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Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems Launches CL Series Digital Consoles

Yamaha CL5 digital console

At the ProLight+Sound Expo in Frankfurt, Germany, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems Inc. in Buena Park, Calif., is launching its CL Series of digital consoles, a Dante network-based console featuring remote I/O for a faster, more responsive Yamaha system solution. All three CL models in the Centralogic Series—CL5 (pictured), CL3 and CL1, which are differentiated only by frame size and input capability—feature 24 mix buses and eight matrix buses, plus stereo and mono outputs, and 16 DCAs.

Yamaha Commercial Audio developed all three CL consoles—each of which has a small footprint—specifically for sound reinforcement applications such as performing arts venues, theaters, houses of worship, touring and remote broadcast. The high output-bus count is designed to benefit live broadcast and monitor applications.

The Yamaha CL5 ($27,499 MSRP) mix capacity is 72 mono plus eight stereo inputs (64 channels through Dante and 8 channels locally), with 34 faders (16 on the left, eight Centralogic, and eight right-plus-stereo and mono masters). The CL5 also includes built-in output metering.

The CL3 ($21,999 MSRP) is a 64-mono-input system, with eight stereo inputs, and 26 faders (16 left, eight Centralogic center, plus masters).

The CL1 console ($14,999 MSRP) is a 48-mono plus eight stereo inputs, and 16 faders plus two master faders (eight left and eight Centralogic center, plus masters).

All models feature 16 DCAs, as well as schannel encoders, and support 48kHz and 44.1kHz sampling rates. An optional meter bridge ($1,199 MSRP) is available for the CL3 and CL1 consoles. The CL5 and CL3 feature a built-in shelf for an iPad, and the CL1 has a shelf for an iPod.

All CL consoles are configured with a top panel center section with a comprehensive selected channel section, a new 16-bit color LED back-lit touchscreen, four User-Defined Knobs, a built-in help system, 2-track USB recorder/player section, and more. The CL Series features 16 31-band GEQs, an 8U rackspace effects rack and a new 8U rackspace Premium Rack that includes Rupert Neve Designs Portico 5043 Compressor and Portico 5033 EQ, as well as new Yamaha VCM compressors and EQs.

Up to eight external Rio (Remote I/O) boxes can be used for a total of 256 channels via the Dante digital network. The 5U rackspace Rio3224-D ($8,499 MSRP) includes 32 remote controlled mic/line inputs, 16 line outputs, and four AES-3 outs. The 3U Rio1608-D ($4,799 MSRP) includes 16 remote controlled mic/line inputs and eight line outputs. Dante network I/O can be set up and patched using the console user interface, with no external software required for network operations.

Yamaha states that the CL5 and Rio3224-D will be available in late spring 2012, and that the CL3, CL1, and Rio1608-D will be available in late summer 2012.

Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems will exhibit at the 2012 NAB Convention in Las Vegas on April 16 in Booth #C2239.

Find more information on the Yamaha CL Series digital consoles.