Buena Park, CA (September 15, 2014)—Yamaha has announced its CL and QL Digital Audio Consoles will get V3.0 updates available in early 2015, focusing largely on broadcast applications and live sound uses.
Broadcast engineers will get new features such as 5.1 panning and monitoring for surround broadcasts, and a newly developed buss compressor for insertion in the stereo mix buss.
For live sound applications, V3.0 will include a new 8-band parametric EQ and real time analyzer. The QL Series will skip over a V2.0 so that the CL and QL Series Consoles will be at the same V3.0 level and allow CL and QL files to remain interchangeable.
The new 5.1 Surround Panning’s pan positioning can be set via the touch panel or knobs. Mix to Matrix can be used for international feed production, and Mix to Stereo can be used for stereo mix down. In addition to surround mixing, CL/QL V3.0 adds basic surround monitoring. Monitor alignment capability is also provided, with adjustment of relative speaker levels and delays.
Also for broadcast applications, Dan Dugan Sound Design’s automatic microphone mixers already included in QL Series are now included in CL Series consoles. Gain distribution for up to 16 speech microphone channels is automatically optimized in real time.
Yamaha R&D has created a VCM (Virtual Circuitry Modeling) model of a buss compressor that is relied on in broadcast and recording studios around the world. Buss Comp 369 is intended for inserting on the stereo mix buss for increased loudness, more uniform levels, and warm overall sound.
Additional live sound features include an 8-band PEQ in the GEQ Rack and Effect Rack, making it possible to select 8-band Parametric EQ in the GEQ RACK and EFFECT RACK. With the real time analyzer (RTA) to support room tuning and other operations, the frequency spectrum of cued channels can be shown in the new RTA display as well as in the PEQ or GEQ display to provide visual feedback while adjusting EQ.
V3.0 will provide four banks of enhanced User Defined Keys, not only reducing the possibility of running out of keys, but also allowing keys to be grouped by function for improved efficiency. DCA Assignment Selection for Scene Management has been added to the parameters for Recall Safe, Focus Recall, and Global Paste. Rather than only being selectable with ALL parameters during scene memory management, DCA assignment is now an independent setting. This allows more refined control, such as specifying only Channel Name, Fader, and DCA Assign to be Recall Safe, for example.
CL/QL V3.0 firmware will be available as a free download from the Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. web site in early 2015, and the company will be presenting more information about the update at AES 2014, Los Angeles Convention Center, booth #1401.
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.