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Yamaha LS9-16 digital mixing console   

Yamaha LS9-16 digital mixing console - main control panel


The surprisingly small size and lightweight of the LS9-16 make it a perfect choice for applications that require maximum portability and handling ease. Use it for events or temporary live sound setups, and benefit from the power and performance of much larger and more complex systems in an eminently portable package that can be set up and operated anywhere with ease.
The LS9-16 can be rack-mounted using an optional rack-mounting kit for optimum integration with any system.

Key Features:

  • 16 top-performance recallable head amplifiers deliver microphone and line sources with extraordinary presence and realism.
  • An additional 16 channels of processing power ready to receive audio via the Mini-YGDAI expansion slots, providing a total of 32 channels!
  • 4 stereo input channels.
  • An extensive range of channel functions accessible via Yamaha's acclaimed Selected Channel interface.
  • Versatile bus architecture with comprehensive digital patching capability: 16 mix buses, 8 matrix buses, and a stereo and mono bus that can be used in LCR mode.
  • Virtual GEQ and effect rack offers easy access to built-in graphic equalization and effects that would fill a full-size rack or two if similar analogue gear were used.
  • Built-in USB Memory Recorder/Player eliminates the need for an external device for simple off-board recording, and can supply background music and sound effects as required.
  • Full-console scene Store and Recall.
    Ready to use out of the box with pre-patched effects and pre-fader aux mixes for monitor sends.
  • One or two Mini-YGDAI slots for easy system expansion.
  • Compact size 480 x 220 x 500, weigh only 12 kg

Intuitive Interface for Easy Access and Control
The LS9-16 make immense digital processing power and control flexibility available via an interface that will quickly become comfortable and convenient for the first-time user. Anyone who has ever used a Yamaha digital console before will feel right at home. Fader levels are directly controlled via precision 100-millimetre motor faders for instant hands-on access. Corresponding illuminated switches are provided for channel on/off switching and cueing, and independent LED level meters let you keep an eye on channel signal levels. Yamaha's acclaimed Selected Channel interface provides efficient access to other channel functions via an ingenious integration of physical controllers and a large colour LCD panel. Deeper functions and system settings can be efficiently accessed via the console's "Display Access" keys and programmed via the LCD display and data entry controls. A "Home" key brings you right back to the main operating mode no matter where you are, so you need never be lost in menus.

USB Memory for Convenient Data Management and Portability
Standard USB memory sticks can be plugged into the LS9 USB port for convenient storage and recall of scenes, patches, user libraries, channel names, preferences essentially all system data. In addition to providing a secure backup, this makes it easy to transfer data between the console and the LS9 Editor application running on your personal computer, or directly between LS9 consoles. You can program the console's settings using the LS9 Editor on a computer in your hotel room or on the tour bus - wherever you don't have access to the console itself - and simply transfer those settings from your USB memory to the console at the venue.

Advanced Access Management
You might simply want to prevent "accidents" during critical live performances, or limit access to specific functions in order to minimize the need for direct supervision of inexperienced operators. You may have spent hours with an analyser setting up the EQ to precisely tune the system for a room, for example, in which case you won't want those settings changed under any circumstances. Access management provides a flexible means of preventing unauthorized access to the console, or restricting access to a limited set of functions. User access can be controlled either via passwords or USB memory keys. The administrator can assign specific functions to each unique password or key, so the user only has to log onto the console with the assigned password or insert the USB key to begin operation at the assigned level. USB memory keys can be easily created either directly via the console or a computer running the LS9 Editor applications software. As an added bonus the same USB memory key used for access can also be used to store the user's scenes and other preferences.

Mini-YGDAI Expansion Cards
The LS9-16 has one expansion slot on the rear panel. The expansion slots accept a wide range of optional Yamaha and third party Mini-YGDAI I/O cards that can be used to add analogue or digital input and output capability in a range of formats. You can even use Mini- YGDAI cards to bus-cascade with other consoles for significantly expanded input capacity.

Other Rear-panel Features
In addition to the analogue inputs and outputs and expansion slots, the LS9-16 rear-panels feature MIDI terminals, word clock input and output connectors that allow full word sync with other digital audio gear, S/PDIF format digital 2-track inputs and outputs, and an Ethernet network connector.

