Yamaha CL5


Features

Analog Style Intimacy

Clear visual continuity from the Centralogic section’s physical faders to virtual on-screen controls via the console’s elegantly curved panel matches the unambiguous directness of analog console channel modules. Any of the console’s input and output channels can be instantly assigned to the Centralogic section in 8-channel groups.
 
Selected Channel – Another Industry Standard from Yamaha

The Selected Channel display provides a comprehensive view of the many controls and functions available for the currently selected channel. The corresponding physical controllers to the left of the display are labeled and laid out in the same way as the on-screen controls, for confident access and operation. The CL series includes a number of refinements to this now-standard interface for unprecedented operating ease.

Newly Designed Faders

No detail of form or function has been overlooked, right down to how the curvature of the elegant fader knobs comfortably fit the fingers at any angle. The fader knobs even have non-slip inserts that provide ideal friction for smooth, slip-free fades. Visibility is important too, so the knob edges are sculpted to provide a clear view of the fader scale from just about any angle.

Editable Channel Names and Colors

Editable channel name displays above each fader automatically switch to a larger character size for short names, and show pan and fader values as well. Below each channel name display is a color bar that illuminates in any of eight selectable colors, the same as those used in the central touch screen, for at-a-glance channel and group identification. Brightness can be adjusted for optimum visibility under any ambient lighting conditions.

Direct Access to the Parameters You Need

The User Defined Keys provided on Yamaha digital consoles are already a standard. The User Defined Knobs provided on the CL series consoles will quickly achieve the same status. Just about any of the console’s variable parameters can be assigned to the four User Defined Knobs for direct, instant access. Another advanced control feature is Custom Fader Bank selection, allowing the faders in each section to be instantly reordered as required.

Harmony in Form and Function

The sweeping form of the CL consoles is not only elegant, but it provides the best possible view of all controls and displays from the operator’s position. The visual continuity from the Centralogic faders to the display is seamless. The hand rest is genuine oak with a gorgeous ebony finish that matches the visual and tactile sophistication of the overall design.

Dante

Dante for Fast, Flexible Networking

The complexity and variety of today’s live sound systems makes fast, adaptable configuration and setup capability vital. Of course the highest level of sonic performance must be maintained at the same time. CL series consoles use the Dante network protocol developed by Audinate to allow flexible connection to multiple I/O rack units configured and located according to the needs of the application, while at the same time providing redundancy for superior reliability.

Up to Eight I/O Rack Units

Dante directly supports star network configurations, so up to eight I/O rack units can be connected to any single CL series console and conveniently located wherever they are needed most. A few simple DIP switch settings are all that is required to change to daisy-chain networking as required.

Simple Setup

The ability to set up even complex systems quickly and easily is another benefit of Dante networking. In most cases devices on the network are recognized and set up automatically. And since patching operations that usually require a separate computer can be carried out directly from the CL console, changes to the initial setup are painless as well.

Redundancy for Reliability

Dante also makes it easy to maximize system reliability. Star networks allow the use of redundant primary and secondary lines for each device, for the utmost reliability in critical applications. With this type of setup a malfunction in a cable or other network component won’t bring the whole system down. The show will go on.

Virtual Racks

Premium Rack Brings Studio Standards to the Live Stage

As the name implies, “virtual racks” provided in the CL series consoles let you combine signal processors you need for your application in one easily accessible location, much like traditional analog outboard racks. The new CL series Premium Rack can accommodate up to eight instances of the six expressive EQ and dynamics effects provided, including the Rupert Neve Designs Portico 5033 equalizer and Portico 5043 compressor/limiter. The ability to use some of the most highly regarded studio effects in live mixes can help you deliver unprecedented sonic quality in any venue.

Effect Rack With More Than 50 Effects

In addition to the Premium Rack described above, the CL consoles feature an Effect Rack that allows simultaneous use of up to 8 effects from a selection of 46 ambience effects and 8 insertion effects, all of outstanding quality. Although a separate EQ rack is provided for the output buses, any of the 8 effects in the Effect Rack can be replaced by graphic EQ units as needed.

