Yamaha | CL3 | Specifications | Yamaha CL3 Specifications

The standards stay,
but innovation never ends.
The pursuit of perfection is ongoing and will probably never end, but along
the way Yamaha has introduced a number of innovations that have become
industry standards offering performance and familiarity that discerning users
continue to demand. By definition, “standards” are best kept as they are. With
evolutionary refinements, of course.
Yamaha CL series digital mixing consoles represent a new level of refinement.
They 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.
CL5 / CL3 / CL1
Rio3224-D / Rio1608-D
A creative console for
expressive engineering
Efficient, enjoyable operation
Premium Rack
Every engineer, artist, and audience
agrees that sound quality is the bottom
line. That’s a given. Through thorough
analysis, review, and refinement of every
detail of the circuitry and technology
used, Yamaha 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
Scalable, versatile
network capabilities
A truly useful sound reinforcement
console is one that can keep pace with the
rapidly and dramatically changing
demands of live sound applications.
Efficient, intuitive operation is essential.
Yamaha’s acclaimed Centralogic concept
is the core of a refined user interface that
offers a new, 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 also ready for seamlessly
integrated remote control and offline
editing via an Apple iPad® or other
computer. Control is familiar and intuitive,
while at the same time offering extensive
Network capabilities are rapidly becoming
fundamental and indispensable in today’s
fast-paced world of digital live sound. 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
72 mono / 8 stereo 24 mixes / 8 matrices
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.
• 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.
48 mono / 8 stereo
24 mixes / 8 matrices
Dual 8-fader sections in a space-saving
console that can be used alone or cascaded to
another CL console for input expansion.
• Fader configuration: 8-fader left section, 8-fader
Centralogic section, 2-fader master section .
• Meter bridge optional.
Consistent Features &
All specifications other than channel capacity are
consistent throughout the lineup, so you get the
same capabilities and performance whichever
model you choose for your application. This also
means consistent performance and operation in
systems that implement multiple consoles.
24 mixes / 8 matrices*1
8 Premium Racks
300 Scene Memories
CL Editor
16 DCAs /
8 Mute Groups
8 Effect Racks
16 User Defined
USB Memory
CL StageMix
Input Delay
16 GEQ Racks
4 User Defined
Dante Virtual Soundcard /
Nuendo Live
Console File
Output Port Delay
Channel PEQ /
Fader Bank
3 MY Slots
*1 Input to Matrix supported.
64 mono / 8 stereo 24 mixes / 8 matrices
An ideal blend of compact size and
channel capacity for a variety of live and
installed applications.
• Fader configuration: 16-fader left section,
8-fader Centralogic section, 2-fader
master section .
• Stainless steel stay for iPad support.
• Meter bridge optional.
8 in
8 out
16 in
8 out
32 in
16 out · 4 AES / EBU
I/O Rack Options for a Wide Range of Applications.
Four rack-mountable I/O units with different input and output
configurations are available for use with the CL series consoles. The 5U size
Rio3224-D provides 32 ins, 16 outs, and four AES/EBU outputs, while the 3U
size Rio1608-D has 16 ins and 8 outs. The compact 1U size input-only Ri8-D
and output-only Ro8-D are excellent choices where you only need inputs
or outputs in a specific location. All four units can be used in any
combination required for the application, communicating with the console
via Dante network protocol for low-jitter, low-latency digital audio.
Enhanced I/O Flexibility and Freedom
The new Ri8-D and Ro8-D input and output racks use the same Dante audio network protocol and deliver the same
outstanding sound quality as the CL series consoles and Rio series I/O racks, in space-saving 1U size rack mount units
that allow greater freedom for installation and I/O distribution.
■ Meter Bridge MBCL
■ Power Supply PW800W
■ Power Supply Link Cable PSL360
■ Gooseneck Lamp LA1L
Refined Panel Layout
A refined panel layout offers intuitive, efficient control over every
aspect of the CL console’s first-class sound, with features and
functionality that only a cutting-edge digital console can provide.
CL console operability goes beyond ease of use. It is almost as
though the console cooperates with the operator to deliver the
desired sound with minimum effort.
