At the NAMM music show on Friday
Yamaha began shipping two new mixers, one FireWire-based, the other USB.
The first mixer, the FireWire-based N Series is equipped with Cubase Advanced Integration, which means that many of the most common controls a musician needs are available directly on the mixer. For example, the N Series has dedicated transport, track select and record ready buttons right on the hardware that will trigger Cubase when pressed.
The 12-channel n12 controls the entire studio by providing independent headphone mixes, talkback capability, and monitor speaker selection and control up to complete 5.1 surround systems.
The prices on the N Series are $1,099 (n8) and $1,599 (n12).
Yamaha is also shipping the MW Series II USB 2.0 mixer. Targeted to the home studio, the MW series comes in four models — the MW8CX, MW10C, MW12C and the MW12CX.
In addition to the multiple I/Os, the mixers also provide a variety of reverb, delay, modulation and distortion programs with parameter control. The USB-based mixers also come with Cubase Advanced Integration to control the software application.
The MW Series II are $249.99 (MW10C), $329.99 (MW8CX), $399.99 (MW12C) and $449.99 (MX12CX).