The new Yamaha TF series digital consoles are now shipping and, simultaneously, they have launched TF StageMix, a free iPad app that provides wireless remote control of TF digital mixing console functions via a simple, intuitive graphical interface. The app is designed to make setups faster and lets engineers adjust monitor mixes from the vantage point of the performers onstage or the listener out in the audience using a simple touch interface that directly controls mixing parameters, including channel strip, noise gate, compression and EQ.
The TF series (which stands for TouchFlow Operation) comprises three compact digital mixing consoles, the TF5, TF3 and TF1, which feature 33, 25, or 17 motor faders, respectively, along with 32, 24, or 16 rear-panel analog inputs. Each console includes recallable Yamaha D-PRE pre-amplifiers for the first time in a digital console, which facilitates support for live music and events where full setup changes need to be made on the fly. There are a total of 48 inputs on the TF5 and TF3, with 40 on the TF1, including dual stereo analog/USB digital inputs and dual returns. Advanced live recording features include up to 34 x 34 channel recording and playback via USB 2.0 and 2 x 2 with a USB storage device. All of this, plus seamless operation with high-performance I/O racks.
Some of the TF series features include a 1-knob COMP and 1-knob EQ features make it easy to dial in the ideal sound via a single rotary control on inputs for adjusting individual sources and on outputs for overall sound control. The GainFinder feature facilitates optimum gain setup for individual input signals, making ideal overall signal quality easily achievable.
The TF5 (List: $4,200), TF3 (List: $3,500) and TF1 (List: $2,950) are now shipping. Here are the detailed specs.