Yamaha Rolls Out CL/QL V3.1 and StageMix 5.1
Yamaha Corporation Japan announced the firmware update Version 3.1 is now available for the CL and QL Series Digital Mixing Consoles, adding a number of new features including control of the RSio64-D, or “bento box”, which serves as a bridge between a Dante network and the MY-card format. Updates are also available for the StageMix application for iPad, R Remote application, and Console File Converter application that provide broad data compatibility between Yamaha digital mixing consoles.
“The new upgrades will be very effective in the touring, theatrical, and other live sound applications, as well as corporate events, broadcasting, and more, states, Marc Lopez, marketing manager, Yamaha Professional Audio Division, Commercial Audio Products. We continue to listen to our customers in order to deliver products and updates that offer real improvements for their work environment.”
New Features in Version 3.1 include the addition of a Pan Law Parameter with CENTER NOMINAL and LR NOMINAL settings to monaural input channels. When CENTER NOMINAL is selected, nominal level is produced when the channel is panned to center; and when LR NOMINAL is selected, nominal level is produced when the channel is panned full L or R.
An improved Cascade Setup for DCA, MUTE MASTER, and other settings has been added to CASCADE LINK. An attenuator has also been added to the CASCADE input. RECALL SAFE, FOCUS, and GLOBAL PASTE now have independent CASCADE IN and CASCADE OUT settings. RSio64-D I/O rack patches (between the CL/QL and RSio64-D), user routing pattern, and sample rate converter control can all be accessed directly via the CL/QL Version 3.1 display.
It is now possible to update both the console firmware and the Dante firmware for CL and QL from a USB flash drive in one operation. R Series firmware and Dante firmware must still be updated independently (the ability to simultaneously update R Series and Dante firmware from the R Remote application for is planned for a future release).
Several significant new features have been added in StageMix Version 5.1 for CL, M7CL and LS9 Digital Consoles including 121-Band Real Time Analyzer (RTA) support that expands on the 61-band capability of the current RTA by using the built-in iPad microphone. The 121-band mode is now selectable via the SETUP screen. Also, it is now possible to make STEREO/MONO bus assignments when the mixer window is in the PAN mode.
New features added in StageMix Version 5.1 for CL/QL only include an improved USB Recorder enabling the timeline dot to be dragged to change the playback point, or the desired playback point (time) can be entered numerically. A 2-channel sinewave has been added to Oscillator Selection, and control of the dual oscillator (SINE 2CH) added in CL/QL Version 3.0 is now available in StageMix.
As mentioned, new features in R Remote Version 3 include control of SRC settings and other parameters via the inclusion of RMio64-D enabling a Dante/MADI conversion. And, the user pattern can be accessed and edited via the Grid Patch window.
Console File Converter Version 3.0 for CL/QL Firmware Version 3.1 makes it possible to convert PM5D and CL/QL surround pan, divergence, and LFE level data.
Software updates may be downloaded free of charge.