In this video we show you exactly how to connect your Yamaha MG10XU to an iPad to record in Garageband.

Connecting the Yamaha MG10XU Audio Mixer to an iPad is very popular due to the affordability, quality and flexibility that this will give you.

In this article (and the video above) we will provide some information on the various hardware and how to set everything up properly.

Yamaha MG10XU Audio Interface

The Yamaha MG10XU Audio Interface has the following specs:

  • Connector: USB Type B
  • Bitrate: 24-Bit
  • Sample Rate: 192 kHz

This is a very high quality audio interface and can record better quality than you can stream online (Spotify, iTunes, etc) or find on a CD.

Yamaha MG10XU & iPad Connections

Yamaha MG10XU USB Output

The Yamaha MG10XU has a USB Type B output

Most iPads will have one of the following inputs:

  • Lightning Port
  • USB Type C

If your iPad has a lightning port, you will need a Apple Lightning Camera Adapter (, this will give you the ability to plug a USB cable into your iPad. With this setup, you will need a USB B to USB A cable as well (

If your iPad has a USB Type C port on the bottom, then you have a couple options. You can either use a Multiport adapter ( and USB B to USB A cable (, or you can use a USB B to USB C cable ( and just connect the mixer directly to your iPad.

How To Connect Yamaha MG10XU to iPad

Time needed: 1 minute

Use the following steps to connect your Yamaha MG10XU Audio Mixer to your iPad:

  1. Restart iPad

    This is a best practice, if you have any issues they will usually be resolved by restarting your iPad

  2. Turn on Yamaha MG10XU

  3. Open Garageband (or other DAW)

  4. Connect USB Cable from Mixer to iPad

    If your iPad has a lightning port, you will need an Apple Camera Adapter
    If your iPad has a USBC port, you can connect it directly to the Audio Mixer

  5. Confirm Monitoring Settings

    You can decide if you want to monitor your recording on your audio mixer or using the headphone jack of the iPad.

  6. Record

Class Compliance

The Yamaha MG10XU is “Class Compliant” which means that you won’t need any additional drivers or software and the iPad should recognize the Yamaha MG10XU when you plug it in and open relevant software (i.e. Garageband).

Equipment Featured In This Article:


  • 0:00 – Introduction
  • 0:24 – Lightning to USB Adapter
  • 1:24 – Connect Audio Mixer to iPad
  • 2:05 – iPad Monitoring
  • 2:32 – Connect & Setup Microphone
  • 3:15 – Recording A Microphone
  • 3:35 – Final Thoughts

Related: How To Connect iPad To Projector

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