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Yamaha MW12CX 12-Channel USB Mixer with Compression and FX

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With Yamaha's MW12CX USB Mixing Studio mixer, making great music is easier than ever before. Combined with the powerful Cubase AI4 audio/MIDI sequenc...Click To Read More About This Product

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A comprehensive tabletop studio setup for the solo recording musician and for the traveling producer/arranger.

With Yamaha's MW12CX USB Mixing Studio mixer, making great music is easier than ever before. Combined with the powerful Cubase AI4 audio/MIDI sequencing software, the MW12CX mixer provides a comprehensive tabletop studio setup for the solo recording musician and for the traveling producer/arranger. Connect the MW12CX to a USB terminal on your laptop or desktop computer, and you've got an instant, high-quality audio recording studio at your command. The MW mixer delivers true plug-and-play USB audio input/output interfacing--without the need for special software drivers--and lets you easily record mono inputs or two-track stereo mixes of multiple sources to your computer.

MW12CX 8-Channel USB Mixer:

The MW12CX USB mixer gives you a total of twelve inputs, including four mono microphone/line inputs and four stereo line inputs. Two of the stereo line inputs can also function as mono microphone inputs, providing up to six simultaneous microphone inputs if you need them. The high-performance ultra-low-noise balanced microphone inputs also have a phantom power switch, allowing you to take advantage of the superior sonic quality of professional-level condenser microphones.

Easy-to-use 1-knob compression

Compression--the taming of wildly varying levels in vocals, bass and guitar--is one of the most important effects used in recording and mixing. It is also one of the most subtle and difficult to use. Not with the Yamaha MW12CX, however. The innovative 1-knob analog compressor (on the mono input channels) lets you dial in just the amount of compression you need in recording, without having to set multiple parameters like threshold, ratio and makeup gain. One knob does it all for you--instantly giving you great, punchy sound.

Monitor mix

This convenient feature gives you simple control over the balance between the signals being recorded and the playback signals being monitored. This is particularly helpful when recording several sources at the same time, letting you use a single knob to adjust the balance of the playback and recording signals for monitoring purposes. Naturally, this doesn't affect the recording level; it simply allows you to control what you want to hear.

Easy-access panel and high-quality parts

Top-mounted input and output connectors make setting up and re-patching your system quick and easy. Both models feature high-quality Neutrik balanced XLR connectors for the microphone inputs. Long-throw, smooth-action faders give you precise and tactile control over signal levels. The mixer also has a bright and large 12-segment LED meter for visual signal indication.

Built-in SPX effects

For those who like the convenience of having signal processing right inside the mixer, the MW8CX USB mixer incorporates a versatile digital multi-effect unit that provides a variety of reverb, delay, modulation, and distortion programs you can use to enhance your sound, or completely transform it--without the need for an external device. Each of the 16 effect programs has a number of editable parameters as well as effect on/off switching capability and return level control. If you need to keep both hands free to play an instrument or perform other operations, an optional footswitch can be connected to the mixer's effect footswitch jack for convenient on/off switching.

Channel on switches

Dedicated On switches for each channel let you enable or disable (mute) individual input channels as desired, while the lamps on the switches give you instant visual indication about which channels are on.

Cubase AI4 music production software

The Yamaha's MW10C USB Mixing Studio mixer gives you absolutely everything you need to turn your computer into a complete home recording studio--and that includes Steinberg's full-featured Cubase AI4 software. Cubase AI4 is a comprehensive music production software based on the flagship Cubase 4 program that has been specially bundled with the new MW. It gives you up to 48 simultaneous audio tracks and 64 MIDI tracks, plus a variety of VST plug-in software synths and effects, as well as full VSTi compatibility.

The 'AI' in Cubase AI4 stands for Advanced Integration, and this new software delivers sophisticated functions and a level of hardware/software integration that other programs can't match. Thanks to the built-in Studio Connections system, Cubase AI4 lets you use compatible hardware instruments (such as Yamaha's MOTIF XS synthesizer) directly and seamlessly within your computer-based environment. Check out the example applications below to see how you can use the MW in creating and recording your own music--and look at the section on Cubase AI4 later in the brochure for details on this powerful program.

Cubase 4 sound engine

At the heart of Cubase AI4 is the same high-quality audio engine used in the top-of-the-line Cubase 4 system. Record and mix your tracks with professional quality 32- bit/96kHz resolution, and enjoy the clearest, most accurate and most pristine digital sound throughout the entire signal chain.

HALion ONE software sampler

Cubase AI4 comes loaded with the powerful HALion ONE software sampler. This sample playback plug-in perfectly integrates with the sequencer and is optimized for use with the SoundFrame features. It features brand-new ready-to-play sounds using high-quality samples from Yamaha's renowned MOTIF series instruments--covering acoustic and electronic instruments, as well as synth timbres and drums.

Comprehensive plug-in effects

Other important Cubase AI4 features include a comprehensive set of VST3 plug-ins, including 15 new and dynamic effect types. Use them to process your recorded tracks within your computer--without the need for external processors.

Soundframe ” universal sound management

SoundFrame is a new powerful system built into Cubase AI4 that manages all of your sounds, samples, presets and loops in one centralized database. It puts all of your music materials in one easy-to-access, easy-to-organize location, and makes recording and song creation more efficient than ever before. SoundFrame--when used with the included HALion ONE software sampler (see below)--can help you easily and quickly find any sound, not only by instrument but also by category, type, style, character or other attributes. You can even instantly preview sounds before loading. SoundFrame also allows you to manage your VST effects plug-in presets, organizing and categorizing them to form one big effects library.

