Yamaha AG06 Mixer Review

white Yamaha AG06

Any musician serious about the game knows how important it is to record that fresh new tune while it's hot. Get the fire on the track before it fades to a warm sizzle.

Instead of forking out the dough and standing in line for a good slot at the studio, why not record your own tracks and impressive the world with professional-sounding demos from the jump? 

That's where we come in. We're here with our Yamaha AG06 review to see if Yamaha has what it takes to take you to the next level. Rock on!

Comparison Table

What Is the Yamaha AG06 Mixer?

The Yamaha AG06 reviewed here is a small, portable mixer designed to appeal to a wide range of users. Whether you are a musician, DJ, gamer, internet broadcaster, producer or educator, you'll find the features you need for such a reasonable price point.

Product Specs

There is much more than meets the eye upon first glance with this Yamaha AG06. It's a small unit, only weighing about 3.5lbs in its metal chassis, and has a total of six analog inputs.

The D-PRE mic preamps are the same you'll find in high-end Steinberg and Yamaha models; so straight away you know that you are getting quality, even at this price.

The Yamaha AG06 reviewed here offers high resolution audio recording and playback via computer interface.

The Flexible LOOPBACK feature enables live broadcasting of all the instruments and microphones alongside the background music; all mixed in perfect harmony for playback through your PC or Mac.

Connectivity

Flexible connectivity means that you can connect a wide range of microphones: from the pro-level condenser mics to the off-the-shelf gig mics you bought for that last minute emergency.

The Hi-Z input also enables you to connect to a wide range of instruments, including guitars and synthesizers. As previously mentioned in this Yamaha AG06 review, the D-PRE mic preamps will capture your signature style with high resolution.

1-TOUCH DSP brings Yamaha's state-of-the-art signal processing to a single touch. COMP/EQ hones your tone, and EFFECT adds in that ambient reverb.

AMP SIM will bring you that warm tube amp classic sound; and you can make your selection with just the touch of a button.

This Yamaha is a mobile unit, so go wherever your music takes you. Connect to your iPad and the AG is now an ideal audio interface for sound designers and musicians on the go.

The features packed into this mixer allow you to produce quality music anytime, anywhere. Software is essential, too.

The Yamaha AG06 reviewed here comes with CUBASE AI; a music production software that helps you to condense the composing, recording, mixing, and editing functions that you need. You can start your production process straight away with this technology.

Add to that the DSP controller giving you additional DSP settings via your Mac of PC, and you can flip the switch on your 1-touch DSP from Easy mode, with its simpler intuitive design  to EXPERT mode, giving you more detailed control over your sound.

Pricing

For all the features and benefits of this Yamaha AG06 reviewed, we would expect to see something in the three to four hundred dollar range; but Yamaha somehow manages to give pack this unit full and still list it for around $200!

That's pretty incredible considering everything this AG06 can do.

How It Compares

We picked a few similar products available on the market to see how they compare.

  • Roland GO: MIXER PRO
  • Mackie PROFX8V2 8-Channel Compact Mixe
  • Soundcraft Signature 22MTK

Yamaha AG06 Mixer


Yamaha AG03 3-Channel Mixer / 1 Microphone
  • Multi-purpose 3-channel mixer and high resolution (24-bit 192 kHz) 2-track audio recording /playback computer interface (MAC or PC).
  • Flexible LOOPBACK feature - perfect for live recording or webcasting.
  • Easy control and pro sound with 1-TOUCH COMP/EQ, EFFECT and AMP SIM processing.
  • iPad (2 or later) connectivity via Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit (requires external USB power supply)
  • Includes Cubase Al (downloadable version) recording/midi-sequencing software.

Ease of Use

This mixer is a fairly simple to use model, but it could take some getting used to if this is your first time working with a mixer.

Features

Packed with features, you couldn't expect to find more fun at your fingertips without spending hundreds of dollars more for a mixer you'd never be able to carry around as easily as you can this Yamaha AG06 reviewed here.

