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Yamaha 01V96VCM Digital Mixer

The Yamaha 01V96VCM is a digital mixer featuring up to 40 channels of analog input, a flexible output section and a wealth of digital I/O. (21) Rate and review this product
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Don't let space restrictions or portability requirements limit your channel count. The Yamaha 01V96VCM comes from a long line of digital Yamaha mixers that offer high-channel counts, versatile digital routing, and studio-quality multieffects processing, all in a compact and portable unit. the Yamaha 01V96VCM is narrow enough to mount in a standard 19-inch rack, yet it provides up to 40 channels of analog input, a flexible output section, a wealth of digital I/O, and a collection of powerful digital effects that eliminates the need for racks of external processors. The Yamaha 01V96VCM is the perfect fit for touring sound companies, home studios, smaller clubs or theaters, or anyplace where space is limited, but sacrificing fidelity or flexibility isn't an option.

Studio-Quality Sound And Digital Effects

Every analog input and output on the Yamaha 01V96VCM is supported by a precision analog-digital converter, supporting digital audio resolutions of up to 24-bit and 96kHz for studio-level fidelity in live settings. To sweeten the deal, Yamaha emulated the organic saturation of a hi-fi analog board with their VCM (Virtual Circuitry Modeling) channel strip processing and effects suite. This technology lends the EQ controls and summing architecture a familiar analog warmth, and the Aux and insert effects--including compression, distortion, delay, reverb, chorus, and more--the sound and behavior of top-notch transistor- and capacitor-based units.

More Mix Power, Smaller Footprint

Because all mixing and routing is handled internally and digitally, the Yamaha 01V96VCM is able to pack lots of mixing power into a compact unit. Sixteen motorized faders provide control over a total of up to thirty two mono input channels, with dedicated layer controls to switch instantly from groups of sixteen (and also to the master and remote layers). Each mono input channel has its own fully editable EQ, pan, phase, compression, gate, assignable routing, and delay. These faders also control the eight assignable group busses and eight Aux busses, each of which also feature the same compression, gate, delay and EQ controls as the mono input channels. An analog board with this much routing and sound-sculpting power would have to be three-times as wide and much heavier than the 01V96VCM, and that's not even including the external rack gear you'd need for all that channel-specific compression. With the 01V96VCM's generous LCD and intuitive graphics-based menu system, commanding this power is as easy as reading a picture book.

An Expandable Mix Solution

The Yamaha 01V96VCM supplies 12 robust mic preamps, each with a dedicated gain trim, and each able to deliver a full 48 volts of phantom power. The next four analog inputs are line-level, group-able as stereo pairs but still with their own gain trim and fully independent channel strip controls (in fact, any of the mono channels can be grouped as a stereo pair with either its adjacent channel or the corresponding channel on the lower channel layer). The standard analog inputs are rounded out with four dedicated stereo channels, and the 01V96VCM also provides a wealth of digital I/O including eight-by-eight channels of ADAT, two-by-two channels of S/PDIF, and full MIDI In/Out/Through. Outputs include the main stereo XLR pair for send to the mains, TRS monitor outs, four assignable "omni" outputs, and a headphone output for direct monitoring and mixing. This stock I/O can be upgraded with an additional 16 analog or digital inputs or outputs by adding a Yamaha General Digital Audio Interface card to the 01V96VCM's expansion slot. If you need to expand even further, two Yamaha 01V96VCM mixers can be connected via "Cascade Link" for a total of 80 analog inputs--an impressive channel count for what amounts to only two rack-widths of sound booth real estate.

The Right Balance Between Tactile Control And Digital Flexibility

With all the routing flexibility and layering this digital mixer offers, finding the optimal workflow may seem like a balancing act. Are you going to hunt and peck through each channel to find the right set of controls, or are you going to map a bunch of parameters to a single control, then navigate a maze of menus to ensure you're really controlling the proper parameter on the correct channel? Fortunately, Yamaha provides an intelligent balance between dynamically-assignable controls and having enough dedicated tactile knobs and sliders to make intuitive real time adjustments. You'll be able to make quick and accurate adjustments in the middle of a performance, without losing any of the tactile control you need to be at one with the mix. For example, the sixteen physical channel strips at the base of the 01V96VCM each control one of two channels, or sometimes both, but the fader is always a volume fader, and a dedicated bank of pan and semi-parametric EQ controls are always the pan and semi-parametric EQ controls for the selected channel. For other common mix-actions, the 01V96VCM has a collection of eight user-assignable keys so you can customize your own mixing experience.

