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Yamaha MG series desks new
      #117235 - 19/04/05 10:42 AM
Does anyone have any experience with the larger Yamaha MG series desks? I'm about to recommend one for use with a church PA. Seems to do everything they need and the price is good. It would be nice to go for something like a mixwiz, but not quite enough channels and a bit too expensive. Want to avoid Behringer though.

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Re: Yamaha MG series desks new [Re: Ultimate Fish]
      #125040 - 05/05/05 12:37 PM
Hmm, a pity that no-one's replied yet!

I've got an MG16/6FX. I sold my Mackie 1604VLZ to get it because I really wanted some stereo channels (I'm a keyboard player) and the idea of an extra inbuilt reverb appealed to me (that way I can leave my Virus KC effects unit set to create tempo-synced delays).

It's not a bad little desk - it's fairly clean and quiet, and definitely usable in a live situation - I don't know how the mic preamps hold up compared to other well known quantities like the Mackie VLZ-Pro or the (shudder) Behringer IMP, having not directly A/B'd them - but they sound pretty good to me, and having the inbuilt FX processor is a nice bonus. I managed to get a very nice sound with a couple of SM58's on a vocalist with an acoustic guitar recently.

There are a few caveats, however: The headroom, while adequate, is not as plentiful as you'll get on a Mackie VLZ or an Allen + Heath - it can be slightly tricky (but certainly possible) to get a nice hot signal to the mix buss. The inbuilt effects can be a fraction noisy on the return but probably not anything you'd notice in a live context. The EQ I find can be a tad honky if you boost the mids but this was probably my own heavy-handedness. I personally find the lit channel ON button a bit annoying and would rather just have a mute button a la the Mackie, but it's not really an issue. Also, it's a "lump in the line" power connector - although the locking nut used to connect to the mixer is an excellent design and very easy to use in practice.

All in all a good little desk for the money though - I got mine from Sound Control for £229 by asking them to match Turnkey's price.

Hope this helps
Grant


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Re: Yamaha MG series desks [Re: grantozolins]
      #125082 - 05/05/05 01:45 PM
Cheers Grant. In the end I recommended an Allan & Heath PA series desk. Mind you I don't think headroom is much of an issue for this application.

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