Yamaha N12 Twelve-Channel Digital Mixing Studio

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Yamaha N12 Twelve-Channel Digital Mixing Studio

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Product Highlights

  • Twelve Analog Channels
  • Analog Interface and Digital Processing
  • Integration with Cubase DAW Software
  • Sweet Spot Morphing Compressor
  • FireWire and MIDI Interface
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The Yamaha N12 Digital Mixing Studio delivers the flexibility, processing and sound quality of a digital mixer, with the familiarity and comfort of an analog mixer's control.

The N12 is a twelve-channel recording mixer with eight high quality microphone preamps, eight mono line inputs and two stereo-coupled line inputs. Two FireWire ports integrate directly with a PC or Mac based computer and Cubase AI4 is also included to provide a complete desktop recording and mixing workstation.

Internal digital processing supports 44.1, 48, 88.2 and 96kHz sample rates and features such as Sweet Spot Morphing compression, High-resolution Rev-X Reverb and a 3-band musical EQ deliver all the internal processing necessary for intuitive, professional standard mixing. Additional features include MIDI input and output ports for interfacing controller keyboards and other MIDI devices.

The Yamaha N12 is an ideal project studio mixer for anyone who desires the flexibility of digital audio processing, without sacrificing an analog mixer's interface, routing and feel.

Integral Digital Processing
Built in A/D and D/A converters digitize audio and allow for flexible processing and enhanced sound quality.
Sweet Spot Compression
Sweet Spot compression is provided on every input channel and provides the perfect amount of compression without complicated settings.
High-Resolution Rev-X Reverb
The High-Resolution Rev-X Reverb processor provides professional quality digital reverb and spacial effects.
Cubase AI2 Software
The included Cubase AI2 software provides a complete, desktop recording workstation.
FireWire Connections
Two FireWire connections are provided for direct integration with Mac and Windows based software.
Software Control Surface
Transport controls are featured for full control over Cubase AI2.
MIDI Input and Output
MIDI input and output ports provide an interface for keyboard controllers, and MIDI devices.
UPC: 086792859866
Total # Of Inputs 12
Mic/Line Inputs Microphone - 3-pin XLR Microphone (chs. 1 - 8) x8
Line - 1/4" TRS Phone Mono (chs. 1 - 8) x8
Line - 1/4" Phone L/R Stereo (chs. 9 - 12) x2
Line - Unbalanced RCA L/R Phono (chs. 9 - 12) x2
2TR Input - Unbalanced RCA L/R Phono
FireWire x2
Main/Monitor Out C-R Out - 1/4" Phone L/R Stereo
ST Out - 1/4" Phone L/R Stereo
FireWire x2
AUX Sends No
AUX Returns No
Inserts 1/4" TRS Phone Mono (chs. 1 - 8) x8
Digital I/O Options FireWire Digital I/O (Standard - Not Optional) x2
MIDI In and Out
2 Trk Master I/O FireWire Digital
Control Room (C-R)
Stereo Outputs
Stereo Digital I/O FireWire Digital
Word Clock I/O No
RS/To Host Port No
MIDI Ports Midi In and Out
EQ Section 3-Band Effective musical EQ
Trim/Gain Range Input A -60 dBu to +10 dBu; +24 dBu
Input B -60 dBu to +10 dBu; +24 dBu
Solo/Mute Solo and Mute on all channels
Channel Level Control 100mm x11 (Non-motorized)
Phantom Power +48V, Individually Switched
Metering 12 Segment Stereo Peak LED Meters
Internal Signal Processing Sweet Spot Morphong Compressor
High-Resolution Rev-X Reverb
Sampling Frequency 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz
Memory No
AD/DA Conversion Not Specified By Manufacturer
Frequency Response fs = 48kHz 20 Hz-20 kHz, +1, -3 dB @ +4 dB, into 600 ohms
fs = 96kHz 20 Hz-40 kHz, +1, -3 dB @ +4 dB, into 600 ohms
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) 0.003 % or less (1 kHz @ +18 dB, into 600 ohms)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio -128 dB, Equivalent input noise
Power 51 W (PA-30)
Dimensions (WxHxD) 20.27 x 5.74 x 20.08" (515 x 146 x 561mm)
Weight 30.86 lb (14 kg)
Packaging Info
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 27.0 x 26.0 x 9.75"
Yamaha N12 Twelve-Channel Digital Mixing Studio
  • AC power adaptor (n12: PA-30, n8: PA-20)
  • CD-ROM (TOOLS for n)
  • Owner's Manual
  • TOOLS for n/CUBASE AI4 Installation Guide
  • IEEE1394 FireWire Cable
  • 1 Year Warranty

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    Poor Driver Support

    By satanenterprises

    from Yellowknife, CA

    About Me Professional Musician


    • Features
    • Price


    • Compatibility
    • Customer Support
    • Drivers
    • Flawed

    Best Uses

    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Yamaha N12 Twelve-Channel Digital Mixing Studio:

    I've owned this product for about a year and a half. The mixer and feature set are great but there is an incredibly frustrating ongoing glitch with the firewire interface that Yamaha haven't done anything about.

    It has an intermittent fault where it cuts out for a second if you're using a firewire card that isn't Texas Instruments, but even with Texas Instruments it still does it in Windows 7 - 64 bit. Because you monitor using analog you can do a few hours worth of recording before you realize that throughout everything you have done, there are gaps in the audio every 30 seconds or so.

    I've waited over a year for a driver or windows update to address this, I can not tell you how many recording sessions have been ruined when I've forgotten to keep an eye on the waveform to make sure it hasn't started doing it (and reset it). It's something which we've gotten used to (and the resetting ritual that reduces the chances of it occurring) but if I could do it all again I would never purchase this.

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    Sooooooo right

    By Sirkay

    from Essex, MD

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer


    • Clear Sound
    • Easy To Use
    • Versatile


    • none

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Yamaha N12 Twelve-Channel Digital Mixing Studio:

    I have been looking for a mixer/surface controller that will be totally hardwired to my DAW. This solved it and I must say I can't find any flaw. Looks cool too on the studio rack.
    Also works with protools 9.
    U can't go wrong with it

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