A Powerful Studio And DAW Partner

The flexible routing and streamlined workflow are great for live situations, but this board packs a few more features under its hood that makes it a powerful studio console as well. A USB output allows for seamless connection to your computer and multi-track recording program of choice, where the 01V96VCM becomes a powerful control surface. With motorized faders and assignable controls--as well as control surface protocols instantly recognized by Pro Tools and Nuendo (plus general MIDI/MMC recognizable by an even wider array of programs)--the 01V96VCM makes for a sophisticated software control solution. Add a digital output expansion card and you can make use of Yamaha's 24-bit 96 kHz converters and powerful effects processing as part of a a powerful front-end for any studio. BNC Word clock in and out connectors make it easy to incorporate the 01V96VCM into any modern studio setup while keeping all your audio in sync.

The Yamaha 01V96VCM is one of our best-selling mixers for a reason. With the sound that professional gigs demand, expandable input and output sections, and the power and versatility of digital routing and patching, there's no reason not to order yours from zZounds today!

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Yamaha 01V96VCM Digital Mixer

The 01V96VCM delivers the performance and reliability of Yamaha's acclaimed digital live sound and production consoles in a remarkably compact design that is perfect for home and professional applications where space is limited or maximum portability is required. It may be small but it can handle up to 40 inputs, and can be cascaded if more are required. And now, in addition to the many improvements that were implemented in the 01V96 Version 2, the 01V96VCM comes with a selection of Yamaha's unsurpassed VCM effects built in. Of course the entire console - effects included - features 24 bit/96 kHz operation for ultimate resolution and sound quality that will satisfy the most demanding applications.

Precise 24-bit/96-kHz Audio and High-performance Head Amps

Advanced custom DSP7 LSIs feature 32-bit internal processing (58-bit accumulator) at extremely high speed. Full functionality is provided when mixing all 40 channels at 96 kHz. All analog inputs and outputs -- including the 16 microphone/line inputs -- employ precision 24-bit A/D and D/A converters for an outstanding 110-dB dynamic range. Top-performance head amplifiers provide precise, uncolored pre-amplification prior to A/D conversion, and uncompromising Yamaha quality standards throughout make the 01V96 a worthy performer alongside other members of Yamaha's acclaimed production console lineup such as the DM2000, 02R96, and DM1000.

40-input 18-bus Mix Capacity at 96 kHz

Although it is a compact rack-size mixer, the 01V96 offers generous mixing capacity with up to 40 simultaneous inputs. All 40 input channels include four-band parametric EQ and up to 452 milliseconds of delay with variable feedback, while all channels except for stereo inputs 1 through 4 also provide a gate and compressor/limiter. What's more, all of this functionality is available at 96 kHz. The output section also offers plenty of versatility with 18 buses: 8 group buses, 8 auxiliary buses, and a stereo bus. Group buses 1 through 8 also function as surround buses, and a Bus to Stereo function allows sound-reinforcement type sub-mixing. A "Fix" function automatically sets the auxiliary buses to nominal (0 dB) level, so they can be used as additional mix buses.

