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Yamaha GO46 Mobile Firewire Audio Interface

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The Yamaha GO46 is a mobile FireWire audio interface that features high-quality mic preamps and world-class MIDI. You also get audio recording softwa...Click To Read More About This Product

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Professional direct computer recording via FireWire.

The Yamaha GO46 is a mobile FireWire audio interface that features high-quality mic preamps and world-class MIDI. You also get audio recording software for professional quality recording to your computer in a compact package. Carry and use your GO46 virtually anywhere.

Strong, compact and highly portable
The GO46 was designed from the outset to be portable. The body is made from die-cast aluminum, which is light yet exceptionally rugged. Recording can be done virtually anywhere”all you need is a laptop computer and the GO46.

Pro-quality recording with up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution
The GO46 boasts up to 24-bit/192kHz* resolution on the analog inputs/outputs”the best in its class”and 24-bit/96kHz on the digital I/O. This pro-level quality makes the GO46 perfect for any type of recording, and allows you to capture the full details and nuances of the original source”from the breathiness of a vocal to the delicate finger slides of an acoustic guitar performance.

Multichannel input/output with FireWire (IEEE1394)
The GO46 delivers 4-in/6-out multi-channel audio by simple one-cable FireWire (IEEE1394) connection to a computer. Analog input is handled by two combo mic/line terminals (for both XLR and phone jack) with high-quality mic preamps on the front panel and two phone jack input terminals and four phone jack output terminals on the rear panel. The unit also has digital input/output with S/PDIF optical connectors, providing exceptional flexibility and allowing use in virtually any application, including mobile recording. Moreover, built-in MIDI I/O terminals allow connection of a MIDI keyboard and external MIDI synthesizers and tone generators.

Bus-powered operation
When the GO46 is connected to a computer equipped with a 6-pin FireWire (IEEE1394) terminal, power can be supplied from the computer without having to use the AC adaptor. This lets you record anywhere you want on your laptop's battery power, and actively use the device in places having few, or even no electrical outlets.

ASIO 2.0 compatible driver for ultra-low latency
Included with the device is an ASIO driver for near-zero audio delay (latency). This makes for efficient recording and mixing, by letting you apply VST plug-in effects and play your VST instruments with a MIDI keyboard in real time.

Bundled software lets you get started recording out of the box
In addition to Steinberg's Cubase LE audio/MIDI sequencer, the GO46 package includes the VST plug-in instruments Groove Agent SE, which generates drum patterns, and HALion SE, a virtual sampler that can be played via MIDI keyboard. With your computer, all you need for complete MIDI and audio recording to hard disk is right in this box. This is a full-featured yet exceptionally easy-to-use professional music/sound production system, with up to 48 tracks of audio and MIDI, compatible with VST, and featuring a host of preset effectsall in one compact package.

Mic/line input combo terminals with independent phantom power
The GO46 features combo mic/line terminals (for both XLR and phone jack) on the front panel. Phantom power is also available and independently switchable for each input channel. In other words, you can use a condenser microphone on channel 1 with phantom power switched on to capture the delicate sounds of a vocal while simultaneously recording an electric/acoustic guitar plugged into channel 2.

Separate insert terminals for connecting external effects
The GO46 has two rear-panel insert terminals for two channels of analog input. This lets you use external effects such as reverb and chorus, and apply your favorite compressors and limiters to the microphone signal while recording.

Compatible with surround playback systems such as AC-3 and DTS
The digital outputs on the GO46 are compatible with the AC-3 and DTS surround sound formats. Simply connect a surround compatible amplifier/speaker setup, and enjoy the powerful sonic experience of surround sound.

  • Mobile audio interface
  • MIDI and audio recording
  • 4-in/6-out multi-channel audio
  • FireWire (IEEE1394) computer connection
  • Bus-powered operation
  • High-quality mic preamps
  • Light, rugged die-cast aluminum body
  • Up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution on analog I/O
  • 24-bit/96kHz on digital I/O
  • 2 combo mic/line inputs (XLR and 1/4" jack)
  • Inserts on analog inputs
  • 4 phone jack outputs
  • Optical S/PDIF connections
  • MIDI I/O
  • AC-3 and DTS compatible
  • AC adaptor
  • ASIO 2.0 compatible driver for ultra-low latency
  • ASIO driver for near-zero latency
  • Includes Steinberg's Cubase LE audio/MIDI sequencer, Groove Agent SE, HALion SE
  • OS: XP Professional/XP Home Edition (SP1 or SP2)
  • Computer: Pentium 3/800MHz or higher (Pentium 4/2.8GHz or higher recommended)
  • Available memory: 384MB or more (512MB or more, recommended)
  • Free disk space: 1GB or more
  • OS: Mac OS X 10.3.6 or higher (Mac X 10.3.8 or higher recommended)
  • Computer: G4/867MHz or higher (G5/ Dual 1.8GHz or higher, recommended)
  • Available Memory: 384MB or more (512MB or more, recommended)
  • Free disk space: 1GB or more
  • *Simultaneous playback of audio and input/output of MIDI is not possible when recording at 24-bit/192kHz.

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Nice, but misrepresented

By Joe Befumo

from NEPA

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Got this yesterday. Looks pretty solid. Sound quality is excellent, HOWEVER, while it is advertised as having 4 inputs, this is misleading. It can only record 2 channels at a time. Using the front-panel inputs overrides the back panel inputs. Hence, it is of no use to me, and I will be returning it first thing on Monday morning.


Yamaha Go46 The Vista Noise

By hrdrocker38

from Philadelphia Pa

I'm not knocking this unit. The clarity is real nice and after switching from an MAudio Mobile Pre USB this thing blows its doors off....BUT I am using windows Vista and did my research for a new interface and the Yamaha Go46 has a Vista driver. Great I got it, loaded the drivers and everyhing works great, the audio is clear, the midi works for my softsynths but there is NOISE, a kink of poping distortion when anything moves on the screen..( When you download the Vista driver there is a file that tells you this) I use Sonar 6 PE and the timing bar slides across the screen and pop, crack, hiss.... Do I recommend this product, yes as long as you dont have Vista.My recordings are fine, but try recording a guitar track with monitors on trying to follow a drum track and pop, crack, hiss...Not very nice.


Great preamps


from Undisclosed

The preamps are worth the price of admission alone. This unit sounds beefy and latency is a excellent. I've owned several interfaces, and the Edirol is probably the closest contender here. I like the inserts for external fx (compressors) but as another poster remarked, the unit is a bit misleading as there are not actually 4 analog inputs at the same time. However, that said, the preamps sound great and should be taken in consideration when deciding on this interface. Using a Macbook here and at the time of this writing I have had no problems even though Yamaha is "currently testing" Leopard drivers. Routing is delivered through a software mixer much like the Firebox. I have a friend who also purchased one of these and he's convinced the preamps are worth the price and input confusion.


perfect for the minimalist musician!

By xsk3l3t0rx

from worcester, ma

This unit is a dream to use. Yamaha took the basic things that musicians need midi in/out, 2 xlr/line inputs, switchable phantom power for EACH input, and made it bus powered! How much more minimal can you get? There aren't a million buttons to confuse beginners, and even recording veterans would find it simple to use. It seems like finally out of all the companies, yamaha really listened to the consumer on this one and put the best features it could for the least amount of money without skimping and it shows. If you were contemplating buying this, please dont hold back, the preamps are clean, and on a macbook, you dont even need to install drivers, just plug it in and open garageband, BOOM! YOU-ARE-DONE! thank you yamaha!

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