Ideal for both live and studio applications, Yamaha’s MG series mixers offer both quality sound and straightforward operation. By leveraging technology from Yamaha’s flagship large format commercial sound mixers, the MG series is able to deliver advanced features at a reasonable price point. Of course with 10 different models ranging from the ultra portable MG06 to the tour ready MG20XU with effects and USB, odds are you can find an MG model to satisfy your mixing needs. Lets take a look at some key features that make the MG series rise above the competition.
D-Pre Microphone Preamps:
Quality microphone preamps are critical for establishing a clean signal. With the MG series, Yamaha incorporates their proprietary D-Pre technology which uses a special inverted circuit to provide more power at a lower impedance. This results in a “fatter”sound that will capture the sublte characteristics of both instruments and vocals. Another great feature of D-Pre microphone preamps is that they are essentially free of distortion despite their ability to handle hotter signals. Essentially, with D-Pre, the MG series gives you the ability to sound great without the need for constant EQ adjustments.
High Pass Filters
All MG series mixers feature a convenient High Pass Filter switch. This allows you to instantly remove those unwanted low frequency signals that often causes mixes to sound muddy and reserved. The MG6/MG6XU offer dual band EQ on each channel while the larger members of the MG series offer 3-Band EQ allowing you to fine tune the signal of each device you input to the mixer.
Rugged Metal Casing:
When it comes to live sound, having gear that stand up to the perils of touring and the constant bombardment from changing cables and microphones is vital. That is why the MG series feature rugged powder-coated metal chasis. The layout of the mixer is designed for maximum impact resistance by placing the knobs above the surface of the chasis. Another great feature that often goes unnoticed is that the MG mixers run on Universal Power Supplies. This makes it easy to keep the show moving in case a power supply is lost or broken.
Single Knob Compression(MG10/MG10XU-MG12/MG12XU-MG16/MG16XU-MG20/MG20XU)
With the exception of the small format MG6/MG6XU models, all the MG mixers feature an incredibly convenient single knob compression circuit. Compression is a critical processing effect that establishes consistency when certain parts of a track are too loud or quiet. The single knob format is a welcome change from gear of the past that required complex individual settings for variables like attack, decay, release, and output gain to fill the critical need of applying compression to instruments and vocals.
SPX Digital Effects(MG06X/MG10XU/MG12XU/MG16XU/MG20XU)
The proper use of additional processing effects on your main output signal can help lend a professional touch to your mix. With select models in the MG Mixer family, Yamaha incorporates their acclaimed SPX Digital Effects unit to ensure all the effects at your disposal are of excellent quality. The MG06X offers six great effects while the larger models offer an incredible selection of 24 high quality effects options. With great options like reverb, delay, tremolo, and more, these mixers deliver expanded sonic possibilities. The effects section even includes a wet/dry knob so you can set how dramatic the effect will be in your final mix.
In todays environment of social media and Youtube, many people want to share their mix with the world. Select MG series models make this incredibly simple thanks to a direct USB output located on the back of the console. Featuring 24 bit/192kHz conversion capability, you can easily send a two channel mix directly to your favorite recording software. Thanks to its bidirectional circuitry, you can even introduce music stored on your computer into your performance. The mixers is also compatible with IOS devices via a USB to lightning adapter.