To introduce the revamped MG Series of mixers, Yamaha called up on the “special” vocal talents of actor/comedian Michael Winslow.The re-designed consoles offer varying input and processing capabilities for both portable and installation applications. The series includes five standard models from six to twenty inputs, and five XU models with onboard SPX effect processors. Yamaha says that each model in the new series has been redesigned with an emphasis on durability, with greater resistance to the conditions and hazards that they may be subjected to. A powder-coated steel chassis improves structural strength, while the placement of the knobs above the surface of the chassis absorbs any impact on the knobs to protect internal components.
Topping the list of improvements, the MG Series now feature Yamaha’s studio-grade discrete Class-A “D-PRE” microphone preamps designed to deliver more power with lower impedance. Models above10 inputs are equipped with newly upgraded 1-knob compressors that allow you to add optimized compression to a wide variety of input sources with a single control.
The XU models feature an upgraded effects processor, with a comprehensive suite of 24 different effects, which Winslow took a particular liking to (the MG06X is equipped with a six-effect SPX processor). The XU models also have a USB 2.0 audio interface capable of 24-bit/192kHz sound quality, allowing playback of digital content from a PC, and recording of the mixer output using DAW software (Steinberg’s Cubase AI software is included with these XU models).
USB Audio Class 2.0 is also supported, allowing use with USB Audio Class 2.0 compliant tablets and other devices without installing drivers. All models in the XU line are 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 your iPad or iPhone.
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