A little bit about...Allen & Heath GLD Series
GLD series is a user-friendly, cost effective and scalable live digital mixing system, conceptually based on the hugely successful digital iLive series. A standard GLD 32 input system offers 28 XLR mic inputs with plug n play I/O expanders allowing easy expansion up to 48 inputs (44 XLR mic inputs).
At the heart of the system is the GLD-80 mixer, providing 48 input processing channels, 8 stereo FX returns fed by iLives acclaimed FX emulations, 30 configurable buses, 20 mix processing channels, and DSP power to provide full processing without compromise.
For more information about Allen & Heath GLD digital mixing system visit the Allen & Heath website.
A little bit about...Allen & Heath iLive Surfaces
There are no less than 7 models to choose from. The Surface is simply a controller for the MixRack, a big mouse as some would say. It also has an audio rack built into it to conveniently provide local inputs and outputs at the mix position. These are not processed in the Surface but sent to/from the MixRack via a digital snake. The Surface features a large analogue style, one control per function processing block, TouchScreen, name and colour virtual write-on strip, banks of motorised faders with independent layers, SoftKeys, built-in headphones, local monitor and talkback. Choose the Surface model according to number of faders, size, I/O and networking flexibility required. The four modular iLive Surfaces allow a variety of audio I/O options, Port B network and redundant power supply options, and can be shipped in a touring grade flight case. The two iLive-T models offer similar functionality in a lower cost, lighter weight chassis with fixed format I/O, but without Port B, redundant power or flight case options. The iLive-R72 provides an ultra-compact rack mountable solution.
For more information about iLive Surfaces and all Allen & Heath iLive products, visit the Allen & Heath website.
A little bit about...Allen & Heath iDR MixRacks
As the heart of one of the most flexible live mixing systems available today, the iLive MixRack is the 'mixer', housing the DSP, most of the I/O, networking and control interfaces. It can even be operated without a Surface, for example using just a laptop or touch tablet. There are 6 sizes of MixRack to choose from. Regardless of size, all feature the same 64x32 RackExtra DSP mix engine and can process a full 64 input channels, 32 mixes and 8 stereo FX. The main difference is the number of physical input (mic) and output sockets available. Choose the rack to suit your application.
For more information about iDR MixRacks and all Allen & Heath iLive products, visit the Allen & Heath website.
A little bit about...Soundcraft Si Series Consoles
One of the most unique and compelling features of the Si series is that every input and output has its own dedicated input (output) socket on the back of the console. The four 64x64 channel expander slots allow the installation of further I/O bringing the available inputs to mix up to 80.
Such is the power and topology of the Si Series that the separate DSP and control engines allow you to make any system or function changes live with no interruption in the audio.
For more information about Soundcraft products please visit the Sound Technology website.
A little bit about...Yamaha
Yamaha is a world renowned manufacturer of audio equipment. Ranging from top of the range Pro Audio digital mixing desks, to your home cd player. Yamaha has a long history of producing successful audio products, the world over.
Within the Pro Audio industry, Yamaha has a complete range of any and all kit you might need. Each time taking into consideration the high demands of the Pro Audio industry while maintaining their own standards of top quality gear, Yamaha's Digital Console range are no exception and are one of the most well renowned digital console manufacturers the world over.
Take a look at the Yamaha website for more information.
A little bit about...Yamaha QL Series
The QL Series continues the progression instigated by Yamaha's CL Series, bringing the same high level of operation, networking capabilities and outstanding sound quality within reach of the small-to-medium live music, corporate, speech and installation markets
and all at a price point which matches its compact size.
The new QL series comprises two models, the QL1 and QL5.
QL consoles are ideal for small-to-medium sized productions on their own, however onboard Dante networking allows them to be integrated into bigger systems with Yamaha's R-series i/o units and CL Series consoles. Up to eight R-series units can be simultaneously controlled by a QL console, offering as many as 256 input sources.
QL series is the perfect complement to rental company investment in the CL Series, with a brand new Port to Port facility giving CL Series consoles access to the onboard connections of QL consoles, allowing them to be used as external i/o. This allows very precisely scalable audio solutions to be created. Auto Gain Compensation can be applied to the QL Series head amps as well as R-series i/o units, allowing two or more QL & CL Series consoles to share inputs without fear of unexpected level changes.
A QL version of the StageMix iPad remote control app and a fully fledged online / offline editor for Windows and Mac, QL Editor is available.
For more details about QL Series visit the Yamaha website
A little bit about...Yamaha CL Series
Yamaha CL series digital mixing consoles represent a new experience in accessible mixing, with sonic purity and sound shaping capabilities that will give the most imaginative engineer unprecedented creative freedom.
The signal processors provided are plentiful and of the highest quality, including extraordinary Portico 5033/5043 EQ and compressor devices that bring Yamaha VCM technology together with the legendary talents of Rupert Neve. The platform is pure and natural, so the engineer can create and deliver the ideal sound.
Yamaha's acclaimed Centralogic concept is the core of an efficient & intuitive user interface that offers a new, unprecedented level of operating efficiency in the CL series, from visual feedback right down to the form and feel of the faders and controls. The CL consoles are also ready for seamlessly integrated remote control and offline editing via StageMix on an Apple iPad® or stand alone editor software on Mac or PC computers.
Network capabilities are rapidly becoming fundamental and indispensable in today's fast-paced world of digital live sound. CL series consoles feature separate console and I/O rack components that communicate via the Dante network audio protocol, allowing fast, efficient design and deployment of capable systems from the most basic to the dazzlingly complex. The ability to add Lake® processing via expansion slots also adds to the system's versatility and adaptability to the widest range of mixing needs.
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.
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 the Dante Virtual Soundcard and compatible DAW software.
Steinberg Nuendo Live recording software is bundled with every CL console.
Visit the Yamaha website for more details.
Know your Mini-YGDAI cards.
While the Yamaha Mini-YGDAI card offers a huge range of expansion for your digital consoles, there is also a limit to which you can use, which you can't and in some cases which cards you can use with other cards.
In some cases, the configurations might seem a little confusing, with no real guide to show off which cards go with which consoles, or which cards might conflic with each other. Luckily, Yamaha have produced a mini-website dedicated to inform you about your choices.
Take a look over at the Yamaha I/O Card Matching website to find out exactly what you can do with your digital mixing console.