Yamaha technology in new forms
Yamaha has spotted a growing industry trend of headphone monitoring within both live sound and studio environments. In response to this, the manufacturer has expanded it MT Series with the launch of the HPH-MT8 and HPH-MT5 professional monitor headphones. Both new models are designed to deliver the sound quality, stereo imaging and source signal reproduction of the NS-10M studio monitor, while including the isolation that headphones can offer.
Built for comfort when users are in the midst of a lengthy monitoring session, the HPH-MT8 and HPH-MT5 have been built to withstand life on the road with a closed-back, circumaural configuration and ABS housing, while the headband is reportedly sweat resistant. The ear pads have been constructed with smooth synthetic leather and low-resistance cushions to absorb vibrations and decrease leakage. To add to the comfort levels, both units include three-dimensional arm pivoting functionality and an adjustable slider length. The HPH-MT8 also facilitates single-ear monitoring with aluminium support arms and steerable earcups.
Custom drivers equipped with 45mm (HPH-MT8) and 40mm (HPH-MT5) CCAW voice coils are incorporated with neodymium magnets for definition and control. These deliver the MT8 and MT5 with frequency responses of 15Hz-28kHz and 20Hz-20kHz respectively. Both units are bundled with a detachable 3m straight cable and a 6.3mm stereo adaptor, while the MT8 also comes with a detachable 1.2m coiled cable.
In the spirit of transforming the technology of one its systems into that of a different form, Yamaha has released the TF-Rack, which introduces the TouchFlow Operation of the manufacturer’s TF Series in a compact rack mount model. Within a 3U, 19-inch rack enclosure sits an all-in-one 16+1 stereo input and 16 output digital mixer.
It is built with the same touchscreen as the TF1, TF3 and TF5 consoles that combines the manufacturer’s Selected Channel and Centralogic interfaces. The Touch & Turn control has also been lifted from the consoles, providing the ability to adjust parameters. Also included are QuickPro Presets, designed for specific musical instruments and microphones to enable quick setup, while remote control is offered by way of wireless apps, such as TF Editor, TF StageMix and MonitorMix.
TF-Rack utilises Yamaha D-PRE microphone preamplifiers as well as input and output channel processing via eight processors that feature Yamaha’s SPX technology. With 16 analogue XLR/TRS combined mic/line inputs, plus stereo analogue RCA pin line inputs and eight analogue XLR outputs and a further eight analogue outputs of the TRS variety, the rack mount mixer includes an expansion slot to add an optional NY64-D audio interface card, which alongside a Tio1608-D I/O rack unit, can facilitate a basic Dante network. It is designed for flexibility with 40 input mixing channels, 20 aux buses and eight DCA groups with Roll-Out, while offering 34 x 34 digital record/playback channels that are accessible through USB 2.0 + 2 x 2 and a USB storage device.
Launching alongside TF-Rack is firmware update V3.0, which will be compatible with the entire TF Series, adding support for setting up limited-access user accounts and additional QuickPro Presets.
Finally, Yamaha is adding AES67 support to its Dante-enable products. Currently, 24 of the manufacturer’s systems posses Dante networking capabilities, and these will be supplied with device and Dante firmware updates. ‘AES67 support will allow Dante and Ravenna devices to work together in broadcast systems that offer unprecedented flexibility and efficiency,’ said Yoshi Tsugawa, director of Yamaha’s pro audio business unit.