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Whether you have a mixing application that involves only a few channels, or up to 32 inputs with substantial signal routing versatility, Yamaha's MG series offers a console that will give you the capa... Read More

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Whether you have a mixing application that involves only a few channels, or up to 32 inputs with substantial signal routing versatility, Yamaha's MG series offers a console that will give you the capacity, control, and performance you deserve. All models are remarkably compact and lightweight for superior handling and portability, but absolutely no compromises have been made in terms of features, performance, or durability. The MG mixers offer an extraordinary blend of technology: some inherited from professional Yamaha mixing consoles you're likely to see in distinguished halls throughout the world, and some developed specifically to deliver optimum performance in the MG-console format. In either case these performance-packed mixers are founded on a world-spanning network of human and technological resources that crystallize to deliver features that really matter, and sound that is undeniably superior.

  • Built-in SPX Digital Effects
  • Easy operation
  • Lightweight, portable design
  • Versatile connectivity and pro-class connectors
  • Built-in channel compressors
  • High-performance microphone preamplifiers with switchable phantom power
  • 3-band Channel EQ and high-pass filters
  • Aux/Effects Sends
  • Smooth 60mm faders and illuminated channel ON switch
  • Mic/Line inputs: 10
  • Line inputs: 8 mono + 4 stereo
  • Mixer input channels: 16
  • Group busses: 4
  • AUX busses: 3, including 1x Effect send
  • Main busses: Stereo
  • Total harmonic distortion (THD+N): Less than 0.1%, 20Hz-20kHz
  • Frequency response: 0, +1, -3dB, 20kHz
  • Equivalent input noise (EIN): -128dBu
  • Residual output noise: -98dBu
  • Crosstalk (1kHz): -70dB
  • Power supply adaptor: PA-30 AC adaptor (AC35VCT, 1.4A); 100V, 120V, 220V, 230V or 240V, 50/60Hz
  • Power consumption: 35W
  • Dimensions: 478x105x496 mm
  • Net weight: 5.5 kg
  • Accessories: Owners manual, AC adaptor

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Great so far

By Adam Boc

from Greater Boston, MA

Trouble with these reviews is that most are made within the first couple weeks of buying something, so the very important question of durability can't be addressed. So, know that this review is in that category! That said, I got this for my band to replace a dying Mackie VLZ-PRO. A couple of us researched 16-channel mixers from various makers, both for features, and for reports of problems and life-span. It seems that without spending over $1000, there's no guarantee of reliability these days, so buying the warranty is recommended for any critical piece of gear like this - not to mention gentle treatment. Yamaha has had a good reputation for quality and reliability for many years, so that helped with the decision. Final caveat -- we've used it only in rehearsal so far. OK, that said, the features on this board are very good, the sound is comparable to the old Mackie and seems to have much louder preamps, and the weight is amazingly light. The on-board effects are not super, but easy to use, helpful, and money-saving. All of this makes the Yamaha a good buy for initial quality and usability. Happy so far.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Just what a band needs

By Scott Lindsay

from Macomb, MI

I can not say enough about this mixer. I have used Berhinger and Mackie in the past, but this I the best. On board compression, effects, great head room. It has been great for our band. I can mic all my drums and still have room for 2 guitars, vocal, keys,and bass. Just stop looking and go buy it. Do not make the mistake of buying something for $80-100 less. If you want dependablity, just do it!

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


A drummer that couldn't be happier..............

