MG Series mixers are compact, easy-to-use solutions for small to medium scale event and live performance applications. Since their introduction in 2003, they have become standard equipment at venues everywhere while refinements and upgrades continue to expand their usefulness in a wide spectrum of sound reinforcement situations. In particular, the sonic quality, design, and reliability of the third-generation MG series released in 2014 have achieved worldwide acclaim.
The new MG10XUF and MG12XUK models add broader choice to the popular 10 and 12 channel categories within the third-generation MG Series lineup. While the adoption of linear faders in the MG10XUF offers fine level control and direct visual feedback, the MG12XUK employs rotary knobs that contribute to more compact overall dimensions. With the release of these new models users gain greater freedom to choose configurations that best suit their individual needs.
All other features are the same as current third-generation MG Series XU models, summarized below.
All models feature Yamaha's state-of-the-art discrete Class-A “D-PRE” microphone preamplifiers. These studio-grade preamps utilize inverted Darlington circuitry to deliver outstanding sonic quality with ample power at low impedance. The high-resolution sound of D-PRE preamps is a highly regarded feature of Yamaha's professional mixers, satisfying the requirements of the most demanding sound engineers. With big, natural sounding bass, a rich midrange, and smooth highs, all with very low distortion, D-PRE preamps offer an impressively wide frequency range that handles signals from any audio source without coloration, faithfully retaining the most detailed nuances of the original sound.
An upgraded 1-knob compressor makes it possible to add optimized compression to a wide variety of input sources via a single control. Yamaha’s acclaimed SPX effects are an unchallenged industry standard that are ubiquitous in sound reinforcement and recording applications. 24 updated SPX effects are included in the latest MG models for versatile creative processing.
The new models also feature a USB 2.0 audio interface capable of 24-bit/192kHz quality for playback of digital content from a PC, and/or recording of the mixer’s output to DAW software such as the included Steinberg Cubase AI. USB Audio Class 2.0 is also supported, allowing operation with USB Audio Class 2.0 compliant tablets and other devices without the need to install driver software. Both models are compatible with the Apple Camera Connection Kit or Lighting to USB Camera Adapter for seamless recording and playback of digital audio to and from an iPad or iPhone.
All models are designed with emphasis on durability, incorporating practical features that ensure reliable operation in a wide range of challenging conditions. A powder-coated steel chassis provides improved structural strength, while the placement of the knobs above the surface of the chassis protects internal components by absorbing impact or pressure applied to the knobs themselves.
Yoshi Tsugawa, general manager of Yamaha’s Pro Audio Division, comments: “The third generation of our MG mixer lineup was released in 2014 with an extensive choice of models. The MG lineup rapidly earned an enviable reputation with users in a wide range of applications all around the world. The new models announced here expand the lineup even further, providing additional choices that will ideally match the individual needs of more users.”