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.
Excellent and value for money
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.
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!
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.
Yamaha MG166CX-USB tech. sheet
- Series:MG USB
- Category:FireWire/USB/mLan Mixers
- Added in our database on: 01/07/2009
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