Yamaha Intros New Digital Mixing Studio

Aug 18, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors


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Yamaha’s 01X mLAN Digital Mixing Studio functions as a stand-alone, total recall digital mixer for recording or live performance.

This single, self-contained unit works as a 28-channel digital mixer; an intuitive user interface with transport controls, eight knobs and motorized faders; DAW remote control with motorized faders; 24-bit/96kHz multichannel mLAN I/O; powerful DSP processing; low-latency Mac and Windows drivers; and a comprehensive software support package.

"Up until now, you had to literally piece together a computer music studio with separate products from different manufacturers, which often translated into compatibility and support issues,” said Michael Martin, marketing manager of Digital Musical Instruments. “With the Yamaha 01X, everything is available in one convenient, affordable package with a level of power, integration and flexibility never before offered. The 01X bridges the gap between computer-based systems and the hands-on realm of hardware mixers and controllers.”

The 01X uses the same 96kHz DSP technology found in Yamaha’s DM2000, DM1000, 02R96 and 01V96 digital mixers. Signal quality is maintained with high-quality mic preamps and +48V phantom power on balanced XLR, TRS and line input connectors. Full dynamics processing, including compressors, gates, limiters and 4-band parametric EQ on every one of the 28 digital mixing channels, plus two 32-bit effects processors means that the 01X puts no strain on the host computer for mixing or audio processing. Fully motorized faders ensure that mixes can be recalled and accurately tracked at the touch of a button.

The 01X is the first product to feature Yamaha’s next-generation mLAN networking technology. Conforming to IEEE 1394 FireWire, mLAN provides high-speed audio and MIDI networking between audio, video, synthesizers and computer equipment via a single “plug and play” line, eliminating the multitude of wires that discrete connections require. Optional channel expansion units allow up to 63 mLAN-compatible devices from Yamaha and other alliance companies to be linked together. Up to 16 additional analog inputs can be added via mLAN with the 01X internal digital processors and mixing channels handling the routing/effects/EQ and dynamics.

Track arming, transport control, plug-in editing, mixing and window selection may be controlled directly from the worksurface. The 01X also provides full support for recording and sequencer software products—including Cubase SX, Nuendo, Sonar, Logic and Digital Performer—and will also control a wide range of parameters in many popular software synthesizers. The 01X also functions as a multiport MIDI interface, offering hundreds of channels, and enabling existing MIDI devices to be easily connected directly to the unit.

Full MIDI capability, plus low-latency 24-bit/96kHz audio driver support for Windows XP and Macintosh (OS 9/OS X) platforms will seamlessly integrate the 01X into any existing production environment.

The bundled software suite includes: Studio Manager, providing visual reference and control for every parameter directly from a computer screen; three VST plug-ins for enhanced vocal processing, pitch correction and mastering; and a VST-compatible 01X channel module, which mirrors all DSP hardware functions and enables parameters from Studio Manager to be copied directly into the VST-hosting application.

Online support may be found at www.01Xray.com and www.yamahasynth.com.

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