Yamaha AG03 3-Channel Mixer Audio Interface for iPad / Mac / PC
The AG03 appeared on our recommended list for USB Compatible iPad Audio Interfaces from May 2017 through October 2020 when it was out-ranked by other interfaces.
It also appeared on our Cheap Audio Interface recommended list from June 2018 through October 2020.
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Instead of conventional front mounted controls, the Yamaha AG03 sports a mixer like interface where controls are mounted on top, complete with knobs and faders.
The first channel features Yamaha's popular D-Pre mic preamp, while the second channel lets you switch between Hi-Z instruments or line level sound sources.
It also comes with impressive control options including a dedicated fader for channel 1.
Other features include built-in DSP effects (reverb, compression, filtering) and Loopback, which lets you broadcast via realtime online streaming platforms.
Note that since the iPad cannot provide enough power for the Yamaha AG03, you'll need a powered USB hub to get it running - alternatively, you can connect the extra USB slot to a power bank for mobile use.
We've seen reports from owners that have said the Yamaha AG03 helped improve their productivity by simplifying their setup with its built-in mixer.
It is used in streaming and podcasting setups in addition being used for recording music.
One drawback for some is that it doesn't provide MIDI - you'll need to get a separate MIDI interface if you need that functionality.
If you are in the market for a multiplatform audio interface that doubles as a mixer, the Yamaha AG03 is highly recommended. It's familiar form factor takes very little space as well; perfect for your desktop setup.
- A/D Resolution: 24-bit/192kHz
- Connectors: USB (Requires Lightning to USB Adapter for the iPad)
- Simultaneous Channels: 2
- Inputs: 1 x XLR-1/4" Combo, 1 x 1/4" Hi-Z, 2 x 1/4" Line Input
- Outputs: 2 x 1/4", 1 x Stereo RCA, 2 x 1/4" Headset
- Features: 3-Channel Mixer Controls and i/o, DSP (EQ, Filtering, Reverb), Loopback
- Power: Bus Powered (Requires USB Power Hub)
- Phantom Power: 48V (Channel 1)