Yamaha MG10/2
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Yamaha MG10/2

MG10/2, Analog Mixer from Yamaha in the MG series.

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Average Score:4.5( 4.5/5 based on 15 reviews )
 10 reviews67 %
 3 reviews20 %
 1 user review7 %
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Audience: Beginners Value For Money : Excellent
AlanForPresident06/28/2012

AlanForPresident's review"great"

Yamaha MG10/2
The Yamaha MG series 10/ 2 is a very affordable analog mixer that can be used for a bunch of different scenarios. One of the great things about this 10 channel mixer is that it has phantom power for all of your mics that need phantom power . It has it right on board, also this thing couldn’t be any easier to use. There really aren't any bells and whistle with it. Its pretty simple installation and getting it up and running is very easy with almost no knowledge of how mixers work you will have no problems at all.


UTILIZATION

Very easy to get started with and it is very well built. I haven't seen many mixers that are built this well for less than 100 dollars. For someone who has used software as a mixer you should give this a shot , its just a little investment and you will eliminate so many headaches that software’s bring about. Most mixers that are this good cost at least twice as much as the Yamaha MG 102c and the great thing about it is, depending on where you get it at it may come with a lifetime warranty like mind did. I am not sure if that is just a local store thing or a Yamaha thing but I have a lifetime warranty on it if anything fails or breaks and its not our fault then it will get fixed and if they cant fix it they will replace it with a new one . Even if they don’t have any more because it isn’t manufactured anymore they will replace it with the newest yamaha closest model that they have. Which is great because it makes using the MG 102c worry free.


SOUNDS

sounds great, no hiss

OVERALL OPINION

Overall, it’s a great analog mixer at a cheap price. I will continue to use this mixer for years to come.
lulumusique01/25/2009

lulumusique's review

Yamaha MG10/2
Blah, blah...no effects...blah, blah...eq...etc

I'll say it straight away: It isn't ambitious at the features level, where others add digital effects or a 7-band EQ with feedback detector (pretty damn useful for a 7-band, LOL)

It has a sturdy look.

A good point: external PSU, which avoids interferences.

I opened it out of curiosity and the PCB doesn't seem too bad. It is isolated with a sort of cardboard covered with a conductor on the shell. I blew the fuse by placing it wrong: You just have to make a short circuit by touching the power tracks...oops, in any case, it didn't flinch. And once I replaced the fuse, everything was fine!

UTILIZATION

Very easy to set up.
The manual was a nice surprise (it explains mixing techniques, balanced connections, etc.), compared to the one of my motif. Yamaha should make better manuals for their most complex products, because that's when you really need them...

I'm disappointed that it has only one Aux, which is mono (you never think about it when you buy it, but it's impossible to use a reverb, unless you use it to process a mono source).

SOUNDS

- Does the console sound transparent?
It's hard to say. It's pretty decent, that's for sure...just like the fact that it doesn't warm up the sound! I have never tried another product at this price point.

- Does it generate noise?
I've seen worse (if you adjust the sources correctly). I have never used the mic inputs, so it can be that they are noisy...

- Is the EQ effective?...
If you think effectiveness means +/-15dB, then, yes it is effective, but at what price!!!! You could say that it allows for small corrections but without being too ambitious.
I read a previous review that said that if you feed it a kick and another thing, there is more room. I do not agree and I did try it out several days ago: In the beginning I did it to test the routing. And after I bought an A3000 (a sampler of the same brand that I use for percussions), I did a mix with it. I sent the kick to a track and as soon as you add a bass on another one, the kick collapses. => the summing bus can't stand the blow (at first I thought it was an acoustic phenomenon, but it isn't). It's true that the A3000 has a lot of power, so it's easy to understand.

Another issue: the pots are pretty average, they don't mute sound completely when set to the minimum. Plus, they are not quite balanced (right/left) when they are low enough (at around 1/5th of the travel).

