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Yamaha MG16/6FX 16-Input 6-Bus Mixer with DSP  

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    No outboard signal-processing gear required!

    The Yamaha MG16/6FX 16-Input 6 Bus Mixer with DSP has all the Yamaha pro quailities with a straightforward and intuitive layout.

    16 input channels

    Eight mono microphone/line inputs and four stereo line inputs. Two of the stereo inputs also offer mono microphone input capability.

    Ten low-noise, high-precision mic preamps

    Ten high-performance head amplifiers offer superior performance with any dynamic or condenser microphone.

    Phantom power

    All ten mic preamps feature switchable phantom power for phantom-powered studio condenser microphones. A single switch turns phantom power on or off for all ten channels.

    Insert I/O

    All mono input channels feature insert I/O patch points so you can add extra signal processing to the channels as required.

    Four buses (stereo and group)

    In addition to the main stereo bus, the MG12/4 features a stereo group bus and outputs that can be used for convenient channel grouping.

    Three-band channel EQ & HPF

    Smooth musical-response three-band equalizers on all input channels. All mono microphone input channels also feature a switchable high-pass filter that can be used to cut out unwanted low-frequency noise.

    Two aux sends and stereo aux return

    Two auxiliary sends on each channel-—one postfader and one switchable for pre- or post-fader operation-—provide plenty of flexibility for external signal processing and monitoring. A stereo auxiliary return is also provided.

    Illuminated switches

    Illuminated on (ST buss assign), PFL (pre-fader listen), and phantom-power switches provide easy visual confirmation of critical console settings.

    Rackmount adapters included

    Use your MG mixer on a desktop or mounted in a rack-—adapters are provided.

    Features

    • 16 input channels: 8 mono microphone/line inputs
    • 4 stereo line inputs, 2 of which double as mono mic inputs
    • 10 high-precision mic preamps with switchable phantom power
    • 16 editable DSP effects
    • I/O patch points on all mono inputs
    • 4 buses (stereo and group)
    • Main stereo bus plus stereo group bus
    • 3-band channel EQ & HPF on all input channels
    • Switchable high-pass filters
    • 2 aux sends on each channel
    • Stereo auxiliary return
    • Illuminated switches

    For professional features, true studio sound quality, and unbelievably low prices, you can't beat the Yamaha MG series mixers. Order today.

     

    MG16/6FX 16-Input 6-Bus Mixer with DSP Specifications:

    • Less than .1% THD+N, 20Hz to 20kHz @ +14dB 600 ohms (ST out)
    • Frequency response: 20Hz to 20kHz @ + 4dB 600 ohms (ST out)
    • 10 mic XLR inputs
    • 8 mono line TRS inputs
    • 2 stereo TRS/RCA inputs
    • 4 TRS insert I/O
    • 2 TRS sends
    • 1 stereo return TRS
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    4.4

    (based on 16 reviews)

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    Nice sounding board for the price

    I use this board in my band's practice room. It was bought to save us from having to haul our Midas Venice mixer out of the truck everytime we needed to practice. I was...Read complete review

