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Yamaha N12 Digital Mixing Studio Reviews
I thought long and hard about the right desk for my project studio. It is for our Gospel group and used for making/mixing backing tracks. Finally I choose the N12 to be the backbone and boy am I glad I did.
At First it was a bit daunting, the N12 shipped to me had the old firmware and so this had to be updated! I read the instructions and sweated as I watched the update praying there would not be a power failure so if you not prepared to go through this check the version you are getting. I have to say it went smooth. You have to install the software and have it all running first then a combination of switching on holding two controlls puts the desk into update mode and you send the update from the computer. If you read and understand all the instructions fully before you do it, it should be ok!
Speaking of the software as my new computer is Vista 64bit I had to discard the disks that came with the desk and download my versions from Yamaha this was no trouble and it is running 64bit native perfectly. I\'m using it with Cubase 5.1 so I also downloaded and printed out the new section of the manual (about 10 pages but it was worth it) The manual with mine was for Cubase 4.
Anyway what about the desk. Well, it is awsome. Looks fantastic in the studio and the sound is clean and crisp. the controlls are really intuitive and controlling cubase from the Daw remote control is a dream. Having the N12 multi template to choose from when you open Cubase takes care of all the Vst connections and your ready to record, ther is also other templates including 5.1. When it came to mixing I flicked the switch and my Cubase mixer channels switched to my N12 and I mixed with real faders and channel strips. I run the Speaker A to my Nearfields and then the others to a small desk and a speaker splitter which runs 3 other sets of speakers for referance. I also use it with a CC121 (also needed a firmware update just lucky I guess!) and both Cubase ready lights come on and work together no problem. There really is too many features to go into but check them out on the web and then believe me they all work sweetly.
I have to say Dolphin\'s price is excellent and as usual the delivery was as specified.
All in all if you are looking for a digital desk with all the feel of an analogue board then this is the baby for you. Its a lot of money but you will never regret it for years to come.
I bought this mixer because i needed an all in one solution and because of the acclaim it recieved in the reviews i read. I really like this mixing desk and have not been disappointed so far. Its takes a bit of getting to understand but its not overly complicated. Manual is ok and the copy of Cubase AI you get with it does pretty much all you need unless you want surround sound then you have to have Cubase 4 or a DAW (digital Audio workstation) that supports surround sound. I think the sound quality is excellent and its seems what you put in (in terms of audio signal)is what you get out. The built in reverb is ok and the built in compressors are very useful. The pro\'s are you dont even need a sound card in your computer. You only have to connect to the computer via firewire, not loads of audio leads or a break out box. It works excellently with cubase 4 AI and i assume Cubase 4. I havnt tried it with any other DAW like pro tools or logic. But once you set it up correctly under those DAW\'s i think it would be fine. I run a 2GHz core duo with 2 gig of ram with a pair of alesis m1 active mk2 monitors and i havent experience any lantancy issues although i havnt really pushed it in terms of using lots of VST effects etc. I think the build quality is good. The only small gripe i would have with it is that it doesnt have any XLR outputs which would have been useful especailly if you were taking it out for live use. I havent used all its features yet, but I am very happy with it thus far especailly as its now over Â£100 more expensive than when I bought it 3 months ago. Make sure you do all the updates, when i first got it the cycle or loop button on the transport controls on the N12 wouldnt seem to stay on when pressed on the N12 after the updates were done this was sorted. I have found that a couple of times the N12 doesnt seem to work properly when you first boot it to cubase (but probably me not giving it enough time) but just reboot cubase and/or turn the N12 off then on again and everything is fine. It hasnt crashed on me once (touch wood) once its all booted up correctly and ive started working. So i would say stability is very good. Im not an expert on mixers or Cubase or recording for that matter but it seems i am not alone in praising this mixer. I hope this review has helped.
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