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With the horrors of feedback always lurking ready to be unleashed at the tweak of a knob or a change of microphone position, live sound gear can be intimidating to some musicians. Yamahaâ€™s new EMX5016CF Powered Mixer
, however, keeps things simple and ought to take the confusion out of setting up a professional-sounding live music experience. Yamaha claim that this 16-channel stereo powered mixer, which includes two 500-watt amplifiers, is ideal for bands, churches and small rental applications.
The EMX5016CF combines a mixer to balance sources, effects to add ambience to the sound, and amplification to drive house speakers, eliminating the need to employ a thicket of cables to connect different components that require careful level-matching for optimal performance.
Keeping things simple, the unit is packed with features, including single knob input compressors, feedback eliminator, automatic digital graphic EQ, Dual Effect engines and a Maximiser for the main output. This is the first powered mixer Yamaha has offered with digital automatic EQ and Maximiser.
Wayne Hrabak, marketing manager, Yamaha Pro Audio & Combo Division, Live Sound products told us this about the new mixer,
â€œYamaha takes the frustration out of preparing for a gig because thereâ€™s no need to lug around, connect and adjust multiple units.â€�
John Schauer, product manager, Live Sound products added, â€œThis new mixer makes setting up a great sounding PA easier than ever,â€� said. â€œNow you can spend more time making music and less time worrying about the sound.â€�
Price and Availability
The EMX5016CF, which replaces the EMX5000-20, will be available in the fall at an MSRP of $1,249.