Yamaha is introducing an all-new range of MG Series compact mixing consoles at NAMM this week.
Featuring five standard models (ranging from 6 to 20 inputs), and five models with onboard SPX effects processors, the new series comprises a versatile line-up designed to meet the demands of a wide range of mixing applications.
All models feature Yamaha’s discrete Class-A ‘D-PRE’ microphone preamps which use inverted Darlington circuit technology. These studio-grade preamps – also found on Yamaha’s high-end professional mixers – deliver more power with lower impedance, meeting the requirements of even the most demanding professional sound engineers. Delivering fat, natural-sounding bass, rich mids, and smooth, soaring highs, with very low distortion, D-PRE preamps have a wide frequency range, allowing them to handle signals from any audio source without colouration.
Models with 10 or more inputs are equipped with newly upgraded 1-knob compressors allowing optimised compression to a wide variety of input sources with the touch of a single control.
Yamaha’s SPX effects processors are an industry standard, ubiquitous in sound reinforcement and recording applications, and in the music industry in general. The XU models feature an upgraded version of the effects processor, with a suite of 24 different effects (upgraded from 16 in the previous series), while the six-channel MG06X is equipped with six presets.
The XU models also feature a USB 2.0 audio interface providing 24-bit/192kHz 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 models and USB Audio Class 2.0 is also supported, allowing use with compliant tablets and other devices without installing 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.
Each model in the new series has been redesigned with an emphasis on durability, incorporating practical features that offer greater resistance to the conditions and hazards that they may be subjected to. A powder-coated steel chassis provides improved structural strength, while the placement of the knobs above the surface of the chassis protects internal components by absorbing any impact or pressure on the knobs themselves.
New MG Series mixers will be available from March 2014 with pricing expected to be similar to the current series.