Yamaha Nuage Fader
Where intelligent design and science coexist in perfect harmony.
Perhaps the most advanced channel strip control surface ever built, Yamaha Nuage Fader pack renders the line between software DAW and physical control surface invisible—essential for any endeavor where technology meets creativity (such as recording). Nuage Fader is a 16-channel fader pack that works in conjunction with the Nuage Master controller, as well as in standalone. It features 16 touch-sensitive 100mm faders that extend +12dB above unity; monitor and transport section; high-resolution OLED displays; and illuminated touch-sensitive controls. All controls, including faders, buttons, and rotary knobs are the product of painstaking ergonimic research and high-quality craftsmanship, giving the Nuage control surface a solid and responsive feel—tailored to suit the needs of the creative professional.
Nuage Fader offers an unprecedented level of integration with Nuendo software. The size of the Nuage Fader is designed to line up perfectly with Nuendo’s on-screen controls when using standard 24" flat-screen monitors. (For monitors of different dimension, Neundo channel displays can be resized to line up with faders.) Impressive in both looks and functionality, the Nuage Fader hardware controls become a visual and physical extension of the DAW channel strips displayed onscreen above the Fader controller.
- Refined, comprehensively integrated channel strip control surface for DAW operation
- Sixteen touch sensitive 100mm channel faders with extended range to +12dB
- Extensive Console View: a standard 24" LCD monitor display (not included) provides a seamless visual connection between physical Nuage fader channel strips and Nuendo mix window
- Unique Touch Slider strip quickly shifts Nuendo channels left or right in relation to the Nuage Fader channel strips
- Each channel strip includes two touch sensitive knobs with integral push buttons for direct control of channel parameters
The perfect marriage of hardware and unlimited software options
One of the major issues all makers of control surfaces must contend with are the almost infinite number of parameters available on a software DAW, relative to the limited number of faders and knobs that can fit onto a hardware controller. If Yamaha and Steinberg were to attempt to create a physical replica of the myriad possibilities and parameters of Nuendo, the resultant console would probably require its own zip code—so how did Nuage engineers solve this problem?
Rather than trying to cover all bases in a cursory fashion, or forcing users to make a career out of software/hardware mapping, Nuage designers made choices based on real-world mixing workflow, with controls defaulting to the most used parameters, such as pan, or compressor threshold and ratio. Nuage also makes use of the extended channel, or “fat channel” mode, commonly found on digital consoles, in which one button-press expands the parameters of the chosen channel (or plug-in) onto hardware controls.
Nowhere is the problem of assigning parameters to hardware controls felt more profoundly than with third-party plug-ins, which often display all parameters regardless of how often used. For example, “High Frequency Gain” on an EQ plus-in might appear near the bottom of the last page of parameters. Rather than deal with time-consuming XML file mapping, Nuage provides an editor with a graphical user interface allowing you to change the XML files and make sure that the most useful parameters are allocated to hardware controls. In practice this means that the parameters you really need come up on your chosen hardware controls (which happens automatically when using Nuendo’s excellent suite of plug-ins).
Scrolling Touch Slider for quick channel access
Dealing with high track counts across large-format control surfaces can be more than a little inconvenient, especially when it comes to accessing specific tracks. After all, who wants to commute to opposite sides of a long mixing desk repeatedly? Conversely, if you only have one Nuage Fader, how can you access channels in a 200-track project easily without interrupting the creative flow? Answer: Yamaha has gone all Tony Stark on you with the Touch Slider strip.
The innovative Nuage Touch Slider makes finding and selecting channels easy. Placed along the length of the Fader surface (like the masking-tape scribble strips of old), just slide a finger along the Touch Slider strip to shift Nuendo channels left or right in relation to the Nuage Fader channel strips. Use “flick” gestures to quickly shift a larger range of channels, or use the “Bank Flick” feature to flick channels in groups of eight. There are also customizable channel layouts that bring important channels to the surface a single button press. Plus, stems or master busses can be locked to the surface for access at any time.
Color-matching with Nuendo track icons
Reading channel names can be difficult if you’re sweeping through multiple channels quickly. To address that issue, channels can be color-coded. For example, if you designate all Foley channels red, simply swipe until you see red on the Fader controller (rather than seeing red when using traditional bank controls trying to reading channel name abbreviations in small fonts whizzing by). To facilitate fast fader flicking (alliteration abounds) Nuage designers took great care in matching OLED display colors with Nuendo. And, to enable you to confirm channel relationships at a glance, Nuendo channel names appear in corresponding Nuage Fader displays. Plus, the colors of the illuminated knobs, and bars below the channel display match the colors of the Nuendo channel-type icons.
Hob-knobbing with Nuage and Nuendo
In addition to a linear fader, each of Nuage Fader’s 16 channel strips include two illuminated rotary encoders, or “knobs” if you will, for a total of 32 knobs per Nuage Fader unit. The knobs are touch-sensitive and also include an integral push button. Normally the two knobs function within their own channel strip. For example if you activate a compressor, each knob will control the two most important functions of the compressor, e.g.: threshold and ratio. In this mode, you have individual control of two most used parameters across 16 channels. However, and here’s where it gets interesting, in the Channel Setting Mode, all 32 knobs can be mapped to just one channel. In this mode you have all the Nuendo racks available, which means you can activate all the dynamics modules and have all controls of all five dynamic modules available on the 32 encoders. There is also a two-channel mode that assigns 16 knobs for each channel. In this mode you can compare two equalizers or two dynamics sections. (As a useful aside, Nuendo now has spectrum analyzers on EQ.)
All this versatility means the Nuage Fader unit will mesh effectively with just about any workflow, and perhaps inspire you to find new ways of working.
Minimal user setup
As you would hope from a highly integrated, modular system, Nuage keeps user set-up to a minimum. For example, Nuendo automatically “knows” when several hardware units are connected and combines them into a workgroup. This is a very important and useful feature if you want to have different setups for different applications. Once Nuendo “sees” a Fader pack connected, it will display the custom mix console on the screen over that Fader pack, providing a one-to-one relationship between each hardware channel and corresponding virtual channel on the Nuendo screen. Metering is also displayed per channel, and can be user-designated to display normal peak metering or a vertical scrolling waveform from the Nuendo project window. (A great feature when editing waveforms from the Nuage work surface instead of using a mouse.)
Organization for a smooth workflow
In addition to straightforward mixing and parameter tweaking, the Nuage Fader unit has a utility control section that keeps everything neatly organized for easy, confusion-free access. Channel View controls let you to switch between mixer channel displays; Section Control controls allow convenient channel strip section switching; and DAW Select enables you to switch between multiple DAWs connected to the Nuage system.
Total studio environment
Nuage is a complete system comprising the Nuage Fader controller; Nuage Master section; Dante network card; a choice of three audio interfaces, including the Nio500-D16, Nio500-A16, and Nio500-A8D8; SyncStation; and Nuendo 6 software. If desired, Nuage Master and Fader controllers can be used individually. The largest Nuage system can have three Fader sections and one Master for a total of forty-eight physical faders.
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