Yamaha 01V96i Digital Mixing Console

Sep 1, 2012 9:00 AM, Mix, By Steve La Cerra

Versatile Desk Excels in Live and Studio Applications


Education Guide

Mix is gearing up to present its longstanding annual Audio Education Guide in its November 2014 issue. Want to have your school listed in the directory, or do you need to update your current directory listing? Add an image, program description, or a logo to your listing! Get your school in the Mix Education Guide 2014.

Yamaha incorporates DAW control “profiles” for various DAWs and User Assignable for those inclined to build their own controller. Choosing the 01V96i’s Remote layer enables fader control, channel on/off, solo and select. DAW control works most elegantly with Cubase AI (no surprise), whereby selecting a channel automatically maps the 01V96i’s pan control to the DAW track. It also enables choosing, enabling and editing plug-ins from the 01V96i. Functions under Pro Tools were similar but not quite as nicely executed. For example, if you want to pan a track in PT you have to select the Channel page of the Remote layer and use the 01V96i’s data wheel to adjust pan. Assigning and editing plug-ins in PT from the 01V96i was a bit clumsy; I could at times assign a plug-in from the surface and other times not. Clicking on a plug-in slot in PT always brought the parameters to the 01V96i for editing.

Able Performer

Over the course of several months using the 01V96i, I put many its features to task, including external clocking via Word and ADAT at a variety of sample rates, snapshot store and recall, insert routing to both internal effects and the hardware insert jacks, and complete re-routing of input channels and output buses. It performed flawlessly and was fun to use. The pre’s and the internal effects sound great, and when you consider its capabilities as a mixer and as a DAW interface, the 01V96i delivers big bang for the buck. It doesn’t come as a surprise that Yamaha has a hit on their hands.

Steve La Cerra is a New York-based recording and live-sound engineer.

Product Summary

COMPANY: Yamaha Pro Audio

PRODUCT: 01V96i Digital Mixing Console

WEBSITE: yamahaproaudio.com

PRICE: $2,699 MSRP

PROS: Sounds great. Extremely versatile routing, Gets along well with others.

CONS: Phantom power switches are difficult to access; DAW control capability varies with software.

Try This

Although the 01V96i’s Remote layer has 16 faders, you can easily manage Pro Tools sessions with higher track counts. My assistant, Lee Petrenka, came up with this: “Under the Tracks Window in Pro Tools, select a grouping of tracks (all the drum tracks, for example). Click on the Track Windows sub-menu and select “Show Only Selected Tracks.” All of the other tracks will disappear from the Mix Window, and the remaining tracks will be mapped to the lowest channels of the 01V96i. Under the Pro Tools Windows menu, choose ‘Memory Locations.’ On the numeric keypad, hit Enter. The New Memory Location window will open. Name the location with a description of the tracks—“Drums,” for example. Under Time Properties click None, and under General Properties click Show/Hide. This creates a Memory Location that is not time-based. Repeat the process for similar track groupings such as Vocals, Guitars etc., naming each accordingly. When you recall the Memory Location, the 01V96i’s faders will automatically snap to control the channels you have assigned to that Memory.”

Acceptable Use Policy
blog comments powered by Disqus

Mix Books

Modern Recording and Mixing

This 2-DVD set will show you how the best in the music industry set up a studio to make world-class records. Regardless of what gear you are using, the information you'll find here will allow you to take advantage of decades of expert knowledge. Order now $39.95

Mastering Cubase 4

Electronic Musician magazine and Thomson Course Technology PTR have joined forces again to create the second volume in their Personal Studio Series, Mastering Steinberg's Cubase(tm). Edited and produced by the staff of Electronic Musician, this special issue is not only a must-read for users of Cubase(tm) software, but it also delivers essential information for anyone recording/producing music in a personal-studio. Order now $12.95



Delivered straight to your inbox every other week, MixLine takes you straight into the studio, with new product announcements, industry news, upcoming events, recent recording/post projects and much more. Click here to read the latest edition; sign up here.

MixLine Live

Delivered straight to your inbox every other week, MixLine Live takes you on the road with today's hottest tours, new sound reinforcement professional products, recent installs, industry news and much more. Click here to read the latest edition; sign up here.

[an error occurred while processing this directive]

The Wire, a virtual press conference offering postings of the latest gear and music news, direct from the source. Visit the The Wire for the latest press postings.