LS9 Editor for Online Control or Offline Editing
The LS9 Editor application for Yamaha's Studio manager host program running in MS Windows operating systems gives you off-line programming access to most console parameters. You can set up and edit console parameters anywhere you can use your personal computer - in the office, on the road, in your hotel. A comprehensive graphical interface makes locating and editing parameters easy, and you can download setups from the computer to the console either by directly connecting the computer to the console via an Ethernet cable, or by saving the data to a USB memory stick that can then be plugged into the console's USB port. You can even remotely control the console from the computer in real time while connected via Ethernet.

LS9 Digital vs. Conventional Analogue Systems
The amount of signal processing power packed into the LS9 consoles is really quite impressive when looked at from the perspective of a comparable analogue system. Here's an example: if you wanted to replace a fully loaded LS9-16 with analogue gear you'd need a 16-channel console plus some racks loaded with 16 gates each, some racks loaded with 16 compressors each, another rack containing four GEQ units and four signal processors for effects, and perhaps yet another rack containing your CD player and recording gear. And what a wiring and patching nightmare! When you consider that you get all of this and more in a compact console that a single person can pick up and move around without breaking into a sweat, the choice is obvious.

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Yamaha LS9-16 digital mixing console - bus switching 16 Mix Buses, 8 Matrix Buses, Plus Stereo and Mono Buses with LCR Mode
The 16 mix buses can function as any combination of 16 auxiliary sends or sub-groups. That's a lot of AUX knobs and/or faders. However on the LS9 consoles the mix bus levels are controlled via the "1-16, 17-32 fader layer with the simple Sends on Fader function. Just touch the "Master" button and faders 1 through 16 directly control the mix bus levels. Each of the mix buses can be easily assigned for mono or stereo operation. You can also choose the send point to be pre or post fader, and when it's pre-fader you can even select the send point to be pre or post EQ and dynamics. But don't worry about the choices because Yamaha provides an easily recalled default setup scene that lets you get mixing straight out of the box. The LS9 also features an 8-bus matrix that can be used to provide additional outputs whenever they are needed. The matrix can receive signals from output groups so it can be used to create extra monitor mixes or used for different level and EQ setting in a distributed PA system. And for main output both models have a stereo bus and a mono bus that can either be used independently or in LCR mode with proper LCR pan control.
Outputs can be patched to any of eight analogue "Omni" outputs on the LS9-16. Additional outputs can be provided via the rear-panel Mini-YGDAI expansion slots - one slot on the LS9-16.
Yamaha LS9-16 digital mixing console - head amp gain High-performance Recallable Head Amps
Head amplifier are the analogue circuits that are critical to determining the console's final sound and raising the signal level prior to digital conversion. The LS9 head amps are the finest quality you'll find in any console in this class and are capable of accepting mic and line level inputs without a switch. In addition to exceptionally low noise and distortion (minimum requirements for any serious head amp), these superb amplifiers deliver exceptional accuracy and presence that contributes to maximum live-sound intelligibility and impact. But there's more. Although the LS9 head amplifier are analogue for quality and "feel" they are still digitally "recallable", meaning that their gain, phase, and phantom power settings are stored and recalled with the console's scenes.

Comprehensive Channel Functions with Intuitive Selected Channel Control

The LS9 consoles have a powerful range of channel functions that can be accessed and used as easily as those on any analogue console - the only difference being that if all of these functions were provided on an analogue console the modules would be impractically long! Simply press the [SEL] key of the channel you want to control and use the appropriate Selected Channel encoder to adjust as required:

Adjusts input-channel head amplifier (pre amplifier) gain to match the channel's input sensitivity to the source microphone or line input. HA gain is recallable, as are the +48V phantom power and phase settings.

Pan control for mono channels, and balance control for stereo channels. The PAN control can be assigned to either standard stereo LR or LCR operation. In the LCR mode a CSR (Centre-Side Ratio) control becomes available that can be used to adjust the proportion between centre and LR non-centre signal.