Versatile Connectivity and Expandability

Inputs 1 through 12 feature high-performance head amps that accept microphone and line-level sources, with 20-dB pads, -60 to -16 dB gain trim and balanced XLR and TRS phone jack connectors. Phantom power is switchable in 4-channel groups. Inputs 13 through 16 accept line-level sources via balanced TRS phone jacks, with trim adjustable from -20 to +10 dB as two stereo pairs or four independent mono channels. Analog outputs include the main stereo outs, stereo monitor outputs, a stereo 2-track output, four "omni" outputs, 12 channel insert outputs, and a phones output. All analog inputs and outputs employ precision 24-bit, 96-kHz converters. Digital I/O is provided via 8-channel optical ADAT and coaxial 2-track inputs and outputs. The 01V96 also features an I/O expansion slot that accepts Mini YGDAI (Yamaha General Digital Audio Interface) cards that support up to 16 additional channels of I/O in analog or digital (AES/EBU, ADAT, or Tascam) format. The 01V96's inputs and outputs can be freely assigned via a flexible digital patching system that allows the console to be optimally configured for a wide range of music production and sound reinforcement applications, as well as installations.

Powerful Channel Functions

All 32 mono channels, the four stereo channels, eight group buses, eight auxiliary buses, and stereo bus feature powerful functions inherited from the DM2000 and 02R96. All mono channels include gate and compressor dynamics processing, while mono and stereo channels offer four-band parametric EQ, channel inserts, delay, surround and stereo panning, and phase. These same features with the sole exception of gating are also provided for the eight group and auxiliary buses as well as the stereo bus. Easy-access dedicated controllers are provided for EQ and panning. Control data is graphically displayed via an LCD screen, and can be saved in "libraries" for easy recall whenever recalled. All inputs, outputs, insert patch points, direct outputs, and effect sends and returns can be freely patched to configure the system as required via graphical on-screen "digital patching" displays: for example, you could patch one input to multiple channels, or assign the signal from one bus to multiple outputs.

Four Advanced Multi-Effect Processors

In 44.1/48 kHz mode the 01V96 offers four high-performance stereo multi-effect processors that deliver the same quality as the effect processors provided on the DM2000, 02R96 and DM1000. A total of 44 presets include reverb, delay, chorus, and distortion programs. Original effect settings can be stored to any of 76 user library locations. The internal effects can be patched as send/return or insert type effects.

01V96 Editor Software Supplied

The 01V96 comes supplied with an advanced 01V96V2 Editor that runs on the Studio Manager application for Windows or Mac computers. The 01V96 connects to your computer via the TO HOST interface (USB), creating a production environment that goes beyond simple parameter viewers. The Console Window, Selected Channel Module, Patch Editor, Effect Editor, and Library Window can be accessed via the computer's expansive color display, and the main mixer functions can be edited offline. Memory management functions allow 01V96 data to be transferred to and from the computer where it can be managed and even shared via LAN or the Internet.

Comprehensive Interface

A large 320 x 240 pixel LCD display clearly displays parameters and metering. 16 faders provide access to the console's 32 mono channels in two layers: 1 through 16 and 17 through 32. Add the stereo master and you have a total of 17 top-quality 100-millimeter motor faders. The bus and auxiliary faders are provided in a third layer, and a fourth "remote" layer is provided for external device control. The remote layer is user assignable, allowing you to place any desired combination of inputs and/or buses in a single layer. The four stereo inputs have their own dedicated controls. Physical keys are provided for scene store and recall for fast, efficient scene management. Fade time can be individually specified for each channel, while recall safe can be specified for each channel and function. Your 01V96 data can even be managed on your personal computer using the supplied 01V96 Editor application.

Enhanced Mixing Efficiency

In addition to "horizontal pairing" of adjacent channels, the 01V96 allows "vertical pairing" of channels on different layers so that, for example, you can control up to 16 stereo sources from a single layer. Grouping functions include the familiar fader and mute grouping, as well as sophisticated EQ and dynamics grouping. The latter can be a great advantage when mixing surround sound.

I/O Expansion Slot

A Mini-YGDAI (Yamaha General Digital Audio Interface) expansion card slot supports up to 16 additional channels of digital I/O in AES/EBU, ADAT or Tascam format, as well as a range of other interface cards including double-speed 96 kHz (AES/EBU) digital I/O cards, 96-kHz compatible AD/DA cards, and a range of analog I/O cards. The 01V96 expansion slot also accepts various YGDAI compatible cards available from third parties.

