Here’s a little jewel…..The Yamaha LS9 32 channel digital console. Now, I’m an old analog guy and it took me some time to get used to the feeling of being naked. Not having to haul a 500lb. console (for the eq, matrix, and 16 sends), a 100lb. outboard power supply, and racks and racks of compressors, gates, reverb and delay units, (add another 200-300lbs. of racks), and oh…if I’m doing monitors from front of house, 2 racks of eq’s. Actually, the amount of outboard gear I would have to bring to do what this 45lb. console can do would be 32 comps., 32 gates, 8 effects units, and 7 dual 31 band eq’s. Oh…and the 2 miles of cable spaghetti at front of house is gone as well. Makes it nice at the end of the night for quick and easy breakdown. By the way this makes an excellent monitor console for bigger shows that require a monitor board. 16 monitor mixes is no issue for this little beastie especially since up to 300 scenes can be saved and named. This really helps in monitor world especially in a fixed installation where different acts come through and some are returning acts. All you have to do is recall thier particular setting and you have a good start in about a half a second.
Go to Yamaha’s website for more tips and suggestions on this wonderful little board!