Yamaha CL5
72+8 Digital Mixing Console with Dante Networking and Built-In Meter Bridge


Yamaha CL series digital mixing consoles offer an evolved experience in accessible mixing, plus sonic purity with sound shaping capabilities that will give the most imaginative engineer unprecedented creative freedom. The CL series embodies the leading standards in live sound in their most advanced, most expressive form.

With a three-section fader layout for efficient hands-on control, the CL5 is the ideal choice for a diverse spectrum of live sound systems.

  • Input channels:  72 mono, 8 stereo
  • Fader configuration:  16-fader left section, 8-fader Centralogic section, 8-fader right section, 2-fader master section
  • Stainless steel stay for iPad support
  • Built-in meter bridge

A Creative Console for Expressive Engineering
Yamaha's CL series consoles deliver naturally superior sound plus a comprehensive range of "coloring" options that give the sonic craftsmen who will use them extraordinary creative freedom. The signal processors provided are plentiful and of the highest quality, including extraordinary Portico 5033/5043 EQ and compressor devices that bring Yamaha VCM technology together with the legendary talents of Rupert Neve. The platform is pure and natural, so the engineer can create and deliver the ideal sound.

Efficient, Enjoyable Operation
Efficient, intuitive operation of sound reinforcement consoles is essential, and Yamaha’s acclaimed Centralogic concept is the core of a refined user interface that offers an unprecedented level of operating efficiency in the CL series. From visual feedback right down to the form and feel of the faders and controls, the CL consoles are ready for seamlessly integrated remote control and offline editing via an Apple iPad® or other computer.

Scalable, Versatile Network Capabilities
CL series consoles feature separate console and I/O rack components that communicate via the Dante™ network audio protocol, allowing fast, efficient design and deployment of capable systems from the most basic to the dazzlingly complex. The ability to add Lake® processing via expansion slots also adds to the system’s versatility and adaptability to the widest range of mixing needs.

Creating the Ideal Natural Sound Platform
The full impact of the most advanced digital audio technology available has been applied throughout the CL series to deliver natural sound that provides a perfect foundation for the artist's and engineer's imagination. This type of sonic quality cannot be realized through specifications alone. Repeated listening evaluations and refinements by some of the most reliable ears and respected minds in the business are an indispensable part of the process.

The Sound is in the Details
In order to achieve the required level of sound quality, individual components, power supply, grounding, circuit layout, mechanical construction, and countless other details of the initial input stages must be selected and designed with the utmost care. Changing even a single electronic component can alter the sound in unexpected ways, and the tiniest variations must be noted and evaluated as development proceeds. Extreme measures have been taken to maximize A/D and D/A conversion performance as well - right down to making detailed spectral analyses of the AD/DA master clock and adjusting the FPGA clock signal routing so that the most natural, musical sound is achieved. Another critical part of any audio system is the power supply. Of course the capacity of the supply is important, but so are the types of capacitors used, and the grounding must be engineered to ensure the lowest possible impedance.

Prodigious Quality & Creative Potential
Sound engineers draw on their experience and imagination to make a multitude of practical as well as creative decisions, so the engineer's primary tool - the mixing console - must be able to accommodate them all. The bottom line is sound quality, and this is just one of the areas in which the CL series consoles excel. They also feature some of the most advanced analog circuitry modeling technology available to add character and shape to the sound as needed, while maintaining the utmost sonic quality.

A Digital Approach to Acclaimed Analog Quality
Rupert Neve's historic contributions to the fields of audio recording and production continue to this day in the form of microphone preamplifiers, equalizers, compressors, and mixing consoles that are the gold standards of professional audio.
Thus it's an honor that his company, Rupert Neve Designs, has officially recognized Yamaha's original VCM (Virtual Circuitry Modeling) technology as the first of its kind that is capable of accurately modeling the rich, expressive analog sound they have championed for so long. With VCM technology, digital audio is at last capable of matching analog designs for sonic quality.

VCM, developed by Yamaha, is a circuit modeling concept that effectively simulates the most detailed characteristics of individual circuit components - right down to capacitors and resistors, resulting in astonishingly realistic circuit simulations that easily outclass conventional digital simulations. But accuracy isn't the only consideration - musicality is essential as well - and VCM modeling delivers both. The CL series consoles come equipped with VCM models of the renowned Neve Portico 5033 equalizer and Portico 5043 compressor/limiter, both developed through close cooperation with Rupert Neve Designs. A valuable range of other VCM equalizers, compressors, and studio-quality effects is also included.

Centralogic at the Heart of an Evolved Interface
Yamaha’s Centralogic user interface has already proven its value as the most user-friendly digital operating environment available, even for engineers who were previously only comfortable with analog consoles. Founded solidly on Centralogic roots, the CL series takes intuitive, efficient operation to an even higher level, offering an operating experience that engineers will not only feel immediately familiar with, but will be able to grow with into the future.

Analog Style Intimacy
Clear visual continuity from the Centralogic section’s physical faders to virtual on-screen controls via the console’s elegantly curved panel matches the directness of analog console channel modules. Any of the console’s input and output channels can be instantly assigned to the Centralogic section in 8-channel groups.

