Yamaha Expands the MGP Series Line of Analog Mixers
Designed for small- and medium-sized venues, Yamaha's affordable, new analog mixer line is designed to combine analog authenticity with comprehensive digital capabilities.
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Yamaha introduced the MGP32X and MGP24X analog mixing consoles at the recent Musikmesse 2013 show in Frankfurt, Germany. The latest additions to the MGP Series are designed to combine analog authenticity with comprehensive digital capabilities. In addition to offering expanded mixing capacity with the addition of more channels, the new consoles add three new digital features: USB device recording and playback, graphic EQ and a multi-band compressor.Designed for small to mid-sized venues, touring bands, educational institutions and houses of worship, the consoles also include newly developed discrete studio-grade Class-A D-PRE mic preamps that employ an inverted Darlington circuit design offering multiple circuitry elements, which deliver more power with lower impedance. With 48V phantom power, what the company calls “stunning high-resolution sound,” and D-PRE mic preamps,Yamaha says these new consoles are designed to meet the highest demands of professional use. “The MGP12X and MGP16X have been well-received for small portable PA and installed sound applications around the globe,” says Kazunori Kobayashi, general manager of Yamaha’s Pro Audio Division. “With more input and output capability and useful features for live sound, the new consoles can meet the demands of larger venues and installations to support a wider range of users.” Developing compressors and EQ for high-end digital mixing consoles based on Yamaha’s acclaimed VCM (Virtual Circuit Modeling) technology, the company says its engineers have recreated frequency response characteristics unique to classic analog gear, making the X-Pressive EQ more than just a means of tweaking the mix by turning it into a powerful sound-shaping tool that the company says redefines the role that EQ plays in sound reinforcement. According to a company announcement, the Stereo Hybrid Channel combines flexible digital functionality with intuitive analog feel and the MGP Series’ powerful, proprietary DSP provides three essential features that are staples of both installed and live sound applications — ducker, leveler and stereo image. Each of these functions, accessible at the touch of a button, provide simple, flexible control. Featuring a mid-sweep, three-band EQ for nuanced sound control and high-performance onboard A/D and D/A converters, the Stereo Hybrid Channel offers what Yamaha describes as “unique functionality with superior sound.” In addition, the new MG large format consoles offer two separate studio-grade effects processors, Yamaha’s high-end Rev-X reverb with three high-resolution reverb effects and the renowned SPX digital multi-effect processor, which provides a useful selection of 16 advanced digital effects. MGP32X and MGP24X also feature new 31-band graphic equalizer processing on the stereo bus. Yamaha says the 14-band GEQ and Flex9GEQ modes allow for concise, detailed EQ-ing for more demanding or professional applications. Master compressors assigned to the stereo bus include Comp, a conventional-style/single-band, and multi-band, which separates the audio into three bands for more subtle dynamic control. Three installed preset programs, with up to five user programs, are assigned to the stereo bus. In addition, the units come equipped with two USB ports, including one dedicated to USB device recording and playback and the other for iPod/iPhone connection. An updated version of the MGP Editor app is available for free download at the iTunes Store and allows for remote control of effects, hybrid channel, graphic EQ and master compressor.
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