■ CL5
/ CL3 / CL1
❶ Selected Channel
❷ Scene Memory
❸ Gain / Pan / Assign Knobs
❹ Multi Function Knobs
This traditional Yamaha
intuitive-operation feature
provides physical controls that
directly link to on-screen
parameters for fast, precise
One of the central advantages of
digital consoles is total recall. Up
to 300 CL console scenes can be
rapidly stored and recalled, with
preview capability.
Direct channel gain and pan
control is always available without
the need to select a particular
channel. Send, threshold, and
other parameters can be assigned
to these knobs as well.
These Centralogic section knobs
link visually to the display for a
smooth, analog-style control feel
and efficiency.
■ Rio3224-D
■ Ri8-D
/ Rio1608-D
/ Ro8-D
❺ Fader Bank Selectors
❻ User Defined Keys
❼ User Defined Knobs
The ability to switch fader banks in 8 or 16
channel groups makes high capacity mixing
easily accessible in a compact console
chassis. Bank customization is also possible.
Tap tempo, direct scene recall, bookmark
recall, and a variety of other functions can be
assigned to these buttons for instant access.
These four knobs function independently
from the console’s scenes and fader banks,
allowing direct control of a variety of
assignable parameters such as bus send
from a specified channel, for example.
Console settings can be saved to or recalled
from a USB memory. USB memories can also
be used for easy 2-track recording or BGM
Sound Quality
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 CL series digital mixing consoles are proof that the
time and effort involved have been well spent.
The Sound Is In the Details
The challenge begins right from the console’s inputs. 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. Listening evaluation becomes an
important part of the development process right from this
first stage as well. 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 AD and DA 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. The
resultant sound is an eminently natural representation of the
input signal, providing an ideal foundation for processing
and effects that will lead to the final, polished sound.
Sound Quality
Prodigious Quality &
Creative Potential
In creating the best possible sound for a profusion of venues and artist
requirements, sound engineers draw on their experience and imagination
to make a multitude of practical as well as creative decisions. The
engineer’s primary hands-on tool, the mixing console, must be able to
accommodate them all. Of course 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 unprecedented character and shape to the sound as
needed, while maintaining the utmost sonic quality.
A Digital Approach to
Acclaimed Analog Quality
Rupert Neve is a legend. His contributions to the fields of audio
recording and production began at the dawn of the era and
continue to this day in the form of microphone preamplifiers,
equalizers, compressors, and mixing consoles that are the gold
standards of professional audio.
Clearly Mr. Neve is very serious about his sound, so it’s an honor
that he and his company, Rupert Neve Designs, have officially
recognized Yamaha’s original VCM (Virtual Circuitry Modeling)
technology as being 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 Toshi Kunimoto (“Dr. K”) and his team at Yamaha’s innovative “K’s Lab”
division, 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. You will hear the difference.
Toshifumi Kunimoto
Engineering Manager at
Corporate Research & Development Center
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
–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
unambiguous 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
The way CL series functions and controls work together is a perfect
example of how a whole can be greater than the sum of its parts. 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
Editable Channel Names and Colors
No detail of form or function has been
overlooked, right down to how the
curvature of the elegant fader knobs
comfortably fit the fingers at any angle.
The 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 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 a gorgeous 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
Simple Setup
Redundancy for Reliability
NXAMP Discovery and Patching
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
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.
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. The show will go on.
Here’s a case where Dante offers not only
extended system flexibility, but enhanced
operability as well. NEXO NXAMP discovery and
patching operations that normally require a
computer running the Dante Controller software
application can now be carried out directly from
the CL console touch screen display when the
NXDT104 Dante network card is installed.
*CL firmware version 1.5 or higher required.
Full Integration of
FOH and Monitor Control
Multiple CL series consoles can share control of the same I/O rack unit, allowing unprecedented system flexibility and efficient
use of system resources. A new Gain Compensation function adds the ability to combine FOH and monitor control via a single
network, for comprehensive digital live sound integration.
