Yamaha has released a 24-channel version of its M3000 mixing console. It has all the flexibility of the M3000-40 but with a smaller footprint. The console weighs 187 lb and is just under 5′ wide. Depth and height are the same as the 40-input desk at nearly 11″ high and 34-3/8″ deep. Designed primarily for live sound applications, the M3000-24 costs $10,995.
The configuration consists of 24 mono and four stereo inputs. Additional inputs include two 2-track inputs and cue, matrix, stereo and mix sub inputs. There are inserts on each channel along with mix inserts (1 through 16) and a stereo insert (L, R). The outputs consist of stereo A/B outs, mix outs (1 through 16), stereo monitor out and matrix outs (1 through 8). There are 24 channel direct outputs and an output for headphones.
Each input channel has four bands of sweepable EQ. HF sweeps from 1 kHz to 20 kHz, HM 400 Hz to 8 kHz, LM 80 Hz to 1.6 kHz, and LF 30 Hz to 600 Hz. The inner bands have a narrow or wide (semi-parametric) adjustable Q control. The stereo channels have a trimmed-down version of the EQ with all four bands being fixed (HF 20 kHz, HM 3 kHz, LM 800 Hz, LF 50 Hz) and the same adjustable Q as the channel EQ on the midbands. There are 12 illuminated analog meters, eight representing the mix/matrix and the remaining four dedicated to stereo A/B or the cue.
Phantom power is switched individually on each channel. There is an oscillator/noise generator onboard that provides a switchable sine wave at 100 Hz, 1 kHz or 10 kHz in addition to pink noise. A bank of green/yellow/red LEDs on each input and stereo channel indicates signal (-10 dB), nominal (0 dB) and peak (+18 dB) levels.
Yamaha has a very slick way of making the mix buses/aux sends completely user-configurable. The Yamaha Group/Aux Diversity System (GA Diversity) lets you adjust signal flow in several ways; eight groups and eight auxes, six groups and 10 auxes or all 16 as aux outs. The 16 mix outs can be switched pre/post for each group of four channels.
There are eight VCA groups and 128 MIDI mute groups. Yamaha claims an extremely clean audio path even when using the VCAs. There are eight dedicated recall switches or a 10-key pad that allows storage and recall of the 128 scenes. In addition MIDI-controllable effects processors presets can be saved as part of the scene. The power supply (PW3000M) is two RU and weighs in at 33 lb.
By keeping the feature-set the same and just downsizing the console, Yamaha has another winner. If you want a serious live-sound desk for just around $10,000, the M3000-24 should be high on your list.
Contact Yamaha at 714-522-9011.