Design Quality

The design of this unit couldn't be better. Our only wish is that it were available in something other than standard white.

Warranty

The Yamaha AG06 comes with a standard 1-year warranty

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • High-end preamps
  • Excellent price for the quality

Cons

  • No added sound filters built into mixer
  • Phantom Power only on channel one

Roland GO: MIXER PRO


Roland GO:MIXER PRO Audio Mixer for Smartphones (GOMIXERPRO)
  • Palm-sized audio mixer for smartphones
  • Multiple inputs-connect a mic, pin-mic, musical instruments, and media players
  • Stereo 1/8-inch Mic In mini-phone jack with plug-in power (2.5 V) for connecting pin-mic
  • Combo type Mic input supports XLR and 1/4-inch plug equipped with phantom power (48 V)
  • Powered by the smartphone connection or battery-powered operation, Alkaline battery (AAA, LR03) x 4, for use without draining smartphone power

Any Yamaha AG06 review is going to have this Roland GO model near the top of the list. This mixer is small in size, but it allows you to connect up to nine lines for audio sources.

These can include line-level instruments, guitars and basses, as well as powered mics. You have the ability to adjust the relative levels of each input and then send audio output to your phone for recording into their audio or video app.

For power, plug it straight into your phone or pop batteries into the unit and you're good to go. Monitor your mixes using your favorite headphones.

This feature comes with level control all its own and will allow you to listen to the backing track while you perform. Using a Look Back panel switch, route this all to the app. The Center Cancel option allows for live karaoke style mixing on a whim.

Roland has even provided a companion app called Virtual Stage Camera, which gives you the ability to remove the background from your recorded performances, adding in movie or still footage that is stored on your phone.

No matter where you are, you can be transported to a place and time that fits your sound perfectly.

Ease of Use

The larger analogue buttons make for easy-to-understand and easy-to-use functionality on this portable unit.

Features

There are a great set of features here. With so many inputs, as well as the power of your smartphone, you'd be hard-pressed to find something missing.

Sure: it's not going to have every single feature and benefit of the larger more expensive models, but at these prices the Roland is excellent.

Design Quality

Small yet heavy enough that it won't get yanked around by cables, this mixer has a decidedly higher end feel and look.

Warranty

Warranty information is not easily accessible without contacting customer service directly.

Pros

  • Battery powered
  • Large analog knobs
  • Great layout

Cons

  • Does not serve as stand for device with case
  • Warranty information not readily available

Mackie PROFX8V2 8-Channel Compact Mixer


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Mackie ProFXv2, 8 A-B Box, 8-channel (PROFX8V2)
  • 4 low-noise Mackie Vita mic preamps add life to any input
  • ReadyFX effects engine with 16 effects including reverbs, delays, and choruses
  • 7-band graphic EQ for tuning mains or monitors. Operating Temperature: 0 ̊ - 40 ̊C
  • Aux output for monitor mixes, venue 70-volt systems, and more
  • 3-band EQ and 100Hz low-cut filter on all channels.Power Consumption:20 watts

Next up for comparison in our Yamaha AG06 review is the mixer from Mackie. This unit is still on the smaller side but nowhere near as tiny as Roland's GO series. This is a true mixing board with a ton of mixing options.

It's an 8-channel model, which is perfect for home or mobile recording, and it is surprisingly rugged despite its lower price point.

Four built-in preamps give transparency of sound without any coloration. The Hi-Z input allows you to plug your guitar straight into the mixer. The EQ is simple to use, and the digital effects might actually be something you'd like to play around with on this model.

Get connected with USB and record through this device with the free copy of Traction that comes with it. All in all, this is a very affordable, well built mixer with enough options to keep you happy for those smaller gigs. Even better? It sounds great!

Ease of Use

This mixer isn't hard to use if you already know what all the knobs do; but we wouldn't recommend handing this over to a novice.

Features

This is packed full of features and loaded with sound options perfect for smaller gigs or just playing around with at home.

