Yamaha Bows Flagship Rivage PM10 Desk

Yamaha has announced its new flagship live mixing desk, the Rivage PM10 Digital Mixing Console, part of the company’s PM Series of Digital Live Sound Consoles. Evolving from Yamaha’s PM1D and PM5D, the new Rivage PM10 system is comprised of the CS-R10 control surface, DSP-R10 DSP engine, RPio622 I/O rack, three types of RY cards, and two types of HY cards, allowing users to configure and match the scale and functional requirements of any application.
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Buena Park, CA (November 19, 2014)—Yamaha has announced its new flagship live mixing desk, the Rivage PM10 Digital Mixing Console, part of the company’s PM Series of Digital Live Sound Consoles. Evolving from Yamaha’s PM1D and PM5D, the new Rivage PM10 system is comprised of the CS-R10 control surface, DSP-R10 DSP engine, RPio622 I/O rack, three types of RY cards, and two types of HY cards, allowing users to configure and match the scale and functional requirements of any application.

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Console operation centers around Yamaha's traditional Selected Channel section paradigm, allowing all parameters of the selected channel to be directly controlled. There are also two large LCD touch screens that provide logical continuity with the faders, offering the same operability as the Centralogic interface in 12-channel groups. In addition to this dual-interface hybrid operation style, horseshoe-ring encoder position indicators, refined panel layout and several other aspects aim to improve operability.

Scene memory sports new features such as “Isolate,” which enables the engineer to specify entire channel modules including EQ and dynamics libraries, and so forth that will be protected from recall operations without altering the Recall Safe settings. The Overlay Filter can be “overlaid” on a current mix to apply temporary offsets to fader and mix/matrix send levels independently from Scene Recall.

The CS-R10 control surface and DSP-R10 DSP engine are connected via a dedicated CAT5e ring “Console Network.” The DSP engine connects to the RPio622 I/O racks via the newly developed TWINLANe ring network using multi-mode optical fiber. Both networks use simple ring connections to provide redundancy. TWINLANe is an original Yamaha protocol that can reportedly handle up to 400 96kHz audio channels over distances of up to 300 meters with low latency and redundancy. Up to two DSP-R10 DSP engines and eight RPio622 I/O racks can be connected in a single ring. Connection to a computer for multi-track recording, connectivity to the NUAGE Advanced Production System, Yamaha CL and QL Series Consoles, as well as other external equipment is possible via a Dante network.

Key features of the new desk include its Hybrid Microphone Preamplifiers and analog section. Incorporated into them are digital models of Rupert Neve Designs' SILK processing platform, created through Yamaha’s VCM (Virtual Circuitry Modeling) technology. The SILK processing feature includes selectable “Red” and “Blue” characteristics, and a continuously variable “Texture” knob that facilitate sonic shaping right at the input stage as required.

The channel EQ and dynamics are based around three newly developed algorithms along with Yamaha's “Legacy” algorithm. The new “Precise” algorithm includes Q parameters on the low and high shelving filters that allow filter overshoot to be flexibly controlled for added musical impact. An “Aggressive” algorithm has been designed for the most musical response, according to the company, while the “Smooth” algorithm aims to provide smooth, natural control while retaining the fundamental character of the source.

Two Dynamics stages are provided, each functioning as a gate, compressor, ducker, or de-esser as required. Two compressor types are included: “Legacy Comp” features standard Yamaha digital console compressor characteristics, and “Comp260,” a VCM model of a popular analog comp/limiter from the mid-70s.

A total of 45 plug-ins are available for processing, including new plug-ins of note created in collaboration with Rupert Neve Designs, TC Electronic, and Eventide. Efforts with Eventide has produced the “H3000-LIVE” harmonizer, a reproduction of the H3000 Ultra Harmonizer algorithm with an interface streamlined for live sound use. Meanwhile, “Rupert EQ 773,” “Rupert Comp 754,” “Rupert EQ 810,” and “Rupert Comp 830” are all VCM models of Neve-designed outboard devices from the 70s and 80s, created in collaboration with RND. Finally, Yamaha's teaming with TC Electronic has resulted in the “VSS4HD” room simulation reverb that offers a multitude of reflection settings, and the “NON LIN2” plug-in that can function as an envelope-filtered gate reverb without requiring a trigger.

Rivage PM10 is expected to be delivered during 2015.

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