Yamaha MG16 16-Input 6-Bus Mixer

(10 customer reviews)



Feature-rich and delivering outstanding sound quality, the Yamaha MG16 analog mixer is well-suited for portable rigs or permanent installations. The MG16’s quality op-amp ensures that your mix sounds transparent and articulate. The MG16’s crystal clear D-PRE preamps will squeeze every drop of tone from your mics, with natural-sounding bass and smooth highs. Featuring switchable phantom power, a pad switch, one-knob compressors, EQ, plenty of I/O, and LED metering, the MG16 can take on just about any task you throw at it. Utilizing many state-of-the-art features from Yamaha’s high-end consoles, the MG16 is ready to work for you!

Yamaha MG Series Mixers

For more than a century, Yamaha has been building a legacy of superior craftsmanship and innovation exemplified in all of our products, from an unrivaled catalog of world-class musical instruments to touring-grade professional audio. Now in its third incarnation, the MG Series embodies this pursuit of design excellence, and incorporates some of the same technologies developed for use in high-end professional consoles, including studio-quality preamps, powerful digital processing, and a rugged, reliable construction.

With an intuitive, easy-to-use interface, the MG Series boasts an extensive lineup of compact mixing consoles with models ranging from six to twenty channels, suitable for a diverse range of users and applications. For installed, recording, or live music settings, the solid construction and flexible design of these consoles lets you shape your sound with confidence, continually delivering a level of sound quality and reliability unrivaled in its class.

Heads of the Class

Yamaha has always strived to provide sound engineers with the purest possible signal instead of added processing or color to give it a ‘signature’ sound, and the MG Series is no exception. Embracing this philosophy of transparent sound, these mixing consoles deliver a level of sonic purity and sound quality that is unmatched in their class.

D-PRE (Discrete Class-A Mic Preamps)

This is where it all starts. Everything you do as a sound engineer is dependent on the quality of your preamps, which determines the direction your mix will take, and ultimately how good it is going to sound. MG Series mixing consoles feature Yamaha’s studio-grade discrete class-A D-PRE preamps, which utilize an inverted Darlington circuit comprising two cascading transistors in a configuration that provides more power with lower impedance.

EQ and High-pass Filters

There’s nothing more useful than reliable equalization when you need nuanced management of your tone. The MG Series benefits from Yamaha’s unparalleled experience in designing pro audio gear, featuring 3-band equalizers on all mono channels for precise control of your sound. High-pass filter allows you to eliminate unwanted low-frequency noise, for a smoother, cleaner mix.

1-Knob Compressors

Compression plays an essential role in just about any recording or sound reinforcement environment by altering the level of dynamics of an audio signal when you need livelier guitars, punchier bass lines, a tighter snare, or a cleaner vocal sound. However, it can take countless hours to master the complexities of even the most basic outboard compression units and use them effectively.

Built-in SPX Digital Effects

For musical and non-musical applications, effects processing adds polish and professionalism to the mix. The MG X / XU models feature Yamaha’s SPX digital multi-effect processor, offering a comprehensive suite of editable digital effects perfect for enhancing your mix, whether adding depth to a speaking engagement or breathing new color and atmosphere into a live performance.

High Quality Sound Op-amp

The head amp determines sound quality, and op-amp integrated circuits are one of the most important parts in the head amp circuit. MG Series mixers feature new, high-quality, custommade MG01 op-amps that we developed in cooperation with the semiconductor manufacturer. We worked directly with the semiconductor manufacturer to focus on sound quality first.

Additional information

Weight 6.6 kg
Dimensions 21.3 × 55.9 cm
Item Weight

‎6.6 kg

Product Dimensions

‎52.3 x 21.3 x 55.9 cm; 6.6 Kilograms

Item model number






Power source type

‎Corded Electric


48 Volts


‎30 watts



Date First Available

15 May 2014



10 reviews for Yamaha MG16 16-Input 6-Bus Mixer

  1. CKH

    Saw other review and I am sure im not the only one. The mixer still lights up. Unsure if it functions as I am afraid to try. Super disappointed.

  2. J.

    The media could not be loaded.

     Received faulty unit.