OVERALL OPINION

I only route synths (motifES and MFB), a sampler (A3000) and a compressor (dbx266): Only mid-range and entry-level gear.
It's a small mixer, not a true mixing console and even less so for recording. Broadly speaking, it is OK to route different sources, but not to mix. And that for the different reasons stated above:
- Dubious summing
- Only one auxiliary, and it's mono
- EQ...only average.

I bought it for routing and don't regret a thing. Now I'm looking for a real console with more inputs, but I won't sell this one (I wouldn't get much in relation to the service it gives me).

I have lots of yamaha gear (motif es, A3000, HS80, HS10W) and I always get the same impression after several years of hindsight: It's nothing to write home about (far from that), but it doesn't have too many defects (taking into account the value for money of the products and that you have to choose them correctly according to your needs), and it's reliable.
superdébutant04/30/2008

superdébutant's review

Yamaha MG10/2
The console is not rackable but you can put it on a stand.
10 channels, 4 mono with XLR/Jack inputs and 3 stereo (2 on jacks and 1 on RCA).
3-band equalizer
No effects

UTILIZATION

Simple setup, easy installation.
The manual is well done, without being too technical.

SOUNDS

It's a $100 mixer, so don't expect too much from it. My setup is pretty simple:
1 stereo input: 1 revox tape recorder
1 mono input: 1 grundig tape recorder
2 mono inputs: different mics, cd players...
1 jack output going into an Edirol UA 25
1 return from the Edirol via jacks
1 output for my active monitors

No noise, unless you crank it all the way up, but who does that, anyway?
Very sensitive equalizer, which can distort sound quite rapidly. Be careful.

OVERALL OPINION

I've used it for two and a half years.
Stereo channel 8 deteriorated after one year and I started hearing noise from the left speaker. That meant two months of after-sales service — very annoying!
Two weeks later and with an interval of one year, same problem, same track!
I am not too violent with the console, I only turn the pots.
Decent value for money, but apparently the reliability leaves a lot to be desired.
I hesitated between the soundcraft compact 4 and the small Tapco... My review could've been different!... I would certainly not buy this mixer again (especially two years later, now that there are consoles that double as audio interfaces).
spritnoirr208/17/2006

spritnoirr2's review

Yamaha MG10/2
Here are the features of Yamaha's little beast:

Analog console with 4 mic inputs (2 with insert)
2 line inputs
4 stereo inputs
3-band EQ per channel + HPF on the mic inputs
2 auxiliary sends
1 stereo return
Possibility of mounting it on the optional BMS10A mic stand

Simple and comprehensive for an entry-level product, every inch is well used.

It's non-rackable. And it should also be noted that all cables are on top, except for the power chord, which is on the rear panel, so its use is more horizontal than vertical.

Everything is facing you and easy to understand.

If you are looking for something simple, reliable and compact, go for it!

UTILIZATION

The mixer is somewhat basic in terms of usability, but it does its job. Even if you have Hulk-like fingers, you can turn buttons without the need to do a choreography with the others. Very practical for giants!

Next...Setup is simple and solid, the buttons don't pop like Champagne. Beginners and pros alike will easily understand more or less everything, more or less right away.

The manual is very hard to understand for an illiterate person, for all others it's OK.

I use it as a complement of a Gemini EX-26 mixer to which I have connected one cd and one vinyl turntable each. That way I only need one track via RCA to listen and/or sample a sound.

The other ones I use for:

1 track for a mic (XLR)
1 track for an ASR10 sampler (stereo jack)
1 track for my MPC 1000 (stereo jack)
1 track for a Roland Jv1080 (stereo jack) / Mp3 Walkman (rca)
1 track for another expander (stereo jack) / Gemini EX-26 (rca)

The advantage of this mixer is that you can connect several devices to the same track.

You only need to keep track of the cable.

i can also use it to sample, re-sample, listen to sounds, to hear my productions and record my masterpieces on MD.

It is stable and perfect for what I do!

SOUNDS

HAHAAAA!!!! The main point!!! The sound of the device!!!! How does it sound???

Well, it's certainly not something you'd use to mix or master an album, that's true. But that's not something you'd expect from it.

It spits out whatever you give it.

