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.
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Things you need
- Yamaha MW10 mixer
- USB connection cable
- MIDI instruments
- MIDI cables
- Music creation software
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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."
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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