32-channel Graphic Equalizer Rack

The CL consoles also feature a GEQ rack that allows graphic EQ to be inserted into the output buses as required for room equalization and other functions. Up to 16 31-band GEQ units can be mounted in the rack for simultaneous use, and those GEQ units can be individually switched to Flex15GEQ mode, effectively providing two EQ channels that allow up to 15 bands to be used at a time. With a full rack of GEQ units all functioning in Flex15GEQ mode, you have a total of 32 GEQ channels for extensive equalization capacity.

Premium Rack

- Portico 5033/5043
These devices immaculately model the full sonic depth and breadth of the original analog equalizer and compressor/limiter modules by Rupert Neve. They are not only ideal for adding first-class studio-quality processor sound to your mix, but are also remarkably easy to set up for optimum effect. Merely inserting these outstanding models in the signal path can enhance the sound.

- U76
A studio standard that is ideal for a wide range of applications. It even features a RATIO “ALL” button that simulates the effect of engaging all of the ratio buttons on the original.

- Opt-2A
This is a model of one of the most widely used optical studio compressors from the 1960’s. The distinctive and highly regarded compression and release characteristics of the original are recreated with remarkable precision.

- EQ-1A
The classic studio equalizer that is the basis for this model is still in demand today, highly prized for the musical response of its vacuum tube and transformer EQ circuitry, as well as its distinctive boost/cut characteristics.

- Dynamic EQ
An original dynamics processor that applies compression/expansion/limiting in response to level changes detected in specified frequency bands. A well designed interface makes achieving the ideal sound a fast, easy process.

Effect Rack

- Comp 276
This model is a composite of several analog compressors that were popular in recording studios in the 70’s. Anyone who is familiar with the originals will recognize the characteristic punch and fatness this device delivers.

- Open Deck
Here’s a unique effect that models both the analog circuitry of well-known professional tape decks plus the characteristics of the tape used with them. You can simply choose a deck that offers the sound you need, or combine different recording and playback decks for a range of useful variations.

- Comp 260
The compressor/limiter modeled in this device was all the rage in the late 70’s, featuring solid-state RMS level detection circuitry and VCAs for level control. The sonic signature of this model is unmistakable.

- EQ 601
For a sweet analog EQ sound, this model recreates a popular circuit topology from the 70’s.

Recording

Two Ways to Record Live

CL series consoles offer two live recording solutions: convenient 2-track recording direct to USB memory, and high-performance multitrack recording to a digital audio workstation via Dante. Whether it’s for a simple web upload, a commercial release, or just material to be used for a virtual sound check the next day, you have all the recording capability you need.

Seamless Integration with Nuendo Live for Serious Multitrack Recording

The Nuendo Live DAW application has been specifically designed for live multitrack recording, providing comprehensive control and overview for smooth operation under the most demanding live situations. An extension plug-in provides seamless integration with CL console features, such as channel names, markers, transport control, and more.

- Dante Virtual Soundcard
Dante Virtual Soundcard driver software enables direct multitrack recording to a Windows or Mac based DAW without the need for an audio interface between the console and computer. A high-performance DAW application such as Steinberg Nuendo Live can be used to record up to 64 tracks with studio quality and editing capabilities.

- Virtual Sound Check
DAW playback can be instantly patched to the CL console’s input channels so that multitrack recordings can be used for “virtual” sound checks when the performers aren’t available. Recordings of the previous day’s performance can be used for sound check on the following day!

Convenient 2-track Recording to USB Memory

2-track recording in mp3 format couldn’t be easier. Simply plug a USB memory into the USB connector on the front panel of the console and start recording. No other equipment is required. Of course playback from the USB memory is possible as well in MP3, AAC, and WMA formats, making it a convenient source for BGM or sound effects.