Buena Park, CA (July 17, 2007) — Nutmeg Audio Post in New York City recently upgraded its nine post suites with nine Yamaha DM1000 digital audio consoles. Technical director Jonathan Abrams said that Nutmeg’s prime motivation for choosing the DM1000 is its surround sound capabilities.
“I wanted to equip the studios with a device that had a calibrated monitoring level control so that at a glance, the engineer could see what the control room monitoring level was,” says Abrams. “It was also desirable to have bass management and down mixing accessible with as few operations as possible. These are all functions that could not be achieved with the consoles we had prior to the DM1000s.” Abrams says that with the addition of Yamaha MY16AE cards in each console, Nutmeg engineers are able to use a set of Dorrough 280-D meters in parallel with either the output of their DAW, or send to their VTR without looping through devices.
Another factor that motivated the choice of the DM1000 is its HUI emulation. Years ago, some of the Nutmeg studios were equipped with HUIs, but between then and now, Nutmeg removed the HUIs and had a mix of Mackie Control Universals and Digidesign Command 8s installed. “Even though both products are suitable control surfaces,” Abrams notes “they are only control surfaces. This type of set up created an environment where the console and the control surface must coexist. While we had worked this way in the past, it was no longer desirable. With the HUI emulation in the DM1000, there is no longer a need to have a control surface and a console in the studio–a key point that has a positive impact upon our studio designs.”
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.