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Yamaha’s touch-panel based Centralogic™ interface simplifies digital operation to the point where it is actually as intuitive as analog … if not easier. All mix controls other than the individual motor faders provided for each channel can be accessed via just two displays: Overview or Selected Channel.

Overview

The Overview display – the console’s default display – gives you a standard view of the 8 channels selected via the Centralogic™ navigation keys. These keys, arranged in an exact replica of the 8-channel channel groups on the console, let you instantly bring any group of 8 channels to the central controls with a single button-press. You can then touch any row of controls on the display screen to focus on them – pan, or bus send, for example – and adjust via the corresponding multi-function encoders immediately below the display. You should be able to perform a basic mix on the M7CL without even having to open the manual.

Selected Channel

To adjust pan for a channel, for example, simply press the channel’s [SEL] key and rotate the console’s physical PAN control. The same applies to preamp gain, dynamics, high-pass filter, EQ, and bus send control. Adjustments are clearly shown on the display as you make them, as is the status of all mix parameters for the currently selected channel. You can zoom in on any of the on-screen parameters for in-depth control by simply touching the parameter on the screen. When you’re focused on a parameter the multi-function encoders below the display screen adjust the corresponding parameters in the display.

The M7CL’s extraordinarily intuitive control interface receives a lot of attention, but the sound of these fine consoles is outstanding as well. After all, it really is all about the sound.

Versatile Channel Module Functions

HA Gain

Adjusts gain of the console’s class-leading input-channel head amplifiers over a 72-dB range. HA gain is recallable like almost all of the console’s other settings. Touch the HA section of the display to access the +48V phantom power and phase settings.

DYNAMICS 1 and DYNAMICS 2

DYNAMICS 1 adjusts gate threshold level for input channels, or compressor threshold level for mix, matrix, or stereo/mono channels. DYNAMICS 2 adjusts compressor threshold level for input channels. In either case the actual parameter controlled depends on the selected dynamics processor type – gates, compressors, expanders, and even de-essers for advanced vocal processing. Although initially set up for gate + compressor processing, you can also use dual compressors.

EQ

This very versatile 4-band parametric EQ section affords extraordinary equalization control and quality for all inputs and buses. Switchable Type I and Type II EQ algorithms let you choose the type of EQ response that best suits the application.

Relative Level Channel Link

There will undoubtedly be times when you’ll want to link a pair of faders to handle stereo signals, or perhaps even link more channels for simultaneous operation. The M7CL lets you link as many channels together as you like, and even deselect parameters that you don't want to be linked. You can even create links with offsets in level.

MIX / MATRIX

Send controls for the 16 mix buses and 8 matrices that can be used as auxiliary, monitor, effect send, or group controls depending on whether the AUX SEND (VARI) pre-attenuator or pre/post-fader mode or the GROUP (FIXED) mode is selected. There’s also an INPUT TO MATRIX mode that lets you send the input channel signals directly to the matrix.

Outstanding Effects and Effect Control

High Resolution Effects

Yamaha digital effects are highly regarded in the professional sound field for a very good reason: they are simply the best. Whether you need to add a touch of reverb or manipulate a sound for other-worldly effect, the M7CL offers everything built in and ready to roll. The M7CL also comes with Yamaha's superlative REV-X package for some of the best ambience effects available anywhere, and a selection of VCM effects that deliver truly musical analog compression, saturation, and EQ.

Virtual Effect and GEQ Rack

Just touch the RACK button on the M7CL display, and the virtual effect and EQ rack pops right up for instant, easy access. A few quick touches on the screen and you can easily patch effects or graphic EQ into any channel and output. Another touch or two and you can get right inside the effects for detailed editing. The M7CL lets you use up to 8 signal processors simultaneously – normally that’s 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. Built-in effects range from ambience and echo to modulation and distortion, plus Yamaha’s superlative REV-X package for some of the most natural-sounding ambience effects available anywhere. The standard 31-band graphic EQ modules are directly adjustable via physical controllers, and Flex15GEQ modules allow GEQ to be applied to up to 16 channels at once! More effect and GEQ details are provided on the following page.

VCM Effects Deliver Analog Smoothness and Warmth

M7CL brings a selection of previously optional VCM effects to the platform, providing truly musical performance and subtleties that simple digital simulations cannot even approach.

These compressor and EQ effects, now standard features of all M7CL consoles, faithfully capture the unique sound and saturation of analog circuitry with VCM technology that actually models individual analog circuit components, right down to the last resistor and capacitor. All VCM effects are sonically fine-tuned by leading engineers, and feature carefully selected parameters that can be precisely controlled via a simple, refined interface.

