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ISE 2019: Yamaha presents new pro products and updates

Innovations include new loudspeakers, 10G L2 switches and firmware upgrades

As of ISE 2019, Yamaha has introduced a number of new products and updates, including new loudspeakers, 10G L2 switches, and significant firmware upgrades.

Yamaha is exhibiting on stand 3-C112 at ISE, whilst sister company Yamaha Unified Communications is exhibiting on stand 11-F120/G120.

Launched in response to customer demand, Yamaha’s multi-award winning VXC and VXS loudspeaker ranges are being expanded with the VXC2F 2.5” full-range, low profile ceiling speaker and VXC8S 8” bandpass ceiling subwoofer. The VXC2F is the shallowest model in the VXC series, with a back can less than 7.6cm/3” deep. VXC8S is the first ceiling subwoofer in the range and includes consistent VXC features like anti-drop tab and carrying band for a straightforward installation. The PK-C4 pendant mount option for the VXC2F is also being launched, with all VXC models available in black or white (paintable) finish.

Another innovation is the SWP2 series of network switches designed for mobile audio networks, which include 10Gbps fibre uplinks for high capacity Dante networking, including 96kHz. Both multi- and single-mode models allow for long distance transmission.

Yamaha’s RIVAGE digital mixing systems are also receiving another significant upgrade with RIVAGE V3.0. This firmware update has added the new DaNSe dynamic noise suppressor plug-in, developed by Dr. K’s lab at the Yamaha Corporation in Japan, to bring improvements in speech clarity for theatrical and broadcast applications. The update also included adding Mix to Input routing, and workflows for global paste, DCA assignment, and custom faders. All of the improvements to RIVAGE V2.5 will also be on display, including Theatre Mode, which offers significant advantages for all types of theatrical production and support for Audinate’s Dante Domain Manager.

Alongside the new products, Yamaha will be highlighting a number of other recently-announced products, including the SWR2311P-10G Power over Ethernet (PoE) switch and the VXL1-16P Dante PoE powered speaker system. The latest CL/QL series V5.1 update supports the Dante-equipped DZR-D series of powered loudspeakers and the NEXO NXAMPmk2. A first for the popular ProVisionaire Touch / Control apps, which have recently been updated to V3.0, will be a preview of future integration with video switchers, in collaboration with the IDK Corporation.

Another product being showcased at ISE is Yamaha’s renowned Active Field Control (AFC) system, which is a feature of many theatres, opera houses, concert halls and multi-purpose venues across the world. Yamaha’s spatial audio division has been involved in the acoustic consultation and design of live music venues since 1969. Yamaha patented its hybrid regenerative acoustic enhancement system in 1985, with the third generation AFC system launched in 2013.

“We are very pleased to launch the new VXC loudspeakers and SWP2 series L2 switches, together with several software/firmware updates,” said Yoshi Tsugawa, general manager of the Yamaha Pro Audio Division. “In particular, we expect that the update of the ProVisionaire series, which brings smart integration for designing, controlling and operating systems that comprise Yamaha and third-party equipment, will contribute even more to customer creativity when designing valued commercial spaces.

“We are confident that all of these new innovations will be well-received for many types of installation project across the globe, assuring our customers that they can rely on Yamaha for an even wider range of applications.”