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Yamaha MG10XU 10-Input Stereo Mixer with Effects Review

Yamaha MG10XU 10-Input Stereo Mixer with Effects Review

 
 

Model: MG10XU

ASIN: B00IBIVL42

Features:

    • “D-PRE” Mic preamps with an inverted Darlington circuit
    • Metal chassis with XLR balanced outputs
    • Built-in SPX digital effects, bi-directional USB, one-knob compressors

 

 


MG10XU Reviews

“Good Sound, Works Seamlessly With Mac, A Few Quirks In Metering/Monitoring/Mix-Level Adjustment Buyers Should Be Aware Of…”

This mixer Seems Fairly Great, works seamlessly as a class-compliant device with All the Mac (OS 10.9 tested).

It needs no drivers to operate at sample rates from 44.1KHz-192KHz, and works with everything Ive analyzed, such as ProTools 10 and 11. One of my goals in purchasing this is to have an inexpensive 192K (or, more importantly for me, 176.4K) interface so I could open high-sample rate ProTools sessions for non-critical-listening operate in a variety of areas outside the studio in which my good 192K-capable gear is. For this, the MG10XU is ideal, and its actually great to have the mixers output segment controllers, which are much better than the typical small inexpensive interface, and several outputs.There is one (to me) odd quirk in this mixer, which I find that a little detrimental to playback, and might be a big issue for any recording done by means of this gadget. Fundamentally, where Im accustomed to Monitor/Phones degree control to come after (that is, be affected by) the Stereo amount controller, in this mixer, they are completely separate. Further, the amount sent to the pc via USB is not influenced by either the Stereo degree or Monitor/Phones degree… and theres no controller for changing the signal source for the meter (which always shows the stereo bus AFTER the stereo level control). Thus… theres no way to correct the degree of whats being listed that preserves the mixture, and no way to meter the sign sent to the converters. A glance at the block diagram makes all this clear if youre searching for it.Of course, one may (and should) monitor post-USB levels in the DAW. But I like to have the pre transformation analog information as well, and to be able to have the device Im twiddling be able to meter the effect of that twiddling. Im not sure if Ill ever use this mixer to record anything that needs live alterations of level or mix, so Im not especially worried about the lack of ability to adjust the level of the whole mix prior to being sent into USB… but I’d be if that was mostly a recording device. By concerned I dont mean it would necessarily be a deal breaker – but it might be something Id want to investigate thoroughly before picking this mixer.So, overall, a wonderful device for the cost for my own purposes!

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“Great Sound and Features And Very Easy to Understand How To Use. ”

Ten days of messing with two Behringer analog mixers (1204USB and X1204USB) that had problems out-of-the-box. Both were extremely tough to determine how to use. The directions never cleared up anything. I’d looked in this Yamaha initially but it was $50 more and didnt have faders that was a mistake appearing back now.After my ordeal with the Behringer mixers I bought the Yamaha MG10XU locally for the exact same cost Amazon has it for here, but without the shipping fees and no waiting.There are no drawbacks in my book so far. This mixer provides dead quite signal routing and processing for live play and recording. The PAD attenuator is a massive advantage for me personally as I am using the Zoom A3 Preamp/DI box that takes an extremely low sound hole pickup output and boosts it to a high level. Each of the pots/rotary controls are dampened very nicely. There are detents for the EQ and Pan controls, fine touch. The push buttons for things like PAD, USB/LINE shifting have another colour, white on the bottom giving a sandwich-like look from both sides (see pictures Iâ$™m posting with this) so you can quickly see at a glance (and from a distance) if the button is down or up. The mixer is very intelligently designed with visually intuitive controls all around the board.The balanced XLR stereo outputs work good with my acoustic guitar amp which has balanced XLR input are great for live performing/practice. I havent spent much time with all the consequences but the first few Reverb effects are surprisingly warm and super simple to use and blend to taste. You get one impact at a time and you may include, or not add it to any channel on the board, together with the FX pot on every channel.In reality, the ease of use, intuitive controls and incredibly concise well illustrated instructions make the learning curve to use this mixer for live play or recording your own computer/DAW fast and painless. Cannot overstate how significant this is if you are, like me, still studying how to a number of this.The bi-directional USB port is wonderful. Being able to listen to a couple of tracks via headphone or a monitor from the computer/DAW while setting down following tracks or just playing along to a previously recorded tract as an accompaniment during practice is a fantastic feature. I couldn’t detect any latency between the headphone feed and also my live play through recording. Again, being able to determine the best way to do this in a few minutes is phenomenal for me. Iâ$™m using Reaper on a Windows 10 64 bit PC. The drivers from Yamaha functioned perfectly and the mixer is showing up in Windows using a sterile Device Manager and in Reaper with complete functionality.It includes a durable metal chasis, it is compact, muted flat back color gives excellent contrast for those controls, again the interface is well thought out visually to make it much easier to use.This mixer has surpassed my expectations. A fantastic solution, I would definitely buy it again and recommend to some friend.Iâ$™ll take the nicely dampened sound free baskets over low-end faders any day. Live and learn.

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