Yamaha Professional Audio recently announced three new models to its EMX Series of powered mixers. All three units will be available in August 2005, and will replace current EMX62M, EMX66M, EMX68S and EMX88S models.
The 2×200-watt EMX212S (MSRP $449), 2×300-watt EMX312C ($559) and 2×500-watt EMX512SC ($679) were designed for use by gigging musicians and in corporate presentations, houses of worship and educational facilities.
Each of the three models offers 12 input channels to accommodate microphones, instruments and playback equipment: four for mono mic or line inputs, plus four pairs that can function either as mono mic inputs or stereo line inputs. A power mode switch allows the two amplifier channels to be used with the stereo outputs or drive main speakers and a separate monitor mix. Each channel also contains a new Feedback Channel Locator (FCL) indicator that pinpoints the input channel creating a problem.
Onboard signal processing includes a selection of effects from Yamaha’s SPX Series processor products. Models EMX312SC and EMX512SC also feature one-knob compression on each of the mono input channels.
The EMX212S, EMX312SC and EMX512WSC are housed in lightweight, rugged high-impact molded enclosures that will withstand the rigors of daily use. An updated angled design provides easy access to the control panel when the unit is placed low to the floor, while integrated, rear-mounted handles make the unit easy to transport. For additional convenience, a rackmount kit (RK 512, $49) is also available.
“In one simple, integrated unit, you’ve got a mixer for your mics, instruments and line-level sources, effects to polish the sound and more than enough power to drive main speakers and monitors,” says John Schauer, product manager, Yamaha Professional Audio. “What’s more, with the Standby mode feature, you can even supply background music during a break. No portable powered mixer adapts to the needs of the customer like an EMX.”