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Show us a musician who hasn't heard of Yamaha, and we'll show you one who's been living under a rock. They're the biggest musical manufacturer that there is, with an immense range of instruments and equipment that can take any studio or stage from scratch to fully-equipped in the course of one shopping trip. As big as they are, every company has specialties and Yamaha is no exception; one of those specialties is electronics, which makes Yamaha unpowered mixers top picks for any studio or live sound system.
Like all unpowered mixers, Yamaha's models have no built-in power amps. That means you have complete control over every aspect of your setup, since you can choose your own amplifiers, or maybe swap in different ones for different applications. You could even go through a crossover to use multiple power amps at once - the choice is up to you. In light of that, it's easy to see why unpowered mixers are still the go-to option in a world where powered mixers exist: they're simply more versatile.
When Yamaha is involved, it's natural to expect a big lineup of products - and the range of unpowered mixers found here certainly doesn't disappoint. You could go big with models like the IM8-24 Mixing Console and the MHP24X 24-Input Hybrid Digital/Analog Mixer with USB connectivity. Or, if you're putting together a modest home studio, demo recording setup or small-scale live system, you might prefer to keep it simple with the Yamaha MG06 6-Channel Mixer.
What's most important is that you find the mixer that's right for you. Going too small or too large could lead to some headaches, but thanks to the variety Yamaha brings to the table, it's easy to find an unpowered mixer that has the perfect channel count and feature set. Start with a checklist of what you need from your new Yamaha mixer, and from there, making a decision will be as simple as finding the best match for your list.