Yamaha QL Series QL1

16 + 2 fader configuration in a compact, rack mountable unit.

  • Mix channels: 32 mono, 8 stereo.
  • Busses: 16 mix, 8 matrix (Input to Matrix supported).
  • Local I/O: 16 in, 8 out.
  • Fader configuration: 16 + 2 (Master).
  • Rack mountable with optional RK1 Rack Mount Kit.


It All Begins with Natural Sound


In order to take maximum advantage of evolved processing potential to sculpt creative new soundscapes, the engineer must have uncolored, natural sound as a starting point. Yamaha’s unwavering natural sound philosophy is fully implemented in the QL series, resulting in accurate reproduction that is faithful to the source.


Every Component Contributes to Superior Sonic Precision

Full creative freedom can only be achieved when the sonic foundation is accurate, uncolored, and faithful to the source. The same pure, natural sound that is a highly regarded feature of the CL series is achieved in the compact QL series consoles as well. Every detail, from mechanical construction through port location, power supply, grounding, and individual components has been painstakingly analyzed and brought together in a system that affords extraordinary audio quality. Noise that can affect digital mixer performance in a number of ways has also been thoroughly scrutinized and effectively eliminated. Because it can affect AD/ DA converter performance, system clock jitter has been subject to detailed analysis and optimized by revising the internal FPGA layout and rerouting the clock signal. All of these details combine to realize performance that not only passes the strictest scientific tests, but also satisfies the critical ears of some of the most demanding sound engineers in the business.


Keeping the Legacy Alive

When it’s time to build creatively on the uncolored sonic foundation provided by the QL consoles, a selection of powerful processors is ready to refine your sound. Yamaha digital technology accurately reproduces the quality and performance of time-honored analog devices that are renowned for their musical sound, as well as speech mixing technology that revolutionized the industry with unprecedented consistency and clarity. The technology that achieves all of this reflects Yamaha’s respect for the legacy of masters who have given us some of our most valued audio capabilities. It also gives today’s sound engineers the support they need to create for the future.


VCM Technology and Rupert Neve

All of the processing capability that was packed into the CL series consoles is provided in the QL consoles as well. Most of those processors are based on Virtual Circuit Modeling (VCM) technology developed by “Dr. K” (Toshifumi Kunimoto) and his team at “K’s lab,” Yamaha’s stateof-the-art digital technology research facility. VCM technology precisely models the circuitry and performance of analog audio devices, right down to the characteristics of individual components such as resistors and capacitors. VCM simulations are so realistic and musical that even the legendary Rupert Neve, a master who built his reputation on analog sound, has given it his approval and collaborated in developing VCM versions of his Portico 5033 and 5043 EQ and compressor, both provided as on-board processors in the QL consoles.


Revolutionary Dan Dugan Automatic Mixer Built In

Thanks to in-depth collaboration with Dan Dugan Sound Design, renowned Dan Dugan automatic microphone mixing with its advanced algorithms is built into the QL series consoles. Setup is easy: just insert the processor into up to 16 channels for automatically optimized microphone gain distribution. Gain control is smooth and natural, as though experienced human operators were doing the mix. The system also effectively reduces feedback and comb filter issues. For speech applications, especially non-scripted situations, this allows the operator to concentrate on details other than fader operation for consistently high-quality mixes.


Refined Interface for Intuitive Control

Operators coming from analog or digital consoles will quickly become comfortable with the QL consoles. Years of accumulated knowhow and feedback from users worldwide have been applied in creating an interface that is simple while providing refined operation that responds fully to the demands of a broad spectrum of real-world applications.


Straightforward “Touch and Turn” Operation

Touch and Turn operation, introduced in the CL series, has been enthusiastically adopted by sound engineers everywhere. The QL series offers the same operational advantage: touch the parameter you want to control on the screen, then rotate the Touch and Turn knob that is below and to the right of the screen to adjust as required. The color displayed below the knob changes to match that of the selected parameter, for quick confirmation and error-free control. It’s simple, responsive, and very intuitive.