I/O Rack Unit Sharing with
Gain Compensation
Digital Gain Control
Digital Gain
One obvious drawback of connecting
multiple consoles to a single I/O rack unit
is that gain adjustments made from one
console can cause unexpected gain
changes at the other consoles. The Gain
Compensation function implemented in
Digital Gain
the CL consoles ensures that when the
analog gain stage is adjusted from one of
the consoles, corresponding
compensation is automatically applied at the digital stage so that the level sent from the I/O
rack unit to the connected CL consoles remains constant.
Gain compensation applied after
any initial analog gain levels are set
is carried out entirely in the digital
domain. Digital gain control is
another original CL series feature
that contributes to extraordinarily
smooth, efficient operation and
integration of the entire system.
A Complete Live Sound Toolkit
The quality and variety of internal effects have become major factors in choosing a digital live sound
console. Studio quality sound is a must, but so is having the right processors for the job at hand. CL
series consoles feature virtual effect racks that are packed with a selection of effects that have been
chosen and developed to meet the real-world needs of live sound professionals. Everything you
need to create perfectly polished sound for your application is right here.
Premium Rack Brings
Studio Standards to
the Live Stage
As the name implies, “virtual racks”
provided in the CL series consoles let
you combine signal processors you
need for your application in one easily
accessible location, much like
traditional analog outboard racks. The
new CL series Premium Rack can
accommodate up to eight instances of
the six expressive EQ and dynamics
effects provided, including the Rupert Neve Designs Portico 5033 equalizer and Portico 5043
compressor/limiter. The ability to use some of the most highly regarded studio effects in live
mixes can help you deliver unprecedented sonic quality in any venue.
Effect Rack With More Than 50 Effects
32-channel Graphic Equalizer Rack
In addition to the Premium Rack described above,
the CL consoles feature an Effect Rack that allows
simultaneous use of up to 8 effects from a selection
of 46 ambience effects and 8 insertion effects, all of
outstanding quality. Although a separate EQ rack is
provided for the output buses, any of the 8 effects in
the Effect Rack can be replaced by graphic EQ units
as needed.
The CL consoles also feature a GEQ rack that allows
graphic EQ to be inserted into the output buses as
required for room equalization and other functions.
Up to 16 31-band GEQ units can be mounted in the
rack for simultaneous use, and those GEQ units can
be individually switched to Flex15GEQ mode,
effectively providing two EQ channels that allow up
to 15 bands to be used at a time. With a full rack of GEQ units all functioning in Flex15GEQ
mode, you have a total of 32 GEQ channels for extensive equalization capacity.
A Comprehensive Range of Valued Devices
VCM technology delivers refined, musical tonality in the outstanding lineup of devices provided in the CL series Premium Rack and Effect Rack.
Premium Rack
Open Deck
Effect Rack
Premium Rack
These devices
immaculately model
the full sonic depth
and breadth of the
original analog
equalizer and
modules by Rupert
Neve. They are not only ideal for adding first-class studioquality processor sound to your mix, but are also remarkably
easy to set up for optimum effect. Merely inserting these
outstanding models in the signal path can enhance the sound.
Premium Rack
A studio standard that is ideal for a wide range of applications.
It even features a RATIO “ALL” button that simulates the effect
of engaging all of the ratio buttons on the original.
The classic studio
equalizer that is the basis for this model is still in demand
today, highly prized for the musical response of its vacuum
tube and transformer EQ circuitry, as well as its distinctive
boost/cut characteristics.
Dynamic EQ
Premium Rack
This original EQ
module detects level
variations in specified
frequency bands in
real time, dynamically
adjusting EQ gain to
provide pinpoint compression, limiting, and de-essing. A
refined interface contributes to fast, easy operation.
Effect Rack
This is a model of one
of the most widely used optical studio compressors from the
1960’s. The distinctive and highly regarded compression and
release characteristics of the original are recreated with
remarkable precision.
Comp 260
Effect Rack
The compressor/limiter modeled in this device was all the
rage in the late 70’s, featuring solid-state RMS level detection
circuitry and VCAs for level control. The sonic signature of
this model is unmistakable.
EQ 601
Effect Rack
Comp 276
Premium Rack
Here’s a unique effect
that models both the
analog circuitry of
well-known professional tape decks plus the characteristics of
the tape used with them. You can simply choose a deck that
offers the sound you need, or combine different recording and
playback decks for a range of useful variations.