Yamaha LS9-16 digital mixing console - dynamics control DYNAMICS 1 and DYNAMICS 2
With the default setup DYNAMICS 1 adjusts gate threshold level for input channels or compressor threshold level for mix, matrix, or stereo/mono channels, and DYNAMICS 2 adjusts compressor threshold level for input channels. The actual parameter controlled depends on the dynamics processor selected from the console's comprehensive dynamics library - including a de-esser for advanced vocal processing. Although initially set up for gating and compression, as described above, you can also use both processors for compression if required. Move the cursor to a dynamics parameter and hit the [ENTER] key to access the remaining comp and gate parameters as well as the DYNAMICS preset library.
Yamaha LS9-16 digital mixing console - EQ EQ
This versatile 4-band fully parametric EQ section affords extraordinary control and quality for all inputs and buses, and includes a variable HPF filter. You can directly control the Q, frequency, and gain of each band from the encoders, or move the cursor to an EQ parameter and hit the [ENTER] key to access the wide-range attenuator, and see a larger graphic representation of the EQ curve.
Yamaha LS9-16 digital mixing console - Aux sends SELECTED SEND
This encoder adjusts the send level to the mix or matrix bus currently selected via the MIX/MATRIX keys to the left of the display. Depending on your application you can think of it as an auxiliary, monitor, effect, or group send control. "VARI" pre-EQ and pre-fader modes are provided for auxiliary send applications and a "FIXED" mode is provided for convenient group send operation.
Yamaha LS9-16 digital mixing console - channel names & Icons Channel Names & Icons
When it comes to marking up the console there's nothing quite like your familiar hand writing on tape for labelling inputs , but the LS9 also offers some inbuilt channel identification capabilities that you'll appreciate. The number, name, and icon of each channel appears in the upper left corner of the display, and you can enter names of up to 8 characters and select icons from the impressive selection provided for easy channel identification. Electronic names are essential for working with the remote editor in Yamaha Studio Manager too.
Yamaha LS9-16 digital mixing console - virtual rack Virtual Rack with Extensive Effects and EQ
Most live sound applications will require graphic equalization for room EQ and effects like reverb or delay for creative sound engineering. The LS9 offers effects from Yamaha's world leading, industry standard SPX range, and full 31 band graphic EQ as well as the innovative "Flex 15GEQ". Normally you'd need a rack full of external signal processing gear to support even relatively simple live sound requirements, but not with an LS9 console. Just touch one of the RACK buttons and the virtual effect and EQ rack appears on the display for instant, easy access. Effects and graphic EQ can easily be patched into any channel and output, and of course you can edit the effects in detail to create precisely the sound you need. You can use up to 8 signal processors simultaneously: normally up to 4 effects and 4 graphic EQ units. But since the effect units can also function as graphic EQs, you can use more EQ units if you don't need all 4 effects up to a total of 8 graphic EQs if you don't need any other effects.
  High-resolution Effects
There's a very good reason that Yamaha digital effects are highly regarded in the professional sound field: they are simply the best there is. In the LS9-16 you have an extensive range of top-quality effects - from ambience and echo to modulation and distortion - that you can access and add to the mix when and wherever needed.

Standard 31-band or Flex15GEQ
The standard LS9 graphic EQ modules are 31-band types for precise response shaping and pinpoint feedback control. But when you need even more graphic EQ capacity and flexibility you can call up the innovative Flex15GEQ modules. Each Flex15GEQ module functions as two 31-band units with 15-bands available at a time. So if you choose to load all of your rack spaces with Flex15GEQ, you have an extraordinarily versatile16 channels of GEQ!

Direct EQ Control
For direct hands-on control you can adjust individual bands from the console's faders in much the same way as you'd adjust the EQ bands on an external GEQ unit. With the LS9 -16 you need to select the group of faders to adjust. Another convenient-control feature is the ability to instantly reset any band to nominal simply by pressing the corresponding fader's [ON] key.
Yamaha LS9-16 digital mixing console - Mute groups Mute Groups
Mute grouping is another feature that can be great advantage in live sound applications. Any number of channels can be muted or unmuted either via mute master controls in the display, or via User Defined Keys (see below) for direct access. Up to 8 mute groups can be specified.

Sends on Faders
When working on a monitor mix try using Sends on Fader mode. Touch the currently active MIX/MATRIX button (or press an inactive MIX/MATRIX button twice) to instantly assign the corresponding mix bus sends to the faders so you can visually confirm send levels and adjust them using the high quality 100mm full-length linear faders. Touch the same MIX/MATRIX button again to return to the normal mix mode.


