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Rating and Reviews: Yamaha MG206C Mixer

Perfect for live recording, the MG206C offers a full contingent of features and EQing options at an unbeatable price.

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"DOWNSIZED MY EQUIPMENT...AND UPGRADED MY SOUND! Running sound and playing at the same time saves money, but the equipment was" submitted February 28, 2011

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Musical Background: 30 yr Weekend Warrior - musician/sound engineer
Music Style: Modern Country/Country Rock
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Sound: The mic pre's seem to have so much more clarity than the 1604 VLZ PRO that I've been using for the last 5-6 years. The vocals punched right through. Seven piece band w/6 drum mics, bass, two electric guitars, fiddle, acoustic guitar, steel, dobro/banjo and 3 vocalists. All chanels in use. Ran the singers, bass, kick, snare, fiddle and acoustic with some level of compression. As the lead singers voice starts to drain, I add a little more comp and raise his monitor a bit. This board gives a lot clearer feed to the monitors as well. I run vocals with a bit of reverb, drums with a bit of delay. The main output goes to a DBX Driverack, and then to the amps (2-Peavey IPR 3000) powering Cerwin Vega Folded Subs and 2-15 tops. Feature: I love the built-in Compression, works great for mild to medium duty. it eliminated 2U of rack space from my setup. I miss having a "Solo" light to indicate a depressed button. I'd love to see them add two DSP effects to the board. I'd also like to have a lamp socket so I wouldn't need a flashlight. Ease of Use: This is my first Yamaha mixer. I'm very familiar with Mackie and Behringer mixer setup, and their differing methods of setting gain structure, so for this one I really didn't need to read the manual...,but did anyway. Very intuitive layout, no problems at all. Having to fumble with a flashlight was probably my only problem. Quality: The construction quality seems fine to me; no signs of shoddy work or materials. No issues so far. Value: Great value for the buck. Also a great compact design with integral compression. Manufacturer Support: No dealings with them yet. The Wow Factor: Sex Appeal...huh? I wouldn't go to bed with it, but it is a good looking mixer. I think everything else in the rack is happy to spend the night with her, no complaints sofar. Overall: Generally, I like to upgrade every five years or so, if upgrades are available and have added features. I'll never wear this out, only use it 4-6 times a month. This mixer was at a price I could afford, and had additional features that others did not. I would buy it again if lost or stolen. Like the sound and ease of use. Wish it had FX and lamp socket built in. If another mixer was available that had all that for a few buck more, I might consider it.
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"I have been running live sound since 1972. Own a recording studio and do location recording and am a travelling engineer for a t" submitted August 4, 2008

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Musical Background: Active musician, recording engineer, producer, live sound
Music Style: classic rock, new age.
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Sound: I own Soundcraft, Mackie, Behringer and a smaller MG series Yamaha mixer. The Yamaha is as clean and quiet as the Soundcraft and better than the Mackie and much better than the Behringers. Feature: I needed a mixer in a hurry because my Mackie died. I was looking at an Allen & Heath Mizwizard or a Soundcraft FX 16, but the price of the Yamaha made the difference. The built in compression is a very cool feature and eight channels of compression would cost as much as the mixer in most cases. I would prefer four band EQ, but having sweep mids really helps. Everything else is very well laid out. Ease of Use: The signal routing could not be more simple. It is a snap to run three monitor mixes and an efx send and bring the efx back to a stereo return that also routes the effect to monitor mix (aux) one and two if the musicians want to hear the efx.. very cool. Having four channels of stereo line inputs is pretty neat too and something Allen & Heath and Soundcraft don't offer. If you have a rack of keyboard modules or multiple keys this is the perfect solution without taking up two channels for a stereo mix. Quality: So far so good.. although I have only had it a week and used it on one all day live sound event, my other MG series mixer has been in the family for nearly two years and works flawlessly. Value: Again, it's four hundred bucks cheaper than an Allen & Heath Mizwizard or the Soundcraft fx16 and has features they don't offer. So...yeah, it's well worth the money. Manufacturer Support: I have never had to deal with Yamaha support since none of their equipment has ever failed until ten years past the warranty expiration date.. Let's hope I never need them. The Wow Factor: Well.. I bought it so I obviously want it. Again, the built in compression is a very neat addition and makes this mixer a stand out deal. Overall: I hope to be using this mixer in my live sound rack for many years.
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"Don't contemplate, just do it, you wont regret it!" submitted March 30, 2011

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Musical Background: Active Musician
Music Style: Progressive Rock/metal
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Sound: Very well balanced and even sound, highs are crisp and sharp, the mids are nice and even with some warmerh, and the lows have a nice bottom end. Feature: I love the 10 channels of compression, no need for an outboard comprssor Ease of Use: This board is a great board for everyone novice and pros alike. Easy to use,easy to learn, just a great board in general! Quality: Solid, and sturdy, still would recommend a case (no use spending money on a great product and not protect your investment)! Great preamps in all the channels! Value: Definitely worth it's price, the easy pay program made it a no brainer to purchase! Manufacturer Support: Zzsounds and yamaha make it easy to contact in case you have an issue! The Wow Factor: This product definitely has sex appeal, like porn for nerds! Overall: Given the yamaha reputation, a very long time!
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"YAMAHA is KING!" submitted March 18, 2010

By a customer from sbcglobal.net
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Musical Background: Wanna Be Musician
Music Style: ALL!
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Sound: For a mixer the MG206c is AS GOOD AS IT GETS! It has almost everything you could want for recording. The pre's are phenomenal and noiseless! This is truly a PROFESSIONAL mixer. VERY TRANSPARENT! Feature: It could have EFX built in but for the price it would not be able to be quality which is why I believe Yamaha left it out although in the larger MG's it has dual EFX so it is available and I wish I would have bought one of them. I have the FX with my M13 and pedals so I did not need it. Wasn't worth the extra 600.00+ when I already have it! Ease of Use: Yes there is a learning curve if you have never used a mixer like me. But in less than one hour I had it down and hooked up the band. We LOVE the sound from the MG206c. It truly has made us sound like we had our music professionally mixed by a studio with FANTASTIC SOUNDING RESULTS! p.s. we did it in one of my bedrooms with no sound foam just the FAMOUS YAMAHA MG206c mixer! WOW! Just wait! Quality: Made well with QUALITY THROUGHOUT! All you have to do is LISTEN to the before and after sound. Value: Worth 4x the cost at least! Manufacturer Support: NEVER NEEDED TO USE! The Wow Factor: STUPID! DUH I DON'T want it! I OWN IT! Overall: I will ALWAYS buy YAMAHA MG MIXERS for the rest of my life! I shall NEVER use another mixer as YAMAHA MG MIXERS are at the TOP of the QUALITY AND RESULTS field with NO OTHER manufacture able to come close to YAMAHA MG! GREAT JOB YAMAHA! Once again as always YAMAHA has positioned itself at the TOP by producing TOP QUALITY products! The MG series of mixers has PROVEN to be the BEST of them ALL!
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