Yamaha Upgrades Affordable Digital Console

New 01V96i digital mixing console launched      21/11/11
Yamaha Upgrades Affordable Digital Console

Yamaha has launched the 01V96i, a significantly upgraded version of its 01V96 digital mixing console.
First introduced in 1998, the 01V96 has proved one of Yamaha's most widely-used digital consoles, being employed in broadcast, live sound, corporate and entertainment installations, as well as project studios. Yamaha tells us that the 01V96i brings a raft of new features to this popular mixer. Here's what they have to say about it...

Featuring a class-leading 24bit/96kHz sample rate, the 01V96i features newly improved, studio-quality head amps with onboard 24bit/96kHz A/D and D/A converters.

With the demand for multi-track recording in live sound applications continually growing, the 01V96i also features 96kHz, 16 in/16 out USB 2.0 audio streaming. This new facility makes high quality multi-track recording and playback quick and straightforward and provides full integration with every major ASIO and Core Audio DAW software, with just a single connection. The 01V96i also comes bundled with the latest version of Steinberg's Cubase AI software, offering a comprehensive range of tools for recording, editing and mixing. Multi-channel in/outs can also be achieved via a Yamaha mini-YGDAI expansion card or its built-in ADAT connection.

Further improvement of the console's sonic performance comes via Yamaha's acclaimed Virtual Circuitry Modelling (VCM) technology. This brings the richness and warmth of analogue sound to the digital recording environment, without the user having to carry any outboard equipment.

Modelling the circuitry of the original analogue effects units, the VCM add-on effects and REV-X reverbs featured on the 01V96i are exactly the same as featured on Yamaha's top-of-the-line professional mixers.

With 40 mixing channels, 16 analogue and eight digital inputs, eight mix buses and eight aux buses, the 01V96i control surface features precision 100mm motor faders, 99 scene memories for instant recall and fully-configurable user defined keys.
Kazunori Kobayashi, general manager of Yamaha's Pro Audio Division told us, "Yamaha considers ongoing communication with our customers to be one of our most valuable assets in developing new products. The 01V96i is the embodiment of that philosophy, offering the versatility and reliability of a well-established digital console, while adding updated features and capabilities geared towards professional use. With this new console we are delighted to support a broader range of applications with a fully integrated, comprehensive system that meets the growing needs and requirements of our customers."

Pricing and Availability:
The 01V96i will available from December 2011 at the same price as the current model.

More information:

  • www.yamahaproaudio.com/


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6 Comments...  Post a comment    original story
Bert    Said...

err, the orignal 01v was launched in 1998, the O1v96 came in 2003. So your headline is wrong, fools.

21-Nov-11 06:16 AM

Moroe    Said...

What a poor "upgrade".

I hoped that it will get more simultaneous effects.

Four effects at once is not really 2011!!!!

21-Nov-11 11:32 AM

Synth_Fan    Said...

Surely Yamaha could have released a card for the existing O1V96 with USB2? And - I was under the impression that USB2 is not good for streaming data - hence firewire. My deepest concern, as an existing 01V96 user, it that Yamah will drop mLan driver sustaining into the future (I use an )1V96 as my main interface). Finally - surely offering a card with, say, USB2, Firewire 800 and thunderbolt all on the same card would have made the 01V96 hugely desirable and arrtactive. I must say - he 01V96 is fabulous - a real powerhouse - 24 physical inputs, 40 channels with EQ, 4 effects procerssors, stunning routing and so on. What a workhorse. In that sense the inclusion of their modelling effects and superior preaps makes it an exquisite piece of kit.

21-Nov-11 01:05 PM

NIck B    Said...

Thanks for the headsup Bert, headline changed - sorry about that.

21-Nov-11 01:15 PM

BC    Said...

Too bad they didn't include the feature that would allow the mixer to record (prefade tracks + stereo mix) directly to a USB drive.

Behringer is introducing two mixers that will have this feature.

Many people use this mixer in live situations.

Why do I have to drag a PC to a remote.

Just throw a USB drive in the mixer and hit record.

21-Nov-11 02:35 PM

Not Again!    Said...

All these USB2 interfaces that are flooding the market are just filling the gap as thunderbolt and USB3 duke it out. USB3 chipsets (particularly on laptops) aren't reliable yet (note the video field where manufacturers like BlackMagic have a very limited list of PC's with USB 3 that can achieve the necessary throughput/bandwidth for HD video work). And PC's will be really slow to adopt thunderbolt, since it's mainly being pushed by Apple. We don't even have a thunderbolt audio interface from Apple's new best friend Apogee yet. So what are all the other players to do? Freese sales of their interfaces until we see where USB3 and thunderbolt are going? No, they stick the more common USB2 interface on everything (even though it's a dead end). MOTU didn't know what the heck to do and stuck both firewire and USB2 on their entire line. Lousy time to upgrade. Stick with what you have until the next gen protocol proves itself with reliable performance and drivers.

21-Nov-11 03:11 PM

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