Yamaha MG12XU 12-Channel Mixer

93 out of 100. Incorporating 200+ ratings and reviews.

The Yamaha MG12XU is a compact mixer that combines traditional analog interface with modern built-in digital effects.

At the core of this mixer is Yamaha’s D-PRE mic preamps, which are known for good sound quality.

This is complemented by a wide array of effects, including essentials like reverb and delay, as well as other effects like phaser, chorus, flanger, tremolo, auto-wah, distortion, pitch effects and more.

In addition, it features conventional EQ with HPF (High Pass Filter), one-knob compression effect, switchable phantom power and a pad switch.


  • Inputs: 2 x XLR, 4 x 1/4″/XLR Combo, 8 x TRS, 4 x RCA
  • Channels: 12
  • Phantom power: 8 Channels
  • Equalizer: 3-Band EQ Per Channel, HPF (High Pass Filter)
  • Outputs: 2 x XLR, 2 x TRS, 2 x TRS (Monitor), 1 x TRS (Footswitch), 2 x TRS (Bus)
  • 24 SPX Digital Effect and One Knob Compression
  • Weight: 9.3 lbs.


From its good sound quality, to its versatility via built-in effects, the Yamaha MG12XU continues to haul positive reviews and high ratings. It’s intuitive analog interface impressed many first time users, while experienced sound technicians were happy with the control options and digital effects that it carries. It’s been implemented well in various situations, including jazz ensembles, small venues, rock bands and more.


There are a few who are not too happy with the lack of “insert” ports, especially those who use third party hardware to apply effects. There were also some who cautioned that the exterior of the MG12XU is not as reliable as the older versions.


All in all, the Yamaha MG12XU is a good 12-channel mixer for those who are looking for something compact, portable and versatile.

This was previously on our recommended list and it only came off because we stopped publishing our previous guide to passive mixing consoles. At time of publication we were publishing a guide to The Highest Rated Powered Mixers.

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