Extensive editing features:

Cubase AI4 gives you a number of sophisticated, useful tools for controlling and rearranging your recordings. You can use the main Project window to record and do basic cut-and-paste work on your tracks, and use the other editing windows for more detailed changes. The Sample Editor, for example, lets you easily manipulate your audio recordings. For MIDI recordings, there are a variety of options--the Key Editor (in piano roll form), the Drum Editor (with convenient event and drum mapping indications), the Score Editor (for notation based editing), and the detailed List Editor (showing all MIDI events).

Wide variety of sample loops included:

A sample set of 480 different drum and rhythm loops has been included, as well as 20 types of MIDI Style files (for backing tracks) so that you can get started making quality music right out of the box.

12-channel USB Mixer
Connect To Your Computer via a Single USB Cable
No Driver Installation Required
Cubase LE DAW Software Supplied
Easy-to-use 1-knob compression
3-Band EQ On Each Channel
48V Phantom Power

MW12CX 12-Channel USB Mixer    
Frequency Response: ST OUT, REC OUT, AUX (EFFECT*) SEND, MONITOR OUT, -3.0, 0, 1.0 dB, GAIN: min (CH 1-2, CH 3/4-5/6), 20Hz-20kHz, nominal output level @1kHz
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD+N): ST OUT, Less Than 0.1 %, +14dBu, 20Hz-20kHz, Input Gain Control at minimum
Hum & Noise (Hum & Noise are measured with a 6dB/octave filter @12.7kHz; equivalent to a 20kHz filter with infinite dB/octave attenuation):
CH INPUT 1-4 MIC: -128 dBu, EIN (Equivalent Input Noise): Rs=150ohms,
GAIN: max
ST OUT, REC OUT: -88 dBu, ST MASTER CONTROL at nominal level and all Ch level controls at minimum.
AUX (EFFECT) SEND: -81 dB, All Ch AUX controls at minimum.
ST OUT, REC OUT -64 dB, ST Master control and one Ch level control at nominal level. (CH1, 2)
ST OUT: -98 dB, Residual Output Noise.
Crosstalk @ 1 kHz: Input to Output, -70 dB, STEREO L/R, CH 1-2, PAN panned Hard left or right.
Phantom Voltage: MIC, +48 V
USB Audio I/O Sampling Frequency: 44.1, 48 kHz, Depend on the application of PC
Input HPF: CH 1-4, CH 5/6-7/8, 80Hz, 12dB/oct
Input Equalization (+15,-15dB maximum. Turn over/roll-off frequency of shelving: 3dB blow maximum variable level.)
High: 10 kHz shelving (CH 1-4, CH 5/6-7/8)
Mid : 2.5 kHz peaking (CH 1-4, CH 5/6-7/8)
Low: 100 Hz shelving (CH 1-4, CH 5/6-7/8)
High: 10 kHz shelving (CH 9/10-11/12)
Low: 100 Hz shelving (CH 9/10-11/12)
PEAK Indicator: Red LED turns on when post EQ (ST CH: or post Mic HA) signal reaches -3dB below clipping (17dBu).
Internal Digital Effects: 16 PROGRAM, PARAMETER control, Foot Switch (Digital Effect, on/off)
LED Level Meter: Pre MONITOR, Level 2x7 points LED meter (PEAK,+6,+3,0,-5,-10,-20 dB) PEAK lights if the signal comes within 3 dB of the clipping level.
Power Supply Adapter: PA-20
Power Consumption: 30 W
Dimensions (W x D x H): x x in. (346.2 x 436.3 x 86.1 mm)
Net Weight: 3.74 lbs. (3 kg)
Option:Footswitch (FC5)

MW12CX System Requirements:
Windows Vista:
Computer: Windows-based computer with built-in USB interface
OS: Windows Vista
CPU: 1 GHz or better Intel Core / Pentium / Celeron processor
Memory: More than 1 GB

Windows XP:
Computer: Windows-based computer with built-in USB interface
OS: Windows XP Professional / XP Home Edition
CPU: 750 MHz or better Intel Core / Pentium / Celeron processor
Memory: More than 128 MB

Computer: Macintosh computer with built-in USB interface
OS: Mac OS X 10.3.3 or higher
CPU: Macintosh G3 processor 300 MHz or better
Memory: More than 128 MB

Cubase AI4 System Requirements:
OS: Windows XP Professional / XP Home Edition
CPU: Intel Pentium 1.4 GHz or better
Available Memory: More than 512 MB
Hard Disk: Free disk space of 400 MB or more; high-speed hard disk
Audio Interface: Windows DirectX / ASIO compatible

OS: Mac OS X 10.4 or higher
CPU: Power Mac G4 1 GHz or Core Solo 1.5 GHz or better
Available Memory: More than 512 MB
Hard Disk: Free disk space of 400 MB or more; high-speed hard disk


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Yamaha USB Mixer

By gosteel2

from Chandler, AZ

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Comments about Yamaha MW12CX 12-Channel USB Mixer with Compression and FX:

Well so far I am very pleased with my purchase. Cubase AI4 is the software that came with this jewel. This software is not for the novise and will take some time to learn to really make it sing, but I was recording and making decent stuff within an hour. My only experience with recording software was Guitar Tracks Pro. it was a pretty wise purchase. Great gear for the beginner, and maybe the Pro, but I'll only be able to tell you that when I get there on day. For those who are sitting on the fence about recording gear like I was, its worth the money and you will not be disapointed. Yamaha's quality is all over this.


Easiest way to go !

By Roberto

from Schenectady, ny

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Comments about Yamaha MW12CX 12-Channel USB Mixer with Compression and FX:

I use this for studio work enjoy the compression effect works very well,
I was unable to use the USB hook up due to my computer being a little bit too o I was unable to use the USB hook up due to my computer being a little bit tool old.
Besides that I have no complaints about this mixer I would recommend this to professionals as well as amateurs .

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