This model is a
composite of several analog compressors that were popular
in recording studios in the 70’s. Anyone who is familiar with
the originals will recognize the characteristic punch and
fatness this device delivers.
For a sweet analog
EQ sound, this model
recreates a popular
circuit topology from
the 70’s.
Two Ways to Record Live
CL series consoles offer two live recording solutions: convenient 2-track
recording direct to USB memory, and high-performance multitrack recording
to a digital audio workstation via Dante. Whether it’s for a simple web upload,
a commercial release, or just material to be used for a virtual sound check the
next day, you have all the recording capability you need.
Seamless Integration with Nuendo Live
for Serious Multitrack Recording
The Steinberg Nuendo Live DAW application has been specifically designed for live
multitrack recording, providing comprehensive control and overview for smooth
operation under the most demanding live situations. An extension plug-in provides
seamless integration with CL console features, such as
channel names, markers, transport control, and more.
Dante Virtual Soundcard
Dante Virtual Soundcard software, included with CL consoles and Rio3224-D/Rio1608-D
I/O racks, enables direct multitrack recording to a Windows or Mac based DAW without
the need for an audio interface between the console and computer. A high-performance
DAW application such as Steinberg Nuendo Live can be used to record up to 64 tracks
with studio quality and editing capabilities.
Virtual Sound Check
DAW playback can be instantly patched to the CL console’s input channels so that
multitrack recordings can be used for “virtual” sound checks when the performers aren’t
available. Recordings of the previous day’s performance can be used for sound check on
the following day!
Convenient 2-track Recording
to USB Memory
2-track recording in mp3 format couldn’t
be easier. Simply plug a USB memory into
the USB connector on the front panel of
the console and start recording. No other
equipment is required. Of course playback
from the USB memory is possible as well
in MP3, AAC, and WMA formats, making it
a convenient source for BGM or sound
Features Optimized
for Live Sound
Although there are as many ways to use a mixing console as there are sound engineers, extensive
feedback from audio professionals has made it possible to provide a feature set that is ideally suited to
the real-world needs of demanding live sound applications.
Versatile Input and Output Delays
300 Scene Memories
Up to 300 console setups can be stored as
“scenes” and instantly recalled whenever
needed. Recall Safe, Focus, and Preview
functions are also provided.
8 Mute Groups
Multiple channels can be assigned to any
of 8 mute groups for instant muting or
un-muting, with a new Dimmer Level
Up to 1000 ms delay on input channels
facilitates precise microphone phase
compensation, while up to 1000 ms delay
on the output ports is useful for speaker
distance compensation and room tuning.
16 User Defined Keys
A large number of console functions
including Sends on Fader, Tap Tempo, and
Set by Sel can be assigned to 16 User
Defined Keys for instant hands-on access.
Help File
Ample EQ and Dynamics Processing
16 DCA Groups
All channels feature 4-band parametric EQ
and two dynamics processors (one
dynamic processor per output). The
processors include an HPF for every input,
and one also functions as a highly effective
de-esser with advanced processing
algorithms and a bandpass mode.
16 DCA groups allow flexible grouping of
multiple input channels for simultaneous
Multiple User Key Sets
Limited access to CL console functions can
be provided for less experienced operators
and accident prevention via multiple User
Key sets that can be stored in the console
itself as well as on USB memory.
5-in/5-out GPI Interface
A 5-input/5-output GPI interface allows
the CL consoles to respond to input from
external switches, as well as to transmit
on/off status to external devices.
Simply tap the on-screen “Help” button to access the onboard operation manual. Once
loaded all essential information is available directly via the console’s display, so you won’t
need to keep the printed manual with you.
Additional Features
New Remote Control Freedom
Today’s Data for Tomorrow’s Show
With the CL StageMix application, an iPad becomes a wireless remote controller that can be used
to set up and operate CL consoles from anywhere on stage or in the audience seating area.
There’s even a built-in iPad stay on the CL5 and CL3 panels, providing a convenient mount for an
iPad to be used for additional control functionality. There’s also the CL Editor application for
computers running Windows or Mac operating systems, for both extended online operation and
offline setup and editing. In addition to full Selected Channel and Overview display operation, the
CL Editor facilitates scene data management, patch list editing, channel name editing, and much
more. It’s even possible to use the CL StageMix and CL Editor applications at the same time.
