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Yamaha MG206C-USB Mixer

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The Yamaha MG206C-USB Mixing Console is a lightweight and compact mixer that will deliver serious performance at the studio, club, hall, or anywhere....Click To Read More About This Product

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A 20-input mixer/software combo that significantly expands your recording and production capabilities!

The Yamaha MG206C-USB Mixing Console is a lightweight and compact mixer that will deliver serious performance at the studio, club, hall, or anywhere. The MG206C-USB mixer offers substantial signal routing versatility that will give you the capacity, control, and performance you deserve. Yamaha USB Mixers come bundled with Steinberg Cubase A/4 Digital Audio Workstation software for easy live recording.

Cubase A/4

Cubase AI4 harnesses the power of the Steinberg Cubase 4 digital audio workstation for use with Yamaha MG "USB" mixers, providing a powerful set of advanced software tools that are easy to use while significantly expanding the mixers' recording and production capabilities. Cubase AI4 offers direct digital connectivity to the stereo buses of MG "USB" models for audio recording and editing. It also features a range of MIDI sequencing capabilities, an entire suite of VST effect plug-ins, and a HALion One sample player featuring selected waves from the famed Yamaha Motif synthesizers.

Versatile Connectivity and Pro-class Connectors

Top-mounted input and output connectors make setting up and re-patching your system quick and easy. All models feature high-quality Neutrik balanced XLR connectors on mono microphone/line channels and XLR-equipped stereo channels. These professional-class connectors were subjected to extensive testing by the Yamaha design team, and were chosen for the MG mixers for their superior reliability and sonic qualities. The XLR-equipped stereo channels can accept mono microphone input either via the XLR or phone jack connectors. The remaining stereo channels provide phone jack and pin jack connectors for compatibility with a wide range of sources. Mono input channels also feature insert I/O connectors that let you patch external signal processing gear into those channels as required. Separate pinjack 2TR inputs are provided to accept the output from a CD player or similar stereo source.

Built-in Channel Compressors

This advanced feature can be a tremendous advantage in achieving great vocal sound, as well as to refine the sound of bass, guitar, and other sources. You won't find built-in channel compression on too many other mixers in this class, but in the MG mixers you have Yamaha's innovative one-knob compression feature on several of the mono input channels. Conventional audio compressors with their threshold, ratio, knee, makeup gain and other controls can be complex and time consuming to set appropriately for a given source. Yamaha's one-knob compressor eliminates the need for an engineering degree with a single control that lets you simply dial in the amount of compression you want.

High-performance Microphone Preamplifiers with Switchable Phantom Power

Microphone preamplifiers are critical in any mixer, and a performance bottleneck in many. That's why pros often spend thousands of dollars on just a single channel of microphone pre-amplification. The microphone preamps built into the MG mixers inherit technology from Yamaha's top-line professional consoles, and have been painstakingly designed to deliver superior sonic performance with any dynamic or condenser microphone. Gain trim covers a wide - 60dB -16dB range for microphones (-34dB +10dB for line input), so you'll be able to achieve optimum level matching with just about any source. All microphone preamps also feature switchable phantom power so you can take advantage of the natural, extended response of high-quality condenser microphones.

3-band Channel EQ and High-pass Filters

Building a truly useful, musical-sounding channel equalizer is no easy task, but Yamaha has decades of experience in building pro consoles to draw on. All mono channels feature 3-band equalizers with LOW, MID, and HIGH controls. Although not directly related to the equalizer circuitry, all inputs also feature 80 Hz low-pass filters that can be used to eliminate subsonic noise that is outside the equalizers' range.

Aux/Effect Sends

Three AUX sends provide convenient routing to processing and monitor systems. Master send controls are also provided, as are RETURN level controls for the AUX and STEREO busses.

Six Buses (Stereo and Group)

The MG206C-USB has two stereo group buses and outputs that can be used for convenient channel grouping. Assign switches for the stereo and group buses are located next to each channel fader.

Smooth 60-millimeter Faders & Illuminated Channel ON Switches

Channel and master level control is accomplished via reliable, high performance 60-millimeter linear faders that provide smooth, noise-free operation. When you have more than a few channels the direct visual indication of relative level settings can be an important advantage. Also featured are illuminated channel ON switches that can be used to individually add or remove channels from the mix without having to change the positions of the channel faders.

Bright Meters for Visual Level Monitoring

Accurate visual level monitoring can help you achieve maximum signal-to-noise ratio without distortion. The MG mixer's bright, easy-to-read multi-segment LED meters make it easy to control system levels for optimum overall performance.

Easy Operation

All switches, controls, and displays have been designed and laid out for intuitive access and smooth, reliable operation with positive tactile and visual feedback.

