Yamaha has revealed its new TF series of digital consoles at Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt, promising to bring the technology to a wider range of users than it has done with previous generations.

There are three compact Yamaha digital mixing consoles that make up the TF series: the TF5, TF3 and TF1.

Each of the three consoles feature 33, 25 or 17 motor fades, respectively, as well as 32, 24 or 16 rear-panel analogue inputs, which feature recallable Yamaha D-PRE pre-amplifiers for the first time in a digital console.

Yamaha claims that by including this feature users should notice ‘greatly improved support’ for live music and events where full setup changes need to be made on the fly.

The TF5 and TF3 feature a total of 48 inputs, while the TF1 has slightly less with just 40.

Among the inputs included are dual stereo analogue/USB digital inputs and dual returns, USB 2.0 for both USB storage devices and channel recording and playback.

The TF series also comes with Yamaha’s own ‘TouchFlow Operation’ which combines elements of the company’s user interfaces of old with a touch panel system.

Amongst the standard features you’d find in a digital console, Yamaha is hoping to stand out by offering what it says is a ‘faster, smoother setup’.

The way the company is planning on doing this is by having one-knob COMP and one-knob EQ features which should make it easy to dial in the ideal sound via a single rotary control.

Yamaha didn’t stop there, with the company also partnering with a number of microphone manufacturers to offer a range of input and output channel presets, including Audio-Technica, Sennheiser and Shure.

The TF series is scheduled to begin shipping in Spring 2015, although those attending Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt have until April 18 to check out Yamaha’s stand at F50 in hall 8.

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