Yamaha Design “Synapses” CL Series
GOOD DESIGN AWARD
iF Design Award
Design for Asia Award
Next-generation digital mixers that allow intuitive operation.
CL series mixers are shaped in such a way that their horizontal and inclined surfaces are smoothly linked, and they boasts graphics to match. This combination is clearly indicative of the smoothly contiguous configuration consisting of operation controls arrayed in front and alongside a central touch LCD incorporating a range of functions.
As a mixing console for live performances that undergoes repeated movement and installation, these products must be both sturdy and elaborate. The delicate operation controls are enclosed by the top panel and dynamic side pads, both of which feature an original design and are produced using metal-bending techniques that make them light and strong.
We aimed to create a clear interface so that the operator could use the mixer in comfort at live performances, where everything must be right the first time, and to build a reliable device in which every detail had been properly thought out—from the materials and the accuracy of the graphics right down to the ability to make adjustments using a single screw.
Naturally, panel information is clearly visible both indoors and out, and the StageMix application for the iPad allows flexible operation of the mixer—enabling the iPad to either control the device remotely from various locations or to function as a sub-display on top of the main panel.
The fader knobs that control input and output are also known as the mixer’s "handles." These are designed for fingertip control and with easy-to-read scale markings. Together with the oak front pads, this feature evokes a feeling of comfort in the operator.
- Masafumi Ito
- Yamaha Design Laboratory