The new QL Series inherits aspects from the CL Series such as all-in-one mixing, processing, and routing capability. The consoles provide 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.
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 and are also equipped with the same onboard Dante audio networking protocol that provides broad connectivity in CL consoles.
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 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.
QL consoles are compatible with Nuendo Live (sold separately) and feature Nuendo Live Control, MIDI/GPI Control Ports, and 2-track direct to USB and multi-track recording playback capabilities. The QL1 is also rack mountable (RK1 rack mount kit sold separately).
The new Yamaha QL Series will be available in early April 2014.