  3. Jaykayess

    Excellent in all respects! Can’t go wrong with Yamaha
    I needed a 6-mic mixer with effects and USB output for direct recording of live performances to my laptop. There are 2-3 singers with, a harmonium, and 1-2 voice announcers.For the last 14 years, I had been using a Peavey six-mic USB mixer, which had reached end of life. So after a lot of research and trial and error, I finally selected and bought this mixer. I received it on 5th November and in the last one week, I have thoroughly tested it for all the features and functions that I need.This mixer meets ALL my requirements completely and I am very happy with my choice. I will strongly recommend this to anyone who has similar requirements.I know many professionals who swear by Yamaha mixers and I have had the opportunity to see them up close. Also, I have been using Yamaha AV receivers and amplifiers for over 30 years, and one thing I can be sure of is with Yamaha, you simply cannot go wrong.My old Peavey mixer was fine, but after seeing this Yamaha, I realize how small things can make such a huge difference in ease of use and overall quality. In fact, about a month ago, I ordered a Behringer QX1220-USB, which has the same overall features and good clean sound, but the fifth and sixth mic inputs had only 40dB of gain, so I had to sell that mixer at a loss.Here are some of the features of this mixer that I really liked:1. Excellent, clean, sound quality even at high gain settings.2. Very well-designed layout – all controls, knobs, switches and jacks are where you expect them to be in a user-friendly way. This makes the mixer easy to use in live performances.3. It has 24 effects (very easy to select and with adjustable parameters) with individual channel FX level knobs plus a dedicated FX master fader.4. The USB 2.0 output is capable of upto 24bit/192kHz quality, which many other mixers in this price range don’t have.5. There are plenty of outputs – main stereo out jacks (two XLR and two TRS phone jacks), one USB output at the back (this also works as an input), two stereo AUX send jacks (TRS), two stereo group jacks (TRS), one pair of monitor jacks (TRS), one stereo foot-switch jack (TRS), and one stereo headphone jack (TRS).6. Built-in one-knob compressors on the first four mic inputs.7. PFL switches for each input – this was a new feature for me and I discovered how helpful it can be to isolate one channel and listen to it separately.8. Universal voltage capability (110-240 V), with a 2-metre long standard IEC power cable.9. Excellent build quality. It has a raised back, so the viewing angle is perfect, and they have cleverly used that to provide air circulation vents on the bottom.There are a couple of small things that I did not like:1. The electric power cord they provided had a European plug (see picture). I contacted the dealer to replace it, but there was no response, so I simply cut it off and replaced it with a standard Indian 3-pin plug (because I wanted to use the original 2-metre cord as far as possible).2. There is no RCA stereo output. My old Peavey mixer had this, and it was very useful to connect it directly to an amplifier.Overall, strongly recommended to anyone who is serious about sound quality, features, and value for money.

  4. Raquel

    Me encantó
    Me gusto mucho

  5. Stratovarious

    Fantastic , but not happy about cord packaged in typical figure 8 , it will never straighten out.
    …Then number one thing on stage is how you sound, however, lookinggood (as best we can) is also important.Yamaha goes out of there way to make us look bad and create dangeroustrip hazards;The cord is sent to you wadded up in a figure at , so you have a serpintinepower cord that will always look like trash and become a trip hazard, add insultto injury they give you a humongous power supply , that is in the middle of the cord,it should be integrated or a foot or so from the wall socket/power source end.There is NO excuse for anyone to send you a waded up figure 8 cord, a roundcoil never takes up more room and runs a straight line when you uncoil it,shame on yamaha, not to go over the trip hazard again, but it is also there.One last minor issue is that I would prefer the grounds on the balanced miccords to be reversed or oriented toward the top or backside of the mixer, causeI like to used 90angle low profile balanced outs, so the can only run straightacross the board in my case.Thats the bad stuff , now the good;Love the unit itself, I didn’t even open the manual if it came with one, prettyintuitive if you’ve ever had a mixing board with onboard effects.The effects are limited to one at a time or a preset mix, which is really bad forsome, but I’m fine with it, I only need one basic sound. I like effect 4, I turn itway up on my vocal channel and about 1/2 or less in the global sound prettynatural to my ears.The unit itself also looks great, layout is good, sound is great, of course you needdecent active/powered speakers to go along with it and a good mic , as is truein most cases today.There is no noise when I turn the power switch on or off, while speakers areon, bravo, that is nice.I place this on a music stand, with notepad by its side, I have the music standfixed, so the tray can’t possibly swivel, before I locked it in by drilling and boltingthe weight of the unit would cause it to spill everything on the ground, musicstands aren’t made for that kind of weight, but it makes things very convenient,and when fixed’ , pretty bullet proof. I strap cables to the stand so they exitthe area low as opposed to high, you can figure out why lol…..I read numerous reviews on like priced boards, chose this one , with maybe a featurehere or there missing, or features I don’t need added, but the cores is there andreliability was rated above pretty much all the others, so for an extra $20.00 approx,I got something that I have a pretty good idea won’t develope scratchy/noisy pots,and naggling fails after 6 mos or a year.One issue that many of you will see as a plus is the connectivity , I did not wantany of that, I just wanted a great live performance machine, and hoped that thedevelopement money and components would not suffer do to features thatI don’t need nor want.Overall, I’m very happy with the board itself.

