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The easy way to mix and import audio to your computer.
A simple, portable, and complete solution for audio/MIDI/video recording, mixing, and playback with stereo plug-and-play USB audio I/O and Steinberg's cross-platform Cubase LE software. Also comes with Yamaha's Virtual Studio Suite: IK Multimedia Sample Tank SY, Sonic Synth SY, Amplitube LE, and T Racks EQ, plus over $400 worth of rebate coupons for additional software from Steignberg, IK Multimedia, and Arturia.
The MW10's mixer input section features 10 inputs including 4 ultralow-noise mic preamps with phantom power. A variety of input connectors including 4 XLR, 9 - 1/4" line (3 stereo line), and 2 sets stereo RCA give you flexible connectivity. Insert I/O on channels 1 and 2 let you add compressors, gates, and other external effects. Shape your mix the way you want with pan, 3-band EQ, and a high-pass filter.
The master section of the MW10 features aux send and stereo aux return; stereo master, control room, and headphone outputs; and 12-segment meters for accurate visual monitoring.
A completely simple (and simply complete) computer recording solution. Order yours now!
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Use it for recording into a DAW program as well as for band practice/live sound by connecting instruments into mixer and running the mixer through a headphone amp.
The Good: Bought this around 2007-2008 (been so long can't remember!) and have been using it since (almost 6 years now).
Great clean sound overall - Not an audophile but not a newbie either and overall sounds great - especially for the price.
The price - Not bad at all considering how much I've used it and lugged it around and it still works great, not to mention that it suited my purposes well.
Multiple input/outputs - 4 XLR/Stereo TRS plus 4 mono channels (mono can be stereo with RCA cables). USB out for recording as well as TRS L/R for out.
The Bad - First bought it for USB recording and drivers would not work my computer at the time (Windows XP, SP2). Very upset at the time but with the TRS outputs found a way around it and currently with new computer/OS I don't even need/use the USB out. Yamaha support was non-existent pretty much.
Also, Cubase software is one of the worst music programs of any kind I've used to date. Lags, not very user-friendly at all, and is a bit slow IIRC. However, some of the plugins the came with it weren't too bad and kinda liked a few of them. Better options are out there for free (Audacity) or paid for (ProTools, Audition, etc.)
Overall: Great for recording or for live sound for a few instruments but if the USB is a major factor, then maybe go with something else. I had problems but perhaps most people won't. Cubase software is virtually useless although some of the plugins are nice.
Used it for almost 6 years despite problems with USB/drivers so that should almost say enough right there.
Cubase isn't really user friendly and does have some lag issues. "I am shopping right now for ANYTHING to replace this software. Spent an hour on the phone to Calf with a very good Yamaha Rep and he finally got the software to work by doing something opposite from what the manual said.Lots of hoops to jump through just to law down ONE track!I am so shopping for an alternative right now!
I have own the MW10 for about 8 months. Recording with this set-up is easy. Perfect for those who want a good quality studio for little money. The MW10 takes the part of the mixer/controller, interface,and pre amp. This saves hundreds of dollars. I would recommend a better pre amp such as the TUBEpre and another source of recording software. Cubase isn't really user friendly and does have some lag issues. Some other points are, If you want to hear overall 24-track playback you will need a soundcard. It is only two tracks so make sure it is something you can live with. The added plug-ins are a great bonus, giving more virtual gear to work with. As a live mixer, I use this as an alternative DJ console. Very low noise and overall a great sound. So far I have recorded: 3 musical prjects, a weekly podcast, and working with a friend putting back ground music to his home movies. Plus use this on weekly DJ gigs.
I've had my MW10 mixer for a little more than six months. So far I've had up to three guitars plugged in, used it for live stereo recording and my last project was getting some really lousy recordings from a woman's retreat cleaned up and mastered for CD.It's done everything I dreamed, including providing phantom power for my first Lo-Z capacitor mic (MXL-990s)The one problem it's had is with a Dell laptop that's on it's second power supply. A little hum when it's plugged into the wallwart... I use Total Recorder Pro for most things, mostly because of the compressor/limiter and hiss reduction modules. That pulled some really poor audio out of recordings done on a cheap cassette portable. The clean pre-amps in the mixer brought it in clean so I could do the processing on the best possible source. Using a Crate Powerblock it makes for the cleanest imaginable 75 watt/channel playback off my PC. Just an RCA cable from the mixer into the line in on the amp. Fantastic sound.This mixer is quiet, clean, and solid. Now, if I can just find another Powerblock and run two in MONO
For your the money this is a pretty good little mixer. I use it mainly for a small DJ setup I have but I use it for recording as well. There is very low noise in this mixer, comparable to an allen and heath in that department. It feels pretty solid and I am impressed with it's durability. My only real complaint is that there are some latency issues with the usb connection. If you are using this to record a live performance it is great, studio use...not so much. Also is wonderful for the mobile dj as you could spend much more and get the same quality as far as signal to noise.
I ordered my MW10 and when it arrived, I installed the Cubase software, fired it up, read the little walkthrough and was recording. I dig it! I had Magix studio 10 installed on my computer and this mixer works with it too.. I havent got it to record separate tracks for the individual inputs w/ magix, but it does that just fine with Cubase.
Go with your own preamps, the built in ones sound fuzzy when you have to turn them up for acoustic guitars and such. Also I would not recommend this for recording live. If you have all of your instruments plugged in and you record your show you only get one stereo track. You can't make any adjustments to individual instruments, for live recording I would say to choose a mixer with Firewire. I wish I would have known that. For recording one track at a time which is what I mostly do, I say it does it's purpose. As for the included software, amplitude has great effects for guitar, and was a nice bonus. Cubase is not very user friendly and it is fairly complex to do very simple things, I do not like using Cubase at all. The click track is an annoying noise that you can't change to a normal "click" which is a bigger problem than it would seem.
The software that came with this thing sucked. Cubase is lagy and it didn't even line up while multy tracking for me but it's all good, so it means i used audition, Big deal. The board has realy cool dual aux. which is cool and four mic ins with 3 band eq on each. I like usb out feature because it's very clean into the computer and doesn't distort (if you know how to run your system properly) Phantom power is impotant and a good feature but I have a complaint. Instead of two tracks in and two tracks out the should have made it four tracks out so you could multi track them all. anyways, good board.