In this article, we’re going to show you how to connect and set up the Yamaha AG06 audio mixer. We’ll look at how to make the most out of the various inputs, outputs, and onboard audio processing features.

Quick Answer: The Yamaha AG06 audio mixer is perfect for live streaming, small events, and home recording. You can use it as a simple audio interface or make the most of its compression and effects to mix live audio for a variety of use cases.

How To Set Up The Yamaha AG06 Audio Mixer

Yamaha AG06 Audio Mixer

Time needed: 5 minutes

  1. Connect Yamaha AG06 to a power source

    The Yamaha AG06 is powered by USB when connected to a computer. If you connect the AG06 to an iPad, you will need to use an additional cable to power it from an external source.

  2. Connect Yamaha AG06 to a computer

    The AG06 has a USB Type B connector. You will need a USB B to USB A or USB B to USB C cable, depending on your computer’s inputs.

  3. Turn Yamaha AG06 On

    Press the power button.

    Top Tip:
    Avoid turning the mixer off and on quickly as the mixer’s software won’t have a chance to reset fully.

    If you need to perform a factory reset for any reason, hold down the compressor button, press the power button, and then release the compressor button after 5 seconds.

  4. Reset The AG06

    Turn all the dials down to zero. Make sure none of the buttons are pressed down.

  5. Select the “To PC” mode you wish to use.

    We’ll look at each of these in more detail later, but the three options that you have are:

    – Dry CH 1-2
    – Input Mix
    – Loopback

  6. Connect Your Speakers, Monitors, and/or Headphones

    See the section below for more detail.

  7. Connect Audio Source

    Connect Microphones, instruments, and other audio sources.

  8. Activate the Compressor and EQ

    Press the “Comp/EQ” button to turn these on. You can adjust the setting of these signal processors in the expert panel of the Yamaha AG app.

  9. Add FX & Amp Sim as needed.

    Press the “effect” and “amp sim” buttons to activate these modes and change settings via the Yamaha AG app or use the default settings.

Yamaha AG06 USB To PC Options (Modes)

The Yamaha AG06 has 3 modes to choose from when working with the mixer connected to a computer.

  • Dry Ch 1-2
    Selecting the “Dry Channels 1-2” mode will cause the mixer to act more like an audio interface than a fully featured mixer. It will only send audio from the first 2 mixer channels to your computer.

    We recommend this mode for professional recording as it bypasses the mixer’s effects and signal processing, sending raw audio from the inputs to your computer, where you can add any processing in a non-destructive manner.
  • Input Mix
    In “Input Mix” mode, the mixer will take all of your audio inputs and send them to the computer as a stereo mix. All of the mixer’s features will work, and you can process audio using controls on the mixer.
  • Loopback
    Loopback mode allows you to include audio from your computer in the final mix that you send out over your stream.

    Audio from your computer is sent to the mixer, mixed with the audio coming in from your inputs, and sent back to the computer, where OBS or other software will process it for your live stream.

Yamaha AG06 Audio Mixer Line Level Inputs

Channels 1-6 on the Yamaha AG06 have a pad button that allows you to compensate for audio sources that are extra powerful.

  • 2 x 1/4” combi jacks on channels 1 and 2
  • Stereo pair 1/4” jacks on channel 3/4
    We like to use this to connect a phone to the mixer for music playback using a headphone to dual 1/4” adapter.

    Want to know more? See our how to connect a phone to a mixer tutorial for more details.
  • Stereo pair RCA inputs on channel 5/6
  • 1/8” aux input
    There is no level control for this input, so you have to adjust the volume from your device.
  • 1/8” headset mic input
    This routes to the channel 1 strip and will knock out the XLR input for that channel.

Yamaha AG06 Audio Mixer Outputs & Monitoring 

The Yamaha AG06 features:

  • Main stereo out – pair 1/4” jacks
    When working with powered speakers at live events, use balanced 1/4” to XLR cables for your stereo out.
  • Monitor stereo out – pair 1/4” jacks
  • Headphone jack – 1/4”
    We found that the AG06 does a good job of powering 250 Ohm headphones.
  • Headset jack – 1/8”
    Using this will knock out the 1/4” headphone jack.

The AG06 offers independent level controls for the studio monitor and headphone outputs but lacks a master stereo output level knob. The monitor mute button removes channels 1 and 2 from your monitor and headphone mixes if required.

How To Connect A Microphone To The Yamaha AG06

  1. Plug the microphone into the mixer
    Microphone > XLR cable > Mixer input
  2. Phantom power (+48V)
    Turn phantom power on if you are using a condenser microphone, or it won’t work.
  3. Set the level
    Turn the level knob to the thicker line at the 3 o’clock position. This is the best spot to start from and is known as zero or unity.
  4. Set the gain
    Talk into the mic and turn the gain knob until the red peak lights on the right side of the mixer illuminate. Then turn the knob back a stop and a half. E.g., if the peak lights come on at 8.5, turn it back to 7.

    The meter on the AG06 lacks detail, but if you’re using software with a meter, you should aim for -12 to -18 dB for studio recording and -6 to -12 dB for live streaming. In either situation, you’re trying to keep the audio level from hitting zero (clipping).
  5. Compression & EQ
    A compressor is a great way to reduce the risk of clipping, and EQ can help you separate your voice audio from other sources such as game noise or music. Press the “comp/eq” button to activate and then adjust the setting using the Yamaha AG app.
  6. Effects
    Press the “effect” button to activate the FX feature of the mixer and then adjust the settings using the Yamaha AG app.

Yamaha AG06 Audio Mixer Pricing & Specs

Yamaha AG06 Audio Mixer | Setup & Demo Topics

  • 0:00 – Introduction
  • 0:16 – Pricing & Specs
  • 0:40 – USB & Power
  • 1:38 – Power Button & Startup
  • 2:20 – USB to PC Options (Modes)
  • 4:57 – Outputs & Monitoring
  • 7:45 – Connect & Setup Condenser Microphone
  • 8:55 – Gain Setup
  • 11:25 – Compressor & EQ
  • 12:19 – Reverb & Effects
  • 13:16 – Connect & Setup Dynamic Microphone
  • 14:16 – Revery & Effects
  • 14:26 – Amp Simulator & Distortion
  • 15:22 – Line Level Inputs
  • 16:40 – Aux Input
  • 17:36 – Headset Input
  • 18:00 – Final Thoughts