Yamaha MG10XU 10-Input Stereo Mixer with Effects Review
USB connectivity makes this mixer perfect for connecting to a laptop computer. The digital connection is superior to an analog connection. Bi-direction means that you can not only input the audio from the computer but also send the main mix back to the computer for recording. You would actually be replacing the computer's sound card with the mixer which is virtually always a great tradeoff.
Combination Mono Inputs
Channels 1-4 have these inputs which accept both 1/4" TRS and XLR cable ends. XLR connections have switchable +48V phantom power for condenser microphones. Each of of these four channels have Gain, High, Mid, and Low EQ, FX, Pan, and Volume Level controls. Channels 1 and 2 also have an audio Compression control.
PAD and HPF Switches
The four mono input channels have PAD and HPF switches. Turning the PAD switch on will attenuate the sound input to the unit. This is typically not needed when a microphone is used for vocals. The HPF (High Pass Filter) switch will apply a high-pass filter that attenuates frequencies below 80Hz. This can be useful when speaking into the microphone to help reduce wind sound and vibration.
These 1/4" TS inputs are for connecting line level devices such as a guitar, keyboard, etc.. The L input, if used alone, becomes a mono input.
Channels 5/6 and 7/8 also have stereo RCA inputs for connecting a CD player, MP3 player, etc..
We really like the fact that this mixer offers both 1/4" TS and XLR outputs. XLR allows you to use microphone cables to connect to powered speakers or a power amp. Notice that there are also Monitor TS outputs.
Built-In SPX Effects Processor
The high quality SPX effects processor has 24 selectable effect programs. A Parameter knob adjusts the depth, speed, etc. of the effect.
USB connectivity. Phantom power for condenser mics. 4 combination XLR-1/4" TRS inputs. Superb sounding mic preamps. Built-in effects processor. Balanced XLR outputs. Reasonably priced. Cons:
None stand out. Summary:
Yamaha has been a preferred brand of professional karaoke hosts for many years. The Yamaha MG10XU is a very good mixer suited well for both the professional and home user. The SPX effects are top quality and can add some real flavor to your vocals.
Yamaha MG10XU User Manual
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