Yamaha MG166CX 16 Channel Mixer with Compression and Effects (ex-display)
- Unmatched quality and performance
- Upto 32 inputs
- Compression and FX
Yamaha's MG166CX offers a console that will give you the capacity, control and performance you deserve. This model is remarkably compact and lightweight for superior handling and portability, but absolutely no compromises have been made in terms of features, performance, or durability. The MG166CX offers an extraordinary blend of technology. Some has been inherited from professional Yamaha mixing consoles you're likely to see in distinguished halls throughout the world and some developed specifically to deliver optimum performance in the MG-console format. In either case this performance-packed mixer is founded on a world-spanning network of human and technological resources that crystallize to deliver features that really matter, and sound that is undeniably superior.
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Yamaha MG166CX Features
• 16 Input channels
• High Quality mic preamp
• 10 Mics + 4 Stereo line inputs
• 8 Insert I/O
• 6 Compressors
• Phantom power switch (+ 48V)
• Illuminated CH ON switches
• 3 band Mid-sweep EQ (Ch 1-8)
• 60 mm Super smooth fader
• 3 band EQ (Ch 9/10-15/16)
• SPX Digital multi effect
• 6 busses (Stereo + 4 groups)
• Monitor mix
• 2 Aux sends + 1 Effect send
• Light weight (5.5 kg)
• 1 Stereo Aux return
• 12-seg LED level meter
• Neutrik™ XLR Connectors
• Rack Mountable
• Input gain trim
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 MG166CX, including in-depth material and structural analysis, to bring you maximum manageability and maximum performance. The result is an easily portable mixer but the performance you'll get at the studio, club, hall, or anywhere you choose to use this fine mixer is far from lightweight.
Versatile Connectivity and Pro-class Connectors
Top-mounted input and output connectors make setting up and re-patching your system quick and easy. The MG166CX features 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 MG166CX 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 on the MG166CX 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 time consuming 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.
High-performance Microphone Preamplifiers with Switchable Phantom Power
Microphone preamplifiers are critical in any mixer, and a performance bottleneck in many. That's why pros often spend thousands of dollars on just a single channel of microphone pre-amplification. The microphone preamps built into the MG166CX inherit technology from Yamaha's top-line professional consoles and have been painstakingly designed to deliver superior sonic performance with any dynamic or condenser microphone. Gain trim covers a wide - 60dB to -16dB range for microphones (-34dB / +10dB for line input), so you'll be able to achieve optimum level matching with just about any source. All microphone preamps also feature switchable phantom power so you can take advantage of the natural, extended response of high-quality condenser microphones.
3-band Channel EQ and High-pass Filters
Building a truly useful, musical-sounding channel equalizer is no easy task, but Yamaha has decades of experience in building pro consoles to draw on. You reap the benefits on the MG166CX. All mono channels feature 3-band equalizers with LOW, SWEEP MID, and HIGH controls with fixed MID on the stereo channels. Although not directly related to the equalizer circuitry, all inputs also feature 80 Hz low-pass filters that can be used to eliminate subsonic noise that is outside the equalizers' range.
The MG166CX has two AUX sends for use with external processors and monitor systems. Master send controls are also provided, as are RETURN level controls for the AUX and STEREO busses. This model also has EFFECT send controls on all channels that adjust the level of the signal sent from the corresponding channel to the mixer's internal multi-effect system. The same signal can also be sent to external effect processors via the mixer's EFFECT SEND jack.
Two Stereo Group Busses
The Yamaha MG166CX also features two stereo group buses and outputs that can be used for convenient channel grouping. Assign switches for the stereo and group buses are located next to each channel fader.
Smooth 60-millimeter Faders & Illuminated Channel ON Switches
Channel and master level control on the MG166CX is accomplished via reliable, highperformance 60-millimeter linear faders that provide smooth, noise-free operation. When you have more than a few channels the direct visual indication of relative level settings can be an important advantage. The MG166CX also features illuminated channel ON switches that can be used to individually add or remove channels from the mix without having to change the positions of the channel faders.
Bright Meters for Visual Level Monitoring
Accurate visual level monitoring can help you achieve maximum signal-to noise ratio without distortion. The MG166CX's bright, easy-to-read multisegment LED meters make it easy to control system levels for optimum overall performance.
All switches, controls, and displays have been designed and laid out for intuitive access and smooth, reliable operation with positive tactile and visual feedback.
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