How to Record Four Channels Using a USB on the Yamaha MW10 Mixer

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How to Record Four Channels Using a USB on the Yamaha MW10 Mixer
Record audio with the Yahmaha MW10. (mixer image by turkinson from Fotolia.com)

The Yamaha MW10 mixer is a plug and play USB audio mixer. With the MW10 you can mix, edit and compose audio recordings and save them in formats such as WAV and MP3. You have the choice of using the MW10 to mix live audio recordings or you can choose to run the mixer with music creation software such as Cubase Le, Sonar, Pro Tools or Audition. When recording four channels on the MW10 you have the option of using microphones, digital processors, sequencers, instruments or drum machines.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Yamaha MW10 mixer
  • Microphones
  • USB connection cable
  • MIDI instruments
  • MIDI cables
  • Music creation software

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Connect external audio equipment such as microphones, instruments or drum machines to the mixing board by plugging the microphone into the "phantom power" microphone slot. Connect instruments and drum machines to the back of the mixer with 1/4 inch or 1/8 inch connection cables. Only connect one instrument or microphone per channel.

    How to Record Four Channels Using a USB on the Yamaha MW10 Mixer
    Microphone XLR inputs are on top. (Microphone 2 image by stefan Hudson from Fotolia.com)
  2. 2

    Turn down all of the volume sliders on the mixer and then power it on. Check to see if the instruments and microphones are connected properly by checking for the "green" indication light on each channel. Reconnect the instrument or the microphone if there isn't an indication light.

    How to Record Four Channels Using a USB on the Yamaha MW10 Mixer
    Adjust volume sliders to 0. (Mixing Desk image by peterord from Fotolia.com)
  3. 3

    Connect the mixing board to the computer by plugging in the USB connection cable "fitted" side into the mixer and the other end into the USB slot on the computer. Power on the microphones and other instruments then open the music creation software on the computer. Create a new file by selecting "File" from the top menu then "Add New Track."

    How to Record Four Channels Using a USB on the Yamaha MW10 Mixer
    Look for the fitted side of cable. (Tastatur und USB / Keyboard and USB image by Nazar Chabara from Fotolia.com)
  4. 4

    Create as many as 10 new "Audio" tracks, "MIDI" tracks for instruments, then "arm" the tracks for recording by selecting the red "R" in the "Track Window." Turn up the volume sliders on the mixer and speak into the microphone and play instruments to make sure that you're getting a signal within the "Track Window" of the music creation software.

    How to Record Four Channels Using a USB on the Yamaha MW10 Mixer
    Arm the tracks before recording. (record icon. (with clipping path) image by Andrey Zyk from Fotolia.com)
  5. 5

    Press the "Record" button, which is located at the top of the screen on the "Transport" interface. Begin playing selected notes or saying the selected vocals then hit the "Stop" button when you're finished recording.

    How to Record Four Channels Using a USB on the Yamaha MW10 Mixer
    Record the music selection. (keyboard image by Vasiliy Koval from Fotolia.com)
  6. 6

    Re-record the selected audio or MIDI if you are unsatisfied with the recording. Save the project in the software by selecting "File" from the top menu then "Save."

    How to Record Four Channels Using a USB on the Yamaha MW10 Mixer
    Save the recording to the computer hard drive. (floppy disk image by jovica antoski from Fotolia.com)

Tips and warnings

  • Tune the microphone by adjusting the "gain" button on the mixing board.
  • Don't max out the volume of instruments on the mixing board.

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