Selected Channel — Another Industry Standard from Yamaha
The Selected Channel display provides a comprehensive view of the many controls and functions available for the currently selected channel. The corresponding physical controllers to the left of the display are labeled and laid out in the same way as the on-screen controls, for confident access and operation. The CL series includes a number of refinements to this now-standard interface for unprecedented operating ease.

Every Detail Designed for Optimum Operating Feel
Within the larger framework of the user interface, the visibility, feel, and precision of individual faders, knobs, and switches are an essential part of the overall operating experience. The visual flow of the control layout across the consoles’ sweeping curves makes a significant contribution to smooth operation as well. The outstanding balance of the entire system, plus refinements such as programmable channel names/colors and user defined knobs, add up to operation that is, in a word, sublime.

Newly Designed Faders
No detail of form or function has been overlooked, and the elegant fader knobs even have non-slip inserts that provide ideal friction for smooth, slip-free fades. Visibility is important too, so the knob edges are sculpted to provide a clear view of the fader scale from just about any angle.

Editable Channel Names and Colors
Editable channel name displays above each fader automatically switch to a larger character size for short names, and show pan and fader values as well. Below each channel name display is a color bar that illuminates in any of eight selectable colors, the same as those used in the central touch screen, for at-a-glance channel and group identification. Brightness can be adjusted for optimum visibility under any ambient lighting conditions.

Direct Access to the Parameters You Need
The User Defined Keys provided on Yamaha digital consoles are already a standard. The User Defined Knobs provided on the CL series consoles will quickly achieve the same status. Just about any of the console’s variable parameters can be assigned to the four User Defined Knobs for direct, instant access. Another advanced control feature is Custom Fader Bank selection, allowing the faders in each section to be instantly reordered as required.

Harmony in Form and Function
The sweeping form of the CL consoles is not only elegant, but it provides the best possible view of all controls and displays from the operator’s position. The visual continuity from the Centralogic faders to the display is seamless. The hand rest is genuine oak with an ebony finish that matches the visual and tactile sophistication of the overall design.

Dante for Fast, Flexible Networking
The complexity and variety of today’s live sound systems makes fast, adaptable configuration and setup capability vital. Of course the highest level of sonic performance must be maintained at the same time. CL series consoles use the Dante network protocol developed by Audinate to allow flexible connection to multiple I/O rack units configured and located according to the needs of the application, while at the same time providing redundancy for superior reliability.

Up to Eight I/O Rack Units
Dante directly supports star network configurations, so up to eight I/O rack units can be connected to any single CL series console and conveniently located wherever they are needed most. A few simple DIP switch settings are all that is required to change to daisy-chain networking as required.

Simple Setup
The ability to set up even complex systems quickly and easily is another benefit of Dante networking. In most cases devices on the network are recognized and set up automatically. And since patching operations that usually require a separate computer can be carried out directly from the CL console, changes to the initial setup are painless as well.

Redundancy for Reliability
Dante also makes it easy to maximize system reliability. Star networks allow the use of redundant primary and secondary lines for each device, for the utmost reliability in critical applications. With this type of setup a malfunction in a cable or other network component won’t bring the whole system down.

Yamaha CL5 Features:

  • Support for AES67 interpoerability standard allowing communication with Ravenna, Q-LAN, Livewire and other audio networks, for significantly 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 4.1 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.
  • Other new features 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 andd&b audiotechnik DS10 Audio Network Bridge are also supported.

Yamaha CL5 Specifications:

  • Sampling Frequency:
    • Internal:  44.1 kHz/48 kHz
    • External:  44.1 kHz +4.1667%,+0.1%, –0.1%, –4.0%; +/- 200ppm / 48 kHz +4.1667%, +0.1%, –0.1%, –4.0%; +/- 200 ppm
  • Signal Delay:  Less than 2.5ms, OMNI IN to OMNIOUT, Fs =48 kHz
  • Fader:  100mm motorized, Resolution =1024steps,+10dB to –138dB, –8dB all faders
  • Frequency Response:  +0.5, –1.5dB 20 Hz - 20 kHz, referto +4dBu output @ 1 kHz, OMNI IN to OMNI OUT
  • Total Harmonic Distortion (*1):  < 0.05% 20 Hz - 20 kHz @ +4dBu into 600Ohms, OMNI IN to OMNI OUT, Input Gain = Min.
  • Hum & Noise (*2):
    • 128 dBu typ., Equivalent Input Noise, Input Gain =Max.
    • 88 dBu, Residual output noise, ST master off
  • Dynamic Range:
    • 112dB typ., D/A Converter,
    • 108dB typ., OMNI IN to OMNI OUT, Input Gain = Min.
  • Crosstalk @ 1kHz:  –100dB (*3), adjacent OMNI IN/OMNI OUT channels, Input Gain =Min
  • Dimensions (WxHxD):  1053mm x 299mm x 667mm
  • Net weight:  36 kg
  • Temperature Range:
    • Operating Temperature Range:  0 - 40°C
    • Storage Temperature Range:  -20 - 60°C

*1 Total Harmonic Distortion is measured with 18dB/octave filter @ 80 kHz
*2 Hum & Noise are measured with A-Weight filter.
*3 Crosstalk is measured with a 30dB/octave filter @ 22 kHz

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