  6. James Broen

    A great choice for a two channel home theater preamplifier.
    I put together a TV sound bar equivalent using some PA equipment I had laying around. I had a couple of EV 12 inch tops, and 18 inch sub, a Crown Drivecore 2 amp and a DAC for my streaming and blu ray sources. I found that I needed something between the DAC and the Crown amp. The Crown is much happier with a balanced connection to the mixer than an RCA connection directly to the DAC. With a direct unbalanced connection from the DAC to the amp I was getting an irritating high frequency noise. The Yamaha made that go away. The MG10 is so much more versatile that any audio pre amplifier I could find during my searches. It’s also priced better that most any audio preamplifier. It’s quite compact and not too big to fit in with my setup. There are some very useful features on this mixer that are not found on any preamplifier I came across. Youtube videos from independent content providers can be great but sometimes they lack the sound production from more corporate sources. I love how I can use the pan rotary in order to choose the left or right channel to play on both speakers. I can also use the pan rotaries to blend the left and right channels into a mono output on both speakers. I’ve come across Youtube live streams where a participant manages to have their microphone attached to only the left channel. The pan rotaries can fix that so that the voice comes out on both speakers. I’ve also tried using the compressor on channels 1 and 2 to tone down the crashes and bangs on an action movie soundtrack. I hate it when in one scene the actors are whispering their lines and the next scene they are firing 100 cannons into a mountain of cymbals. I’m an old man with old man ears and I find it hard to set a volume that allows me to hear the quiet dialog and not have my neighbors contact the authorities for noise violations during the loud parts. I usually give up trying to hear what’s said and instead rely on closed captioning. The compressor function on this mixer seems to help to keep the loud parts a little quieter. The MG10 is a great way to build a sound bar replacement.

  7. No tiene efectos

    No tiene efectos

  8. Michael Y.

    The best one for this price
    Very good made, you can always trust Japanese product, and this model is the basic model you need.

  9. Deborah A. Rorabaugh

    Excellent audio interface
    This is my second MG10XU. I had the previous one for about 5 years. I thought I was done with home recording and sold it and was using a Shure USB mic interface for my radio recording provided by my employer radio station, but it is noisy!Pros,One of the best audio interfaces I have used. Is capable of 24 bits / 192 kHz resolution.On occasion I do voice work for a radio network and the audio preamps and the phantom power for the microphones is very good. As I often make DVD-Audio disks of remastered LP’s. reel to reels, etc., the resolution exceeds that of the source so I have confidence that the digital version has captured all the information.I am feeding audio from my Outlaw retro receiver RR 2150 from the tape out into the mixer, then to a USB in on my PC. From the PC, a USB out into the USB in on the back of the Outlaw. So digital in and out. Bliss!Cons,Shipped only in the factory printed retail box. It was scuffed and I was concerned about damage but inside all was good.No USB cable. My previous version was supplied with a USB cable.My prior unit had a driver and set up disk.The Cubase in the prior unit had a disk as well.Cubase AI. Worthless. The link in the published user guide did not exist. I did find it with an extensive web search. The Steinberg website had several clumsy steps to perform the download and authorization to start the set up. The set up crashed. I tried again, but now I am no longer authorized to download. It is not worth it to me to contact Steinberg. I have Adobe Audition which exceeds my needs.The Yamaha drivers not in the link as published. Again I did find it with an extensive web search. Set up afterward was fine. There is a Asio option that I finally found on my computer and was able to set up the higher resolution digital audio.The pros outweigh the cons!Claude Rorabaugh, almost an expert in audio.

  10. Abinesh prasad

    Most of the futures available wat I need gd in karaoke 🎤
    Awesome just love it

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