The Yamaha Selected Channel System

The Yamaha Selected Channel interface provides a comprehensive overview of available channel parameters with direct selection capability via its large touch-panel display. The display is the same type that was provided on the CL series consoles, offering high visibility and smooth response for stress free operation. Hands-on control via dedicated physical controllers as well as an innovative Touch and Turn knob provides speedy access to essential QL console parameters for a fast, efficient workflow.


Advanced Features Backed by Efficient Design

You can have features galore, but if they’re not well integrated into a smoothly operating system that provides easy access, their value will be greatly reduced. Design of the QL series faders and knobs extends to the finest details of form and materials. High visibility channel name displays and colors add to overall operation ease and efficiency as well. The interface is the vital connection between console and engineer, and we have treated it with appropriate care and respect.


Faders Designed for Fit, Feel, and Visual Feedback

The operator’s sonic intent is conveyed to the console primarily through the faders. Inheriting the sports car bucket seat styling of the CL series faders, the QL faders provide comfortable, sure operation regardless of where you finger rests on the knob. Even the fader knob materials have been selected for optimum feel. The sides of the knobs are specially sculpted to allow the fader scale on the panel to be easily seen from just about any angle.


Selected Channel Controls for Direct, Instant Access

The main Selected Channel parameters are assigned to the knobs located to the right of the display for immediate access at any time. In addition to User Defined Keys to which parameters can be freely assigned, another traditional Yamaha digital mixing console feature, the QL consoles also have on-screen User Defined Knobs that provide the same assignable freedom for variable parameters. In combination, the User Defined Knobs and User Defined Keys can significantly enhance operation speed and efficiency.


Comprehensive Fader Bank Section

All analog inputs are assigned to one Fader Bank, while other input and output channels are accessed by switching banks. Four Custom Fader Banks are also provided, and these allow the user to set up any combination of channels required for maximum efficiency in any application. Custom Fader setups can also be stored with scenes and instantly recalled when needed.


High Visibility Channel Names and Colors

Miniature display panels above each channel fader show the channel name as well as fader setting. There’s also a color bar that glows in eight colors, matching the channel colors shown in the main touch-panel display for easy visual identification. The eight colors plus “black” provide a total of nine color groupings. These high-visibility displays offer excellent legibility in bright outdoor lighting as well in dim indoor settings.


Flexible Network Capability in an All-in-one Console

Network capability is essential in today’s live sound applications, and the QL series offers all you need. In addition to their all-in-one capabilities, QL series consoles come with the widely implemented Dante digital audio networking protocol, developed by Audinate, as a standard feature. That means the QL consoles can be combined with other Dante capable devices, such as CL series consoles and R series I/O rack units, to flexibly create systems for applications of just about any scale or complexity.


One Console May Be All You Need

Each QL series console provides extensive built-in input and output capacity that can handle a variety of applications without the need for stage boxes or other external equipment (32 inputs and 16 outputs on the QL5, and 16 ins and 8 outs on the QL1). For many jobs all you need is one console, and that means vastly superior portability as well as speedy setup.


Superior Dante Networking Built In

Precision synchronization technology achieves low latency and low jitter as well as high sample accuracy in a network that is fast and simple to set up. Individual IDs assigned to each device on a Dante network allow automatic device detection as well as easy patching. Speedy setup leaves more time for the all-important job of setting up the mix.


Redundancy for Reliability

Cables and switches can malfunction, but with Dante’s support for redundant connections a problem on the network won’t stop the show. Redundant primary and secondary connections can be set up in a star network configuration so that problems in any part of the network won’t interrupt the signal flow or bring the entire network down.


“Port to Port” Enhances System Versatility

“Port to Port” is a new Yamaha feature that allows QL series console inputs and outputs to be put to use as elements of a larger system, providing unprecedented capabilities for interconnecting front-of-house and monitor consoles, and much more. Gain Compensation enhances the versatility of this feature even more.


