Yamaha MG16

16-channel Analog Mixer with 10 Microphone Preamps, 4 Dedicated Stereo Line Channels, 4 Aux Sends, EQ, and 1-knob Compressors
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A Real Workhorse Mixer!

Feature-rich and delivering outstanding sound quality, the Yamaha MG16 analog mixer is well-suited for portable rigs or permanent installations. The MG16's quality op-amp ensures that your mix sounds transparent and articulate. The MG16's crystal clear D-PRE preamps will squeeze every drop of tone from your mics, with natural-sounding bass and smooth highs. Featuring switchable phantom power, a pad switch, one-knob compressors, EQ, plenty of I/O, and LED metering, the MG16 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 MG16 is ready to work for you!

Yamaha MG16 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
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.

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 MG16 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
  • Pad switch on mono inputs for managing loud sources
  • Metal chassis for durability
Deliver a clean and professional-sounding mix with the Yamaha MG16 analog mixer!

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Tech Specs

Type Analog
Channels 16
Inputs - Mic Preamps 8 x XLR/TRS 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 4 x TRS
Headphones 1 x 1/4"
Send/Return I/O 4 x TRS (Sends)
Phantom Power 12
EQ Bands 3-band, Sweepable Mid
Aux Sends 2 x Pre/Post, 2 x Post
Busses/Groups 4 x Bus
Faders 15
Rackmountable Yes
Height 5.1"
Width 17.5"
Depth 19.7"
Weight 14.6 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number MG16

Customer Reviews

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Works for what I need and more

I use Yamaha mixers and have used them since around 2000. This is my 4th mixer from Yamaha and is exactly what I needed and expect from Yamaha. It is very simple to use and handles what I need it to do. I do not need a lot of the extras that you can get from Yamaha and other mixers. All my other Mixers still work and are great I just needed more inputs for some shows I booked this year. It is so simple and easy to use out of the box that it makes my life so much easier. I use these at Rodeo and outdoor events so these get exposed to the elements constantly. It is also the easiest to clean after each use. Even with all the dust and dirt it is exposed to, the faders still slide smoothly. Straight forward design and easy to follow signal path and adjustments. I am very happy with Yamaha Mixers and will continue to use and purchase them.
Music background: Music and sound production

Great quality for the price; not as durable as most other boards.

The preamps and compressors on this board sound fantastic. The phantom power is always a nice addition. The faders are all smooth and the knobs have no kinks. The channel grouping buttons are a nice addition but something to get used to. This board does not have RCA outs or a Control Room master fader. I think that it's not necessary for live sound applications. This is a a simple board that sounds good. I personally think it will get dents, lose faders, and get scratched easily over time, but, overall it is a really nice board for the price. (I would personally use this board as a live mixer for only drums. I record live sessions and I would send the mains from this board to my interface; the other instruments and vocals would go directly to my interface.)
Music background: Student, Recording Engineer, Live Sound Engineer, Hobbyist, Session Musician
See also: Yamaha, Yamaha Analog Mixers, Yamaha Analog Mixers