Compressor 276
Recreate the fast response, frequency characteristics, and tube-amp saturation of the most in-demand analog compressors for studio use.
Compressor 260
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 comprehensive graphical editing capability.
OpenDeck
VCM technology recreates classic tape compression and saturation with extraordinary realism.

Standard or Flex15GEQ

Any of the 31 bands on the graphic equalizer modules can be directly controlled via the Centralogic™ faders. Other convenient control features include the ability to instantly reset any band to nominal simply by pressing the appropriate [ON] key.

Direct EQ Control

Any of the 31 bands on the graphic equalizer modules can be directly controlled via the Centralogic™ faders. Other convenient control features include the ability to instantly reset any band to nominal simply by pressing the appropriate [ON] key.

A streamlined, efficient workflow is essential to delivering the best sound under any conditions. M7CL consoles give you the tools you need to make the most of any situation.

Efficient Interface and Control Functions

Centralogic™ Navigation & Physical Controls

The 8 Centralogic™ faders are of the same type as the primary channel faders. Simply press the appropriate Centralogic™ navigation key to bring control of any group of 8 input channel faders to the Centralogic™ controls and Overview display. The multi-function encoders at the top of each Centralogic™ control strip are used to control the parameters you “focus” on by touching the appropriate area of the Overview display.

User Defined Keys

The 12 User Defined Keys can be assigned to perform a range of handy functions. You could assign one for tap-tempo input of delay times, others to jump to specific display screens, to control specified mute groups, or to activate talkback, for example. An innovative User Defined Key function is “Set by SEL”, 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.

Easy Channel Identification

Channel names and icons appear at the top and bottom of every channel in the Overview display, and by simply touching one you can select one of the preset names provided or enter your own via the convenient onscreen keyboard. There’s even an excellent selection of icons you can choose from for easy visual identification of the source type.

DCA and Mute Groups

The levels of channels assigned to a DCA group are controlled from one of the console’s DCA faders in the Centralogic™ control area. Any number of channel faders can be assigned to any of the console’s 8 DCA faders. Mute grouping is another feature that can be a great advantage in live sound applications. Any number of channels can be muted or unmuted via assigned User Defined Keys. Up to 8 mute groups can be specified.

Straightforward Connections & Patching

The M7CL-32 and M7CL-48 rear panels have individual balanced inputs for each of the console’s input channels. All outputs (except insert-outs) can be patched to the 16 OMNI OUT connectors. All you have to do is plug in your sources and output system and you’re ready to mix. If you need a different routing arrangement re-routing is easily accomplished via the M7CL’s straightforward digital patching interface.

Features for Optimum Monitoring

SENDS ON FADER

When working on a monitor mix, touch the Sends on Fader button on the display to instantly assign the selected mix bus sends to the faders so you can visually confirm send levels and adjust them with full-length fader precision. Sends on Fader works for the matrix sends as well. In addition, press a Mix Send knob in the Sends on Fader mode to select the corresponding mix bus for speedy access to mix send levels. If you currently use User Defined Keys to jump to Sends on Faders, this feature will free up precious User Defined Keys for even faster operation.

Monitor/Cue level control via Mono/Stereo Faders

You have a choice of controlling Monitor/Cue level using either the Mono or Stereo fader and the Monitor Level encoder. For many engineers the fader provides better visual level indication, for more precise, comfortable adjustment.

Bus Setup

Each of the M7CL mix buses can be quickly assigned for mono or stereo operation. Pre-EQ send is also available, and this can be an advantage when using the mix buses to feed an in-ear monitor system, for example.

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Memory & Recall

Store and Recall Up to 300 Scenes

A “scene” is a complete snapshot of all the console’s settings, and the M7CL lets you store up to 300 complete scenes for instant recall whenever they’re needed. This makes it a snap to reset the entire console for band changes, for example. You could also store basic setups for different types of shows, then recall and tweak the settings as required.

Global Paste

Global Paste allows simultaneous editing of parameters on multiple scenes, eliminating the need to recall and edit individual scenes. If you need to make last minute changes to HA or EQ settings in all scenes because a fill-in musician is bringing different instruments to a particular show, for example, Global Paste will have the job done in no time.

Recall Focus and Recall Safe Functions

Recall focus lets you specify the parameters to be recalled with each scene, while recall safe allows you to specify parameters that are not to be recalled with any scene. You can use recall safe, for example, to prevent any scene recall operation from changing a critical overall EQ setting, or use recall focus to prevent the vocal channel fader setting from being changed by recall of a specific scene.

Channel Library

The Channel Library is a memory bank that stores channel parameter settings such as dynamics and EQ. Store your most frequently used parameter settings for fast, efficient setup.