Capable Systems with Fewer Devices

The ability to directly connect input ports to output ports without going through mixing channels provides unprecedented freedom for routing signals between the analog, Dante, and MY slot inputs and outputs. For example, a QL console could be used as an I/O device for another QL or CL series console while simultaneously functioning as a monitor console. Not only is just one QL console required for both monitor and I/O use, but analog gains can be remotely controlled from the front-of-house QL or CL console. It’s also possible to mix analog signals received at the console while directly transmitting them to a multitrack recording system via Dante, for example. The possibilities are vast.


I/O Rack Sharing without Gain Complications

When sharing inputs between multiple consoles using Dante networking and Port to Port capability, gain adjustments made from one console could potentially disrupt the mix balance at another. The Gain Compensation function prevents such problems from occurring. Gain compensation is automatically applied at the digital stage so that the total gain sent out via the network remains constant.


Everything You Need for Creative Engineering

QL series console include a virtual processing rack that lets the operator approach selecting and patching internal processors in a way that’s similar to working with external rack-mounted devices. All of the high-quality processors that received rave reviews in the CL series are provided in the QL series consoles as well. Top-quality sound-shaping tools for creative engineering are ready and accessible whenever they’re needed.

General Specifications

Sampling frequency rateInternal44.1kHz / 48kHz
External44.1kHz: +4.1667%, +0.1%, -0.1%, -4.0% (±200ppm), 48kHz: +4.1667%, +0.1%, -0.1%, -4.0% (±200ppm)
Signal delayLess than 2.5ms, INPUT to OMNI OUT, Fs= 48kHz
Fader100mm motorized, Resolution=1024steps, +10dB to –138dB, –∞dB all faders
Total harmonic distortionLess than 0.05% 20Hz-20kHz@+4dBu into 600Ω, INPUT to OMNI OUT, Input Gain= Min.
Frequency response+0.5, -1.5dB 20Hz-20kHz, refer to +4dBu output @1kHz, INPUT to OMNI OUT
Dynamic range112dB typ.: DA Converter / 108dB typ.: INPUT to OMNI OUT, Input Gain = Min.
Hum & noise levelEquivalent input noise-128dBu typ., Equivalent Input Noise, Input Gain=Max
Residual output noise-88dBu, Residual output noise, ST master off
Crosstalk-100dB*1, adjacent INPUT/OMNI OUT channels, Input Gain = Min.
Power requirements100-240V 50/60Hz
Power consumption135W
DimensionsW468mm(18.4in )
Net weight14.7kg(32.4lb)
AccessoriesOwner’s Manual, power cord, DVS license sheet, Nuendo Live
OptionsRackmount kit RK1, Mini-YGDAI cards *2 , Gooseneck Lamp LA1L
OthersOperating temperature range: 0 – 40℃, Storage temperature range: -20 – 60℃

