Yamaha's entry-level digital mixer gets an 02R96-style makeover, providing increased digital audio resolution, improved channel and effects processing, and surround functionality.
Around six months ago, Hugh Robjohns reviewed the new Yamaha 02R96, which was so advanced compared to the original 02R that it had little in common with its antecedent other than physical size. This highly evolved desk was part of a major 0-series upgrade that brought 24-bit/96kHz capability, more mix channels, a new and more analogue-sounding EQ, better effects, more transparent-sounding preamps and numerous other improvements, while still retaining the operational paradigm of the earlier models. The 19-inch-wide Yamaha 01V96 clearly supersedes the original 01V, but, in many ways, the capability of the new mixer is more comparable with the 03D than the old 01V. However, like the 01V, automation is only possible via the use of an external computer