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Yamaha Commercial Audio Launches New QL Series Digital Consoles

Brings aspects from the CL Series such as all-in-one mixing, processing, and routing capability for small- to medium-scale applications

By PSW Staff March 12, 2014

The new QL5 digital console from Yamaha Commercial Audio; a larger version of this image is below

Yamaha Commercial Audio has launched the new QL Series of consoles, inheriting aspects from the CL Series such as all-in-one mixing, processing, and routing capability for small- to medium-scale applications.

The QL Series provides a solid sonic foundation as well as built-in premium internal processors such as Yamaha VCM technology and the Portico 5033/5043 created in cooperation with Rupert Neve Designs to shape and create as required. For a wide range of speech applications, built-in Dan Dugan Sound Design automatic mixing provides optimum channel balance while allowing the mix engineer to concentrate fully on the overall sound.

“When Yamaha learned about my process, they thought it would be good for us to get together,” states Dan Dugan. ” We collaborated on making a plug-in card that would go into Yamaha mixing boards, and it has been very successful. Then we decided to go one step further and build Dugan automatic mixing right into the new Yamaha QL. I am very excited about giving more Yamaha customers the opportunity to use my auto mixing.”

Significant features include port to port routing via built-in R Series input/outputs that can patch any input port to any output port so that a QL console can function as a remote I/O device for any other QL or CL, touch and turn knob operation, and direct file compatibility between the new QL and CL Series (no need for Console File Converter to exchange files).

QL Series consoles are outfitted with large touch-panel displays that make up a smooth, efficient control interface. In addition to ample analog input and output capacity, they’re also equipped with the same onboard Dante audio networking protocol that provides broad connectivity in CL consoles.

“The new QL Series brings the powerful features and quality of the CL Series to smaller applications along with additional enhancements not typically found in digital mixers in this price range,” explains Marc Lopez, marketing manager, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems. “These new enhancements will enable the engineer to use a sophisticated system that improves the overall operating experience.”

Remote control via an iPad with Yamaha StageMix as well as online/offline QL Editor software for Mac and PC computers adds even more refinement to the operating environment.

Yamaha QL 1 and QL5 consoles include 16/32 built-in mic/line analog inputs, 18/34 faders, 8/16 built-in analog outputs, 32/64 + 8 stereo input mixing channels capability, and 16 mix + 8 matrix (or 24 mix total) + stereo + mono outputs. The built-in Dante interface (daisy-chain or redundant modes) provides a 64 x 64 matrix for the QL5 and 32 x 32 for the QL1.

All consoles have two MY Card Slots, 8-space Premium Rack, 8-space GEQ Rack, 8-space Effects Rack, and one license of Dante Virtual Soundcard is included.

Yamaha QL consoles are compatible with Nuendo Live (sold separately) and feature Nuendo Live Control, MIDI/GPI Control Ports, and two-track direct to USB and multi-track recording playback capabilities. The QL1 is also rack mountable (RK1 rack mount kit sold separately).

The Yamaha QL Series will be available in early April 2014 at an MSRP of $8,499 for the QL1 and $16,499 for the QL5.



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