixing consoles the latest addition to the MGP Series, which combine analog authenticity with comprehensive digital capabilities.
In addition to offering expanded mixing capacity with the addition of more channels, the new consoles add three new digital features: USB device recording and playback, graphic EQ and a multi-band compressor.
The new consoles also include newly developed discrete studio-grade Class-A D-PRE mic preamps that employ an inverted Darlington circuit design offering multiple circuitry elements, which delivers more power with lower impedance. With 48-volt phantom power and high-resolution sound, D-PRE mic preamps meet the demands of professional use.
“The MGP12X and MGP16X have been well-received for small portable PA and installed sound applications around the globe,” says Kazunori Kobayashi, general manager of Yamaha’s Pro Audio Division. “With more input and output capability and useful features for live sound, the new consoles can meet the demands of larger venues and installations to support a wider range of users.”
Developing compressors and EQ for high-end digital mixing consoles based on Yamaha’s acclaimed VCM (Virtual Circuit Modeling) technology, the company’s engineers recreated frequency response characteristics unique to classic analog gear, making the X-Pressive EQ more than just a means of tweaking the mix by turning it into a powerful sound-shaping tool.
The Stereo Hybrid Channel combines flexible digital functionality with intuitive analog feel and the MGP Series’ proprietary DSP provides three essential features that are staples of both installed and live sound applications — Ducker, Leveler and Stereo Image. Each of these functions, accessible at the touch of a button, provide simple, flexible control. 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.
In addition, the new MG consoles offer two separate studio-grade effects processors, Yamaha’s high-end REV-X reverb with three high-resolution reverb effects and the renowned SPX digital multi-effect processor, which provides a useful selection of 16 advanced digital effects. MGP32X and MGP24X also feature new 31-band graphic equalizer processing on the stereo bus. The 14-band GEQ and Flex9GEQ modes allow for concise, detailed EQ-ing for more demanding or professional applications.
Master compressors assigned to the stereo bus include Comp, a conventional style single band, and Multiband, which separates the audio into three bands for more subtle dynamic control. Three installed preset programs, with up to five user programs, are assigned to the stereo bus.
In addition, the units come equipped with two USB ports, including one dedicated to USB device recording and playback and the other for iPod/iPhone connection. An updated version of the MGP Editor app is available for free download at the iTunes Store and allows for remote control of effects, Hybrid channel, graphic EQ and Master Compressor.