Yamaha recently introduced two mixers targeted to the musician and home studio hobbyist. The company also introduced a higher-end mixer and reference monitors for musicians and audio/video enthusiasts.
MW10 and MW12 mixers
both feature USB connectivity and include Steinberg’s Cubase LE to record your music mixes directly to your computer.
The MW10 ($249) features 10 inputs, including four ultra low noise mix preamps with Phantom power. Input channels contain three-band EQ, pan and high pass filters. Top-mounted input connections include XLR, 1/4-in. and RCA phono jacks, with insert I/O for connecting to external devices on Channels 1 and 2. The mix master section includes Aux Send/Stereo Aux return, Stereo Master, Control Room and Headphone outputs.
The MW12 ($379) includes 12 inputs, with six ultra low-noise Phantom powered mic preamps. Input channels include 3-band EQ, pan and high pass filters, while Channels 1 through 4 also contain insert I/O. Two Aux sends (one switchable pre/post fader) provide flexible monitoring, while switchable Stereo and Groups are available for flexible channel grouping. Connections include XLR 1/4-in. and RCA. The mix master section includes Stereo/Aux returns, plus a Stereo 2-Track/USB return with a volume control.
If you have a bit more money to spend and your band or personal studio needs a little more power, Yamaha also introduced the
($899). This mixer includes 14 input channels accommodate mics, instruments and playback gear with a selection of mono mic/line and stereo line inputs. Connections include XLR, TRS 1/4-in. phone, and RCA. A power mode switch allows the two amplifier channels to be used with the stereo outputs, drive main speakers and separate monitor mixes, while power amp mode selector switches allow the user to configure the amp channels to suit a range of applications.
To hear your mixes, Yamaha has released the
powered speaker system. The 70-watt HS50M (5-in. cone and 3/4-in. dome tweeter) and 120-watt HS80M (8-in. cone and 1-in. dome tweeter) include a balanced XLR and 1/4-inch inputs and cost $249.95 and $449.95 respectively.