Technical Specification

Mixing CapacityInput Mixing Channels32 mono + 8 stereo
Mix Buses16
Matrices8 (Input to Matrix supported)
Stereo Bus1
Cue1 (Second Cue Bus supported in QL V4.0 or later)
Local ConnectorsAnalog Inputs16
Analog Outputs8
MY Slots2
Dante I/OPrimary / Secondary
Digital Out1 (AES/EBU)
GPI5 in / 5 out
Word Clock I/OYes
MIDI I/OIn / Out
External Redundant PSUNo
Meter BridgeNo
AC InletV-Lock Type
Scene MemoryNumber of Scenes300
Recall SafeYes
Focus RecallYes
Fade TimeYes (0s ~ 60s)
Selective Load / SaveYes
Tactile Control KeysNo (on-screen)
Input Channel FunctionsGain CompensationYes
Digital GainYes (-96dB ~ +24dB)
ATT-96dB ~ 0dB
HPF20Hz ~ 600Hz, -6 or -12dB/oct Selectable
PEQ4 Band Full PEQ_x000D_
(RTA overlay support in QL V3.0 or later, New EQ Algorithms support in QL V4.0 or later)
Dynamics 1Gate / Ducking / Compressor / Expander (Key-in Filter on the Compressor and Expander in QL V4.0 or later)
Dynamics 2Compressor / Compander-H / Compander-S / De-esser
Input DelayYes (0ms ~ 1000ms, frame delay support in QL V3.0 or later)
PanCENTER NOMINAL or LR NOMINAL for monaural input channels in QL V3.1 or later_x000D_
L-MONO, R-MONO or LR-MONO for stereo input channels in QL V3.1 or later
DCA Group16 (Output DCA support in QL V3.0 or later)
MUTE Group8
Number of Inserts2
Direct OutYes
Output Channel FunctionsPEQ4 Band Full PEQ_x000D_
(RTA overlay support in QL V3.0 or later, New EQ Algorithms support in QL V4.0 or later)
Dynamics 1Compressor / Expander / Compander-H / Compander-S
MUTE Group8
Number of Inserts2
Premium RackNumber of Premium Racks8
Mountable DeviceRND Portico5033 / RND Portico5043 / U76 / Opt-2A / EQ-1A / Dynamic EQ / Buss Comp 369 (QL V3.0 or later) / MBC4 (QL V4.0 or later)
Effect RackNumber of Effect Racks8
Number of Effect Programs54
Mountable DeviceEffect / 31BandGEQ / Flex15GEQ / 8Band PEQ (QL V3.0 or later)
GEQ RackNumber of GEQ Racks8
Mountable Device31BandGEQ / Flex15GEQ / Dugan Automixer / 8Band PEQ (CL V3.0 or later)_x000D_
(RTA overlay support in QL V3.0 or later, GEQ gain control from the TOUCH AND TURN knob in QL V4.0 or later)
DanteNumber of I/O Channels32 in / 32 out
Number of I/O devices that can be discovered from the console *1127
Number of I/O devices that can be mounted24
Number of I/O devices with HA remote control *28
Dante Patch from ConsoleYes
RecordingUSB Memory RecordingYes
DVS RecordingYes (DVS and Nuendo Live bundled)
Broadcast Functions5.1 Surround PanningYes (QL V3.0 or later)
Surround MonitorYes (QL V3.0 or later)
Mix MinusYes (QL V3.0 or later)
L-Mono / R-Mono / LR-MonoYes (QL V3.0 or later)
MonitorSolo ModeYes (QL V4.0 or later)
Second Cue Bus_x000D_
(allows the MATRIX 7/8 to be used as a CUE B bus)
Yes (QL V4.0 or later)
OscillatorSine Wave 1ch / Sine Wave 2ch (QL V3.0 or later) / Pink Noise / Burst Noise
Other FunctionsPort to PortYes
RTAYes (QL V3.0 or later)
Output Port DelayYes (0ms ~ 1000ms, frame delay support in QL V3.0)
User LevelYes
Help FileYes
Channel LinkYes (Output Channel Link support in QL V3.0 or later)
Channel Copy/MoveYes
Control & Monitoring for Digital Wireless ReceiversShure ULXD4D/ULXD4Q (QL V4.0 or later)
User InterfaceDisplay10 inch Touch Panel
Centralogic SectionNo
Faders16 + 2
Selected Channel EncodersGain, HPF, PEQ (controls for a selected band), Dynamics 1/2(Threshold only), Pan
Channel EncoderNo
Channel Name / Color DisplayYes
Custom Fader BanksYes (customized for all faders in a lump, MASTER fader of FADER BANK A in QL V4.0 or later)
User Defined Keys12 (x 4 banks in QL V3.0 or later)
User Defined Knobs4 (on-screen)
Touch and Turn KnobYes
Monitor Level KnobYes (on-screen)
Wooden Arm RestNo
iPad StayNo
SoftwareEditorQL Editor (Win/Mac, CSV files import/export in QL Editor V4.0.0 or later)
StageMixQL StageMix (iPad app)
MonitorMixYes (QL V4.00 or later)
Console File ConverterYes (Win/Mac)