In this article, we’ll show you exactly how to set up the Yamaha MG10XU USB Audio Mixing Console with a variety of inputs and outputs. We also give our opinion/review of this mixer for both live streaming and live events.
Since bought our first Yamaha MG audio mixer in 2013, we’ve experienced very high reliability. With the 15 consoles (Yamaha MG102c, Yamaha MG10, and Yamaha MG10XU) in our rental inventory, we’ve seen 5000-7000 different events/rentals without a single hardware-related issue. I don’t know of any other rental company that has had an audio mixer with such high reliability as we have with the Yamaha MG audio consoles.
Best Uses For MG10XU
We recommend using the Yamaha MG10XU Audio Mixer for:
- Live Events
- Home Recording
- Video Streaming
- Video Conferencing
- Hybrid Events
It’s overall reliability and flexibility make it one of the most popular audio mixers for a reason: It’s really good at what it does.
Yamaha MG10XU Power
The Yamaha MG10XU Audio Mixer comes with it’s own proprietary power supply, with a locking connection.
Pros: Locking Connection
Cons: Not a standard IEC cable that is more common and easier to replace.
Yamaha MG10XU USB Interface
The Yamaha MG10XU Interface has the following specs:
- 2-In/2-Out USB Interface
- 24-Bit Bitrate
- 192 kHz Samplerate
The two inputs can be brought into channel 9/10 using the Line/USB selector switch on channel 9./10. This will allow you to play audio from your computer and adjust the volume on your mixer. Commonly, you would play a Spotify or iTunes playlist at a live event (wedding, corporate background music, dance, etc.).
There is another selector switch at the bottom of the channel that allows you to select where you want the USB input to go.
If you select “TO ST” this will send the usb input to the stereo output. This is useful for a live event, but not if you’re recording.
If you select “TO MON” this will send the usb input to the monitors which is more useful for recording but not for a live event.
The Yamaha MG10XU Audio Mixer has the following outputs:
- 2 x Balanced XLR Outputs (Main Stereo Mix)
- 2 x Balanced 1/4 TRS Outputs (Main Stereo Mix)
- 2 x Balanced 1/4 TRS Monitor Outputs
- 1 x Balanced 1/4 TRS Headphone Output
- 1 x Balanced 1/4 TRS FX Send
- 1 x USB Type B Connection
One big thing that is often surprising to new users is that the USB Output is a copy of the stereo mix, but it’s overall volume cannot be set with the main stereo mix volume knob.
Everything else is pretty straight forward, it’s really convenient that all of the output are balanced, giving you more flexibility over your cable runs and distance.
MG10XU Audio Mixer Inputs
The Yamaha MG10XU Has the Following Inputs:
- 4 x XLR & 1/4″ Instrument / Line Level Combination Jack Inputs
- 3 x Stereo 1/4″ Inputs (2 can be RCA, 1 can be USB)
This can be confusing to a lot of people, but you can only plug 4 x XLR microphones into this 10 channel mixer. The rest of the inputs are for stereo inputs from a computer, dj turntable, phone, etc.
In the video above, we show you how to connect all of the various inputs and use phantom power if you’re using a condenser microphone.
Topics Covered In This Mixing Console Review
- 0:00 – Introduction
- 0:35 – Best Uses For MG10XU
- 0:52 – Powering Up
- 1:15 – Connecting USB In/Out
- 2:00 – Mixer Outputs & Resetting The Mixer
- 3:15 – Connecting A Microphone
- 4:08 – Volume & Gain Structure
- 5:25 – High Pass Filter
- 6:13 – 26 DB Pad
- 6:24 – EQ
- 7:23 – Effects
- 8:30 – Compression
- 9:00 – Phantom Power
- 9:15 – Line Level Input
- 11:42 – USB Input
- 12:54 – Final Thoughts
Equipment Featured In This Video
- Yamaha MG10XU USB Audio Mixing Console: https://currentprice.io/mg10xu
- Shure SM58 Microphone: https://currentprice.io/shure_sm58
- 1/8″ to dual 1/4″ Jack: https://currentprice.io/14_to_dual_18
- Apple Headphone To Lightning Adapter: https://currentprice.io/lightning_18in
- USB 2.0 to USB-C Cable: https://currentprice.io/usbc_usbb
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All opinions are based on our experience and are given for informational purposes only.