Yamaha QL Series
Ideal for live sound and broadcast, QL digital mixing consoles have been designed to deliver outstanding quality that encompasses all-in-one mixing, processing, and routing capability. Boasting premium Yamaha functionality found in other mixing series such as their acclaimed CL Series of digital mixing consoles, QL is specifically intended for small to medium-scale live sound, corporate speech events, installations, and more.
Yamaha QL Series Defining Features
- Premium features condensed into a compact build
- Designed for broadcast and live sound in small to medium systems
- Dante for Fast, Flexible Networking
- Rupert Neve Designs’ Neve Portico 5033 equalizer and Portico 5043 compressor/limiter
- Built-in Dan Dugan Automatic Microphone Mixer
- MY8-LAKE card integrates Lake Processing
- Record to USB using 2-track recording or to DAW via Dante multitrack recording
- QL StageMix app for iPad for remote mixing
- QL Editor app for Mad and Windows computers
Yamaha’s Virtual Circuitry Modeling (VCM) technology is a circuit modeling concept that allows digital audio to accurately model rich, expressive analog sound. In addition to Portico 5033/5043 EQ and compressor/limiters developed in partnership with Rupert Neve Designs, QL consoles include a wide range of other VCM EQ, compressors, and effects. “Virtual racks” let you combine signal processors in one easily accessible location.
- Premium Rack combines up to eight expressive EQ and dynamics effects.
- Effect Rack allows simultaneous use of up to 8 effects from a selection of 46 ambiance effects and 8 insertion effects.
- GEQ Rack inserts graphic EQ into the output buses. Up to 16 31-band GEQ units can be mounted in the rack for simultaneous use, and can be individually switched to Flex15GEQ mode, equipping you with up to 32 GEQ channels.
Experience precision control with QL’s ergonomic and tactile fader knobs. Knobs have non-slip inserts for smooth, slip-free fades, while the knobs are sculpted to provide clear visibility at the fader scale from nearly any angle. Fader displays allow you to color code or edit names for channels, as well as view pan and fader values. Adjust the brightness of the display for lower-lit environments. Assign variable parameters to the four User Defined Knobs for instant access, while Custom Fader Bank selection allows each fader section to be instantly reorganized. Store up to 300 complete setups as “scenes” to be instantly accessed whenever needed. Achieve hands-on control over console functions using 12 user-defined keys. A Selected Channel interface offers an overview of available channel parameters, while its large touchscreen allows direct control.
Input and output channels boast up to 1000 ms delays for precise microphone phase compensation or speaker distance compensation and room tuning, respectively. Every channel has a 4-band parametric EQ, two dynamic processors on inputs, and one dynamic processor on outputs. De-esser can also be selected for bandpass-type EQ. Streamline control by grouping multiple input channels into 16 DCA groups. Using the Dimmer Level function, you can also assign multiple channels to up to 8 mute groups to enable instant mute/unmute. Gain Compensation automatically deploys at the digital stage to maintain constant gain throughout the network. You can limit function access via multiple User Key sets that can be stored in the console itself or on USB. A 5-input/5-output GPI interface allows the console to respond to input from external switches, as well as to transmit on/off status to external devices.
Scale and customize your setup. Separate console and I/O rack components communicate via Dante™ network audio protocol and “Port to Port” capability, for a fast, streamlined setup. Dante allows connection to up to eight I/O rack units for flexible configuration and superior signal reliability. QL’s dual Mini-YGDAI slots accept myriad expansion cards. Connect multiple QL units via I/O cards to achieve high channel capacities. Additionally, QL can be combined with other Dante-capable devices, such as CL series consoles and R series I/O rack units. The Yamaha Console File Converter application provides compatibility with PM5D, M7CL, and LS9 consoles as well.
- What are the differences between QL5 and QL1?
- The number of local analog I/O, Input channels, Dante channels, and faders vary depending on each model, but the other basic specifications including output channel count are the same.
- How many QL consoles can be used to control R series units in the same Dante network?
- Any additional QL consoles in the network must have their CONSOLE ID set to “OFF”.
- What is the “Port to port” function?
- "Port to port" is the ability to directly patch input ports to output ports without going through mixing channels, which provides freedom for routing signals between the analog, Dante, and MY slot inputs and outputs.
- How many channels of built-in Dugan automixing are available?
- An 8ch or 16ch Dugan Automixer can be mounted on GEQ rack and inserted into any channels. The control panel is also available on the QL touch screen. If you need more automix channels, use optional Dugan-MY16 cards, but please note that the automix groups cannot be linked between the built-in Automixer and the cards.
- How many GEQs are available?
- 8 units of 31-band GEQs are available in GEQ Rack, but if you choose Flex15GEQ instead, you can use up to 16 units of Flex15GEQ which allows you to adjust up to 15 bands per unit. Additionally, 8 Effects units can be converted into GEQ (31-band or Flex15), which means you can insert up to 32 GEQs into all the output busses.
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