Firmware version 3.0 brings highly anticipated broadcast features to the CL and QL series consoles, adding to their industry-standard operability, superior sonic performance, and solid reliability. Panning and monitoring for 5.1 surround enhance their utility for surround broadcasts, and a new buss compressor is ideal for stereo buss insertion use. CL and QL series console files are interchangeable, so it is easy to choose and combine models to ideally accommodate applications or any complexity or scale.

5.1 Surround Ready and Able

5.1 Surround Panning

The age of digital broadcasting has arrived, bringing new appeal and excitement to music and sports programming in particular. Surround mixing can deliver an enhanced listening experience, with unprecedented presence and immersion. With Version 3.0 CL and QL consoles gain 5.1 surround panning capability with pan control via the touch panel or knobs. Mix to Matrix ideal for international feed production, and Mix to Stereo can be used for stereo mixdown.

Surround Monitoring Completes the Picture

Surround Monitor

When it comes to surround production, mixing is only half of the story. Accurate surround monitoring is essential to refine the mix for optimum effect. In addition to surround mixing, firmware version 3.0 brings basic surround monitoring to the CL and QL consoles. 5.1 to stereo downmix capability is included, with adjustment of relative speaker levels and delays for monitor alignment.

* Use an external processor such as the DME series for bass management.

Innovative Automatic Speech Mixing for CL and QL Consoles

Dugan Automatic Mixer in GEQ Rack (included from QL V1.0)

Through close cooperation with Dan Dugan Sound Design Inc of the USA, renowned for highly regarded automatic microphone mixers based on original and innovative algorithms, Dan Dugan automatic mixing is now included in the CL series consoles (it was included in the QL consoles from V1.0). Gain distribution for up to 16 speech microphone channels is automatically optimized in real time, achieving smooth, natural level control. Feedback and comb filtering are also effectively suppressed, achieving stable, high-quality sound for panel discussion, unscripted talk shows, or similar situations that would otherwise depend on skillful manipulation of multiple faders.

Classic Sound and State-of-the-Art Performance in One Stereo Buss Comp

Buss Comp 369 in Premium Rack

The K's Lab team at the Yamaha Research & Development Division, under the direction of Toshifumi Kunimoto, has created a new buss compressor. VCM (Virtual Circuitry Modeling) technology has been used to recreate an acclaimed buss compressor from the ‘70s that is still relied on in broadcast and recording studios around the world, right down to the transformers and discrete circuitry that contribute to its distinctive character. As the name implies, Buss Comp 369 is ideal for inserting on the stereo mix buss for increased loudness, more uniform levels, and warm overall sound. It is an excellent choice for live sound as well as broadcast applications.

 

Special Interview

Toshifumi Kunimoto, engineering manager at the Yamaha research and development center, talks about Buss Comp 369.

Quick, Easy Mix-Minus

Mix Minus (included from CL V2.0)

Mix-minus, an essential feature for relay broadcast applications, is fully supported. The signal from a specified channel can be quickly and easily omitted from a specified bus to create a clean feed for the location reporter, for example, that does not include his or her own microphone feed.

Frame-increment Control for Perfect Sync

Frame Delay

Video signals often lag behind audio signals, so the capability to delay the audio at the audio mixer to achieve proper synchronization is a necessity. It is now possible to set that delay in frame increments for easy synchronization with a wide variety of video formats.