Yamaha Pro Audio CL Version 1.7 Coming Soon – Nov 12, 2013– Shizuoka, Japan (Techreleased) – The CL Series digital mixing consoles, the new industry standard, will soon be updated to Version 1.7. The new version will include numerous new features that have been implemented in response to feedback from users around the world.
The underlying CL series concept of “The standards stay, but innovation never ends” remains the backbone of industry standard CL Series digital mixing console operability, while numerous enhancements take the entire system to a new level of refinement. Premium Rack features have evolved for even better sound, the User Defined Knobs offer improved control, and advanced Dante network audio and Nuendo Live recording are fully supported. CL Series Version 1.7 defines a new generation of digital mixing consoles.
Version 1.5, released in March of this year, introduced Scene Preview as well as discovery and patching for NEXO NXAMP power amplifiers. Then in July, Version 1.6 added discovery and patching for Shure ULX-D digital wireless systems.
In Version 1.7 feedback from CL users worldwide has resulted in significantly enhanced efficiency and versatility. The improvements will be particularly valuable in managing the complex demands of festivals and similar events. CL Version 1.7 is scheduled to be released via the Yamaha Pro Audio website by the end of the year.
Some of the most important new features introduced with Version 1.7 are described below.
New features with Version 1.7
CL Series setup data (scene memory, libraries, etc.) can now be individually loaded from or saved to USB memory. This provides an efficient way to load complex setup data for individual acts at festivals and similar events.
HA option for input patching
When changing input patches it is now possible to select whether you want to use the HA settings from the patched port as is, or copy the channel HA settings to the patched port. This makes it easy to quickly change input patches in hectic working environments without having to copy HA settings.
New Sends On Fader functions
In the Sends On fader mode the assignable encoders (Gain/Pan/Assign knobs) can now be used to adjust channel level and panning for sends to stereo buses.
Custom fader bank scene storage
Custom fader bank setups can now be stored to and recalled from individual scenes. At busy events that involve multiple engineers this can make it easy to change custom fader bank settings without having to switch users.
DCA mute option for Pre sends
Sends from input channels to buses on which the send point is set to PRE can now be assigned to DCA groups for muting.
Improved channel name display
In the Sends On Fader mode channel ON/OFF status is now indicated in the channel name display.
New “black” channel color
“Black” can now be selected as a channel color. The channel color indicators for “black” channels will be off (not illuminated).
Additional metering points
“Pre GC Meter” and “Post Digital Gain Meter” have been added to the Metering Point field in the meter display.
Improved Gain/HPF indication
Analog HA gain and digital HA gain are now both displayed in the Selected Channel View Gain/Patch field at all times. The HPF status of R Series and similar external HA units is shown in the Gain/Patch field as well.
DCA/MUTE group name display
DCA group and mute group names are now shown in the DCA/Mute Group Assign Mode popup display.
Improved Channel Link display
New link indicators in the CH Link Mode popup display make it easy to see current link group settings.
Latched or unlatched GPI inputs
It is now possible to specify whether latched or unlatched external switches are connected to the GPI input ports.
Improved I/O device detection
I/O devices added to the Dante audio network are now properly detected and identified using their device types.
In the words of PA department manager Mr. Chihaya Hirai: “Not just the CL Series, but all digital products that are based on software can continue to evolve through version updates after they have been released. But updates should not be a one-sided effort by the manufacturer. They should implement ideas and advice from users as well. Communication with our users is essential, and has been the driving force behind the development of CL Version 1.7. We intend to remain open to valuable feedback from our users in order to provide products that are ideally tailored to real-world working environments.”