The Yamaha Console File Converter is an
application that allows data to be shared between
a number of Yamaha digital mixing consoles, and
the CL series consoles are included in the latest
version. 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.
CL StageMix
CL Editor
* CL StageMix can be downloaded from
Apple's App Store at no charge.
* Apple, the Apple logo, and iPad are trademarks of
Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.
CL series
Additional Features
Expandable and Adaptable
Three Mini-YGDAI card slots on the CL consoles provide easy I/O expansion as well as extra
processing capabilities. New additions to the expansion card lineup include an MY8-LAKE card
that integrates Lake Processing, a staple in today’s live sound field, into the console, and a
Dugan-MY16 card that adds the most advanced automated microphone cueing and gain control
See the entire Mini-YGDAI card lineup at the Yamaha Pro Audio website : http://www.yamahaproaudio.com/
Increased Power with Lake Speaker Processing Power
Lake processing has become a standard for loudspeaker processing in live
sound applications. An alliance between Yamaha and Lab.gruppen brings
Lake Processing right into the CL series mixing consoles, via the MY8-LAKE
expansion card. The MY8-LAKE card provides 8-in/8-out in Mesa (system EQ), 4-in/12-out
Contour (crossover), and 4-in/4-out and 2-in/6-out Mesa & Contour (combination) modes.
Although primarily intended for speaker processing, the asymmetrical Mesa EQ can also be
very useful on input sources. The Lake Controller application running on a compatible
computer allows management of multiple Lake devices in the system, while close
compatibility with Smaart®
contributes to smooth, efficient
speaker system tuning.
Mesa EQ
Ideal Graphic EQ
Cascade Link
For applications that require a large number of input channels, CL consoles can be cascadeconnected via I/O cards such as the MY16-AE installed in their Mini-YGDAI expansion card slots.
Linear Phase Crossover
Automatic Gain Control for Up To 16 Microphone Inputs
The Dugan-MY16 automatic mixer card, developed in
cooperation with Dan Dugan Sound Design, provides
smoothly automated microphone cueing and gain control
for up to 16 input channels. Rather than using gates to open and close channels, the
Dugan system uses gain sharing and fades for smooth, natural level changes.
System Examples
A comprehensive product lineup and Dante networking make it easy to assemble powerful,
reliable systems for a wide range of applications.
A Simple Daisy-chain System
A Flexible, Redundant Star Network
Internal port switches allow the CL series to be easily set up for daisy-chain or star
network configurations. In this example the Console at FOH position is directly
connected to the I/O rack at the side of the stage. The network is self-configured. Of
course the CL StageMix iPad app can be used even in simple systems like this one, and
Dante Virtual Soundcard can be used to enable multitrack recording to a DAW such as
Steinberg's Nuendo Live.
Star topologies can be configured with gigabit network switches. In this configuration,
redundant connections to each device on the network ensure that a malfunction in one
cable or network device will not disrupt the entire system. The Gain Compensation
feature allows multiple consoles to control analog gain for a single I/O rack, for seamless
integration of FOH and monitor operation. Multiple computers can be used for live
recording, too.
CL StageMix
PC for Live Recording
Primary Switch
Secondary Switch
Primary Switch
Secondary Switch
CL StageMix
CL StageMix
PC for Live Recording
PC for Live Recording
* CL firmware V1.5 or later is required for Ri8-D analog gain control.
NEXO NXAMP Integration
Live Sound Plus Production Capability
Install the NXDT104 Dante Network Card in a NEXO NXAMP and it becomes possible to
communicate with CL series consoles. In addition to basic audio transmission via the
Dante network, NXAMP discovery and patching can be controlled from the CL console
touch display. You have Dante networking from input to output, plus significantly
enhanced overall operability.
