The new series mixing consoles CL Yamaha digital offer an experience of advanced and accessible mixture together with a sound purity and shaping sound functions contributing to sound technicians unprecedented creative freedom.

25 years after first setting standards of digital mixes, Yamaha Digital consoles has led to a new level of development with the launch of three models in the series CL. At the same time that keeps the characteristics and the essential features that have become standard in the last quarter of a century, series mixing consoles CL digital offer a new experience in accessible mixtures. The new range provides artists and more imaginative engineers unprecedented creative freedom combined with purity of sound and advanced features of shaping the sound.

CL series combines a tactile and ergonomic UI with an elegant and contemporary design, and includes three models: CL1, CL5, and CL3. With a capacity of mixtures ranging from 48 to 72 mono inputs 8 stereo, all models feature 16 DCA, 24 busses mixtures and eight matrix, more buses from stereo and mono output.

User interface

As a main element of the series CL is the recognized UI Centralogic, which guarantees that the consoles will be family immediately to many thousands of live sound engineers. It has evolved considerably in the new consoles, and incorporates a touch of new generation, in color and very flexible screen, as well as a variety of encoders and rotary control that the user can define. The faders of new design offer a touch, optimal visibility and accuracy and can be freely set to be able to control any combination of inputs, outputs or los16 DCA faders. The control surface also provides screens backlit with channel name editable above each fader assignable color bars. The CL1 and the CL3 also have the option of a bridge of external VU meters.

Audio quality

The quality and the type of sound were the top priorities in the development of the new consoles. In addition to having Preamplifiers and delays again design on each channel input and output port, these products present a prestigious line of processing studio quality. The effects rack provides the equivalent of eight effects processors SPX2000, combined with a range of dynamics and equalizers VCM, while other two virtual racks provide access to up to 32 channels of graphic equalizers.

However, sound more interesting innovation is probably the introduction of the concept Premium Rack. Developed by Dr K (Toshi Kunimoto) of Yamaha and his team, the Premium Rack provides a variety of dynamic and equalized processors of the highest quality. Yamaha is proud and pleased especially to its close collaboration with Rupert Neve to incorporate the well-known compressor Portico 5033 EQ and 5043 as key elements of this new concept. These processors are included as standard in the series CL, eliminating the need for any plug-ins management.

"For the first time we have the capability to the field of the direct sound, the sound of Rupert Neve which is due entirely to the VCM technology from Yamaha. I think that it is impossible to differentiate it from the original analogue sound,"said Neve.

Scalable solution

A key factor to make the series CL is so flexible is the pair of rack I/O accompanying it, the Rio3224-R Rio1608-D, and the fact that consoles are the first that have a network Dante integrated as a standard feature. A scalable system that is built with the simultaneous placement of up to eight I/O racks easily through Dante, thus providing up to 256 input sources. Also can be cascaded consoles in the series pairs CL for mixtures of high-volume needs.

The connection of the basic system is easy, using the automatic configuration of the console functionality. Two or more consoles can share entries of a set of rack I/O without fear that too many changes, due to the inclusion of compensation for automatic gain in own I/O racks are necessary. Gain compensation can be provided with 32-bit of Dante performance mode, unless you have a impact on the sound of the dynamic range.

Lee Ellison, CEO of Audinat, has comntado: "are very excited about the collaboration with Yamaha in the extraordinary series CL and I/O. castings Dante provides a flexible, low-latency, highly scalable, 'plug-and-play network solution" "to connect virtual network of Yamaha, sound cards connected systems Dante and any other Dante device connected to the network. We believe that the combination of technologies integrated into this new platform will provide a digital experience unprecedented."

The Rio3224 also includes four AES-EBU stereo outputs and maintains signals within the digital realm all the way up to the amplifier. New consoles have three MY card slots on the rear panel, thus maintaining compatibility with any format of existing sound, in addition to cards newest blends card and process for speakers MY8-Lake card Automatic MY16-Dugan. Three card slots also provide additional i/o in combination with eight microphone inputs and eight outputs of line in the console.

Software control

CL Editor is the new editor online/offline independent running on Mac and Windows PC. Having all the features of the Yamaha Editor software with which users are familiar, does not require having Yamaha Studio Manager as host. In addition, new software applications include a new version of StageMix for iPad, offering wide wireless remote control and which has been expanded to include new features such as channel name, DCA fader and dial of the tempo control) tap tempo). Of great importance is that CL Editor and StageMix can be operated at the same time, resulting in great flexibility for engineers, sound designers, and systems technicians.

Also updated the new Yamaha File Converter software to make possible an immediate exchange of files from the console between the CL, PM5D, M7CL and LS9 series.


Each client console CL will receive a copy of the new software of Steinberg Nuendo Live recording, which has been specially designed for live recording applications. Available from July, includes unique features that are not found in any other live recording software and to be perfectly integrated in the CL consoles to get an optimal ease of use.

If Dante's Audinate (also included with all consoles CL) is used in combination with virtual sound card the engineers Dante can easily use the network to record up to 64 tracks of sound in Mac or Windows PC.

Andreas Stelling, Steinberg executive director, commented that "Nuendo Live is not only ultra-stable, easy to use, but it is also easily integrated into the latest generation of consoles for live sound of Yamaha. This is another great example of the strong relationship between Yamaha and Steinberg."

In addition, basic stereo recordings through a practice recording and playback with two tracks USB function can be performed.

Setting standards

Having worked closely with engineers and companies of rent of equipment for a quarter of a century, Yamaha knows that the key requirements of the consoles are flexibility, sound quality, ease of use and, of course, the renowned standards of reliability of the company.

With the arrival of the series CL, the company is confident that these products reach a full balance between innovative functionality and the potential for investment in sound.

Kazunori Kobayashi, managing director of Yamaha Pro Audio Division, said: "the series CL is the perfect answer to current needs using the most modern technology." The collaboration between Yamaha and Steinberg, Rupert Neve Designs, Audinat has made it possible to offer a superb balance between sound, performance and features that give as a result a capacity and quality of perfect mixes. "After a quarter century of evolution, series CL constitutes a new and memorable chapter in the history of digital mixes."

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By • 28 Mar, 2012
• Section: Audio