Yamaha Design “Synapses” TF Series
Digital mixers equipped with TouchFlow Operation™
The TF series is equipped with an operation system optimized for touch screen operation and physical knobs that allow for fine adjustments. Yamaha has invested in this provocative product with an eye on the market for digital mixers, having developed three sizes that pack a multitude of functions into a compact housing, so that it can be used in a wide range of applications and by both experienced engineers and beginners.
We used a two-block construction composed of an upper block for the touch screen interface and a lower block to control the faders and other knobs, then made it visually distinctive with a black and silver two-tone color. The step built into the boundary between the two blocks functions as a stable platform in front of the screen for an iPad or a set list.
We wanted the unit to be easy to install in the TF-RACK and so created a minimalist interface with the touch screen and the touch-and-turn knobs. The touch screen is held at an angle in an escutcheon, improving usability when the mixer is installed in a rack.
Although the TF consoles and the TF-RACK have the same operating system, they have different forms and appearances to meet the needs of different applications. Anyone who has experience operating either of them can use the other as well, shortening the time needed for users to master so that both products can be used in a wide range of applications.
The friendly user interface combines an intuitiveness that allows you to tweak the audio directly on the touch screen and a simplicity that allows for good balance to be achieved with just one knob. It combines various colors and shapes of knobs and buttons to provide ease of use, regardless of the venue.
- Takashi Honda
- Design Studio CRAC
- Masafumi Ito
- Yamaha Design Laboratory