Yamaha CL and QL consoles gain Shure control
Providing significantly enhanced operability, the Yamaha CL and QL Series consoles now control and monitor Dante-enabled Shure ULX-D4D and ULX-D4Q Quad Channel digital wireless receivers. As well as providing 24-Bit clarity and efficient RF performance, the newly available control parameters include battery monitoring, RF reception strength, antenna status and frequency audio level in addition to gain, mute and channel name assignment. Cooperation between the two manufacturers began three years ago, when ULX-D receiver discovery patch support was introduced in the CL series V1.6 update. More recently, the TF series consoles were introduced with optimised QuickPro presets for a number of microphones and instruments including Shure microphone presets.
Following the 2015 V3.0 firmware update that provided advanced surround and broadcast functionality for Yamaha’s CL and QL digital mixing consoles, the Japanese manufacturer has developed firmware update V4.0. Included in the upgrade are new EQ algorithms and a Premium Rack device, whilst the StageMix application for iPad and related software has also been updated. The three-channel EQ algorithms included in the Rivage PM10 digital mixing system are also included in the CL/QL V4.0 firmware. The ‘Precise’ algorithm offers pinpoint frequency control, ‘Aggressive’ delivers musical response with a wide control range and ‘Smooth’ offers natural sounding response adjustments whilst maintaining the sonic nuances of the source intact.
Meanwhile, acting as a four-band compressor, the MBC4 is a refined GUI providing enhanced operability and visibility with advanced VCM modeling. Its gain reduction circuit promotes flexible dynamics processing. In Solo Mode, the Cue keys can be used to control input and output solo functions for smoother line checks. The second Cue Bus is a new option allowing the Matrix 7/8 bus to be used as a Cue B bus creating a dedicated path monitor for IEM’s and wedges via separate Cue busses. The separate Cue busses can be accessed via the FOH console controls or remotely via the Editor or StageMix application at the monitor position. MonitorMix is an application for iOS devices used with CL/QL V4.0, allowing wireless control of send levels to the mix bus. Up to 10 devices running MonitorMix can be used simultaneously, providing a way for individual performers to adjust their own monitor mix.
A scrollable DCA roll-out has been created for the CL consoles. When channels assigned to a DCA group are rolled out to a console fader bank and the number of assigned channels exceeds the number of available faders, it is now possible to use a channel encoder to scroll through the channels. Furthermore, the gain of the GEQ band specified via the touch screen and Touch & Turn knobs can now be adjusted while the faders are being used for DCA or channel control. The CL/QL Editor can now read and write CSV files containing channel name, icon, colour and patch information, making it possible to prepare or edit the data offline using a standard spreadsheet or text editor program. The head amplifiers in the Tio1608-D I/O rack can now be controlled from CL and QL consoles, making it possible to combine it with the Rio3224-D and Rio1608-D I/O racks. Finally, effect parameters that could previously only be edited via the CL or QL series console can now be edited using the StageMix application that comes with a new GUI for the reverb and delay effects.