    I use this board in my band's practice room. It was bought to save us from having to haul our Midas Venice mixer out of the truck everytime we needed to practice. I was impressed with how good the Yamaha sounded. The mids are a bit harsh to my ear, and the controls are pretty sensitive, but with a little effort, you can get a nice smooth sound dialed in. The preamps are decent, headroom is good and the board is laid out well. I didn't even have to crack the manual, but it has one that is easy to understand and has lots of good advice for those just learning about sound.A couple of other nice features are the xlr outputs for the mains, and the rca inputs for CD players and other equipment.I was less impressed with most of the preset effects. A few are good, most are pretty useless though, since they have no adjustment. If your band or project is real effects heavy, you would be better off buying one of the non-effects MG series and using an external effects unit. Even an inexpensive effects unit will give you more flexibility than the built-in effects on this board. Of course if you already have an outboard unit, then you are set.There are a few other areas that I feel are a bit lacking as well. The first is that there are four "group" outs, but "NO" direct outs on the individual channels. Yeah, I know, this is a "budget board", but still, be aware, if you are wanting to run this board into a DAW, you are going to be limited in what you can do, unless you are adept at mixing groups and have a really good idea of how they will translate to your DAW. Otherwise, you are going to be limited to recording 4 tracks. So, for that reason alone, if you are buying this for recording, and plan on doing more than 4 tracks, I would go another direction and get a board with direct outs on all of the individual channels.Second, there are only two aux sends; if you need more than two monitor mixes, you are out of luck. In my band, (5 peice) everyone has their own monior and we do five seperate mixes because of the "more me" factor that always rears it's ugly head in monitor world. But, as I indicated at the begining of this review, we use this board only in our practice room where we use only one speaker anyway, and don't have to worry about monitors.The last thing, and it's really just a personal pet peeve of mine, is that I always have to grit my teeth at boards that describe themselves as a "16 channel board" but 8 of the channels, as is the case on this board, are "stereo channels", and only "two" of those channels have xlr inputs. Technically; it is a 16 channel board, practically though, as far as actual mic inputs go, I describe it as a 10 channel board, with a couple of stereo channels. Again, I know, this is a "budget" board, and as I said, it's just one of my pet peeves.Bottom line, if you are needing a relatively inexpensive board that sounds good, and you can live with giving up a few features of their higher priced cousins, then you would probably like this board a lot...I do.

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    I had Some Major problems

    Purchased this mixer mainly because of the price and the positive reviews it received. The first mixer I received had two broken sliders and 3 broken knobs. The second mixer I received had a...Read complete review

    Purchased this mixer mainly because of the price and the positive reviews it received. The first mixer I received had two broken sliders and 3 broken knobs. The second mixer I received had a broken control room output and a dead channel. The third mixer worked fine. A year later (I realize it's I'm a little behind) the mixer still seems to be working fine. One of the channel knobs and starting to stick, and the fader on channel 10 is starting to stick. This mixer has seen its fair share of shows, but Iwould recommend going another route. I've recently run out of channels, so I'm looking to buy a Behringer.

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    5.0

    Best for the Money Used

    By Perpetual Harmony

    from Wheeling WV

    I Had a MG10/2 with no effects that i got new so i figured this would be the same quality and it totally is. I had was Shopping for a Budget Board to add atleast 10 Mics in to My Current PA Rig without Bringing the Massive 100lb MC2404 Board Out of the Console for Remote Shows. This MG 16/6FX is Perfect for Me. I Picked it up Second hand for 225$ Light Use in Box. Compared to a New Yami with USB or Soundcraft (which are Great Too) or the Peavey Stuff its the Best Hands Down. In Fact I Prefer the Yamis to the Mackies and Allen Heaths but Thats Me. I Love the Layout, Metal Chasis, Flip Out Rack Ears, Preamps, and Quality 2/3rds Sliders. The Best Feature is the OutBoard Power Supply Keeping the Hum Outa the Signal Chain. If I Could Change it I Would Add the Channel Signal Led Indicators found on the MG24&32's or Dedicated Monitor Channels and Sliders. I Like the Aux Layout but Would Prefer it Seperate. Still though Yamaha has done it again by cramming more in here than i paid for. Definetly Pick One Up!

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    4.0

    Great board !

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    I just got this one used, a nice little mixer. Needed something to tide me over fro recording before diving into a digital console for DAW. All controls are very smooth, layout is intuitive and easy to follow. You have to do some alternative thinking but one can come up with some interesting routings. The f/x are alright mainly use the reverbs which frees up some rack gear for other processing. Inserts can be used for direct outs from channels. # of Sends are fine for one or more musicians. Maybe not for a whole band. Overall This is a excellent mixer for small personal studio.

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    5.0

    It's a Yamaha......

    By Argomarshall

    from Centreville, VA

    It's a Yamaha, what is there else to say. When I first purchased this board, I didn't know what I was going to get because is wasn't a high price. I have a Motif, so I've been with Yamaha products for a while. This board features a variety of features, including effects and more than 4 outputs. Not only that, but it is very user friendly.

