Yamaha upgrades MG Series mixers for simplified live recording

Six new models include 'single-knob' input compressors

Upgrade: "Single-knob" input compressors

Yamaha has upgraded its popular MG series mixers with six new models. Yamaha’s main aim is to simplify and enhance live recording.

One of the most useful upgrades here is the introduction of 'single-knob' input compressors, originally found on Yamaha’s EMX line of powered mixers. All six new MG models offer the ability to dial in the right amount of compression by turning a single knob.

As you can probably tell from the model suffix, three of the new mixers (MG16/6CX-USB, MG166C-USB and MG206C-USB) include a USB port as well as a copy of Steinberg Cubase AI4. The new MG166C and MG206C mixers feature Neutrik XLR connectors, redesigned faders and LED metering that is legible even in daylight. They also include semi-parametric EQ and advanced circuit design.

To finish off, the MG166CX incorporates Yamaha's digital SPX multi-effect processor.

Prices are as follows: MG166C ($449), MG166CX ($499), MG166C-USB ($529), MG166CX-USB ($599), MG206C ($729) and the MG206C-USB ($799). All models are shipping now, see Yamaha for more information.