Yamaha TF Series Tutorial Video: Offline Setup, Wireless Mixing and Personal Monitor Mixing

All Yamaha digital mixers from the last 15 years have come with a PC or Mac editor software. So now we have “TF Editor,” that you can use for offline setup and online control. TF Editor is actually quite special: I’ ll show you in a minute. Also we have the amazing “StageMix” remote control app that can be used from an iPad over a wireless LAN connection. Firstly,“TF Editor”can pre-set parameters in offline mode even if you don’t have an actual TF mixing console in front of you. In addition to configuring parameter settings such as EQ, faders, and so forth, you can create scenes, set the channel names, and call up presets in advance on the software. When you are ready, connect your Windows PC or Mac to the Ethernet terminal on the rear panel of the TF mixer, and then synchronize online. The settings created in the PC or Mac will be applied to the TF mixer. In online mode, you can manipulate the parameters in real-time from the TF Editor, and check the operations performed on the TF mixer at the computer’s screen. If you use a Windows 8 PC with a multi-touch screen, you can use the same gestures as on the console itself. More than that, if you use wi-fi, it can be a fantastic remote mixing device. When you launch the editor, firstly select the mixer type, and then click “Start”. And there you have the familiar interface right in front of you. If you’re going to setup for a new show, why not start by recalling some of the practical presets in the library? Let’s go to the drums, and for channel 1, let’s recall a kick drum. For channel 2, let’s find a snare drum. Here we go: snare drum, recall. Then channel 3, you’ve guessed it, is going to be a hi-hat. Recall. So there’s three channels already set. But I’ve just remembered that I have a Scene stored from my previous gig. So let’s recall that to save time. There’s all my settings. If you want to do some tweaking, then you can go into the details. Look, here is the analog gain, here’s the EQ, and 1-knob mode is available if you want it. Here’s the gate and here’s the compressor with all its functions. And again, 1-knob mode is available. If you want to do Sends on Faders, you can come over here. Choose the send just like that, and edit on the faders. If you need to change a channel name, you can come here and edit the name like that. And change the color: there we go. When you’ve finished, you’re ready to synchronize to the console. Bring the mouse over here, click the “Offline” button, select the mixer in case there is more than one on the network, and choose the direction for sync. In this case, from TF Editor to the TF mixer. Then you can connect. Now we are online. Let’s check…Yes, that’s perfect! Talking of which, “TF StageMix” is a remote control app that runs on iPad. By connecting the iPad and a TF mixer via wireless LAN, you can walk around the entire venue and check and adjust the sound in a variety of positions. Since the look of TF Editor and the TF StageMix App have virtually the same layout as that of the console, you can manipulate the apps in exactly the same way. So there’s only one GUI to learn. Here is how it works. Firstly make sure the console network settings and router is set correctly. Launch the StageMix app, it will search for the mixer, then you can get connected. Once it’s got the data from the console, you can see the familiar layout: look at that. Scroll through the channels, or you can go directly bank by bank by pressing up here. Above the faders you can see more detailed information for the channels. Here’s the input gain, here’s the EQ: look, with the 1-knob mode. Here’s the gate: all the parameters are available. Here’s the compressor: again 1-knob mode is available. And here you can see the channel name. You can edit the name, and change the color like that. If you swipe here you can see the other bits of information about the channel. If you go to an output, then you can see, of course, the Graphic EQ that’s available. Let’s open that. And you can intuitively adjust the graphic EQ: scroll to find the frequency you want. If you want to move to another channel, you can go step-by-step like this. Or you can scroll through channels this way: nice and easy. Let’s go back home. Now if maybe the lead vocal wants to hear more saxophone, then over here we can go to the Mix Sends, find the one for the lead vocal. Then find the saxophone channel, and push up the fader. Now we have a satisfied singer! I have been using StageMix with other Yamaha consoles for several years now. I cannot imagine doing another gig without it! For the first time, with the TF series, Yamaha is making an app called “MonitorMix,” which will enable you to set up a simple personal monitor system. If a performer on stage has an iOS device, he or she can adjust their own monitor mix. They will see level and pan controls just for their one specific AUX bus. And they can make their own personal Group settings for even easier adjustment. For example, add all the drum inputs to a group, and adjust their level with just one fader. Let’s see how it works: Launch the app, and you will soon see any TF mixers found on the network. Then select and connect. You can enter a PIN number for security if you like. Then select the AUX you want to control. I’m working on the baritone sax. Now we have all the levels, as you can see there with the faders. At the beginning I have a couple of groups: a drum group and a percussion group. Then individual channel levels, and over here, the master listening level. If you’ve got a stereo aux, you have a pan adjustment here: you can pan all the channels as you like. You can open up one of the groups, and have individual channels levels there, and you can still adjust the master as you see. Let’s make a new group. Press this button. I’m going to make a group out of the three string channels. Select them, and “group”. You can type a name for it: “Strings”. You can change the color or icon if you like. Now I want to put my strings next to the other groups: you can re-order this. Press and hold, then drag: move it next to the drum and percussion groups. There, done! Now you can see one fader for all my strings. Open it up to see the individual levels, and the master level there. Nice and easy: isn’t it wonderful! Since up to 3 devices running TF Editor or StageMix can be connected at the same time, and up to 10 devices running MonitorMix, even quite large bands can be handled, without overloading the work of the sound engineer. Another way in which TF gives you more freedom to create a better mix! TF: Touch and Flow.

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