Yamaha MG166CX-USB
Yamaha MG166CX-USB

MG166CX-USB, FireWire/USB/mLan Mixer from Yamaha in the MG USB series.

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Average Score:4.6( 4.6/5 based on 7 reviews )
 4 reviews57 %
 3 reviews43 %
Value For Money : Excellent
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podiumstar's review"Good product"

Yamaha MG166CX-USB
Good console for a band or orchestra or to mix at home.
Yamaha quality, reliable and solid.
The mixer comes with rails to mount it on a rack
It has 16 inputs (with built-in compressor on inputs 1 through 6, which can be individually adjusted)
XLR or jack from 1 to 11/12 XLR with adjustable gain
Inputs 13/14 and 15/16 are on jack or RCA
Only channel 12 has phantom power.
The effects section (10 or 12 in the memory) is assignable to every channel
High, mid, low controls.
The output is stereo on jack or XLR, just like the monitors.
Possibility to insert external effects with 2 sends and 2 returns
Headphones output with dedicated control.
Easy readable VU-meter.
USB interface for 2 channels only, to record with the included Cubasis Lt.


It's an analog mixer, easy to use, the manual is clear and comprehensive.
Every channel has an ON switch.
In short, it's a Yamaha, clear and precise.


The console is reliable, without noise, the EQ is precise, the compressor is effective and the built-in effects are interesting. There's not much to say, considering its quality and price. It's good gear, it only lacks some additional phantom power.
It is powered via an external supply.
The USB interface allows you to record with a PC and Cubasis LT, which is included. It's a bit light in this regard, but don't forget it's an analog mixer and it's more than enough to record a demo or monitor something.


We use it in a home studio and for gigs (pop band with 4 musicians) and we are satisfied. We have tried other brands before (samick; behringer) and this one is the most comprehensive.
If I had to choose another one, I'd go for a Yamaha, the only con is that we live in a digital world, so I think we'll do the switch and move in that direction shortly.

bidiz1's review"Good gear"

Yamaha MG166CX-USB
Rackable, with all necessary connections, built-in effects (not high-end, but they do their job!).


Easy-to-use mixer for beginners, which we are...It has a short learning curve.


Decent sound for its category. You need to really push it to get some noise.


It was the first mixer we got for our band (we then switched to a FireWire model), and it served us well....Good value for money, a safe bet when you don't have the means to buy a high-end product!

nicolaizen's review"Excellent and value for money"

Yamaha MG166CX-USB
It is rackable, analog console, with 10 mic line in, phantom power, 16 line in XLR, 8mono and 4 stereo in, 3 range parametric EQ. For more details you should address to the website of Yamaha. With the USB connection it works like a sound card and mixer. It is grate and so far with no problems.


Installed with no need of drivers, since it is USB sound card, at my laptop and calss room computer. The layout and the functions are typical for a multi channel mixing


No hiss as far as I know. The 3 band EQ works fine.


As I said the value for money and the USB 2.o connection are the most about this product. The least could be the only 2 band EQ but what you pay you get...
The quality of the sound is more than enough for a home and classroom studio.

Anonymous 's review

Yamaha MG166CX-USB
With its rack design, this mixer aimed at recording allows for a wide range of applications.


The connections and multiple controls are adapted to different needs.


In terms of sound, it can't be criticized, since it conforms to the specs, except for the FX, which are weaker and produce noise. The usb port offers the possibility to connect it to a computer, both for playback and recording, you need to increase the level to get a usable threshold.


After two years of use, I'm very satisfied with this mixer. Overall, a good product.

chauchau33's review"Very good console"

Yamaha MG166CX-USB
It is rackable and takes 12 U.


Very easy to use.

Very comprehensive and precise manual.


Very good console with built-in soundcard to record one stereo or two mono tracks with Cubase AL5.


I've been using it for one year.

Very good value for money

jc03000's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" excellent"

Yamaha MG166CX-USB
I use it only to animate dancing galas

schlouff's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Versatile"

Yamaha MG166CX-USB
Mixer 16 track (12 Neutrik XLR with phantom power, 8 line, 8 stereo)
Inserts on the line taken
six tracks with one-knob compressors
two buses "send (pre / post and post) and an effect bus
two buses in the mix

Parametric equalizer on 8-track "line"

A USB port plug and play


If the manual is a little light for someone who never touched a table, it is easily accessible for someone with experience.
Hours of operation will be necessary to perfect novice to identify the operation in depth ..


The table sounds quite well.

by usb it introduces, however, a significant blow when the level is somewhat low. C why it will still work using the maximum available signal

For the rest, the equalizer and small compressors are efficient


I use it for two years and am perfectly satisfied.

The highlight of this console is its versatility: it offers many connections so that you can easily connect. It has built-in compressors and booster effects which are always nice.

She did not intend to strictly home-studio owners who prefer a more effective interface, but more versatile musician.

for the many opportunities it offers, yes I would do this choice. (I originally hesitated between it and the Multimix 16 usb Alesis for its ability to export 16 tracks simultaneously cons 2 for my Yamaha. But to this day, I found the Alesis a little too light ...)