At Prolight+Sound 2015, Yamaha has introduced its new TF series compact digital mixing consoles, the TF5, TF3 and TF1, which feature 33, 25, or 17 motor faders, respectively, along with 32, 24, or 16 rear-panel analog inputs, and recallable D-PRE preamps.
There are a total of 48 inputs on the TF5 and TF3, with 40 on the TF1, including dual stereo analog/USB digital inputs and dual returns. Live recording features include up to 34 x 34 channel recording and playback via USB 2.0 and 2 x 2 with a USB storage device. (Pictured is Yamaha's Christian Hallensleben with the TF series at PL+S.)
The TF in “TF series” refers to TouchFlow Operation, which combines elements of Yamaha’s traditional user interfaces with a touch panel system. Other new features include 1-knob COMP and 1-knob EQ, which each use a single rotary control on inputs for adjusting individual sources and on outputs for overall sound control. The GainFinder feature aids gain setup for individual input signals.
Input and output channel presets were created in cooperation and consultation with Shure, Sennheiser and Audio-Technica. In a statement, Audio-Technica’s Keisuke Kobayashi, CMO/CTO, noted, “Collaborating closely with the TF engineers on the instrument specific presets means that we can be sure our microphones deliver their best performance, while leaving the user free to focus on the creativity and character of the production.”
Meanwhile, Sennheiser’s Michael Polten, Product Management & Marketing, Live Performance & Music, added, “We are extremely pleased that our evolution microphones are part of the TF consoles via their ingenious preset functions. These presets provide users with an accurate indication of how to set the EQ, giving sound technicians a rock-solid foundation for their work.”
And Shure’s Matt Engstrom, Category Director of Wired Products, chimed in, “We are very pleased to have been able to cooperate with Yamaha on integrating Shure mic presets into the new TF mixers. These powerful mixers, combined with our presets and legendary microphones, will place outstanding audio in the hands of any audio engineer.”
(Pro Sound Network)