Yamaha MG12XU

12-channel Analog Mixer with 6 Microphone Preamps, 4 Dedicated Stereo Line Channels, 2 Aux Sends, EQ, 1-knob Compressors, and Digital Effects
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Fully Loaded Mixer for the Studio and Stage!

The Yamaha MG12XU analog mixer is well-suited for portable rigs or permanent installations, with its rich features and outstanding sound quality. The MG12XU's quality op-amp ensures that your mix sounds transparent and articulate. The MG12XU's crystal clear D-PRE preamps will squeeze every drop of tone from your mics, with natural-sounding bass and smooth highs. Featuring onboard digital effects, switchable phantom power, a pad switch, one-knob compressors, EQ, plenty of I/O, and LED metering, the MG12XU can take on just about any task you throw at it. Utilizing many state-of-the-art features from Yamaha's high-end consoles, the MG12XU is ready to work for you!

Yamaha MG12XU Analog Mixer at a Glance:
  • D-PRE discrete Class-A mic preamps deliver clean and natural sound
  • One-knob compressors provide easy-to-use dynamics control
  • EQ and highpass filters allow for effective sound-shaping
  • Built-in SPX digital effects add polish and professionalism
  • High quality op-amp ensures transparent sound reproduction
D-PRE discrete Class-A mic preamps deliver clean and natural sound

Nobody wants to hear mics that are plugged into thin, distorted, or underpowered preamps. MG Series mixing consoles employ Yamaha's transparent D-PRE preamps, which provide more power with lower impedance, delivering natural-sounding bass and smooth highs. D-PREs simply sound good - without hyping any specific elements of your mix. The D-PRE's pure sound will ensure that you won't need to spend hours EQ-ing just to get a barely-acceptable sound, like you would with low-quality mic preamps.

One-knob compressors provide easy-to-use dynamics control

When you're in the midst of a live event, you don't have time to tweak a large number of complex outboard units. To resolve this issue, the Yamaha MG Series of analog mixers features simple, time-saving one-knob compressors. Simply twist a single rotary control and you can dial in livelier guitars, punchier basses, tighter drums, and well-defined vocals.

EQ and highpass filter allow for effective sound-shaping

Whether you're tweaking your sound to perfection or whether you're removing some unwanted frequencies, effective and powerful EQ is necessary for building a successful mix. Featuring equalizers on all mono channels, the Yamaha MG Series mixing consoles provide you with ample control over the tonal balance of your mix. Additionally, a highpass filter allows you to get rid of any mud that might be present in your mix by eliminating unwanted low-frequency noise.

Built-in SPX digital effects add polish and professionalism

In order to add that final glue and polish to your mix, the Yamaha MG Series mixing consoles provides you with a comprehensive suite of 24 editable digital effects. Based on Yamaha's acclaimed SPX digital multi-effect processor, the MG Series delivers high-quality reverb, delay, chorus, phaser, flanger, tremolo, and auto-wah, in addition to distortion, pitch effects, and more.

High quality op-amp ensures transparent sound reproduction

Here at Sweetwater, we know that few things will kill tone as quickly as sub-par op-amps. The Yamaha MG Series utilizes new, high-quality MG01 op-amps, ensuring that your mix sounds its best. When designing these op-amps, Yamaha focused on sound quality, rather than prioritizing electrical design and efficiency. Yamaha has always strived to deliver the purest possible signal instead of imparting their "signature" to your sound, and the MG Series is no exception. You can count on a transparent, natural, and articulate sound when you mix through a MG Series analog mixer.

Yamaha MG12XU Analog Mixer Features:
  • D-PRE mic preamps deliver clean, transparent, and natural sound
  • 3-band EQ on all mono channels for sound-shaping
  • 1-knob compressors provide straightforward dynamics control
  • Class-compliant USB 2.0 for recording and playback with computers and tablets
  • SPX effect processors provide you with a comprehensive suite of 24 effects
  • Pad switch on mono inputs for managing loud sources
  • Metal chassis for durability
Deliver a clean and professional-sounding mix with the Yamaha MG12XU analog mixer!

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Tech Specs

Type Analog
Channels 12
Inputs - Mic Preamps 4 x TRS/XLR Combo, 2 x XLR
Inputs - Line 8 x TRS, 4 x RCA
Outputs - Main 2 x XLR, 2 x TRS
Outputs - Direct 2 x TRS (Monitor)
Outputs - Other 1 x TRS (Footswitch), 2 x TRS (Bus)
Headphones 1 x 1/4"
Send/Return I/O 2 x TRS (Send)
Phantom Power 8
EQ Bands 3-Band (Bass, Mid, Treble)
Aux Sends 1 x Post/Pre, 1 x Post
Busses/Groups 2 x Bus
Faders 11
Effects Yes
Computer Connectivity 1 x USB (2.0)
Rackmountable Yes
Height 4.7"
Width 12.13"
Depth 16.61"
Weight 9.3 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number MG12XU

Customer Reviews

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Nice compact mixer

Nice easy to use compact mixer! Versatile for many different uses.

Great Sound Functionality

I like the soundboard. Works pretty good with Skype and the Windows 10 Virtual Machine on Mac computer on Cortana voice command. Might get a headphone amp later for the aux sends. Learning how to keep personal mix with metronome separate from master mix. It has pretty nice features. Great for recording on camera on iPhone and sound on Skype.
Music background: Soul, Rock, and Country

Great mixer

Lightweight, easy to use and great sound. I just wanted a portable mixer with enough channels to do the gig - and this one fills the bill. I would've given it a 5 star rating if ALL channels had had mid range EQ. Other than that, I'm very happy. No more racks for me!
Music background: Solo pianist

Yamaha MGxU is GREAT!

love it, good sounds and effects! Something simple and fast, great for live , and about usb interface records gets 3 stars depends what DAW you used it for , sometimes it freezes up here and there , cause of the buffer size(sample rate)but beside that its pretty GOOD.. great for me
Music background: Christian Music / CHURCH/ SOUNDBOOTH

USB/Bitrates/DAWs: Your mileage may vary

If you are thinking of purchasing this mixer to use as a high bitrate USB audio interface you should give it some thought first. Here is my experience to help out. My music can get rather complex at times. I use Sonar X3 to start out with as it works near flawlessly with any plugin I can throw at it, but it does not play nice with the required 64-bit (Windows 7 in my case) Steinberg driver package, except at low bitrates. Not a problem. I can still export all MIDI instrument tracks as audio at 192khz without a concern. I use Magix Sequoia for recording audio and mixing/mastering X3 exported audio tracks. Sequoia does not play nice with many plugins, but it works flawlessly with the Steinberg driver pack. My computer rates as an above average power multiprocesser home build. My now somewhat educated guess is that max use of the MG12XU mixer/driver requires fairly considerable computer horsepower to take advantage of high bitrates without problems. I have other DAWs I could test with this mixer but it would likely be a waste of time. At this point I don't expect that any of them would be as compatible and perform as well as Sequoia. The Yamaha instruction manuals (download only) are barely adequate (if that much) where USB is concerned. Be prepared for a possible wrestling match. This mixer is a gem for sure, but it could possibly be a disappointment without a computer and software toys that can handle it. For myself, it has worked out quite well ... so far.
Music background: FreedomRock Pro/Am
See also: soundboard, Yamaha, Yamaha Analog Mixers