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Yamaha MG32-14FX

Hey, New to the board and was wondering about the yamaha mg32. Here is a brief discription of what I need it for. I'm in a 5 member band and we play live (no recording). We have a bass, guitar, drummer, singer and me (keyboards). We mic all the drums, the bass player mics his amp and also plugs directly from the amp output to the mixer. The guitar also mics his amp and for his accustic amp he uses a direct plug in. (these are all xlr connections). I use DI(direct Box) boxs for my keyboards.

We used to use the Mackie SR24.4 vlz pro but now need some more connections. We like the feature of having dual fx on the mg32 but will this be a big downgrade from the mackie?? Just want to know what you all think about the yamaha or is there another product suggestion?



your2slow Thu, 05/12/2005 - 10:16

Nobody has any comments on the yamaha mg32-14fx? Has no one used this mixer before?? Should I be looking for something else? Or the very least, can someone direct me to a forum/discussion about this mixer?

moonbaby Fri, 05/13/2005 - 07:19

I have had TOO much experience with the Yamaha MG. Save your $$$ and buy a Yorkville if you want everything in one package. They are the ONLY company that makes an all-in-one package like that with decent reliability and audio performance. The Yamahas are toys in that price range.Even their bigger MC line is not up to the standard that they USED to have. Yorkville has learned to build gear that holds up under the realtime stress that travelling musicians dish out to their gear. I won't bore you with the details, but I have posted several critical statements of the MG series,
specifically regarding headroom issues.The bigger the model (more input channels), the crappier the headroom. If you really can't swing the cost of the Yorkie, check out the Carvin line. Not the best, but a very good bang-for-the-buck rig for the "weekend warrior" type of player. And they're made in America!

moonbaby Fri, 05/13/2005 - 07:27

Sorry to rant and rave, but I can't help it this time! Have you considered keeping the SR24 you have and simply sub-mixed your
drums and/or keyboards through it? Maybe a couple of small 1202 or 1402VLZs or a 1604 would get you the # of inputs you need. The benefit of this is that you aren't relying on one cheap mixer and it's power supply to handle all those XLRs. I mean it's no use micing all the drums, using 2 bass channels, etc., if your rig can't handle the mix cleanly with headroom. And most cheaper boards out there will turn your sound to mush with that many sources to mix. Sure, it's nice to show off a bigger board..."Look, Ma, 32 channels!". But what ultimately matters is the quality of your sound,right? PEACE.

your2slow Fri, 05/13/2005 - 08:24

Thanks for the reply moonbaby.

I checked out the Carvin C3244 series mixer. It looks good and I really like that all the channels having xlr inputs. Any other suggestions??

Now I need to know which to use between the carvin c3244 or the yamaha mg32 14fx. What do you all think? Carvin or yamaha.

Thanks again for the reply's