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Yamaha MW12CX 12-Channel USB Mixer with Effects

Just hook up to the 12-channel, effects-loaded Yamaha MW12CX, then connect to your computer through its USB output for quality home recordings! (19) Read 4 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Product Description

With Yamaha's MW Series USB Mixing Studio mixers, making great music is easier than ever before. Combined with the powerful Cubase AI4 audio/MIDI sequencing software, the MW series provides a comprehensive tabletop studio setup for the solo recording musician and for the traveling producer/arranger. Connect the MW to a USB terminal on your laptop or desktop computer, and you've got an instant, high-quality audio recording studio at your command. The MW delivers true plug-and-play USB audio input/output interfacing-without the need for special software drivers-and lets you easily record mono inputs or two-track stereo mixes of multiple sources to your computer.

Flexible 12-Channel Configuration

The MW12C both give you a total of twelve inputs, including four mono microphone/line inputs and four stereo line inputs. Two of the stereo line inputs can also function as mono microphone inputs, providing up to six simultaneous microphone inputs if you need them. The high-performance ultra-low-noise balanced microphone inputs also have a phantom power switch, allowing you to take advantage of the superior sonic quality of professional-level condenser microphones.

Built-in SPX Effects

For those who like the convenience of having signal processing right inside the mixer, the MW12CX incorporates a versatile digital multi-effect unit that provides a variety of reverb, delay, modulation, and distortion programs you can use to enhance your sound, or completely transform it-without the need for an external device. Each of the 16 effect programs has a number of editable parameters as well as effect on/off switching capability and return level control. 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.

Easy-to-use 1-Knob Compression

Compression-the taming of wildly varying levels in vocals, bass and guitar-is one of the most important effects used in recording and mixing. It is also one of the most subtle and difficult to use. Not with the MW series mixers, however. The innovative 1-knob analog compressor (on the mono input channels) lets you dial in just the amount of compression you need in recording, without having to set multiple parameters like threshold, ratio and makeup gain. One knob does it all for you-instantly giving you great, punchy sound.

Easy-access Panel and High-Quality Parts

Top-mounted input and output connectors make setting up and re-patching your system quick and easy. Both models feature high-quality Neutrik balanced XLR connectors for the microphone inputs. Long-throw, smooth-action faders give you precise and tactile control over signal levels. The mixer also has a bright and large 12-segment LED meter for visual signal indication.

Channel On Switches

Dedicated On switches for each channel let you enable or disable (mute) individual input channels as desired, while the lamps on the switches give you instant visual indication about which channels are on.

Monitor Mix

This convenient feature gives you simple control over the balance between the signals being recorded and the playback signals being monitored. This is particularly helpful when recording several sources at the same time, letting you use a single knob to adjust the balance of the playback and recording signals for monitoring purposes. Naturally, this doesn't affect the recording level; it simply allows you to control what you want to hear.

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Frequency Response
ST OUT, REC OUT, AUX (EFFECT*) SEND, MONITOR OUT: -3.0, 0, 1.0 dB, GAIN: min(CH 1-2, CH 3/4-5/6), 20Hz-20kHz, refer to the nominal output level @1kHz

Total Harmonic Distortion (THD+N)
ST OUT: Less Than 0.1 %, +14dBu, 20Hz-20kHz, Input Gain Control at minimum

Hum and Noise
CH INPUT 1-4 MIC: -128 dBu, EIN(Equivalent Input Noise): Rs=150 ohms, GAIN:max

ST OUT, REC OUT: -88 dBu, ST,REC Master fader at nominal level and all Ch mix controls at minimum.

AUX (EFFECT*) SEND: -81 dBu, AUX Master control at nominal level and all Ch mix controls at minimum.

ST OUT, REC OUT: -64 dB, ST,REC Master fader and one Ch fader at nominal level.

ST OUT: -98 dB, Residual Output Noise.

Crosstalk@1 kHz
Input to Output: -70 dB,STEREO L/R, CH 1-4, PAN panned Hard left or right.

Phantom Voltage
MIC: +48 V

USB Audio I/O
Sampling Frequency: 44.1, 48 kHz, Depend on the application of PC

Input HPF
CH 1-4, CH 5/6-7/8, 80Hz, 12dB/oct

Input Equalization +15,-15dB maximum. Turn over/roll-off frequency of shelving:
3dB blow maximum variable level.

High: 10 kHz shelving (CH 1-4, CH 5/6-7/8)

Mid: 2.5 kHz peaking (CH 1-4, CH 5/6-7/8)

Low: 100 Hz shelving (CH 1-4, CH 5/6-7/8)

High: 10 kHz shelving (CH 9/10-11/12)

Low: 100 Hz shelving (CH 9/10-11/12)

PEAK Indicator
Red LED turns on when post EQ (ST CH: or post Mic HA) signal reaches -3dB below clipping (17dBu).