Yamaha LS9-16 digital mixing console - Scene memories Full-console Scene Storage and Recall
How long does it take you to zero the settings on an analogue console, or reproduce the desired settings for a particular performance? The answer depends on the console and application, but it does take operator time and it's hard to be accurate and reliable for what can easily be several thousand positions. Scene memory is the digital solution, and if you've never used a digital console before you'll really appreciate the time and effort saved by this feature. A "scene" is a complete snapshot of all the console's settings. The LS9 consoles lets you store up to 300 complete scenes for instant recall whenever they're needed. You can, for example, reset the entire console for band changes or different scenes in a theatrical performance in an instant. You can also store basic setups for a number of different types of shows your system may be required to handle, then recall and tweak the settings as required.
Yamaha LS9-16 digital mixing console - Recall focus Recall Focus and Recall Safe Functions
Scene recall is an invaluable feature on its own, but with Recall Focus and Recall Safe functions it becomes a tool you won't want to be without. Recall Focus lets you specify the parameters to be recalled with a particular scene, while Recall Safe works globally to all scenes, allowing you to specify parameters that are not to be altered by any scene recall. For example you could use Recall Safe on input EQs so that any EQ changes you make in the first scene of a play don't get undone when you recall scene two. The combination of both Recall Safe and Focus lets you easily switch between the live mics on stage and a multitrack recorder input and then listen to the playback using the stored scenes used to make the recording.
Yamaha LS9-16 digital mixing console - User defined keys User Defined Keys
Since we don't know exactly what functions you'll need to access for your particular application, we've provided a group of 12 User Defined Keys that can be assigned a wide range of functions. You use them to jump to specific display screens, assign them to function as mute masters for specified mute groups, or assign one for tap-tempo input of delay times. There's also an innovative "Set by SEL" function with which the channel [SEL] keys perform a range of alternate functions if pressed while the assigned User Defined Key is held: reset the defaults for that channel, turn phantom power on or off, set the channel fader to nominal and more.
Yamaha LS9-16 digital mixing console - USB interface Built-in USB Memory Recorder/Player
Most live-sound systems include a CD player and/or recorder of some sort to provide background music and allow recording of the program for reference purposes. That's one or two more pieces of external equipment that won't be required with an LS9 console. The LS9-16 features a built-in USB Memory Recorder/Player that works with USB memory sticks plugged into the console's USB port. You can record MP3files and play back MP3, AAC, and WMA files at 96, 128, or 192 kbps. You can even cue playback of specific files from the console's User Defined Keys!
Yamaha LS9-16 digital mixing console - Data libraries Data Libraries
The LS9 data "libraries" provide extensive resources to draw on when setting up effects, parametric EQ, graphic EQ, or dynamics processing. You can recall an appropriate preset and use it the way it is, or tweak it to suit specific needs. As an example, you might recall a vocal compressor preset from the dynamics library and then adjust the threshold to suit the source, or recall a kick-drum EQ preset and adjust the centre frequency to match the drum actually being used. You can also save your edited versions of the presets for easy recall whenever they're needed again.

Versatile Monitoring Capability
Touch the "Monitor" display access button for full access to the console's extensive range of monitor functions: from monitor source selection through talkback and oscillator controls. A headphone jack and level control are conveniently located on the front panel or monitor signals can be routed to one of the Omni output XLRs and slots. Any of the input channels can be assigned to talkback operation for convenient system testing. And of course independent physical [CUE] buttons are provided with each fader for instant, error-free cue monitoring.

Flexible Multi-point Metering
In addition to the large stereo level meter, accurate fast-response metering for all channels and buses is easily accessible via the LS9 display. A variety of metering points can also be selected so you have comprehensive visual monitoring of signal levels throughout the entire console.

Channel Copy, Move and Clear
Here are a few more features that add significantly to the attraction of digital technology for live sound. Channel Copy lets you copy the parameters from any one channel to any number of other channels, Channel Move swaps the parameters and the patching between two specified channels, and Channel Clear clears all parameters of the specified channels. All of these capabilities can dramatically streamline the process of setting up the console or modifying the console settings.


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