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Yamaha Announces Waves Y96k Add-In Card

DSP add-in for digital mixing consoles and audio workstations (August 12, 2004)



Yamaha Professional Audio announces the introduction of the Y96K high-performance DSP add-in processor card, a joint development between Yamaha and Waves, Inc. This dedicated hardware and software solution expands the recording, mixing and mastering capabilities of Yamahas acclaimed digital mixing consoles and digital audio workstations, and reduces the need for outboard rackmounted processors and CPU-hungry computer-based processing. The card and accompanying software package carries an MSRP of $1,149, and will be available in September.

The Y96K inserts into any of the Mini-YGDAI slots on the Yamaha host models and uses two DSP56K devices, providing two billion DSP operations per second. Audio processing is supported with 48-bit internal precision on a 24-bit I/O. The device includes ADAT Lightpipe fiber optic digital input/output in Master or Slave Mode, eight-channel ADAT I/O and an RS-232C port for future upgrades.

?The Y96K combines the best of hardware and software, states Wayne Hrabak, marketing manager, Yamaha Professional Audio. ?Waves is the signal processing standard for audio industry professionals, and the Y96K makes that technology available to Yamaha customers at every level.


Each installed card supports up to eight (44.1/48kHz) or four (88.2/96kHz) chains of effects and channels of ADAT/IO. These chains may be set to mono or stereo pair, and independently configured to process audio directly to or from the host device or the ADAT I/O. Each effect chain supports up to five different effect functions, with each functions order individually controllable. The effects chains and processor settings may be saved, loaded and quickly accessed using the snapshot automation of the host device.

?For the Y96K card, we created a special collection of Waves audio processors that offer Yamaha users a complete audio toolkit, said Gilad Keren, Waves CEO. ?The collection includes the reverb, delay, compression, equalization, de-essing and limiting processors that have been used on countless hit records, and which are relied upon by top industry professionals every day.

The package features control software and six of Waves finest audio processors: TrueVerb, SuperTap Delay, L1 Ultramaximizer, Renaissance Compressor, Renaissance EQ and DeEsser, with additional processors (available for purchase as downloads) scheduled for release in late 2004.

?Pairing Yamaha digital mixers and digital audio workstations with the Waves Y96K opens a whole new world of processing options, whether your application is recording or live sound mixing, adds John Schauer, product manager, Yamaha Professional Audio.

For more information on the Waves Y96K add-in card, write Yamaha Corporation of America, Pro Audio & Combo Division, Professional Audio, P.O. Box 6600, Buena Park, CA 90622; telephone (714) 522-9011; e-mail; or visit

About Yamaha Corporation
Yamaha Corporation manufactures a complete line of professional audio products for sound reinforcement, project studio, commercial studio, post-production, and broadcast applications.

About Waves Ltd.
Waves is a leading provider of DSP solutions for professional audio content creation and Maxx audio signal processing solutions for consumer applications. Waves award-winning audio processor PlugIns are the technology and market share leader for audio professionals in content creation by utilizing proprietary DSP algorithms based on Waves psychoacoustic expertise. Waves Maxx technology dramatically enhances audio performance in consumer applications and has been licensed to several leading companies, including Motorola and Microsoft. The Waves mission is to develop and provide solutions that enable unparalleled sonic quality for all audio applications. Headquartered in the United States, the company also maintains a wholly owned R&D subsidiary in Israel.

For more information, visit the Waves Web site at


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