LED Level Meter
Pre MONITOR Level: 2x12 points LED meter (PEAK,+10,+6,+3,0,-3,-6,-10,-15,-20,-25,-30 dB)
PEAK lights if the signal comes within 3 dB of the clipping level.

Power Supply Adapter: PA-20

Power Consumption: 30 W

Dimensions (WxHxD): 346.2 x 86.1 x 436.6 mm

Net Weight: 3 kg

System Requirements for MW Series Mixers

Windows Vista
Computer: Windows-based computer with built-in USB interface

OS: Windows Vista

CPU: 1 GHz or better Intel Core / Pentium / Celeron processor

Memory: More than 1 GB

Windows XP
Computer: Windows-based computer with built-in USB interface

OS: Windows XP Professional / XP Home Edition

CPU: 750 MHz or better Intel Core / Pentium / Celeron processor

Memory: More than 128 MB

Macintosh
Computer: Macintosh computer with built-in USB interface

OS: Mac OS X 10.3.3 or higher

CPU: Macintosh G3 processor 300 MHz or better

Memory: More than 128 MB

Cubase AI4 System Requirements

Windows
OS: Windows XP Professional / XP Home Edition

CPU: Intel Pentium 1.4 GHz or better

Available Memory: More than 512 MB

Hard Disk: Free disk space of 400 MB or more; high-speed hard disk

Audio Interface: Windows DirectX / ASIO compatible

Macintosh
OS: Mac OS X 10.4 or higher

CPU: Power Mac G4 1 GHz or Core Solo 1.5 GHz or better

Available Memory: More than 512 MB

Hard Disk: Free disk space of 400 MB or more; high-speed hard disk
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 714-522-9011
Customer Reviews
3.5 out of 5 (19 ratings) Rate and Review This Product
zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "The Mac-Daddy Bomb on a Budget."
Sound: The sound is better than my old Yamaha MW10. The MW12CX is certainly a step up in performance and sound quality. However, you must remember it's only a mid-level board, even with the added bling. That said, I've found its sound quality suitable for all my applications. Feature: Compression is really nice but a use it sparingly, the same with the FXs. It's nice to have the option of compression and FX but, like any unnecessary bling-bling, prudence of use will be to your benefit. Having two busses makes live recording during a performance a breeze. Ease of Use: Love the sliders hate the small push buttons; you'll find it difficult to tell if they're on or off. Quality: Love the sliders hate the small push buttons; you'll find it difficult to tell if they're on or off. The Cubase AI4 software package is garbage. It took me over an hour to activate and install a patch, but hey, it's free and it works. So spend some money on something better. I did, and you'll be glad you did. Value: Two buses with sliders, compression FX and a USB computer connection for under 400 bucks is just wonderful. Manufacturer Support: The Cubase support was dismal. It's a spaghetti mess of patches just to activate it, but the Yamaha board works just fine in Sound Track Pro & Logic, so I could careless. I never intended to use Cubase anyway. The Wow Factor: I wouldn't hawl it around to gigs, but then its really not designed for that. This Board is designed to run audio into a computer, which it does exceptionally well. Personally, I stream an online radio station with it. Overall: For all the short comings with Cubase, The Yamaha MW12CX is exactly what I realized I needed after owning the "old Style" Yamaha MW10. It has a pro audio board feel & function, at a consumer level price. It's perfect for my home broadcasting studio.
Style of Music: Blues
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Sound: There's a bit of noise, but not too terrible. The signal routing is great for this price class, with two independent stereo buses plus the USB I/O. The effects, however, aren't really useful. They sound like a hold-over from the first cheap digital effect boxes from 1985. I much prefer the effects in VST. Feature: It does what it says on the tin. Having utility compression on input is useful. And did I mention the great signal routing path? The stereo line ins (9/10 and 11/12) don't have mid Eq, only top and bottom. Ease of Use: Really nothing to complain about. Some of the buttons are a little hard to tell whether they're in or out. Quality: Seems solid. Unfortunately, the default Windows USB audio device driver doesn't work with this device; sound comes out totally garbled. Value: Get the MW12C. The effects are not worth the $30 extra. Manufacturer Support: I tried getting a fix for the USB audio device problem on the web site, but they only have an update for ASIO/KS. The Wow Factor: It's OK. Overall: I got this because it was the cheapest mixer I could get with two independent busses and reasonable Mic pres. It does just fine for that.
Style of Music: Speech, Background
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