Now celebrating its 30th anniversary of digital mixer technology, Yamaha has developed new components and V1.5 firmware update that will further enhance the versatility and performance of the revolutionary RIVAGE PM10 Digital Mixing System.
The enhanced system will make its WFX 2017 debut in Dallas at booth #201.
The new CS-R10-S control surface is approximately two-thirds the size of the existing CS-R10, and offers the same outstanding operability for applications where space is limited.
A Dual Console function will allow two CS-R10 and/or CS-R10-S control surfaces to be connected to a single DSP-R10 DSP engine so that separate CS-R10-S control surfaces can be used at both front of house and monitor mix positions. A CS-R10-S will also be able to be used as a sidecar for a CS-R10. The compact system is comprised of a DSP-R10 DSP engine, RPio622 I/O rack, three types of RY cards, and two types of HY cards provide the flexibility to configure and ideally match the scale and functional requirements of any application.
As with the landmark PM10 system, and under the fundamental philosophy of Yamaha live sound consoles, Hybrid Microphone Preamplifiers have been newly-developed, as has the analog section both in terms of components and overall design, achieving an extraordinarily pure, natural sound.
Impeccable models of the Rupert Neve Designs (RND) transformer circuitry and acclaimed SILK processing have been created utilizing Yamaha's VCM (Virtual Circuitry Modeling) technology. The SILK processing feature even includes selectable "RED" and "BLUE" characteristics, and a continuously variable "TEXTURE" knob that facilitate sonic shaping right at the input stage, adding musical sparkle or power as required.
The channel EQ and dynamics have been significantly upgraded with three newly developed algorithms plus the classic Yamaha "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, and the "Smooth" algorithm offers 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 creative processing, with substantially increased processing power.
New and noteworthy are plug-ins created in collaboration with Rupert Neve Designs, TC Electronic, and Eventide. Collaboration with Rupert Neve Designs has resulted in the "Rupert EQ 773," "Rupert Comp 754," "Rupert EQ 810," and "Rupert Comp 830," all VCM models of Neve designed outboard devices from the 70s and 80s.
All four models deliver the gloriously musical vintage outboard sound still favored by many discerning engineers. The alliance with TC Electronic has resulted in the inclusion of two new reverb plug-ins: the "VSS4HD" room simulation reverb that offers a multitude of reflection settings with musical-sounding reverb processing capabilities, and the "NON LIN2" plug-in that can function as an envelope-filtered gate reverb without requiring a trigger.
The HY256-TL-SMF is a TWINLANe card that supports single-mode optical fiber. The Yamaha TWINLANe audio network with up to a 400-channel capacity had previously only supported multi-mode fiber connections. The new HY256-TL-SMF expands system connection flexibility by additionally supporting single-mode fiber connections. Console operation has been given the utmost attention with the Yamaha-familiar Selected Channel section implemented in full, allowing all parameters of the selected channel to be directly and intuitively controlled. There are also two large LCD touch screens that provide logical continuity with the faders, offering the same operability as the highly regarded 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 details contribute to significantly improved overall operability.
Yamaha PM10 features extend the usefulness of the scene memory: "Isolate" enables the engineer to specify entire channel modules including EQ and dynamics libraries, etc., that will be protected from recall operations without altering the Recall Safe settings; significant for situations where scene memory is heavily used. 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 - valuable in situations that require sudden changes and the ability to easily revert to the original settings.
Yamaha RIVAGE PM10 firmware update V1.5 also includes an Eventide "H3000 Live" Ultra-Harmonizer plug-in and Dan Dugan Sound Design automatic mixer plug-in.
For more information on the new control surface for PM10 and V1.5 firmware enhancements, visit Yamaha Professional Audio at WFX 2017, Booth #201 or on the web at www.yamahaproaudio.com.