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Yamaha MG16/6FX

Yamaha MG 16/6FX

4.15 4.15 out of 5, based on 2 Reviews

Good mixer, but noisy and heavy.


26th December 2011

Yamaha MG 16/6FX by louparte

  • Sound Quality 4 out of 5
  • Ease of use 4 out of 5
  • Features 4 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 5 out of 5
  • Overall: 4.25
Yamaha MG16/6FX

I own two of these. So I have a lot of experience with them. I think it was
designed for live use. But I use it for the studio.

It's a sixteen channel mixer with a digital effect section that has sixteen
programs. It has a seven band sum EQ and eight mono microphone/line-
/XLR & jack/inputs.

There are four stereo line/jack-inputs. There are two stereo aux returns
and two aux sends. There are ten inserts on ten channels. Six channels
don't have inserts.

It has a three band EQ with parametric mids and a low cut filter @ 18dB.
The high end microphone preamp is a real buying point here. It is better
than anything I've owned. It's global for all the channels.

48 volt phantom power
external power supply
size width, height: 423 x 104 x 417,5mm
weight: 5.2kg

There are four group. Plug them in on the back. But they can't routed
individually. Two groups always go together and are chosen by buttons
on the front channel strips. But they come in very handy for my music.
I can route things through different signal paths.

But that brings up the subject of noise. This unit can be noisy,
depending on how it's used. Heavy FX or EQ at the high end and
it becomes noisy.

These units offer a lot. They are not expensive. But they are heavy and can
be noisy. The mic pre-amp is worth the small price of admission though.
It could function as a sweet, clean mic pre on its own.

I haven't even mentioned the digital FX. They are superb.
Unfortunately, there is no chorus or tremolo. But the reverb
and delay effects are pristine and very easy to use.

The newer models in the MG/FX line offer more effects.

31st December 2011

Yamaha MG 16/6FX by Arthur Stone

  • Sound Quality 4 out of 5
  • Ease of use 4 out of 5
  • Features 4 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 4 out of 5
  • Overall: 4
Yamaha MG16/6FX

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This was my first item of audio equipment; the idea of using a DAW hadn't yet occurred to me. I would plug-in my guitar to record to minidisc from the outputs...later I added studio monitors, a Lexicon MPX110 effects unit, and a Rode NT1A mic. I was still blissfully unaware of the potential of the DAW and ITB mixing.

The mixer educated me about signal path and gain structure; from the well-written manual to the detailed hardware facsimile of a top-end desk I was confronted with techniques and terminology that I'd previously avoided. I discovered the desk was an instrument too. I experimented. I made mistakes. Sometimes there was feedback.

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Seven years later, I mix ITB, but the MG16/6fx is still in daily use as a studio router and extra channels for non-critial tasks. A couple of weeks ago it performed brilliantly as PA mixer at a small gig featuring a live band and dance music - OK, I could hear the wooliness but the audience loved it and the small flaws in the signal path didn't stop anyone dancing. It was easy to operate, plenty of grunt and there was suprisingly little feedback too.

The desks have been updated and superseded now but even the second-hand units will have their uses e.g. for band rehearsals, lo-fi charm and some live gigs. In the studio the desk can interface consumer and domestic signals, has great routing, a quite clean signal path, and the sometimes attainable sweet spot which is warm, crusty and smooth.

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Conclusion:
Good introductory mixer and educational tool: price limits sound quality but there are sonic sweet spots. OK for non-critical tasks in the home studio and live.


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