Design Quality

We didn't expect this model to feel so sturdy, but it absolutely does. It isn't just another plastic piece of junk. It's a fairly rugged piece of equipment; especially for the price point.

Warranty

This mixer comes with a standard 1-year warranty.

Pros

  • Tons of features
  • Rugged
  • Includes Tracktion software
  • USB for playback and recording via Mac or PC

Cons

  • Heavy for solo gigging

Soundcraft Signature 22MTK


Soundcraft Signature 22MTK Analog 22-Channel Multi-track Mixer with Onboard Lexicon Effects
  • Iconic Soundcraft Ghost mic preamps with ultra-low noise performance
  • Renowned Soundcraft sapphire British EQ with sweepable mid-bands per channel
  • Dual-engine Lexicon effects for studio grade reverbs, delays, Choruses and Modulations
  • Dbx Limiters (High-ratio Compressors) on input channels
  • Robust metal construction for tour-grade build quality and reliability

The last mixer on this Yamaha AG06 review is this Signature 22MTK by Soundcraft. We tried the ultra compact features of the Roland GO series. We tried the middle of the (inexpensive) road with the Mackie. Now, we'll see what Soundcraft has to offer with its 22-channel multi-track mixer.

This monster of a board is a professional mixer that includes Soundcraft's legendary Ghost mic preamps. You usually only see these in top-of-the-line, studio-quality gear. The EQ on this board provide for ultra dynamic ranges and incredible resolution.

The clarity in this with the signal-to-noise ration is astounding. Every vocal and instrumental mixed comes through exactly as you'd always imagined it would.

The built-in effects are amazing, too. Studio-grade chorus, reverb, modulation, and more are mixed with DMX limiters on the input channels (not to mention the USB audio interface), and give this mixer more features than we have time to list here.

Undertaking a project with the 22MTK is like painting the Sistine Chapel. If you know what you're doing, you might find yourself in the history books.

If you've never had the pleasure of playing with a board like this;  well, we hope you're ready to spend a lifetime discovering all this mixer has to offer!

Ease of Use

This mixer isn't hard to use if you already know what all the knobs do; but we wouldn't recommend handing this over to a novice.

Features

This is packed full of features and loaded with sound options perfect for smaller gigs or just playing around with at home.

Design Quality

We didn't expect this model to feel so sturdy, but it absolutely does. It isn't just another plastic piece of junk. It's a fairly rugged piece of equipment; especially for the price point.

Warranty

This mixer comes with a standard 1-year warranty.

Pros

  • Professional grade sound engineering
  • Effects galore
  • Ghost mic preamps mean no noise in your signal

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Not for the uninitiated

Yamaha AG06 Review: The Conclusion

Is the Yamaha AG06 right for you? Are you a gamer or live streamer who needs a small setup that allows for excellent sound quality in real time?

Are you a music producer who wants to sample hits from several clients and bring them all to life through your own personal studio space?

Are you a musician who has gigs all around town; and you don't want the hassle of lugging around a twenty pound mixing board but still want excellent, high-quality output?

If you answered yes, then the Yamaha might be what you're looking for. In this review, we included an even smaller, easier-to-use model with the Roland GO: Mixer Pro. If you're brand new to the world of mixing, this simplified version might be for you.

If you need a couple extra inputs and some built in reverb, and you don't mind lugging around the extra twenty pounds or so, then the Mackie PROFX model might suit you better.

Keep in mind, however, that those added filters can be applied in the software provided by Yamaha, so having it built in may do little more than make the unity heavy.

And, of course, if you're looking for the highest quality available outside the studio, there's always the Soundcraft Signature 22MTK.

For that amazing piece of equipment you're looking to spend about five times as much as you would with the Yamaha. Are you getting five times the performance?

In the end, the questions are left to you to answer. Which set of features do you think would benefit you most?

The Yamaha AG06 reviewed here has an excellent mix of all the available options and at a fantastic price for such a portable unit. For our money, this unit rates a solid four stars out of five. 

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