Yamaha MG124C Stereo Mixer
The Yamaha MG124C is the New Generation of MG Models
This new generation is designed to build on an already strong level of acceptance by providing new, highly useful features, upgraded internal components, and enhanced cosmetics. The unique single-knob compressors on their mono inputs are designed to keep loud from getting too loud, and soft from getting lost in the mix.These mixers are built for great sound, total control, and superior reliability, at prices anyone can afford.
Yamaha MG Features
Small Mixers with Serious Performance
- Single-knob Input Compressors
- Switchable Monitor Mix Routing
- 48V Phantom Power
Whether you're only mixing one microphone with a stereo source for the web, or multiple microphones and line sources for a live show, you want the highest performance, flexibility, and reliability available. Yamaha's MG-series mixers cover a wide range of applications from solo home recording to complex live sound with no compromises in sonic quality, processing versatility, or dependability. These new additions to the MG line-up feature the same compact, lightweight design as the preceding models, and incorporate the latest generation of specially-selected components for further refined performance and audio precision. They also now feature Yamaha's innovative one-knob compressor for built-in dynamics control that further eliminates the need for external equipment and potentially troublesome connections. If you need a convenient analog mixer that can handle from 8 and 12 input sources and deliver pro-level sound, plus top-quality SPX effects in the CX
models, you're looking in the right place.
Band Rehearsal or Performance
This live-sound system uses a to handle a main vocal microphone plus three chorus microphones, plus a synthesizer and electronic piano. A pair of MSR400 powered speakers are used for main output, while an MSR100 powered speaker serves as a monitor for the performers. The built-in channel compressors and effects eliminate the need for any outboard signal processing gear.
In the system described above, and in many other applications, the built-in channel compressors provided on the new MG mixers can significantly enhance the quality of your mixes. If you're mixing vocals, that will be the first place you'll want to try some compression. Singers often employ a very wide dynamic range, going from a barely audible whisper to an ear-popping shout. And there are unintentional level variations that can be caused by variations in microphone distance and pickup angle. Without compression the vocal is likely to be buried in the music at some points, and then totally overpower it at others. You can reduce the problem by continuously "riding the gain" manually, but it isn't easy, and means that someone has to be at the mixer at all times. The right amount of compression can solve the problem precisely and automatically. The problem with conventional compressors is that achieving "the right amount of compression" means setting a number of parameters to match the source. It can be tricky. The channel compressors on the new MG mixers, however, only require you to set one simple control. All you have to do is rotate the COMP knob until things sound right, and you're ready to roll! The MG mixer one-knob compressor covers a fairly wide range, from subtle compression to almost a distorted type of sound, so use your ears and musical sense to set it for the best overall sound with the mix you're trying to achieve.
INPUTS & CHANNELS
Flexible 12-input Configuration
MASTER & OUTPUT SECTION
The MG124CX has a total of 12 input channels – four mono microphone-line inputs and four stereo line inputs. Two of the stereo line inputs can also function as mono microphone inputs, giving you up to six simultaneous mono microphone inputs when needed. Gain trim covers a wide -60dB ~ -16dB range for microphone input, and -34dB ~ +10dB for line input.
Comprehensive, Easy-access Connector Panel
Top-mounted input and output connectors make setting up and re-patching your system quick and easy. Both models feature high-quality Neutrik balanced XLR connectors on all four mono microphone/line channels and two of the stereo channels. The XLR-equipped stereo channels can accept mono microphone input either via the XLR or phone jack connectors. The remaining stereo channels provide phone jack and pin jack connectors for compatibility with a wide range of sources. The four mono input channels also feature insert I/O connectors that let you patch external signal processing gear into those channels as required. Separate pin-jack 2TR inputs are provided to accept the output from a CD player or similar stereo source.
Six High-performance Microphone Preamplifiers with Switchable Phantom Power
The microphone preamplifiers in any mixer are critical to its overall performance. The microphone preamps built into the MG mixers inherit technology from Yamaha's top-line professional consoles, and have been painstakingly designed to deliver superior sonic performance with any dynamic or condenser microphone. All six microphone preamps feature switchable phantom power so you can take advantage of the natural, extended response of high-quality condenser microphones. A single switch turns phantom power on or off for all microphone channels.
Built-in Channel Compressors
Built-in channel dynamics is usually only found on high-end (and very expensive) consoles. The MG124C and MG124CX feature Yamaha's innovative one-knob compression feature on mono input channels 1 through 4. This advanced feature can be a tremendous advantage in achieving great vocal sound. It can also be used to refine the sound of bass, guitar, and other sources. Conventional audio compressors with their threshold, ratio, knee, makeup gain and other controls can be complex and time-consuming to set appropriately for a given source. Yamaha's one-knob compressor eliminates the need for an engineering degree with a single control that lets you simply dial in the amount of compression you want.
3-band Channel EQ and High-pass Filter
Yamaha has decades of experience in building truly useful, musical equalization into successful pro consoles, and the channel equalizers in MG-series mixers carry on without compromise. Channels 1, 2, 3, 4, 5/6, and 7/8 feature full 3-band equalizers with LOW, MID, and HIGH controls, while 9/10 and 11/12 have 2-band EQ for smooth equalization of stereo sources.
Four Buses (Stereo and Group)
In addition to the main stereo bus the MG124C and MG124CX feature a stereo group bus and outputs that can be used for convenient channel grouping. Assign switches for the stereo and group buses are located next to each channel fader.
Illuminated Channel ON Switches
All input channels feature illuminated channel ON switches chat can be used to individually add or remove channels from the mix without having to change the positions of the channel faders. The effect channel on the MG124CX also has it's own ON switch.
The MG124CX has pre/post switchable AUX sends on all channels as well as EFFECT send controls that adjust the level of the signal sent to the mixer's internal multi-effect system. The MG124C has dual AUX send controls for each channel, one switchable for pre- or post-fader operation, and one fixed for prefader send. Master send controls are also provided, as are RETURN level controls for the AUX and STEREO busses.
UNMATCHED EASE & CONVENIENCE
Stereo, Control Room, Monitor, and Headphone Outputs
MG mixer stereo output connectorLocated above the mixer's master controls, on the convenient easy-access connector panel, are the main stereo output connectors, phone-jack monitor output connectors, pin-jack recording outputs, and a stereo headphone jack. These versatile mixers offer plenty of connectivity for a wide range of applications.
Bright 12-segment Meters for Visual Level Monitoring
12-segment LED MeterAccurate visual level monitoring can help you achieve maximum signal-to-noise ratio without distortion. The MG mixer's bright, easy-to-read 12-segment LED meters make it easy to control system levels for optimum overall performance.
Smooth 60-millimeter Faders
Channel and master level control is accomplished via reliable, high-performance 60-millimeter linear faders that provide smooth, noise-free operation. An important advantage of linear faders is that they provide a direct visual indication of relative level settings.
Lightweight, Portable Design
In spite of the fact that they offer 12 channels, four buses, and a wealth of advanced features, the MG124C and MG124CX are small and light enough (only 2.9 kilograms) to be tucked under an arm and set up just about anywhere. Both of these remarkable mixers provide significant space savings along with huge performance benefits.
All switches, controls, and displays have been designed and laid out for intuitive access and smooth, reliable operation with positive tactile and visual feedback.
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