By Belton Hogue

from palmdale

I have only had this mixer for two days now, but I just finished dialing in on my effects and sounds......So I have a total of 9 mics now for my drumset, and the Mackie 1202 vlz-pro has only four mic inputs, and has some line in channels messed up, so I decided to sell it and try to move up in the world. I wanted at least 8 mic inputs, but if more, better. I did research on the internet, and it would seem that for that minimum amount of inputs, and my budget, which isn't much, it came down to buying a soundcraft, with exactly 8 inputs, or the yamaha mg166cx, which as a bonus, would have more inputs, compression, AND onboard effects. So after doing more research and reading other peoples opinions, one thing someone said really stood out to me.....he said "anytime you are going to buy a cheaper priced and smaller mixer, you should only go with Yamaha". Good gracious, was he ever right! This thing blew that Mackie I had out of the water. It is large, but if that is what was necessary to make this mixer as good as they did, than great! --IT IS AWESOME FOR DRUMS--. I think the thing that I am happiest about, and was impressed with the most, and is the best surprise... is that I also have it connected to my home studio. I have a profire 2626, and with the Mackie pro I had to use the interface from mics to do the recording, no choice, it sounded terrible (dull, muddy) straight out of the mackie,and then I had to edit using the software effects to make my recorded music sound correct-if I wanted to record through the mixer. NOT THE CASE WITH THE YAMAHA ! I can record my drums all together with one bang if I'd like, and it comes out as if I already did the editing--NO EXXAGERATION. Keep in mind I also use All MONSTER CABLE(minimum), and MONSTER STUDIOLINK from the yamaha to interface, to make sure I can get the best sound out of my mixer. It sounds HUGE coming out of the pa system, also. It really brings the heaviness AND bright tones out of my drum set, and using descent mics with this mixer (beta 52's,sm57's,pg52's,mxl condesers) and monster cable is just unbelievable at home.(CROWN XTI 2000 AMP, 15'S AND 18'S bi-amped, do the math) This thing is perfect. If something happens to it, I will buy another one- if the warranty doesn't cover it. AWESOME.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


What a difference a good mixer makes!

By Ed

from North Middletown, KY

So, I have had a Behringer 2442FX for 14 months. It died yesterday during a gig. Went to GC and bought this today. Brought it home and hooked it into the EXACT setup that the Behringer was hooked into. My sound system is twice as loud! CLEAR! BEAUTIFUL! I can't believe the difference between the two. If you are toying with the $$ difference of the Behringer 2442 and the Yamaha MG166CX - don't think twice. This is the deal. So, I haven't been gigging with it yet. But it was easy to setup today. I have my monitors nice and loud with no feedback and my FOH Mains sound awesome. It fit nicely into my flight case - bolted right in. I'll update in a month. I have 4 gigs in a row coming up over the next four weekends. All of the outside - one of them is down on the courthouse lawn and will take a lot of power to get over the crowd noise. I'll let you know - but just from first impressions - MUCH better than the Behringer 2442 FX. I really, REALLY like the effects channel - it has a slider that lets you dial in just enough to make your vocals sound stellar. Easy to use.

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(14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)


The Best Compact Console I've Used

By John Kramer

from Atlanta, GA

The title says it all. The features are tremendous. It's about 2/3 the weight of any 12 fader mixer I've ever used. Each fader has 3 aux sends..one pre-fade..one post & one switchable. Also has 1-2 & 3-4 sub mix. A unique feature of the MG series of Yamaha is that ALL aux sends & sub-mixes are totally independent of main output assignment. If a fader is muted to L/R main output..it still functions as a "send" or "sub-mix". A great plus for my work. The one knob compression on the first 6 mic faders is an enormous plus. No extra components to lug to a gig. There are a total of 10 mic faders and two line faders. Each of the mic faders can function as line level as well. I LOVE the lighted "On/Off" buttons for each fader. No doubt if a channel engaged. Rack ears are built in..nothing to change or add.

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(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


nice board

By eric

from fort collins colorado

This is a high quality board. the mic preamps are quiet. the effects are good. the build quality is good. the layout is intuitive. the lack of a summed mono ouput is a bit of a drawback unless you run a stereo mix all the time. i have not used a mackie or peavey board to compare it to.

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(28 of 28 customers found this review helpful)


Extremem value-Extreme Fidelity> Bargain

By John

from arroyo grande, ca

This is for my synthesizers and one actually has balanced outputs. The board is really high quality and low noise. The shock was the quality of the effects processor! The added compressors are a great feature but do not use and when I tried could not tell when they came on or if they are working at all? Strange and would be tough to know how much to turn up without an indicator showing they are in use. Just a true bargain comparing to other boards have used that cost a lot more for less. Have it racked and no heat out of the ordinary. A++ value.

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(21 of 24 customers found this review helpful)


No Mixed Review

By DaveJack

from Columbus, OHIO

This is the most awesome mixer I have seen. 16 channel. 6 channels with gain, compression and all 16 have send return effects loop. Run in stereo, groups, master effects, grouped effects, it goes on and on. Did I mention the USB output integrates with the PC so you can record what you hear. If you are a KJ, this rig is for you. Pair this up with the JBL EON515 and let the good times roll.

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