A Nuage Advanced Production System can be merged into a live sound system based on
CL Series consoles and Rio Series I/O units via Dante. This makes it possible to provide a
fully integrated network audio system that can handle both live sound and production in
halls or theaters that have on-site recording rooms, for example. Since automatic gain
compensation can be applied when Rio Series I/O units are used with CL Series consoles,
analog gain adjustments in multiple CL consoles connected to a common Rio unit will not
cause unwanted changes in overall level.
Amplifier Room
Primary Switch
Primary Switch
Primary Switch
Recording Room
CL StageMix
Primary Switch
Primary Switch
Primary Switch
Control Room
PC for Live Recording
(Nuendo 6)
* CL firmware V1.5 or later is required for Ri8-D analog gain control and NXAMP discovery and patching.
* CL firmware V1.5 or later is required for Ri8-D analog gain control.
CL5/CL3/CL1 Specifications
Rio3224-D/Rio1608-D/Ri8-D/Ro8-D Specifications
General Specifications
General Specifications
+4.1667%, +0.1%, -0.1%, -4.0%
+4.1667%, +0.1%, -0.1%, -4.0%
Less than 2.5ms, OMNI IN to OMNI OUT, Fs=48kHz
100mm motorized, Resolution=1024steps, +10dB to -138dB, -∞dB all faders
+0.5, -1.5dB 20Hz-20kHz, refer to +4dBu output @1kHz, OMNI IN to OMNI OUT
Less than 0.05% 20Hz-20kHz@+4dBu into 600Ω, OMNI IN to OMNI OUT, Input Gain = Min.
-128dBu typ., Equivalent Input Noise, Input Gain=Max.,
-88dBu, Residual output noise, ST master off
112dB typ., DA Converter,
108dB typ., OMNI IN to OMNI OUT, Input Gain = Min.
-100dB*1, adjacent OMNI IN/OMNI OUT channels, Input Gain = Min.
CL5: 1053mm x 299mm x 667mm (41 1/2in x 11 3/4in x 26 1/4in), 36kg (79.4lb)
CL3: 839mm x 299mm*2 x 667mm (33 1/8in x 11 3/4in x 26 1/4in), 29kg (63.9lb)*2
CL1: 648mm x 299mm*2 x 667mm (25 5/8in x 11 3/4in x 26 1/4in), 24kg (52.9lb)*2
CL5/CL3/CL1: 170W, Internal Power Supply
CL5/CL3/CL1: 200W, Simultaneous use of Internal PSU and External PW800W
US/Canada: 120V 60Hz, Japan: 100V 50/60Hz, China: 110-240V 50/60Hz
Korea: 220V 60Hz, Other: 110-240V 50/60Hz
Operating temperature range: 0 - 40℃, Storage temperature range: -20 - 60℃
+4.1667%, +0.1%, -0.1%, -4.0%
+4.1667%, +0.1%, -0.1%, -4.0%
+4.1667%, +0.1%, -0.1%, -4.0%
+4.1667%, +0.1%, -0.1%, -4.0%
Less than 3ms INPUT to OUTPUT, connect with CL5 using Dante, Dante Receive Latency set to 0.25ms (one way), Fs=48kHz
+0.5, -1.5dB 20Hz-20kHz, refer to +4dBu output @1kHz, INPUT to OUTPUT, Fs=44.1kHz, 48kHz
+0.5, -1.5dB 20Hz-40kHz, refer to +4dBu output @1kHz, INPUT to OUTPUT, Fs=88.2kHz, 96kHz
Less than 0.05% 20Hz-20kHz@+4dBu into 600Ω, Fs=44.1kHz, 48kHz
Less than 0.05% 20Hz-40kHz@+4dBu into 600Ω, Fs=88.2kHz, 96kHz
INPUT to OUTPUT, Input Gain = Min.
-128dBu typ., Equivalent Input Noise, Input Gain=Max.
-88dBu Residual output noise, ST master off.
108dB typ., INPUT to OUTPUT, Input Gain = Min.
-100dB*1, adjacent INPUT/OUTPUT channels, Input Gain = Min.
