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Yamaha adds AES67 support to CL/QL consoles

Yamaha’s CL and QL series digital mixing consoles have been updated to version 4.1, which includes support for the AES67 interoperability standard.

AES67 allows communication with Ravenna, Q-LAN, Livewire, and other audio networks, for improved system expandability. The Dante Device Lock feature that prevents unwanted changes to Dante settings is also supported, enhancing system security in halls and installations that are routinely used by outside operators or operators who bring their own equipment.

The number of supported Shure wireless receivers has also increased. Version 4.0 provided support for the ULXD4D and ULXD4Q, version 4.1 additionally supports non-Dante devices including the AXT400, QLXD4, and ULXD4. Control and monitoring are supported for all devices, plus transmitter gain control for the AXT400. This marks the fourth stage of the Yamaha-Shure collaboration that has been ongoing since 2013.

Rob Fuhlbrugge, senior director of engineering and product development at Shure said: “We are always trying to continually improve the overall customer experience with our products. The ability to now monitor and control all Shure networked wireless products including Axient, ULXD and QLXD from the CL and QL consoles allows this monitoring and control functionality to be available to a larger number of customers.”

Other new features that boost operability and convenience include one-operation EQ type selection, improved RTA visibility, and patch window effect type and channel name displays. Mounting and patching of the Audinate Dante-MY16-AUD2 Mini-YGDAI card and d&b audiotechnik DS10 Audio Network Bridge are also supported.

Yamaha pro audio business unit director Yoshi Tsugawa noted: “In the audio networking age, connectivity with third-party products is just as important as the reliability and performance of the products themselves. The Version 4.1 update focuses primarily on AES67 support and interoperability with other devices, further expanding the usability of the CL and QL series digital consoles in a field where they have already become standards. We sincerely hope that the improved functionality provided will be a valuable creative asset for our customers.”