AC-ET Takes Stock of New Yamaha CL Series Digital Consoles
25 years after first setting the standards in digital mixing, Yamaha has taken digital consoles to another evolutionary level with the launch of the three-model CL series.
Retaining essential features and functionality that have become standards over the past quarter of a century, Yamaha’s new CL Series of digital mixing consoles offers an evolved experience in accessible mixing. Combined with sonic purity and advanced sound shaping capabilities, the CL Series gives the most imaginative artists and engineers unprecedented creative freedom.
The line-up comprises three consoles, the CL1, CL3 and CL5, ranging in scale from 48 to 72 mono + eight stereo inputs. All feature 16 DCAs and 24 mix / eight matrix output busses.
Founded on the proven Centralogic interface, the advanced CL Series incorporates multiple innovations and refinements, including enhanced Select Channel functions and User Defined knobs.
The CL Series EQ and effects have been vastly expanded. They include an Effect Rack with VCM analogue circuitry modelling technology, as well as a Premium Rack that includes the Rupert Neve Designs Portico 5033 equalizer and Portico 5043 compressor/limiter, developed in close cooperation with Rupert Neve himself.
Two new rack-mountable I/O units, Rio3224-D and Rio1608-D, can be used in a variety of combinations and configurations, communicating via a scalable Audinate Dante™ digital audio network. Up to eight I/O rack units can be connected to a CL series console, while multiple CL series consoles can share control of the same I/O rack unit. A new Gain Compensation function adds the ability to combine FOH and monitor control via a single network, for comprehensive digital live sound integration.
For live multitrack recording and virtual sound checking, CL consoles are equipped with dedicated recording control capabilities for use with Steinberg’s Nuendo Live DAW application running on a Windows or Mac computer.
A.C. Audio's Sales Manager, Peter Butler, commented: “We're delighted to be able to help introduce this latest in a long line of innovative consoles from Yamaha. In recent years Yamaha have, and continue to, play a major part in shaping the digital console market.”
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