Rio3224-D: 480mm x 232mm*2 x 362mm (18 7/8in x 9 1/4in x 14 1/4in), 12.4kg (27.3lb)
Rio1608-D: 480mm x 144mm*2 x 362mm (18 7/8in x 5 3/4in x 14 1/4in), 8.8kg (19.4lb)
Ri8-D: 480mm x 44mm x 362mm (18 7/8in x 1 3/4in x 14 1/4in), 4.5kg (10.0lb)
Ro8-D: 480mm x 44mm x 359mm (18 7/8in x 1 3/4in x 14 1/8in), 4.4kg (9.7lb)
Rio3224-D: 120W
Rio1608-D: 70W
Ri8-D: 35W
Ro8-D: 35W
US/Canada: 120V 60Hz, Japan: 100V 50/60Hz, China: 110-240V 50/60Hz
Korea: 220V 60Hz, Other: 110-240V 50/60Hz
Operating temperature range: 0 - 40℃
Storage temperature range: -20 - 60℃
Sampling Frequency
Signal Delay
Frequency Response
Total Harmonic Distortion*3
Hum & Noise*4
Dynamic Range
Dimensions (WxHxD)
and Net Weight
Power Requirements
Power Requirements
(voltage and hertz)
Temperature Range
Sampling Frequency
Signal Delay
Frequency Response
Total Harmonic Distortion*3
Hum & Noise*4
Dynamic Range
Dimensions (WxHxD)
and Net Weight
*1 Crosstalk is measured with a 30dB/octave filter @22kHz *2 Excluded MBCL optional meter bridge.
*3 Total Harmonic Distortion is measured with 18dB/octave filter @80kHz *4 Hum & Noise are measured with A-Weight filter.
Power Requirements
Analog Input Characteristics
Input Terminals
Actual Load
For Use With
50-600Ω Mics &
600Ω Lines
50-600Ω Mics &
600Ω Lines
-82dBu (61.6µV)
-10dBu (245mV)
-70dBu (0.245mV)
-26dBu (38.8mV)
Input Level
-62dBu (0.616mV)
+10dBu (2.45V)
-60dBu (0.775mV)
-16dBu (0.123V)
Max. before clip
-42dBu (6.16mV)
+30dBu (24.5V)
-40dBu (7.75mV)
+4dBu (1.23V)
Temperature Range
XLR-3-31 type (Balanced) *2
Analog Output Characteristics
Actual Source
For Use With
600Ω Lines
8Ω Phones
40Ω Phones
+24dB (default)
Output Level
Max. before clip
+24dBu (12.3 V)
+4dBu (1.23 V)
+18dBu (6.16V)
-2dBu (616mV)
XLR-3-32 type (Balanced)*1 Stereo Phone Jack (TRS) (Unbalanced)*2 *1. XLR-3-32 type connectors are balanced.( 1=GND, 2=HOT, 3=COLD ) *2. PHONES stereo phone jack is unbalanced.( Tip=LEFT, Ring=RIGHT, Sleeve=GND ) *3. In these specifications, 0dBu = 0.775 Vrms.
*4. All output DA converters are 24bit, 128times oversampling. *5. There are switches inside the body to preset the maximum output level. *6. The position of the level control is 10dB lowered from Max.
Digital Input & Output Characteristics
Data length
24bit or 32bit
64ch Input/64ch Output @48kHz Connector
etherCON Cat5e
Analog Input Characteristics
Input Terminals
INPUT 1-32 (Rio3224-D)
1-16 (Rio1608-D)
1-8 (Ri8-D)
Actual Load
50-600Ω Mics &
600Ω Lines
For Use With
Input Level
Max. before clip
-62dBu (0.616mV)
-42dBu (6.16mV)
+10dBu (2.45V)
+30dBu (24.5V)
XLR-3-31 type (Balanced) *1
*1. XLR-3-31 type connectors are balanced.(1=GND, 2=HOT, 3=COLD) *2. In these specifications, 0dBu = 0.775 Vrms. *3. All input AD converters are 24bit linear, 128times oversampling.
