Yamaha Announces CL/QL Firmware Version 4.5

Includes Support for Yamaha’s new I/O Racks and Audinate Dante Domain Manager

Updated firmware version for the industry-standard Yamaha CL and QL series digital mixing consoles is to be released, continuing Yamaha’s policy of keeping products ahead of the curve with regular updates. CL/QL V4.5 will provide support for Yamaha’s new Rio3224-D2 and Rio1608-D2 I/O racks, scheduled for simultaneous release, and Audinate’s Dante Domain Manager.

The new Rio3224-D2 and Rio1608-D2 are successors to the Rio3224-D and Rio1608-D, offering significant advances in sound, reliability and visual status confirmation. The analogue circuitry of the original Rio3224-D and Rio1608-D has been revised to deliver sound that represents another evolution in Yamaha’s ‘natural sound’ concept, with overall performance that is in the same league of excellence as the company’s flagship RIVAGE PM series.

Both the Rio3224-D2 and Rio1608-D2 include dual power supply units, to minimise the possibility of power loss during an event. Another refinement is the inclusion of character/icon displays for quick and easy confirmation of Dante settings, as well as metering, gain, high-pass filters, phantom power and more. It is also possible to edit gain, high-pass filters and phantom power settings directly from the I/O Rack interface, settings which can be locked if required.

Dante Domain Manager software from Audinate provides efficient Dante network management with user authentication and role-based security, allowing seamless Dante system expansion on virtually any network infrastructure. It offers significantly enhanced security and scalability for systems built on Dante infrastructure with a CL or QL series mixer at the core.

Starting with the CL/QL consoles and Rio3224-D2/Rio1608-D2 I/O racks, Yamaha will be rolling out updates for more Dante-ready products in the near future, in order to provide system-wide support for Dante Domain Manager. Forthcoming updates will be announced on the Yamaha pro audio website.

“Yamaha has always been at the forefront of innovation and responsiveness. This announcement of upgrading its products to support Dante Domain Manager is no exception,” says Audinate CEO Lee Ellison. “We are pleased that Yamaha’s customers can now benefit from the enhancements in flexibility, scalability and security for AV systems that Dante Domain Manager provides.”

Yoshi Tsugawa, General Manager at Yamaha pro audio division, adds, “Our ten-year alliance with Audinate has resulted in a number of Dante solutions which go way beyond simple audio-over-IP technology. Dante Domain Manager will deliver important enhancements in terms of Dante system security, expandability and manageability. We will roll out further updates that support Dante Domain Manager for Dante-ready Yamaha products, to give our customers the highest possible levels of