Sophisticated Integration

In addition to its extensive stand-alone capabilities the 01V96 can integrate with your computer-based DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) or digital recorder to create an advanced digital production environment. The 01V96 can function as a physical controller for both recorder and mixer sections of your DAW. The standard library includes control compatibility with Digidesign Pro Tools(r) and Steinberg Nuendo(r) workstations, and the General DAW mode supports a range of other DAW systems. MIDI control tables can also be created to provide functionality with MIDI-compatible DAW systems.

01V96 Cascade Link

The 01V96 Cascade Link function allows two 01V96 consoles to be connected to provide up to 80 input channels. The 01V96's light weight and compact rack-mountable size make it an unbeatable choice for a range of recording, live sound, and installed applications. A worthy member of the Yamaha digital production console lineup that includes the DM2000, 02R96 and DM1000, the 01V96 offers features and performance that are ideal for professional use. Important details include on-screen gain-reduction metering for dynamics processing, global recall safe, and password-protected console operation lock.

Built-in VCM Effects

Previously available as "add-on" effect packages for top-line digital consoles, Yamaha's highly regarded VCM Channel Strip processors and REV-X reverb are now standard features on the 01V96VCM. These extraordinary effects are based on innovative Virtual Circuitry Modeling technology that actually models the original analog circuitry -- right down to the last resistor and capacitor. VCM effects are capable of capturing subtleties that simple digital simulations cannot even approach, going beyond simple simulation and delivering the truly musical performance that makes classic analog gear invaluable even in today's digital production environment.

The 01V96VCM includes the Channel Strip package with COMP276, COMP260, and EQ601 effects that bring vintage analog compression and EQ to life in the digital domain. It also includes the same REV-X algorithm that is behind the unmatched performance of Yamaha's stand-alone SPX2000 signal processor, delivering the most natural reverb and ambience available anywhere.

VCM Channel Strip

This compressor and EQ effects faithfully captures the unique saturation effect of analog circuitry. Includes five models that employ VCM technology to recreate the sound and characteristics of classic compression and EQ units from the 70's. Fine-tuned by leading engineers, and featuring carefully selected parameters in a simple interface.

Compressor 276 (mono) / Compressor 276S (Stereo)

Recreate the fast response, frequency characteristics, and tube-amp saturation of the most in-demand analog compressors for studio use.

Compressor 260 (mono) / Compressor 260S (Stereo)

Features faithful modeling of the solid-state VCA and RMS detection circuitry of the late 70's for live sound reinforcement applications.

Equalizer 601

Delivers the unique characteristics of 70's analog EQ circuitry, featuring graphical editing capability on both the console and PC displays.

Reverb

These reverb effects employ the latest "REV-X" algorithms first introduced in Yamaha's SPX2000 Professional Multi Effect Processor. The REV-X programs feature the richest reverberation and smoothest decay available, based on years of dedicated research and development.

Channel Strip

REV-X Hall, REV-X Room, and REV-X Plate programs are provided, with new parameters such as room size and decay envelopes that offer unprecedented definition and finer nuance control.

The REV-X Hall and REV-X Room programs have a very open sound, while REV-X Plate delivers a brighter tonality that is ideal for vocals.

All models deliver dense, warm reverb that does not interfere with the natural timbre of the source.

Seamless Add-On Effects Support

01V96V2 provides full support for four Add-On Effects packages (each package is sold separately). The advanced effects and signal-processing capabilities provided by these packages are accessed and operated via the console's internal effect processors in the same way as the built-in effects.

A Major Studio Manager Evolution

The Studio Manager application has undergone a major evolution, and is now a host application that can support multiple editors (such as the DM2000 Editor and SPX2000 Editor) within its framework. This offers many advantages including total project recall, and future support is planned for recall from Steinberg Media Technologies GmbH's Nuendo/Cubase via the Studio Connections. Online and offline editing of multiple 01V96 units is now smoother than ever. A variety of other enhancements include Add-on Effect support, multiple windows, and improved overall operability through shortcuts, keyboard operations, drag and drop, and using the console's User Defined Keys to remotely open and close windows.
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