*4. +48V DC ( phantom power ) is supplied to INPUT XLR type connectors via each individual software controlled switch. Analog Output Characteristics
Output Terminals
Actual Source
For Use With
OUTPUT 1-16 (Rio3224-D)
1-8 (Rio1608-D, Ro8-D)
600Ω Lines
Output Level
Max.Output Level
Select SW*4
Max. before clip
+24dB (default) +4dBu (1.23 V)
+24dBu (12.3V)
-2dBu (616mV)
+18dBu (6.16V)
XLR-3-32 type (Balanced) *1
*1. XLR-3-32 type connectors are balanced.( 1=GND, 2=HOT, 3=COLD ) *2. In these specifications, 0dBu = 0.775 Vrms. *3. All output DA converters are 24bit, 128times oversampling.
*4. There are switches inside the body to preset the maximum output level.
Digital Input & Output Characteristics
Digital Output Characteristics
*1 Crosstalk is measured with a 30dB/octave filter @22kHz *2 Including rubber feet. *3 Total Harmonic Distortion is measured with 18dB/octave filter @80kHz *4 Hum & Noise are measured with A-Weight filter.
XLR-3-31 type (Balanced) *2
*1. Sensitivity is the lowest level that will produce an output of +4dBu(1.23V) or the nominal output level when the unit is set to maximum gain.(all faders and level controls are maximum position.)
*2. XLR-3-31 type connectors are balanced..(1=GND, 2=HOT, 3=COLD) *3. In these specifications, 0dBu = 0.775 Vrms. *4. All input AD converters are 24bit linear, 128times oversampling.
*5. +48V DC ( phantom power ) is supplied to OMNI IN (1-8) and TALKBACK XLR type connectors via each individual software controlled switches.
Output Terminals
Power Requirements
(voltage and hertz)
AES/EBU Professional Use
Data length
XLR-3-32 type (Balanced)*1
*1. XLR-3-32 type connectors are balanced. (1=GND, 2=HOT, 3=COLD)
Data length
24bit or 32bit
I/O Slot (1-3) Characteristics Audio
24ch Input/32ch Output (Rio3224-D)
8ch Input/16ch Output (Rio1608-D)
8ch Output (Ri8-D)
8ch Input (Ro8-D)
etherCON Cat5e (Rio3224-D, Rio1608-D)
RJ-45 (Ri8-D, Ro8-D)
Each I/O Slot accepts a Mini-YGDAI card. Only Slot1 has a serial interface.
Control I/O Characteristics
GPI (5IN/5OUT) NETWORK LAMP (CL5=3, CL3=2, CL1=1) USB HOST Meter Bridge (CL3/CL1 only) Format
USB 2.0
Level - - TTL/75Ω terminated TTL/75Ω
- 10BASE-T/100Base-TX/ 0V - 12V
- - Connector
DIN Connector 5P DIN Connector 5P BNC Connector BNC Connector D-Sub Connector 15P (Female) *1 RJ-45 XLR-4-31 type *2 USB A Connector (Female) D-Sub Connector 9P (Female) *1. Input pins: Internal TTL-level pull-up resistors provided (47kΩ). Output pins: Open-drain output (Vmax = 12V, max. sink current/pin = 75mA)
Power pins: Output voltage Vp = 5V, max. output current Imax = 300mA
*2. Pin 4 = +12V, Pin 3 = GND, lamp rating 5W. Software voltage control.
Digital Output Characteristics
AES/EBU OUT 1/2 - 7/8*1
AES/EBU Professional Use
*1 Rio3224-D only *2. XLR-3-32 type connectors are balanced.( 1=GND, 2=HOT, 3=COLD )
Data length
XLR-3-32 type (Balanced)*2
839(33 1/8)
648(25 5/8)
130(5 1/4)
130(5 1/4)
667(26 1/4)
667(26 1/4)
667(26 1/4)
1053(41 1/2)
299(11 3/4)
299(11 3/4)
299(11 3/4)
130(5 1/4)
185(7 1/4)
91(3 5/8)
70(2 3/4)
374(14 3/4)
30(1 1/8)
480(18 7/8)
351(13 7/8)
359(14 1/8)
144(5 5/8)
132(5 1/4)
44(1 3/4)
232(9 1/8)
480(18 7/8)
480(18 7/8)
480(18 7/8)
220(8 5/8)
351(13 7/8)
362(14 1/4)
362(14 1/4)
350(13 3/4)
350(13 3/4)
362(14 1/4)
44(1 3/4)
mm (inch)
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