I wish console manufacturers would once and for all stop designing consoles as though they were still analogue when it comes to buses.There should be Inputs and outputs.No auxes, groups, matrices, or masters.Every input and bus can be sent to any other bus pre or post anywhere.It's even more ridiculous on consoles like the DiGiCo (and I think Avid) that you have to decide before you build a show file what your buses will be.It's high time they stop thinking in analogue terms and allow maximum flexibility.
I'm perfectly happy with groups and auxes and matrices, they make excellent paradigms for thinking of signal path structure.
Then there is this from the press release : "states Marc Lopez, Marketing Manager, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. “Future plans include built-in Dugan automatic mixing similar to the new QL Series". First, does this mean the Dugan software is going to be a part of V2 firmware or still in the future plans? More to the point is Yamaha really about to give away for free what they currently get more than two grand for? That is so unYamaha-like that I gotta think there is a gotcha there somewhere.
I'm perfectly happy with groups and auxes and matrices, they make excellent paradigms for thinking of signal path structure. I'd just like console makers to realize that its no longer done with ribbon cables and build out resistors, its just software.
But alas, it isn't just software - at least according to the Midas folks who told us that their digital consoles cannot have the option of pre-eq/dynamics bus sends added via a firmware upgrade.
I like the way the GLD does it's layers. Any input, output, bus master, send, return or DCA can be on any layer in any location, or not - I have a couple of DCAs I use that don't appear on the surface.
On the other hand, Digico allows you to sacifice mixes to get moe input channels, so...
+1. Now that I've had my GLD for a few months I can confidently say the ergonomics are awesome (except for the iPad app which currently sucks). Any fader anywhere, or hide it (like when a DCA is used for a mute group that has been assigned to a soft key). Move faders around the console by swiping them on the touch screen,... I can change fader locations mid show based on what is really getting used, in a second, great for festivals... An intuitive way to assign channels to axes, busses,... .
You've inadvertently stumbled on one of the key differences between older DSP-style processing (as found on the Midas Pro series, pre-Neutron) and newer FPGA style processing. using pre-configured DSP chips is very cost effective, and so a lot of lower-end digital consoles have been made that way for years (pretty much every live console is lower-end as compared to the spectrum of consoles accross the market). The tradeoff here is that you configure the chips with functionality when you manufacture the boards. So you are fixing limits in place early on.The FPGA (field programmable gate array) is an IC that is designed to be re-programmable by the designers after manufacture. This what allows companies like Digico who are using this technology to divvy up the available processing power however they like. The SD7 represents the limit of their current architecture by providing 256 full-processing paths (a path being a channel, either input or output, featuring their EQ, dynamics, etc...). I believe the Yamaha's still use a slightly older-style architecture (I could be wrong), and even the new Neutron DSP is a hybrid product.For example, when the CL came out, I spoke with some people at Yamaha and complained that there weren't 2 solo buses. This is a big deal for those of us dealing with big monitor rigs featuring both IEMs and wedges. They told me that it wasn't physically possible to just add another buss with their architecture, but they could potentiall look at a software revision where a pair of matrices could become a second solo buss...
Perhaps they "gave it away" on QL to get more mid-level users to want the Dugan functionality, then they'll sell it as an upgrade to CL, etc, costing less than the card (plus you don't lose a card slot) - similar to the VCM effects upgrades to previous mixers.
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