Yamaha MG166CXUSB Console w/Compressors, USB, & Effects
Cubase AI4 harnesses the power of the Steinberg Cubase 4 digital audio workstation for use with Yamaha MG “USB” mixers, providing a powerful set of advanced software tools that are easy to use while significantly expanding the mixers’ recording and production capabilities. Cubase AI4 offers direct digital connectivity to the stereo buses of MG “USB” models for audio recording and editing. It also features a range of MIDI sequencing capabilities, an entire suite of VST effect plug-ins, and a HALion One sample player featuring selected waves from the famed Yamaha Motif synthesizers. [Cubase AI4 Features]
· Cubase 4 audio engine.
· 48 audio tracks and up to 64 MIDI tracks.
· 25 VST effect plug-ins, including 15 new VST3 plug-in effects.
· HALion One software sample player with selected Motif waves.
· Plug and Play VST/MIDI setup.
· Studio Connections Integration.
· File Interchange between Steinberg software and Yamaha hardware.
· 20 MIDI music styles and 480 audio drum loops included.
Built-in SPX Digital Effects
There’s an astonishing amount of signal processing power packed into the compact chassis of the MG “CX” mixers. They incorporate a versatile digital multi-effect processor that provides a range of reverb, delay, modulation, and distortion programs you can use to refine and define your sound. Each of the 16 effect programs has a number of editable parameters as well as effect on/off switching capability and return level control. You can even blend the effects into the aux sends for “wet” monitoring, so the performers can hear the effects too. If you need to keep both hands free to play an instrument or perform other operations, an optional footswitch can be connected to the mixer’s effect footswitch jack for convenient on/off switching.
Lightweight, Portable Designs
Designing a lightweight mixer is not too difficult, but designing a lightweight, compact mixer that delivers serious performance is another matter. 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 MG series mixers provides significant space savings along with huge performance benefits.
Versatile Connectivity and Pro-class Connectors
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.
Built-in 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. You won’t find built-in channel compression on too many other mixers in this class, but in the new MG mixers you have 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.