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    4.0

    Nice sounding board for the price

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    I use this board in my band's practice room. It was bought to save us from having to haul our Midas Venice mixer out of the truck everytime we needed to practice. I was impressed with how good the Yamaha sounded. The mids are a bit harsh to my ear, and the controls are pretty sensitive, but with a little effort, you can get a nice smooth sound dialed in. The preamps are decent, headroom is good and the board is laid out well. I didn't even have to crack the manual, but it has one that is easy to understand and has lots of good advice for those just learning about sound.A couple of other nice features are the xlr outputs for the mains, and the rca inputs for CD players and other equipment.I was less impressed with most of the preset effects. A few are good, most are pretty useless though, since they have no adjustment. If your band or project is real effects heavy, you would be better off buying one of the non-effects MG series and using an external effects unit. Even an inexpensive effects unit will give you more flexibility than the built-in effects on this board. Of course if you already have an outboard unit, then you are set.There are a few other areas that I feel are a bit lacking as well. The first is that there are four "group" outs, but "NO" direct outs on the individual channels. Yeah, I know, this is a "budget board", but still, be aware, if you are wanting to run this board into a DAW, you are going to be limited in what you can do, unless you are adept at mixing groups and have a really good idea of how they will translate to your DAW. Otherwise, you are going to be limited to recording 4 tracks. So, for that reason alone, if you are buying this for recording, and plan on doing more than 4 tracks, I would go another direction and get a board with direct outs on all of the individual channels.Second, there are only two aux sends; if you need more than two monitor mixes, you are out of luck. In my band, (5 peice) everyone has their own monior and we do five seperate mixes because of the "more me" factor that always rears it's ugly head in monitor world. But, as I indicated at the begining of this review, we use this board only in our practice room where we use only one speaker anyway, and don't have to worry about monitors.The last thing, and it's really just a personal pet peeve of mine, is that I always have to grit my teeth at boards that describe themselves as a "16 channel board" but 8 of the channels, as is the case on this board, are "stereo channels", and only "two" of those channels have xlr inputs. Technically; it is a 16 channel board, practically though, as far as actual mic inputs go, I describe it as a 10 channel board, with a couple of stereo channels. Again, I know, this is a "budget" board, and as I said, it's just one of my pet peeves.Bottom line, if you are needing a relatively inexpensive board that sounds good, and you can live with giving up a few features of their higher priced cousins, then you would probably like this board a lot...I do.

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    5.0

    Outstanding Mixer! Great Value!

    This mixer has all the Yamaha Pro qualities at an unbelievable price. The built in effects and EQ sound awesome. No need for external devices here. It is quiet and very versitile. Awesome!

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    4.0

    I OWN IT. IT IS WORTH THE PRICE.

    By THEO OPATA

    from MONTGOMERY VLG, MD

    A very great mixer. Very ideal for church setting and studios. Great sound, good features. Light weight but good quality design.It has an equalizer and an onboard effects that adds color to the Vocals.It is worth the price. Go for it.I am using it for my home studio.

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    3.0

    I had Some Major problems

    By MJB

    from Ohio

    Purchased this mixer mainly because of the price and the positive reviews it received. The first mixer I received had two broken sliders and 3 broken knobs. The second mixer I received had a broken control room output and a dead channel. The third mixer worked fine. A year later (I realize it's I'm a little behind) the mixer still seems to be working fine. One of the channel knobs and starting to stick, and the fader on channel 10 is starting to stick. This mixer has seen its fair share of shows, but Iwould recommend going another route. I've recently run out of channels, so I'm looking to buy a Behringer.

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    5.0

    GREAT FOR GIGS

    By Skitch Parks

    from Harpersville, AL

    You get your moneys worth. Great little mixer!

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    2.0

    Excellent Control, Reasonably Priced

    By Joel-jchxT

    from Carnival Cruise Lines

    For outstanding control of EQ (4 band on several channels,)and, with a 7 band EQ for live EQ control-on-the-fly, and Yamaha quality to boot, this is the board to have.

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    5.0

    Great little mixer

    By Three Shades Blue

    from Fort Worth Texas

    I bought this mixer last year. For the price it is a great investment. My band gigs two to five nights a week. This mixer has been getting it done for a year now. Only one complaint and that is the size of the power supply. It looks like a mini van, very cumbersome, but no big deal. All around, this mixer is absolutely PERFECT for my 3 piece band. I will only need to upgrade if we need more channels. BUY THIS MIXER

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