Fellow gamers, let’s play in hi-res: Yamaha’s AG03 and AG06 hybrid mixing consoles and USB audio interfaces for webcasting, podcasting, gaming, and music production offer high-resolution 192/24 audio recording and playback, iOS compatibility, and battery operation.
The perfect tools for creating videos on sites like Twitch.tv, Yamaha’s AG Series mixers control the way games are streamed and listened to in real time, as gamers are able to adjust their sound with the included headset interface and hardware controls, removing the need to open a software control panel.
The key is the intuitive TO PC switch, which lets gamers select which inputs get routed back to their desktop or iOS device. Selecting Dry CH 1-2 allows computer or iOS recording of inputs 1 and 2, while the INPUT MIX switch routes all inputs to the computer or iOS device via USB for standard music-production applications. The LOOPBACK function in the TO PC section — perfect for podcasters — routes all inputs to the stereo USB output, along with the USB input from the computer. This is said to make mixing mics and instruments with music beds, sound effects, or the audio from computers and iOS devices easier.
“USB audio interfaces typically rely on software to control routing, effects, and monitoring,” says Nate Tschetter, marketing manager, Music Production, Yamaha Corporation of America. “The AG Series eliminates the need for software and brings easy-to-use routing and DSP controls to the front panel. Combine that with high-resolution 24-bit, 192kHz audio, and you have a device that serves as an audio Swiss Army Knife.”
The AG Series also features high-quality Yamaha D-PRE microphone preamps and onboard DSP effects, along with an AUX input for a music player and foot-switch jack to control effects.
Separate headphone/monitor volume controls are also perfect for gamers who share videos. The layout brings hidden or difficult-to-find software controls to the front panel with easy-to-use faders, knobs, and switches. 1-TOUCH DSP is onboard for professional-level sound quality.
The AG06 ($249) features six channels: a main input optimized for vocals with a D-PRE studio-quality mic preamp, a second flexible channel for another mic or a guitar, and two stereo inputs for keyboards or other line level sources. The flexible second channel features 1-TOUCH AMP SIM DSP for great guitar tone at the touch of a button.
The three-channel AG03 ($199) features a single 60mm fader for the main input with D-PRE mic preamp and a Hi-Z input that allows direct connection for guitars and basses.
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