Access and Data Management

Multi-level Access Control

In many applications it is desirable to prevent unauthorized access to the console, or restrict access to a limited set of functions. The M7CL’s access management features can be a significant advantage for overall system administration.

USB Key Access

User access can be controlled via USB memory keys with passwords. The administrator can assign specific functions to each unique key, so the user only has to log onto the console with the USB key containing the password to begin operation at the assigned level.

USB Memory for Convenient Data Management and Portability

Standard USB memory sticks can be plugged into the M7CL USB port for convenient storage and recall of a range of data: 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 M7CL Editor application running on your personal computer, or directly between M7CL consoles.

Enhanced Remote Control and Data Compatibility

StageMix

With the M7CL StageMix application, an iPad becomes a wireless remote controller that can be used to set up and operate M7CL consoles from anywhere on stage or in the audience seating area. It has been specifically designed to allow engineers to adjust monitor mixes from the performers' positions on stage, directly controlling mix parameters via the iPad rather than having to rely on verbal directions to a second engineer. The result is better mixes in less time: a huge advantage during high-pressure pre-show setup.

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M7CL V3 Editor

M7CL V3 Editor is a freeware application that allows parameter viewing and control via a computer. When connected to the console and used online it provides comprehensive metering as well as real-time display of selected channel status. Offline you can edit and manage scene data, patch lists, and other functions for a significant boost in control and work efficiency. And where a rental or installed console must be used, you can simply save your settings to a USB memory and load them into the console when needed. M7CL V3 Editor is a great way to manage backups too.

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Console File Converter

The Yamaha Console File Converter is an application that allows data to be shared between a number of Yamaha digital mixing consoles. You can share data between CL series, PM5D, M7CL, and LS9 consoles, so data from one show doesn't have to be completely reprogrammed from scratch for the next, even if different consoles are used.

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The M7CL-48ES adds EtherSound stage box connectivity for state-of-the-art system layout and signal routing capability, while retaining superior M7CL efficiency, functionality, and sound.

Onboard EtherSound and 3rd Port

Where the original M7CL-48 has 48 analog inputs, the M7CL-48ES has a total of three EtherSound ports: two for connection to as many as three Yamaha SB168-ES EtherSound stage boxes in either daisy chain or ring configuration. The 3rd port allows permanent connection to a computer while the stage boxes are connected in ring mode.

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Analog Insert via OMNI I/O

Although the 48 analog inputs are replaced by EtherSound ports, the M7CL-48ES retains eight OMNI inputs and eight OMNI outputs that can be used for direct analog connection. These provide an ideal way to insert outboard processors and other equipment.

Auto-configuration for Plug-and-Play Convenience

To set up a basic daisy-chain system all you need to do is connect the M7CL-48ES to the SB168-ES stage boxes via appropriate cables and turn on the power. The AVS-Monitor software is not required. Everything is configured automatically, and you don’t even have to worry about the order of the ID numbers of the SB168-ES units used. Switch a few settings and setting up a ring network is just as easy.

Data Compatibility with All M7CL Consoles

The M7CL-48ES is compatible with backup data created by the M7CL-32 and M7CL-48 consoles, so time and effort you’ve spent creating finely-tuned setups for the M7CL-32 or M7CL-48 won’t be wasted.

Three Slots for Flexible System Expansion

The M7CL-48ES retains the three Mini-YGDAI expansion slots of the M7CL-32/48, so expandability is not reduced in any way. The expansion slots can be used to add analog or digital I/O, versatile Aviom personal monitoring systems, direct live recording capability via high-performance Dante digital media networking, the ability to use multiple external processing plug-ins via the Waves SoundGrid system, and more.

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AuviTran Network ASIO Streamer Support for the M7CL-48ES

The AuviTran Network ASIO Streamer brings two eminent digital audio standards together: EtherSound and ASIO. The ability to directly connect an EtherSound network to high-performance ASIO based recording and playback software makes it easy to add high-quality digital live recording and playback to EtherSound capable sound systems. A single Ethernet cable connected between the M7CL-48ES and a computer running Steinberg Nuendo Live or similar DAW software allows simultaneous recording of up to 48 channels from stage box and 16 channels from the console, for example. That’s sufficient capacity to handle all 48 inputs to three SB168-ES digital stage boxes connected to the M7CL-48ES. And since only the EtherSound 3rd port is used, all three M7CL-48ES expansion slots are available for other functions.

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Installation Case

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Installation Case

London’s Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre (QEIICC) is one of the UK’s leading corporate venues. Hosting over 400 meetings and events per year, its conference facilities have been significantly enhanced by the installation of a pair of DUGAN-MY16 automixing cards in Yamaha M7CL-48 digital mixing consoles.