| Here is a nice small format 10 channel mixer by Yamaha. This is the newer updated version of the Yamaha MG series.|
I was looking for a small mixer to use with my AEA R-84 Ribbon microphone with just basic features since I like to keep the audio chain as simple and pure as possible.
What sold me on the Yamaha MG series mixers is unlike Behringer small mixers, these all come with XLR main outs which makes easy connections with Heil XLR to 8 pin mic cables to your radio without using 1/4 inch adapters or rewiring. Behringer mixers that use XLR main outs are used on larger 12 channel boards and up.
Also you may notice that the small Behringer mixers don't even have a power on/off switch, Something overlooked but should be a standard feature, all the Yamaha's do have one.
Other nice features on this board include a variable compressor on the 4 mic channels. Unlike the strong compression sound sounds from HF radios, this is a more to reduce the dynamic range in a gentler musical way. It is variable up to a 4:1 compression setting. This helps signal peaks within the mixer itself and outwards to the radio.
The other nice features include a 26db switchable mic pad for hot mics, a switchable and very usable 80Hz High pass filter ( I prefer to call them Low cut filters ) and 48 volt phantom power typically used for condenser mics.
The EQ is common to what you see on most small format mixers. Low at 100Hz, a useful Midrange at 2.5 Khz,and the High at 10Khz. These are shelving EQ bands meaning they are cut or boost only at +/- 15db. At the 12 O'clock position they are out of the circuit.
There is only one Aux bus that can be returned to either the mono or stereo input channels if you desire some kind of outboard gear other than a outboard compressor. These work best with full audio output from a mixer not a blend from a Auxiliary patch.
I been using this mixer for about 3 months now and what I can say that this mixer works well for my needs. It is very quiet as I hear no 60 cycle hum or other noises in the mixer or coming into my radio.
The mixer comes with it's own 18 volt power supply that does have the transformer in-line but finals out to a AC plug instead of a wall-wart. The mixer power supply end has a screw on plug just like a radio mic plug that won't accidentally come off, Very nice!
I usually don't use much EQ since I use the radio's internal EQ settings which are more aligned with the bandwidth filters,but I do use the 80 Hz Low cut filter and a a 3 db bump on the 2.5Khz mid band.
The Yamaha MG series come in a smaller 6 channel and larger frames up to 20 channels with some that have built in FX.
All the MG series including the real small format 6 channel have XLR main outs, a handy feature you don't see much on smaller mixers. The 6 channel does not have a built in compressor and only has a 2 band EQ. Like most manufacture product series, as you go up in price, the more features are added.
If your looking for a nice well built small format mixer, consider researching the newer line of the Yamaha MG series mixers.