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Unmatched Quality and Performance
Whether you have a mixing applications that involves only a few channels, or up to 32 inputs with substantial signal routing versatility, Yamaha's MG-series offers a console that will give you the capacity, control, and performance you deserve. All models are remarkably compact and lightweight for superior handling and portability, but absolutely no compromises have been made in terms of features, performance, or durability. The MG mixers offer an extraordinary blend of technology: some inherited from professional Yamaha mixing consoles you're likely to see in distinguished halls throughout the world, and some developed specifically to deliver optimum performance in the MG-console format. In either case these performance-packed mixers are founded on a world-spanning network of human and technological resources that crystallize to deliver features that really matter, and sound that is undeniably superior.
Lightweight, Portable Designs
Designing a lightweight mixer is not too difficult, but designing a lightweight, compact mixer that delivers serious performance is another matter. The Yamaha design team went to extraordinary lengths in the MG series, including in-depth material and structural analysis, to bring you maximum manageability and maximum performance in the same packages. The result is that you can easily pop the smallest models into your briefcase or shoulder bag and take with you anywhere. Even the larger models can be tucked under an arm and carried around quite easily. But the performance you'll get at the studio, club, hall, or anywhere you choose to use these fine mixers is far from lightweight. Every one of the MGseries mixers provides significant space savings along with huge performance benefits.
Versatile Connectivity and Pro-class Connectors
Top-mounted input and output connectors make setting up and re-patching your system quick and easy. All models feature high-quality Neutrik™ balanced XLR connectors on mono microphone/line channels and XLR-equipped stereo channels. These professional-class connectors were subjected to extensive testing by the Yamaha design team, and were chosen for the MG mixers for their superior reliability and sonic qualities. The XLR-equipped stereo channels can accept mono microphone input either via the XLR or phone jack connectors. The remaining stereo channels provide phone jack and pin jack connectors for compatibility with a wide range of sources. Mono input channels also feature insert I/O connectors that let you patch external signal processing gear into those channels as required. Separate pinjack 2TR inputs are provided to accept the output from a CD player or similar stereo source.
Built-in Channel Compressors
This advanced feature can be a tremendous advantage in achieving great vocal sound, as well as to refine the sound of bass, guitar, and other sources. You won't find built-in channel compression on too many other mixers in this class, but in the new MG mixers you have Yamaha's innovative one-knob compression feature on several of the mono input channels. Conventional audio compressors with their threshold, ratio, knee, makeup gain and other controls can be complex and timeconsuming to set appropriately for a given source. Yamaha's one-knob compressor eliminates the need for an engineering degree with a single control that lets you simply dial in the amount of compression you want.
High-performance Microphone Preamplifiers with Switchable Phantom Power
Microphone preamplifiers are critical in any mixer, and a performance bottleneck in many. That's why pros often spend thousands of dollars on just a single channel of microphone pre-amplification. The microphone preamps built into the MG mixers inherit technology from Yamaha's top-line professional consoles, and have been painstakingly designed to deliver superior sonic performance with any dynamic or condenser microphone. Gain trim covers a wide -60dB ~ -16dB range for microphones (-34dB ~ +10dB for line input), so you'll be able to achieve optimum level matching with just about any source. All microphone preamps also feature switchable phantom power so you can take advantage of the natural, extended response of high-quality condenser microphones.
3-band Channel EQ and High-pass Filters
Building a truly useful, musical-sounding channel equalizer is no easy task, but Yamaha has decades of experience in building pro consoles to draw on. You reap the benefits in the MG series mixers: all mono channels feature 3-band equalizers with LOW, MID, and HIGH controls. Depending on the model some of all of the stereo channels have 2-band EQ for smooth equalization of stereo sources. Although not directly related to the equalizer circuitry, all inputs also feature 80 Hz low-pass filters that can be used to eliminate subsonic noise that is outside the equalizers' range.
Smooth 60-millimeter Faders & Illuminated Channel ON Switches
The MG206c features reliable, high performance 60-millimeter linear faders that provide smooth, noise-free operation. When you have more than a few channels the direct visual indication of relative level settings can be an important advantage. Models with linear faders also feature illuminated channel ON switches that can be used to individually add or remove channels from the mix without having to change the positions of the channel faders.
Bright Meters for Visual Level Monitoring
Accurate visual level monitoring can help you achieve maximum signal-to-noise ratio without distortion. The MG mixer's bright, easy-to-read multi-segment LED meters make it easy to control system levels for optimum overall performance.
All switches, controls, and displays have been designed and laid out for intuitive access and smooth, reliable with positive tactile and visual feedback.
Extended capacity, versatility and control for stage with sixteen microphone inputs
(16 Mics + 4 Stereo line inputs)
Input gain trim
High Quality mic preamp
12 insert I/O
Phantom power switch (+ 48V)
3 band Mid-sweep EQ (Ch 1-12)
Iluminated CH ON switches
3 band EQ (Ch 13/14-19/20)
60 mm Super smooth fader
6 busses (Stereo + 4 groups)
4 Aux sends
Light weight (6.0 kg)
2 Stereo Aux return
12-seg LED level meter
Neutrik™ XLR Connectors
operation with positive tactile and visual feedback.
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Comments about Yamaha MG206C 20 Channel Rack Mount Mixer:
It's been great for 5 years now. It stays in my home studio, but it would make a great band mixer as well. Every once in a while I have to spray a pot or slider, but that's to be expected. Now I use all 20 channels for different sources and it is running at least 30 hours every week. A little tip: I use a soft-bristle paint brush and a dust-buster to keep it clean.
Comments about Yamaha MG206C 20 Channel Rack Mount Mixer:
I use the MG206C in conjunction with a Fostex MR-16HD. I use all 20 channels for specific input sources. For the first time, I have enough channels and it's nice to be through with patching for the forseeable future. This mixer accomodates my midi rack with 4 stereo inputs. Drum inputs use 4 channels (first time I've ever had 4), Bass and Acoustic Guitar use 2, two more for vocals, a pair for recorder playback, and a pair for the computer fills it up. The 4 group outs drive the 4 inputs on the recorder, and the 2 main outs drive the Crown amp and JBL speakers for monitoring. Two auxes drive 2 Yamaha SPX90's for FX, and I have 2 auxes left unused. This is the easiest to operate recording setup I've ever owned, no doubt. It's Yamaha quiet, and very well laid out. I don't like the plastic case, but it seems to be shielded well enough where it doesn't seem to be affected by racks full of stuff very close to it. I don't like the external power supply either, but, this mixer will stay in this room for its entire service life here. I didn't let these have a bearing on the 5 star review because for the money, you just can't buy a better mixer. All in all, this is a nice mixer with plenty of flexibility. It's very compact and lightweight for the amount of features it offers. It's the perfect mate for any recorder that will record 4 tracks at once. If something were to happen to this one, I'd buy another one right away.
MG206C 20 Channel Rack Mount Mixer
The manufacturer's warranty covers parts for one year and labor for one year from date of purchase. The warranty excludes damage from misuse, abuse, and contains other exclusions.