At a packed launch event at Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt last week, Yamaha launched its QL Series of digital consoles.
There are two models in the QL range, the QL1 and QL5. The QL1 features 16 inputs and eight outputs in a 468mm wide chassis, with the QL5 carrying 32 ins and 16 outs, at around twice the width.
The new consoles have the same processing power of Yamaha’s renowned CL series consoles, however, with fewer outputs and less matrix capability, they have been designed for small to medium scale operations.
CL Series consoles can be integrated with QL consoles via the company’s new Port-to-Port functionality.
The QL series also features the Dan Dugan-designed auto-mixing capability, which automatically manages input and output levels of live microphones in environments where dialogue may be unpredictable. This feature makes the series ideal for speech events or broadcast environments (such as TV chat shows).
On-board audio processing comes in the form of the QL Effects Rack and the Premium Rack, which includes renowned effects such as the Rupert Neve Portico 5033 EQ and 5043 Compressor as standard.
Although the QL consoles are suitable for small-to-medium sized productions on their own, on-board Dante networking allows them to be integrated into bigger systems with Yamaha’s R-series I/O units and CL Series consoles.
Up to eight R-series units can be controlled simultaneously with a QL console, offering as many as 256 input sources.
High quality, multi-track live recording can be achieved with an onboard two-track recording and playback function. The QL series is also fully compatible with Dante Virtual Soundcard and Steinberg Nuendo Live software.
Pictured is Andy Cooper, newly appointed to the position of Yamaha manager for commercial audio products in Europe.
Yamaha would not confirm availability for the QL Series, but PSNEurope was advised it the desks were "in production" and shipping would be in "weeks as opposed to months".
Also at the press launch, the Japanese technology giant announced that Version 2.0 software for the CL range would be available via the Yamaha website in May 2014. With mix-minus capability for the broadcast market, discovery and head amp control for the QL consoles and more, Yamaha's Nils-Peter Keller, director of the pro music and pro audio division, said the update gave CL desks "the functionality of the PM5D".