Expected to ship next month, Yamaha will introduce a new digital sound reinforcement mixing console (M7CL) at booth #418. The console brings in the feature set of the PM series, as well as a user-friendly control surface, making it useful for mixing and allaying budgetary concerns for mid-sized theater, club, regional sound company and house of worship markets. The 48-channel version (pictured) retails for $24,999; a 32-channel board is $19,999.
The M7CL features a small footprint, light weight and a self-contained design that is geared for fixed and mobile applications. The Centralogic™ interface provides intuitive operation by combining a touch-panel control surface with Yamaha’s “Selected Channel” structure that guides the user through a logical navigation system. With the M7CL, there are no layers—most physical controls are single-function, and digital controls can be accessed through two main software screens.
The board also features four stereo inputs and three mini-YGDAI expansion card slots, 16 mix buses, eight matrix buses, an L/C/R bus, eight DCAs and 16 omni outputs. The built-in power supply is backed by optional single or double failsafe external PW800W PSUs. Full-length 100mm motor faders are provided for all input channels, plus stereo/mono masters, with an additional eight Centralogic faders. Each input fader has its own On and Cue keys, as well as a Sel key to assign that channel to selected channel controls.
Each selected input channel includes channel name and icon strip; insert and direct-out select keys; input gain; 4-band EQ; highpass filter; dynamics 1 and 2 (with a new de-esser); 16 mix sends; stereo, mono and bus assigns; and channel pan. The M7CL also includes a number of onboard effects and graphic EQs. Simply touch the onscreen Rack button and instantly patch effects or EQ to any channel; another touch takes the user to detailed editing within a chosen effect or graphic.
Up to eight signal processors can be used simultaneously, and all of these onboard modules are capable of operation as graphic EQs. The board also offers the new Flex15 GEQ. When selected, each GEQ module will function as two 31-band units with 15 bands available at any one time. The M7CL also includes the proprietary REV-X algorithm as standard, and Yamaha’s Add-On Effects Packages are available.
Users can store and recall up to 300 scene memories—each storing a complete snapshot of all console settings within a single scene. Advanced Access Management provides multiple levels of security.
Bundled Windows-compatible Editor software provides offline programming and editing and access to all console parameters. A graphic interface provides quick access to all programming functions using a computer.