The Yamaha TF series Digital mixing consoles represent years of continuous development. Yamaha is among the world's most experienced designers of digital consoles, but for the TF project, engineers st... Click To Read More About This Product
The Yamaha TF series Digital mixing consoles represent years of continuous development. Yamaha is among the world's most experienced designers of digital consoles, but for the TF project, engineers started from scratch, rethinking the way people approach mixing sound, and careful not to get caught up in any conventions or presupposed best practices without a thorough reaxamination. The team that created this console have more than 70 years of aggregated experience mixing shows of all genres, so they have firsthand experience with the chief concerns musicians have with regard to mixing. The Yamaha TF3 is the Mama Bear of the three available versions of the TF mixer series, situated nicely in the middle in terms of feature set. It may be the perfect thing for your stage or studio.
Based around an intuitive multi-touch screen and a simple touch and turn knob getting around and making adjustments is simple and fast. Simple swipe, pinch and pull gestures and double touches invite the user to make adjustments, and the always available Touch and Turn control makes precise adjustments a breeze. The TF3 boasts the following primary features:
25 motor faders (24 channels + 1 master)
48 input mixing channels (40 mono + 2 stereo + 2 return)
20 AUX (8 mono + 6 stereo) + stereo + sub buses
24 analog XLR/TRS combo mic/line inputs + 2 analog RCA pin stereo line analog inputs
16 analog XLR outputs
34 x 34 digital record/playback channels via USB 2.0 + 2 x 2 via a USB storage device
1 expansion slot for NV64-D audio interface card
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Comments about Yamaha TF3 24 Channel Digital Mixer:
This was a replacement for a Presonus 16.0.2 that was struck by lightning. The Presonus was a great little board for the money, but the first time we used the TF3, everybody in the band noticed the difference. Vocals were as loud and clear as the instruments. The guys like to play loud and we had not always been able to hear ourselves well with the Presonus. That could have been my fault as well
I did have difficulty getting it to work with Pro Tools. I had to make sure to use the Yamaha Steinberg USB driver, not the generic one you can get from the Yamaha website. I also had to make sure that the input channel from Pro Tools was set to USB. In order to set the proper adjustments you have to make sure you are looking at the correct bank of faders. Under the Fader Bank, there are three buttons. These are Input 1, Input 2 and Output. Input 1 gives the first 24 inputs, Input 2 gives you all the remaining inputs. The output button is self-explanatory . Pressing Input 2 and Output at the same time gives you access to your effects faders, as well as several others. If the "On" button is not lit, the effects engine is off. This caused me some confusion trying to find.
Once you get used to the board, you can appreciate the intuitive design, but I do recommend reading the owner's manual which has to be downloaded from Yamaha. It is capable of doing a lot, but can be a little tricky. Yamaha does have some tutorials on YouTube that are helpful. Yamaha is very good at calling you back if you send them an email. In talking with the Yamaha rep, he described the sound as "silky sweet", similar to much larger boards. I agree with that statement.
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