An Audio Enthusiast's Guide to the Yamaha LS9
The Yamaha LS9 range of audio mixers are designed to be light and compact. They are ideal for live mixing of bands in locations that lack a permanent sound rig. The mixers in the LS9 range are digital, but they still include many of the features you'd expect from analogue mixers, such as large fader sliders that can be operated by hand. You can also use them to record live mixes by simply plugging in a USB memory stick. An LS9 can even record audio in various formats, including MP3, WMA, and AAC.What audio effects does a Yamaha LS9 include?
Even though you won't see lots of knobs and controls on an LS9, you can still control features like equalization, gating, and audio compression by using its digital interface on the built-in screen. Some of the sound effects that you'll have access include:
- Multiple reverb units
- A 31-band equaliser per channel
- A de-esser
- Modulation effects
There are two models in the LS9 range. The Yamaha LS9-16 is the least costly of the two, but it's limited to 16 input channels to play with. The larger LS9-32 has double the inputs and is designed to manage the audio of large bands and orchestras. See the manufacturer site for details.Can you store settings digitally with an LS9 mixer?
It is possible to use the LS9's built-in memory unit to store certain audio parameters for later recall. This is handy, for example, if you're on a tour and want to restore a preferred mix setting for a vocalist day after day. You can also use its internal memory to copy and transfer audio settings from one channel to another.Does Yamaha's StageMix software work with an LS9 mixer?
Yamaha developed its StageMix software to work hand-in-glove with both the LS9-16 and LS9-32 mixers. The software allows you to alter entire mixes as well as process individual channels from a tablet. The feature allows audio engineers to control the sound being produced while roaming around a venue. It can be helpful when tweaking your sound to ensure all parts of the venue are getting hit with the right level of audio.Content provided for informational purposes only. eBay is not affiliated with or endorsed by Yamaha.