The equalizer is more than effective!!! It overloads the lows, distorts the highs and squeezes the mids. It's better not to fiddle too much with it. It is very sensitive.

In normal mode it's OK. If you move the knobs slightly it's all right. But it really loses its temper if you turn them all the way, and if you like the sound of its rage then you have a major auditory problem.

I looked into the noise issue. Is it true or not? The sequel in the next sentence!

With the mixer turned on and all pots cranked all the way up... Yes. There's a bit of noise.

Using the knobs in "normal" mode, the noise is barely audible, if at all.

But once my other gear is on, I can't hear anything. My gemini EX-26 makes more noise than the Yamaha... But its EQ is more effective. So there!

For an entry-level mixer, it sounds quite all right. It's a pity that the EQ is not at the same level.

OVERALL OPINION

I've used it since 2005 and it suits me perfectly.

I bought it new for $99 (and yes, it always pays to bargain with the salesman ;-) ). I had the choice of a Phonic, Behringer and some others of the like. I tested the other ones, they were pretty decent, but not sturdy nor reliable enough.

Yamaha has the advantage of manufacturing good pro gear at fair prices. So I decided to spend a bit more and get something better rather than get a subscription to the After-Sales Service Club of my local store.

The electronic components are sturdy enough, like the soldering and I think it can work fine both live and in a home studio.

Practical and reliable, it does the job all right.

Excellent value for money. It's a good compromise between the after-sale-service products and the very high-end ones.

If you don't have the money for a Mackie or an Alesis (very, very expensive), you'd better go straight to Yamaha, even if its EQ is not the best, it's reliable and it works!!!
MGR/Pat Yeagle10/21/2005

MGR/Pat Yeagle's review"Yamaha MG 10/2 Mixing Console"

Yamaha MG10/2
I've been playing drums since 1998, guitar since 2000, and synthesizers since 2001. I enjoy composing all sorts of music, from acoustic to funk to trance.

I paid $100 for this unit at CV Lloyd's in Champaign, Illinois. I needed a mixer that had a variety of inputs and outputs, but still fit my budget.

The best thing about this mixer is the quality you get for your money. This unit has virtually no noise and is priced with shoe-string musicians in mind. It has plenty of inputs and outputs, and even has channel inserts on the first two channels, which are great for adding effects. The first four channels have a built-in, switchable high-pass filter at 80Hz to cut unwanted low frequencies that often get added by external hardware. Each channel has a three-band EQ, balance, and pre/post auxilliary sends. There are four low-noise mic preamps, both RCA and 1/4" inputs/outputs, and even a phantom power switch for your condenser mics. All of these features combine to make one heck of a machine that you would expect to pay alot more for. I have never had a single problem with the unit and it sounds incredible with a good set of monitors.

The only thing I dislike is that four of the channels have both a mic (XLR) input and a 1/4" input, which isn't bad by itself, but you can't use both inputs at the same time. I know that's asking alot, so it's really not a problem.

This mixer is solid as a rock. It is sturdy, the paint is tough, the knobs are not slippery, and the sound is clear and crisp. I've left the unit on all night and it hasn't overheated once. It's got a good weight to it and could probably stand to be dropped afew times without consequence, though I wouldn't dare do it on purpose to such a great piece of equipment.

If you're looking for a top-quality mixer at a fraction of the price, this is the mixer for you. This line of mixers is even available with built-in effects and up to 32 channels, so you can handle even big jobs. This should be the first mixer you look at in your search because it might just be the last one you'll ever have to look at.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
Philippe Hélard03/02/2006

Philippe Hélard's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Yamaha MG10/2
It is very easy to use.
I would have preferred notched knobs (like on the 01V), which regulate more precisely and less likely to disrupt.

UTILIZATION

Arises everywhere, very little space.

SOUNDS

Preamps breathless high-volume, very transparent.
EQ "heavy" use sparingly. Personally, I do not use it, I make the settings on the amp or the "big" table mix.