MG206C-USB Mixing Console
  • USB Connector
  • 16 channels
  • 16 mic inputs
  • 12 mono line inputs + and 4 stereo line inputs
  • 12 insert I/O
  • Phantom power switch (+48V)
  • 3-band mid sweep EQ (ch. 1-8)
  • 3-band EQ (Ch 9/10-15/16)
  • Stereo main buses
  • 4 Aux buses
  • 4 group buses
  • 2 stereo Aux return
  • Neutrik XLR Connectors
  • Input trim gain
  • High quality mic preamp
  • HPF
  • 8 compressors
  • Illuminated CH ON switches
  • 60mm Super smooth fader
  • Monitor mix
  • Light weight (6.0 kg)
  • 12-segment LED level meter
  • Rack mountable
Cubase AI4
  • Cubase 4 audio engine
  • 48 audio tracks and up to 64 MIDI tracks
  • 25 VST effect plug-ins, including 15 new VST3 plug-in effects
  • HALion One software sample player with selected Motif waves
  • Plug and Play VST/MIDI setup
  • Studio Connections Integration
  • File Interchange between Steinberg software and Yamaha hardware
  • 20 MIDI music styles and 480 audio drum loops included

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  • Total harmonic distortion (THD+N): Less than 0.1%, 20Hz-20kHz
  • Frequency response: 0, +1, -3dB , 20Hz-20kHz
  • Hum and noise level: 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: 40W
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 18.81 x 4.13 x 19.52 in. (478 x 105 x 496 mm)
  • Net weight: 13.22 lbs (6.0 kg)
  • Accessories: Owners manual, AC adaptor

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(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)


Great Mixer - Cubase Is A Pain

By OrbitOfOurOwn

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Comments about Yamaha MG206C-USB Mixer:

The mixer itself is very nice. I use it for my home studio and run gear ranging from guitars to basses, mandos, banjos and 6 different synths. It all works great. Nice and quiet. Nice compression features. Strong EQ and panning.However, syncing Cubase and this mixer via USB with my laptop has been nothing but trouble. Between all of the work to get the right drivers, the software license protection, adjustments to my laptop and the issues with the stability of the software it has been very frustrating.Cubase itself is a really strong product (but not for the faint hearted). And I have managed to work around several of the issues. But bottom line is that everytime I fire up these products to do recording I know I am going to have to solve some problem.Buyer beware. This combination has a lot of potential. But it is not for the novice.

(9 of 13 customers found this review helpful)


Not for home recording.

By web reader

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Comments about Yamaha MG206C-USB Mixer:

Unless you only want to record 2 tracks at once. "Cubase AI4 harnesses the power of the Steinberg Cubase 4 digital audio workstation for use with Yamaha MG "USB" mixers, providing a powerful set of advanced software tools that are easy to use while significantly expanding the mixers' recording and production capabilities. Cubase AI4 offers direct digital connectivity to the stereo buses of MG "USB" models for audio recording and editing" This is not for you.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)



By Shekina

from Montreal, QC

Comments about Yamaha MG206C-USB Mixer:

This is a good live and studio console. It sound great and it is easy to use. The EQ works fine and there is not a lot coloration in the sound. I bought this console because of their compressors include. My only advice is this: This is not for hard compression on drum or bass. This is good for vocals and just to help a bit to keep a good vocal presence in the mix. If you have other compressors, you should consider to use them before those yamaha compressors.This console is missings two useful tools...1st- There is no direct out on each channel, so for recording while doing live gigs, it is a bit more complicated.2nd- No phantom power on each channel strip. There's only one for the whole console but that can cause some "hum" in your sound if your doing a high SPL gig.But overall : BUY IT BECAUSE IT IS SIMPLY A GREAT SOUNDING CONSOLE!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Awesome Mixer, not so much on the Cubase

By Jeremy Bradley

from Ohio

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Comments about Yamaha MG206C-USB Mixer:

I have this in the top space of my Odyssey ATA Flight Zone Combo Rack Case. Fits perfectly. The only issue is getting the cables under the sliding shelf on the case. Great mixer, not sure if I'm using it to it's fullest potential, but it sounds great. I've got the whole band (guitar, bass, drums, singer, and even a cello) plugged in and it's great. Took some messing with the EQ to get the cello sounding the way she wanted. The mix is awesome, if I could only get the lead guitarist to stop messing with his volume levels... Cubase was a hassle just to even get set up. Was able to record a few songs. Tried again and for some reason Cubase stopped recognizing the mixer, but fixed that. All in all, an awesome mixer, but I didn't give it a perfect because of the software.
Love everything about the mixer itself.
Nothing but good things to say about Yamaha.
Pretty good for all the features you get.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Yamaha 206C mixer

By takemine617

from Omaha, NE

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      Comments about Yamaha MG206C-USB Mixer:

      Only issue I had is I could not get Cubase 6 to recognize the USB connection from the mixer. Frustrating

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