Yamaha TF-Rack Digital Rackmount Mixer

Yamaha
TF-Rack

$3,371

Ever since the first Yamaha digital mixer was released in 1987, the company has been a leader in digital mixer innovation for a wide range of applications. For small events and halls, large-scale outdoor concerts, music production, commercial installations and more, Yamaha offers a comprehensive lineup that delivers world-renowned sonic quality, operability, functionality and reliability. TF Series digital mixing consoles released in 2015 offer TouchFlow Operation™ which allows the user to respond to the music and artists on stage with unprecedented speed and freedom, taking live sound reinforcement to a new level of refinement. With the TouchFlow Operation interface optimized for touch panel control, experienced engineers as well as newcomers to the field will find it easier than ever to achieve the ideal mix. Recallable D-PRE™ preamplifiers support sound quality that will satisfy the most discerning professional ears, while advanced live recording features and seamless operation with high-performance I/O racks give these compact digital mixers capabilities that make them outstanding choices for a wide range of applications. The new TF-RACK is a compact rack-mount version of the TF Series, offering the same levels of performance and groundbreaking operability. This space-saving model is accessible to a wide range of users, from beginners to seasoned engineers. The TF-RACK is an unbeatable choice when smooth, intuitive setup and operation is required in limited spaces.
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  16 mic/line + 1 stereo line Input, 16-Output. Intuitive and smooth all-in-one rack-style digital mixer TF-RACK offers all-in-one mixing and processing capability for small to medium scale live sound, corporate speech events, installations and much more. It packs intuitive user interface, natural control flow, digital effects/processing units and many shortcuts to great sound into a compact, portable rack-style unit.

Scene memory that stores mix settings for instant recall
The scene memory features banks A and B, each capable of holding up to 100 scenes. That’s a total of 200 scenes that can be set up and instantly recalled whenever needed. A number of scenes are pre-programmed to give users a head start: scenes with the 1-knob COMP and 1-knob EQ controls engaged for the easiest possible operation, and scenes with the 1-knob features disabled for experienced engineers who might want to follow an established procedure. The banks are great for organizing different types of scenes: one for scenes categorized by music type, and the other by event type, for example.

  1-knob COMP™ & 1-knob EQ™: One Knob to Dial In the Ideal Sound An experienced engineer can do a lot with a compressor: bring a guitar to life, add punch to bass, tighten up a snare, and make vocals ride clearly on the mix. The 1-knob COMP can do all of this quickly and easily, without the need to juggle multiple parameters to achieve the desired effect. Originally introduced in Yamaha analog mixers, the 1-knob COMP quickly became a popular and valued feature. It has now been further refined in a digital version that adds new setup ease and efficiency to the TF consoles. The same concept has been applied in a new 1-knob EQ feature that provides notably improved speed and smooth operation. 1-knob EQ has been painstakingly fine-tuned by Yamaha R&D staff in cooperation with distinguished sound engineers, to ensure that you can achieve outstanding results with minimum effort in the shortest possible time. A Vocal Mode makes it easier than ever to achieve a clear, well defined vocal sound, while an Intensity Mode offers 1-knob "intensity” control over EQ curves you either select from the presets or create from scratch. But there’s more: the 1-knob COMP and 1-knob EQ are provided on the output channels too, so you can quickly achieve overall output compression or EQ that ideally matches the room and audience size. The output 1-knob EQ has a Loudness Mode in place of the Vocal Mode, effectively increasing the sound pressure level while maintaining optimum sound as you rotate the knob. Both the 1-knob COMP and 1-knob EQ provide quick access to the full compressor and EQ displays, so you can fine tune settings as required.

  QuickPro Presets™ Provide Instant Access to Pro Sound Setups The Yamaha R&D team developed a selection of optimized QuickPro Presets™ for a wide variety of microphones and output equipment by working in collaboration with well-respected engineers and major microphone manufacturers such as Audio-Technica, Sennheiser and Shure. With these practical presets even the novice engineer can get very close to the ideal sound, while experienced engineers will appreciate the significant time savings. For input channels we prepared more than 100 presets that range from vocals to drum sets. All the presets were precisely tuned by using a wide range of actual microphones and instruments. For output channels we developed presets for a variety of speaker systems and in-ear monitors with several variations to match different environments and room sizes. All of these can be used as is when time is tight, but they are also great starting points for manual fine tuning. Setups created from the presets or from scratch can be saved as additional presets too. The 1-knob EQ and 1-knob COMP can be used with QuickPro Presets™ providing a super-streamlined way to tweak your sound. In addition to the onboard presets, new QuickPro Presets™ will be added to the Yamaha Pro Audio website, so be sure to check for updates.

  Recallable D-PRE™ Microphone Preamplifiers The TF series consoles feature new recallable versions of Yamaha’s acclaimed D-PRE microphone preamplifier. The preamplifiers, or head amplifiers in any console play a significant role in defining the sound of the final mix, so Yamaha engineers spared no effort in developing and refining the D-PRE design to ensure that every nuance and subtlety of the original signal is effectively captured. The circuit is based on a discrete inverted Darlington pair configuration that achieves clean, precise amplification with consistently low noise and distortion at all signal levels. While some microphone preamps are built specifically to impart a unique character of their own, the D-PRE preamplifier has been painstakingly designed with a flat, wide frequency response that retains the tone and nuance of the original sound so that the essence of the performer’s art is captured intact.

   8 Powerful Processing/Effect Units and More… In addition to channel processors, TF consoles feature eight powerful processing/effect units. All the units feature the same type of SPX processors that have become standards in recording and live sound applications, offering 19 programs ranging from reverb and delay, through modulation effects such as flanger and chorus, to multiband compression. With two units of global FX the panel EDIT key opens the effect parameter display where detailed parameters can be adjusted instantly. The remaining six Ins FX are available in the AUX 9/10