« A safe bet! »Published on 10/24/11 at 10:56
In terms of precessing, you have a parametric equalizer (4 freq) and a compressor (expander, limiter, etc...) per channel (inputs+tracks!) whose settings are very comprehensive. 2 very comprehensive multi-effects, too. A (very limited) 4-channel sample player.
For more info see the (lengthy) documentation.
The studio is rather well thought-out, although it is not the same in terms of usability as a PC software (but that applies only to the usability!). The track editing functions are laborious, but the results have an impeccable quality. Audio routing is the same as on a standard analog mixer, so it shouldn't pose a problem for people familiar with them. And for those who don't, this mini studio will be useful for the future.
In my opinion, this is the main strength of this unit, which is why I don't want to let go of it. The converters (16bits/44kHz) are of a very high quality. No converter is transparent, but how can I put it...I prefer them over several 24bit/96kHz ones. The headphone and main outputs are very good, which is ideal for mixing. The EQs, dynamic processors and effects are simple and effective (it's yamaha, remember?...).
It breathes quality. It's solid. A safe bet, despite the absence of something that seems crucial today in terms of communication with the external world (usb, firewire) but...it's a (nice) unit from another era.