At first glance, the MGP16X may seem like a compact analog desk, but there is a lot going on under the hood. The mixer is embedded with brilliant digital processing that any old home studio fella like me would love to get their hands on!

This top of the line-mixing console is a fantastic amalgamation of portability and topnotch sound reinforcement. In addition, the features of the MGP16X is designed to meet the standards demanded by professional musicians, touring bands, DJs, churches and synagogues, concert halls, etc.

Wanted to learn more about this goddess of a mixer, check out my detailed review below.

Overview

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So whether you’re a newbie or a professional, there’s no way that you haven’t heard of Yamaha before. These guys have a serious track record for developing digital as well as analog mixers – that is why when you talk about a novel mixer that has an integral effect and digital/DSP processing, the company has all the right resources and expertise to come up with a knock-out product.

Their famous MGP16X combines a powerful and premium mix of both analog and digital innovation, being a 16-input mixer. But like so many other types of compact mixers, this one too doesn’t have a lot of mic inputs compared to the total number of inputs in the device. That is why you will see that a majority of inputs on the device are line-only.

The Yamaha MGP16X has 10 mic inputs – however, 8 of the inputs are TRS jack inputs and the remaining two (the last two inserts) are designed to be alternatively used as line-only stereo channels.

I noticed that the exterior of the compact mixer doesn’t look any different than Yamaha’s other flagship analog desk models – the MGP16X has end cheeks that are molded with steel panels.  The majority of the product is all-metal. It weighs nine kilograms, and the dimensions are 447 x 143 x 495mm.

The end cheeks are also reinforced with rackmount adaptors. The adaptors are reversed so that nothing is protruding from the product when you have it delivered. However, I was able to easily unbolt the fittings and attach them the other way around to have a more traditional format. If you’re looking for a decent set of headphones, check out the Shure SRH440 review.

Construction

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When you talk about the construction of this model, I believe the quality is quite rugged. The knobs on the mixer are fixed at the top of the surface so that if there is any pressure applied, the knobs would just bottom out. They will not cause any problems or damage to the PCB (where they are mounted).

Another thing I love about the product is that the internal layout is brilliantly developed for convection cooling – which means you will never have to worry about any noisy fans during your performance. Moreover, it is effortless to mount the flightcase because of the rack ears.

When I had the product delivered, I breathed a sigh of relief seeing that the PSU on the mixer is internal and doesn’t give that cheap wall-wart look. Also, as the mixer is integrated with switching-mode circuitry, you will never need to alter your settings no matter what country you perform in.

Major Features

Rear Panel Connections

The entirety of the mixer’s connections save for two (the USB port and the headphone output) are integrated at the rear of the console. You can connect the audio directly from your iPod or iPhone (but you can’t use any other USB source) into the USB port. You can channel the audio using the 15/16 channels or the two-track input.

If you don’t need the USB port, you can integrate the audio via the two-track channel, which you can also switch to the traditional analog RCA sockets. You can also edit mixer parameters from your iPod or iPhone by downloading a free application. However, there is no way you will be able to extract the audio out of the mixer through the USB input on the mixer.

PS. Check out this guide on open vs. closed headphones.

The Circuitry D-Pre

At the front of this beauty, there are line channels where there is a distinct preamp (Class-A) microphone that is designed to be easily switchable and is integrated with 48-volt phantom power, a 26-decibel pad, and a low-cut filter.  Yamaha has named this truly unique circuitry the “D-Pre.” The design of this D-Pre circuitry is based on Yamaha’s previous iconic, professional consoles that integrated the Darlington-pair circuitry, which is inverted.

X-Pressive EQ

The ‘X-Pressive’ equalizer is another flagship feature that is based on Yamaha’s VCM technology (Virtual Circuit Modelling). The VCM integration brilliantly delivers a classic analog feel by mirroring the phase attributes and response curves that are generally found on traditional analog circuitry. The X-Pressive equalizers is 3-band with a 250-Hz to 5-kHz middle-range. The EQ also delivers a 15-decibel boost and cut.

Moreover, the compressors on the mixer are designed to fit 1 to 8 channels, which also include LED indicator lights, clearly displaying when the compressor begins to deliver gain reduction. Using the Comp control on the mixer, you can easily dial reduced or enhanced compression. If you move the dial on a fully counterclockwise position, you will effectively turn off the compression.

4 AUX Sends for Each Channel

Each channel on the mixer is integrated with 4 AUX sends. Two of the aux sends are designed for internal engines effect and for physical outputs at the back of the mixer’s panel. The first send (Send-1) is a fixed pre-fader.

On the other hand, you can switch the Send-2 to post or pre-fade. The On button is illuminated and is fixed directly above the 60-millimeter channel fader. The red LEDs indicate the present signal while the green LEDs show the signal peak.

The mixer also has two master bar-graphs that are designed to display solo levels and Perspex panel indication in the effects area.

Why Go for the Yamaha MGP16X?

An Innovative Method of Analog Mixing

There is no doubt the Yamaha MGP16X has introduced a brand new approach to utilizing innovative technologies in a compact, analog mixed, which provides professionals with a more intuitive, classic and sophisticated control and approach to DSP functionality.

The thing I truly love about the mixer is the fact that the analog gear is nothing short of a hands-on experience when it comes to operating it; as well as the fact that machine remains magnificently consistent through and through when you talk about the design, providing you with that familiar control and feel of an analog mixer but with digital functionalities thrown into the mix.

Using the Best of Digital Sophistication and Analog Brilliance

One of the most impressive things about this model is that you get the best of analog and digital mixing – you get that classic analog circuitry combined with state of the art digital sophistication and ease.

Using this mixer, I can bet you anything that you will begin getting those vintage vibes from the classic equalizers you might have used along the way – who doesn’t love the sound of that? Yamaha went above and beyond by letting its sound engineers pack all those vibes into their innovative X-Pressive equalizer feature. With this EQ you get all the original output and musical warmth but without any noise.

The mixer also has innovative 1-knob compressors that enable you to precisely fix the compression rate to multiple input sources. There are just too many things going on the under the hood of this device. But in earnest, as much as the mixer provides excellent sound output, it is just as easy to use and handle.

FX and Equalizer Along with Many Other Options

The MG series by Yamaha are full of super innovative features, which can make life ultimately easier for traveling performers. The Yamaha MGP16X has two powerful studio-grade processors for cool effects. The mixer also has the REV-X reverb that has 3 high-resolution SPX processor and verbs for multiple digital effects. What this does is provide you with an easily usable variety of 16 sophisticated digital effects.

This test is below highlights some of the features:

The MGP16X is Designed for Hardcore Professionals

With a sublime metal chassis, which is engineered for effective and efficient convection cooling, this Yamaha console and mixer is designed with nothing but professional use in mind. Moreover, the mixer is also packed with sophisticated, professional tweaks and features – for example, the IUPS (internal universal power supply). This enables users to plug in the device anywhere in the world where there is a 100-volt to 200-volt power.

Final Verdict

Durable and easy to use, this mixer is a novel mixer with some serious attitude inside-out. The mixer is the ultimate answer for professionals that perform in a variety of venues, and who want perfection, reliability along with great sound.

The Yamaha MGP16X is a delightfully featured, compact analog and digital mixer with a wide selection of input requirements.

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