Yamaha Introduces AG Series Hybrid Mixers and USB Audio Interfaces

January 30 2015, 04:00
At the 2015 NAMM Show, Yamaha introduced the AG03 and the AG06—hybrid mixing consoles and USB audio interfaces for webcasting, podcasting, gaming and music production. The new AG Series offers high-resolution (24-bit/192kHz) audio recording and playback, iOS compatibility and battery operation.

A key feature of the AG Series is the intuitive TO PC switch that allows users to select which inputs get routed back to a desktop or iOS device. Selecting Dry CH 1-2 allows computer or iOS recording of inputs 1 and 2, while the INPUT MIX switch routes all inputs to the computer or iOS device via USB for standard music production applications. The LOOPBACK function in the TO PC section, which is perfect for podcasters, routes all inputs to the stereo USB output, along with the USB input from the computer. This makes possible to mix mics and instruments with music beds, sound effects or the audio from computers and iOS devices in a simple way.

Gamers are also able to adjust their sound in real-time with the included headset interface and hardware controls, removing the need to open a software control panel. The AG mixers are the perfect tools for creating videos on sites as well.

“USB audio interfaces typically rely on software to control routing, effects and monitoring,” said Nate Tschetter, marketing manager, Music Production, Yamaha Corporation of America. “The AG series eliminates the need for software and brings easy-to-use routing and DSP controls to the front panel. Combine that with high resolution 24-bit, 192kHz audio and you have a device that serves as an audio Swiss Army Knife.”

The AG series also features high-quality Yamaha D-PRE microphone preamps and onboard DSP effects, along with an AUX input for a music player and foot switch jack to control effects. Separate headphone/monitor volume controls are perfect for gamers who share videos. The layout brings hidden or difficult-to-find software controls to the front panel with easy-to-use faders, knobs and switches. 1-TOUCH DSP makes it easier than ever to get professional sound quality.

The AG06 features six channels: a main input optimized for vocals with a D-PRE studio-quality mic preamp, a second flexible channel for another mic or a guitar and two stereo inputs for keyboards or other line level sources. The flexible second channel features 1-TOUCH AMP SIM DSP for great guitar tone at the touch of a button. The three-channel AG03 features a single 60mm fader for the main input with D-PRE mic preamp and a Hi-Z input that allows direct connection for guitars and basses. 

The Yamaha AG03 (MSRP: $199) and AG06 (MSRP: $249) mixers will ship in April 2015.
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