New Gear Review: Yamaha TF Series Digital Consoles

yamaha_tfSMALLYamaha’s new TF series of digital consoles offers advanced features and renowned Yamaha reliability at an exceptional price point. For experienced professionals looking for a faster workflow, the TF series offers fast, accurate gain setup, single step compression and EQ and microphone specific presets using recallable Yamaha D-PRETM preamplifiers.
The TF series (for TouchFlow OperationTM) comprises three compact consoles: the TF5 ($4,200), TF3 ($3,500) and TF1 ($2,950), with 33, 25 or 17 motor faders respectively, along with 32, 24, or 16 rear-panel analog inputs.

There are a total of 48 inputs on the TF5 and TF3, with 40 on the TF1, including dual stereo analog/USB digital inputs and dual returns.

Advanced live recording features include up to 34 x 34 channel recording and playback via USB 2.0 and 2 x 2 with a USB storage device. All of this, plus seamless operation with high-performance I/O racks, makes the TF series an outstanding choice for a wide range of applications.


Barry Rudolph is a recording engineer/mixer who has worked on over 30 gold and platinum records. He has recorded and/or mixed Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs, and more. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and loves teaching audio engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. He is a lifetime Grammy-voting member of NARAS and a contributing editor for Mix Magazine. barryrudolph.com