WORLD: Yamaha Commercial Audio's LS9 live sound digital console - conceived as a "natural progression" from the M7CL - is performing strongly three months after it began shipping. The manufacturer is also currently preparing to make the DME Version 3 firmware upgrade for DME-series digital mixing engines available as a free download, writes David Davies.
Available in two compact, lightweight frame configurations - 32- and 16-fader - LS9 was developed as a cost-effective solution for corporate events, mid-sized houses of worship, small theatres and other environments. As standard, both 16 and 32 Mono Input fader versions come with four stereo returns into 16 mix buses, eight matrix buses, plus stereo and mono buses with LCR Mode.
An extensive features list also includes a built-in USB Memory Recorder/Player, which allows the recording of MP3 files and the playback of MP3, AAC and WMA files at 96, 128 or 192kbps.
Yamaha Commercial Audio's marketing manager, Karl Christmas, puts the development of LS9 in context for PSN-e: "After only a year, the Yamaha M7CL is already established as one of the most popular digital consoles in use today. The LS9 mixers were a natural progression. A baby version of the M7CL, they were carefully positioned to replace the smaller analogue mixing systems used by support acts, corporate AV work and smaller installations.
"Since first shipping three months ago, the demand has outstripped all our expectations and goes to prove how popular this type of all-in-one package has become."
In other recent news, the company has announced plans to make the DME Version 3 firmware upgrade for DME-series Digital Mixing Engines available as a free download from April 20. The upgrade is said to enhance the functionality and versatility of the DME-N series product line and the DME Satellite series, allowing advanced audio systems to be designed and implemented via a comprehensive computer interface. The DME Designer software application which provides the programming interface is also being upgraded to Version 3.
Among the new features are enhanced automatic adjustment for meeting and conference rooms, advanced support for AMX touch-panel controllers (with Crestron support to follow) and compatibility with the new Windows Vista operating system.