OVERALL OPINION

Excellent for what it is I am not using the EQ-:
- Sound for parties, conferences, ...
- Repeated two musicians (two electro-acoustic guitars + 2 microphones) to avoid the 01V96 out of his rack.
- Stereo recording moods or choirs with a Rode NT4 in power supply. phantom: the sound is nickel.
kartissue01/12/2006

kartissue's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Yamaha MG10/2
Simple table without effect.
4 XLR, 2 stereo jack. RCA.
3 slices of EQ per voice.
Could not be more simple

UTILIZATION

Simple installation. Intuitive handling.
The manual gives some advice, it is always nice.
I use it to mix in RPET voice studio equalizer for the microphones to take her, and cif together to regain some of the guitar.

SOUNDS

Console n'met not breath, do not PForm sound.
The qualisation is simple but effective.

OVERALL OPINION

I have less than 6 months. I'm glad it's out pitch, but it should not be less votes, otherwise I would be short.
I had a Behringer equivalence of the same before (ub802a) it took me time to adapt, which I do not necessarily require for this sort of table like this, even small have a personality .
It is not CHRE and I would do the same choice.

This is my last word Jean-Pierre
klemkenoby01/26/2005

klemkenoby's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Yamaha MG10/2
CF test Audiofanzine

UTILIZATION

I use this console to mix two outputs Stereo sound card and a command station Px7
I selected this console for its price without much noise to expect a strong point is rather tough finish
Basically this console strip've been using audio and I make no rglage top

SOUNDS

It is flat mtalique the legalization vraimment is ugly (we would say an old DJ mixer BST), more gains baisss max let a lightweight signal. Dynamics is non-existent a simple kick a clap and there's more room for the rest.
For me there is breath ...
A small compressor output Relva all but it's a shame to not have a proper legalization.

OVERALL OPINION

I use this console for 9 months and I see is little more simple I unplug.

Even when it is good to find stuff that price ... Now I have a real strong console. (Mackie or Tascam)
For someone looking to keep the cheap stuff I would recommend a small little more Alesis CHRE but with better sound.
berny8311/23/2004

berny83's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Yamaha MG10/2
CF-AUDIO FANZINE
The only problem of this mixer is that the two AUX SEND (one is pre-fader and the other is POST-FADE) are mono. It is not always information that you look when you beginners like me, but use has quickly become trs Gnant including those using a PC coupled to the audio jacks or to use the PC as an insert effect.

UTILIZATION

Trs easy to use, good connectivity (sym / Asym) and relatively complete (apart from the AUX SEND mono).

SOUNDS

I have not had the opportunity to compare it to others in the same price range but it matches what I expected. No dception on the quality of sound. Completely transparent for my taste made sounds. Maybe a slight breath whose source is not necessarily the table when you push a little high and level faders gnral.
I do not use the equalizer in the table.

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for 3 months.
I like the quality of connectivity and transparency of sound.
I do not like the AUX SEND PRE and POST FADER monos.
The price is nanmoins COMPTITE and Yamaha still has a good reputable that is not challenged here.
With exprience, I watched the tables that have auxiliary bus Stereo and maybe I'd take the model suprieur MG12 / 4 (1 sub-group stro) in this context for the rest, I am satisfied with the quality of Yamaha tables.
Bought ~ 110? in Musik-Produktiv in 09/2004.
Musicmanbuyer10/25/2004

Musicmanbuyer's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Yamaha MG10/2
Audiofanzine CF test, nothing to add.

UTILIZATION

Trs simple use, the manual is clear and gives some ides routing for beginners.
Submitted Cettte console all you need lment as a mini home studio.
J'apprcie control mixes Return to the effects in post or pre fade, there is not a tojours on small consoles that price.
The size of this console can also win by rpetition player or small scne if the training has little instrument.

The connection quality is satisfactory.
She serves primarily as a mixer plugs into my sound card M-Audio.

SOUNDS

The legalization is good but not spectacular, at least has not saturated the prampli.

OVERALL OPINION

This small console Submitted qualitprix good value and is perfect for me in my little home studio.
I possde last year and 119 new, I would do the same choice today no doubt