Yamaha 01V96i by peteruno
The Yamaha 01V96i is the latest version of the 24bit Yamaha digital mixer series and is an ideal professional mixer for both studio and post production applications with a small footprint and a big juicy sound. The analog preamps on each channel are rich and the eq extremely musical as are the reverbs and the VCM series mastering effects that are built into the mixer. A very simple and basic Studio Manager software program is available for both mac and PC storage and manipulation of all the mixer functions and configurations and on my mac. the usb i/o popped up immediately on my DAW and I was instantly reassigning a project I had started with a PreSonus Studio One mixer to the i/o of the Yamaha. Since we are talking about the Presonus Mixer I have to say that while there are some very nifty things about the Studiolive series mixers and their seamless integration with the bundled recording software the effects seem cheesy in comparison with the rich and versatile package that comes with the Yamaha 01V96. While I have used Mackie/Tascam/Behringer and Sony mixers in the past I have used Yamaha digital mixers from the 02R to the 01V96 with mlan to the current 01V96i. I was so annoyed with Yamaha when they abandoned mlan (I also have an mlan equipped Motif which gave me 32 channels of seamless digital i/o with the mixer) that I jumped ship, sold the 01V with mlan and tried out the Presonus mixer but the moment Yamaha brought out the 01v96i I read about the next gen. chips they were using, the VCM effects and usb i/o I came back and have been extremely happy thus far. This is a VERY well built and solid piece of hardware, the faders have a solid feel, the software works seamlessly and my DAW (Digital Performer) is running beautifully with it. I only wish I was a Cubase user because Steinberg has the Studio Manager running inside of Cubase rather than as a separate app as I need for DP but its only a minor annoyance. I love the headroom on my mic channels (theres phantom power on every analog channel) and instruments that I can run through powerful and musical sounding onboard effects and not use up any CPU on the computer the way I might with a software plug-in. I'm also a dedicated Macbook pro user so even though I have 16 gigs of ram and a quad core processor when I'm running a large library on Kontakt and a few Spectrasonics instruments its nice to route them through eq's and effects on the 01V96 and not get bogged down.