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16-channel, 6-bus Live Mixer with USB Connectivity, Digital Effects, Channel EQ and Compression, Phantom Power, Bundled Cubase Software, and Lightweight Design
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A Lightweight 16-channel Mixer with Onboard Effects and USB!

The Yamaha MG166CX-USB 16-channel live mixing console will give you the capacity, control, and performance you need to get great live mixing results. The MG166CX-USB is remarkably compact and lightweight, but no compromises have been made in terms of features, performance, or durability. You get premium preamps, top-mounted inputs and outputs for easy patching and re-patching, impressive built-in single-knob compression, and EQ that's practical as well as very musical. All these features plus onboard effects, USB connectivity, and included production software from Cubase make the MG166CX-USB a great value!

Yamaha MG166CX-USB 16-channel Live Mixer at a Glance:
  • Lightweight and portable
  • Versatile connections, handy placement
  • Channel compressors
  • Top-notch mic preamps with switchable phantom power
  • 3-band Channel EQ, digital effects, and highpass filters
Lightweight and portable

The Yamaha design team went to extraordinary lengths in the MG series, including in-depth material and structural analysis, to bring you maximum manageability and maximum performance in the same packages. The result is that you can easily pop the smallest models into your briefcase or shoulder bag and take with you anywhere. Even the larger models can be tucked under an arm and carried around quite easily. But the performance you'll get at the studio, club, hall, or anywhere you choose to use these fine mixers is far from lightweight. Every one of the MGseries mixers provides significant space savings along with huge performance benefits.

Versatile connections, handy placement

Top-mounted input and output connectors make setting up and re-patching your system quick and easy. All models feature high-quality Neutrik balanced XLR connectors on mono microphone/line channels and XLR-equipped stereo channels. These professional-class connectors were subjected to extensive testing by the Yamaha design team, and were chosen for the MG mixers for their superior reliability and sonic qualities. 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. Mono input channels also feature insert I/O connectors that let you patch external signal processing gear into those channels as required. Separate pinjack 2TR inputs are provided to accept the output from a CD player or similar stereo source.

Channel compressors

This advanced feature can be a tremendous advantage in achieving great vocal sound, as well as to refine the sound of bass, guitar, and other sources. The new MG mixers give you Yamaha's innovative one-knob compression feature on several of the mono input channels. Conventional audio compressors with their threshold, ratio, knee, makeup gain and other controls can be complex and timeconsuming 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.

Top-notch mic preamps with switchable phantom power

Microphone preamplifiers are critical in any mixer, and a performance bottleneck in many. That's why pros often spend thousands of dollars on just a single channel of microphone pre-amplification. 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. Gain trim covers a wide -60dB to -16dB range for microphones (-34dB to +10dB for line input), so you'll be able to achieve optimum level matching with just about any source. All microphone preamps also feature switchable phantom power so you can take advantage of the natural, extended response of high-quality condenser microphones.

3-band Channel EQ, highpass filters, great effects

Building a truly useful, musical-sounding channel equalizer is no easy task, but Yamaha has decades of experience in building pro consoles to draw on. You reap the benefits in the MG series mixers: all mono channels feature 3-band equalizers with LOW, MID, and HIGH controls. Depending on the model some of all of the stereo channels have 2-band EQ for smooth equalization of stereo sources. Although not directly related to the equalizer circuitry, all inputs also feature 80Hz lowpass filters that can be used to eliminate subsonic noise that is outside the equalizers' range. This MG series mixer also includes Yamaha's incredible SPX digital multi-effects for even better sound.

Yamaha MG166CX-USB 16-channel Live Mixer Features:
  • 16 input channels
  • High-quality mic preamp
  • 10 Mic inputs, four stereo line inputs
  • USB
  • HPF
  • 8 insert I/O
  • 6 Compressors
  • Phantom power switch (+ 48V)
  • Illuminated CH ON switches
  • 3-band Mid-sweep EQ (Ch 1-8)
  • 60mm super-smooth fader
  • 2-band EQ (Ch 9/10-15/16)
  • SPX diigital multi-effect
  • 6 busses (Stereo + 4 groups)
  • Monitor mix
  • 2 Aux sends + 1 Effect send
  • Lightweight (12 lbs)
  • 1 Stereo Aux return
  • 12-seg LED level meter
  • Neutrik XLR Connectors
  • Rackmountable
  • Input gain trim
  • Cubase AI4 recording software included
Yamaha MG166CX-USB 16-channel live mixer gives you a lightweight, affordable, great-sounding package!

Tech Specs

Manufacturer Part Number MG166CX-USB

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