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The EMX5016CF delivers the convenience of an integrated powered mixer with input capacity, flexible features, and solid sound that critical live applications demand. It is remarkably compact and portable for a live sound system with this much capability. And thanks to leading Yamaha digital technology, the EMX5016CF also includes a number of innovations that make it easier than ever to achieve top-class sound in just about any venue. An impressive power output of 500 watts per channel means it can handle fairly large audiences, indoors or out. The EMX5016CF goes considerably beyond the standard definition of "powered mixer," entering the realm of serious sound reinforcement.
Versatile 16-Input Configuration Adapts to Varied Source Requirements
The EMX5016CF has a total of 16 input channels – eight for monaural microphone or line input plus four stereo pairs. The stereo channel pairs can function either as monaural microphone inputs or stereo line inputs. This system gives you extra microphone inputs if your sources are mostly microphones, or if you need to handle more stereo sources, the EMX5016CF will comfortably handle four pairs in addition to eight mono mic or line inputs.
Advanced Channel EQ
3-band EQ is available on all input channels, but extra versatility is provided on the eight mono channels with mid-frequency sweep controls. The mid EQ center frequency can be continuously swept from 250 Hz through 5 kHz so you can precisely pinpoint frequencies in the critical midrange.
Ample I/O for Expansion and Integration
All you need to create a powerful, high-performance live sound system is the EMX5016CF, a pair of speakers or two, and your sources. But it does feature a range of inputs and outputs that allow it to be expanded with external gear or integrated into larger systems. Insert patch points on the mono input channels, for example, let you add outboard signal processing to individual input channels. And although you have all the monitor power and effects you're likely to need built in, external AUX and EFFECT sends allow you to route the mixer's signals to external signal processing and/or monitor systems as required. Stereo out, stereo sub-out, and record outputs are also provided.
One-Knob Compression on Mono Channels
The EMX5016CF features compressors on all monaural microphone/line channels that can help to make vocals ride the mix better, give you that smooth compressed guitar sound, deliver more punchy bass, and generally refine your mixes in a multitude of ways. These unique one-knob compressors are surprisingly simple to use. There are no multiple attack, threshold, makeup gain, and other controls – just set the COMP control to the amount of compression you need.
9-band Digital Graphic EQ with Presets and Memory
This advanced digital 9-band stereo graphic equalizer goes way beyond conventional analog types with a refined control interface, instant-recall presets, and user memory locations. It also works with the console's innovative Frequency Response Correction system (see below) for unprecedented response-shaping control. Of course you can manually adjust each band as required from scratch, but you can also use one of the presets – VOCAL, DANCE, or SPEECH – as a starting point and edit from there. You also have three user memories into which you can store your own EQ curves for instant recall whenever needed.
FRC (Frequency Response Correction) System
Setting a live sound system's output equalizer to optimally match room response is normally a complicated process requiring noise generators, calibrated microphones, real-time analyzers, and a great deal of time and experience. The EMX5016CF handles the entire process automatically, using either pink noise or a recorded music source you supply. To precisely match the system's response to the room you're in all you need to do is set up a microphone in an appropriate location, connect it to channel 1, and press the MEASURE/CORRECT once to make the measurement, and then again to automatically set the graphic equalizer for optimized response.
Automatic Feedback Suppression
Although the graphic equalizer can be used for feedback control, the EMX5016CF provides a Feedback Suppressor system that is dedicated to the job. The Feedback Suppressor works by detecting feedback frequencies on the stereo bus and applying precise notch filters to eliminate the feedback. The Feedback Suppressor has an automatic mode that automatically keeps track of and attenuates feedback frequencies for you, and a sensitive manual mode that lets you pinpoint and attenuate feedback points one by one.
Multi Band Maximizer
The EMX5016CF "Maximizer" is an advanced 3-band compressor that can be applied to the stereo bus for a more punchy "up-front" overall sound. Simply press the MAXIMIZE switch to instantly give the mix more presence and impact without sacrificing musical subtlety.
Dual Yamaha SPX Effect Processors
The EMX5016CF includes not one but two top-performance Yamaha SPX digital effect processors built in! You might only need ambience effects such as reverb and delay for live sound applications – and the EMX5016CF includes some of the finest reverb and delay effects available – but if you need other effects as well they're right at your fingertips, and you can use two different effects simultaneously. Each effect processor offers a selection of 16 top-quality effects including reverb, echo, chorus, flanger, phaser, and even distortion, with editable parameters that allow you to customize each effect.
Dual AUX Sends
AUX 1 and AUX 2 send controls with pre/post fader switching adjust the level of the channel signal sent to the auxiliary buses for monitoring or external effects send. The availability of two AUX sends provides considerable flexibility for effect and monitor routing. You could, for example, use the channel EFFECT controls to control send level to the internal SPX effect processor while using AUX 2 to feed an external effects unit, and AUX 1 to feed a stage monitor system.
One year parts and labor.
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Comments about Yamaha EMX5016CF 16 Input 12 Channel Powered Mixer with Effects:
I bought the Yamaha EMX5016 Mixer to use for performances, where the venue size did not justify hiring a sound company. This mixer does have some great features.
The EMX5016 has twin 500 watt amps built in. This provides plenty of power options to operate both the house mix and a monitor mix. I would say that the power output options (75W, 200W, and 500W) allow for a range of useable volumes from small venues to large hotel ballrooms.
The long faders give nice control for more precise mixing and each channel has two separate sets of digital effects. The Aux 1 and Aux 2 signals provide for two separate monitor mixes and independent control on how much of the effects goes into the monitor mixes. The graphic equalizer (for the main mix only) has lots of impressive features, including automatic feedback suppression, as well as, frequency response correction.
So far, it sounds like a very well thought out piece of equipment…..BUT there is no graphic equalization for the monitors. Neither is there any way to send the aux signals to an external equalizer and then come back into the mixer to utilize one of the power amps. This is a big problem for me.
If you think you will never have to deal with monitor feedback, then this may be the perfect “all-in-one” powered mixer for you. In my professional experience, however, monitor feedback is a re-occurring problem as I move from venue to venue.
This otherwise very advanced mixer, completely fails to provide a reasonable solution for monitor feedback other than buying some powered monitors, and some outboard equalizers. If you do that however, then one of the built-in 500 watt power amps is useless.
Twin equalizers are fairly common on several mixers made by competitors, but they are not found on this one.
I would rather have given up one of the digital effects units and have a much more needed second equalizer. Maybe the Yamaha engineers will consider that in the future.
EMX5016CF 16 Input 12 Channel Powered Mixer with Effects
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.