Yamaha N8 8 Channel Digital Mixer with Firewire Connection Pre-owned, 3 months warranty
The Yamaha n8 is an 8 channel digital mixing console with musically tuned Class-A discrete mic preamps and an Inverted Darlington Circuitry Design. It features four mono channels and two stereo channels, each with Low, High and a sweepable Mid-range EQ, along with 'sweet spot morphing' compression and digital reverb. The Yamaha n8 also features tight integration with Cubase and features a number of hardware DAW controls, such as transport buttons, for a true hands-on experience.
- Switchable Phantom Power
- Direct Connect to a Wide Range of Sources
- Hi-Z Input for Direct Guitar or Bass Recording
- Sweet Spot Morphing Compressor
- Effective Musical EQ
- High-Resolution Rev-X Reverb
- Tight integration with Cubase
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Switchable Phantom Power
If you're serious about your sound - especially for vocals or acoustic instruments - you'll undoubtedly want to use studio-quality phantom-powered condenser microphones for the extended range and natural reproduction they provide. The n8 is fully compatible, with switchable built-in phantom power.
Direct Connect to a Wide Range of Sources
The Yamaha n8 provides both balanced XLR connectors and balanced TRS phone jacks on all mono input channels for direct connectivity with the widest possible range of input sources. The stereo inputs have both unbalanced RCA pin jack and phone jack pairs. All mono inputs also feature TRS insert jacks that can be used to insert external signal processors into the signal path of the corresponding channel.
Hi-Z Input for Direct Guitar or Bass Recording
Not all guitar and bass recording situations require amps, microphones, and a soundproof studio. You can conveniently connect an electric guitar or bass directly to the 'B' input of channel 4 on the n8 and engage the input Hi-Z switch for optimum matching and sound.
Sweet Spot Morphing Compressor
Although a wide range of artistic sensibilities and technologies come together to form great music, compression is one aspect that clearly differentiates professional sound. You could buy a professional compressor (at considerable cost), but they are complicated to use, and it can take hours to dial in the optimum compression for just a single track. In fact, one of the marks of a great engineer is his or her ability to quickly set up compression and EQ that enhance the music, drawing on experience acquired over many years and countless studio sessions. Yamaha's innovative Sweet Spot Morphing Compressor produced by K's LAB eliminates the tedious details with just two knobs that function in a totally new and ingenious way. The MORPH control has five 'sweet spots' that offer compression crafted by some of the world's leading engineers and producers, and by simply rotating the control you can 'morph' seamlessly from one sweet spot to the next for an extraordinary spectrum of expressive compression. The second DRIVE knob is used to adjust the amount of compression applied. No compressor has ever made it this easy to dial up the perfect compression for such a wide range of situations. And since the Sweet Spot Morphing Compressor is based on Yamaha's extraordinary analogue modelling technology, no other 'simple' compressor sounds anywhere near as good. Alternative sweet spot data can be downloaded from Sweet Spot Data Library.
Effective Musical EQ
Like compression, artful EQ can dramatically enhance a mix in many ways. The Yamaha n8 equalizers have been created through an extensive study of the most musical and desirable consoles used by leading artists and engineers throughout the world. They offer a finely-balanced and dynamic relationship between EQ curve, frequency ranges, and other factors that give you truly musical control. 3-band equalizers with sweepable midrange on each channel deliver totally satisfying, potent EQ control that can take your music to a higher level.
High-Resolution Rev-X Reverb
Yamaha's Rev-X digital reverb algorithm is renowned for its high resolution and extraordinarily natural sound. The n8 console offers this leading technology built in. You have a choice of hall, room, and plate reverb simulations with reverb time and level control. This superlative reverb processor can be used for wet monitoring while recording as well as for adding ambience during final mixdown.
Dimmer and Mute Switches
These handy functions are normally only found on large studio consoles, but you'll be glad Yamaha has included them on the n8. As you'd expect, the mute switch mutes or un-mutes the console's output, while the dimmer switch reduces the output to a level that is still audible but allows conversation or phone calls. The advantage of the dimmer switch is that you can simply tap it a second time and be precisely back at optimum monitoring level without having to reset faders or level controls.
Source Select and Level Control
The n8 has source selectors for DAW (the stereo output from the DAW running on your computer), ST (the console's stereo bus), AUX (the console's auxiliary bus), and 2TR (the console's 2-track inputs). The console's surround monitoring capabilities are impressive, with bass management, down-mixing, and other features you'd normally only find on high-end professional gear. You can even use the n8 for top-quality surround playback from pre-recorded sources such as DVDs and computer sources, giving you a chance to hear how top engineers approach surround production on your own monitor speakers. But although it provides professional capabilities, the n8 makes general monitoring hassle-free: simply select the signal you want to monitor and spin the big CONTROL ROOM LEVEL knob to set the ideal monitoring level.
Solo Level Control
Solo switches on every input channel let you monitor a single channel or any group of channels within a mix without having to change settings on any of the other channels. The n8 console even provides a pre-fader listen switch for pre-fader solo monitoring, and a solo level control that lets you adjust the solo monitoring level as required. This is another feature usually only found on large, expensive consoles.
A New Approach to Digital Interfacing
It would be easy to mistake the n8 for an analogue mixer. In fact, that's the way they're designed to look, and function. Although there's extensive digital power and processing capability under the hood, the interface has been distilled down to the functions you really need. If you've ever used an analogue console, you'll feel right at home with the n8 in no time. And that means you'll be able to make music without getting lost in the technology, or having to refer to the manual all the time. Of course you'll want to learn the basics, and how the hardware interacts with the software, but that won't take long and then it's all up to you and your imagination.
One Function per Control
Another reason the n8 is eminently predictable and easy to use is that nothing is hidden below the surface. There are no layers, no multi-functions controls - there isn't even an LCD display. Each and every knob, switch, and fader does exactly what it says it does, and nothing else. Stated another way, that means you always know what you're doing, and there are no surprises to delay your progress.
24-bit, 96-kHz Digital Quality
What you won't see but will definitely hear is the superb audio quality delivered by the digital technology inside. 24-bit 96-kHz processing is the de-facto standard for professional audio, and that's what's happening inside the n8 chassis. The extraordinary Sweet Spot Morphing Compressors, channel equalizers, and Rev-X reverb processor are all made possible by state-of-the-art Yamaha digital technology too.
Tight Integration Keeps You Focused and In Control
The Yamaha n8 and CUBASE software are so nicely integrated that most of the control you'll need while recording is available right from the console. You have track selection capability as well as full transport control including record arming, cycling and marker placement/location. A monitor remote switch lets you process the input channel and record bus signals with reverb and VST effects supplied by the software, and WET switches make it simple to set up wet monitoring while recording. There's even a remote on/off switch for the software's click (metronome) function. It's all right at your fingertips.
Yamaha n8 Specifications
• Dimensions: 268 x 146 x 518 mm
• Weight: 11kg
• Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.003 % or less
Yamaha n8 System Requirements
• Windows: Intel Core or Pentium or Celeron family processor, 1.4 GHz or better with an S400 (400Mbps) IEEE1394 (FireWire) or i.Link terminal, XP Professional/XP Home Edition SP2, 512 MB memory or more
• Macintosh: Power Mac G4 1 GHz or Core Solo 1.5 GHz or better with an S400 (400Mbps) FireWire, Mac OS X 10.4 or higher, 512 MB memory or more
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Brand Yamaha Condition Pre-owned Specifications
• Dimensions: 268 x 146 x 518 mm
• Weight: 11kg
• Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.003 % or less
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