The Yamaha MG Series was revised last year – in fact it was first announced way back at NAMM 2014 and is readily available throughout South Africa via Yamaha’s dealer network.
The Yamaha MG Series is their portable range of mixing consoles and in total there are 10 models to choose from.
The range starts with the entry level six-channel MG06 and runs all the way up to their flagship 20-channel MG20XU. Each one has two derivatives, the standard version and the ‘XU’ version which includes and SPX effects processor and USB connectivity. There is one exception to this and it is the MG06X which does not include USB, hence the lack of a U suffixed to the model number.
The models in the Yamaha MG Series share the same build DNA other than the number of channels and these include Class-A ‘D-PRE’ preamps, robust knobs, a powder-coated steel chassis, and USB-connected XU models boast iPad compatibility via Apple’s Camera Connection Kit.
The microphone preamps use inverted Darlington circuitry technology. They’re studio-grade and are the same as found on the high-end Yamaha consoles, so expect fat, warm and natural sounding bass with rich mids, clear tops and very little distortion. These preamps are said to deliver more power with lower impedance, allowing them to handle signals from any audio source without colouration.
Other than the entry level MG06 and MG06X, all the other models in the Yamaha MG Series range are equipped with newly upgraded 1-knob compressors which means with just a single control, you can optimise your compression for all types of input sources.
Yamaha’s SPX effects are renowned and much loved in the industry and the XU models have an upgraded version of these. The previous series had 16 different effects, but with the new range you get a generous 20 presets with the exception being the MG06X which has 6. It is the entry-level model after all.
The XU models include a USB 2.0 audio interface with 24-bit/192kHz quality. This means you can play back digital content from your PC or MAC, and record the mixer output into your DAW of choice. An added bonus is the inclusion of Steinberg’s Cubase AI software with the USB models which are USB Audio Class 2.0 supported. This makes the XU versions of the Yamaha MG Series fully compliant with tablets and other devices without the need to install drivers. All models in the XU line are also compatible with Apple’s Camera Connection Kit or Lighting-to-USB Camera Adapter for seamless recording and playback of digital audio content to and from an iPad or iPhone.
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