Around 60 of the UK’s top mixing engineers, sound designers and audio rental companies assembled in Studio Two at London’s Abbey Road Studios on March 14 for a workshop on Yamaha’s Rivage PM series digital mixing systems.
Jamiroquai drummer Derrick MacKenzie, keyboard player Matt Johnson, bassist Paul Turner and vocalist Hazel Fernandez played a set at the workshop, which included a tour of the studios and a demonstration of the Japan-based manufacturer’s digital mixing systems.
The band’s set was mixed by their front of house engineer Rick Pope on the Yamaha Rivage PM10, through a Nexo M10 PA system and 45N12 monitors.
Yamaha’s Andy Cooper then hosted a Q&A session with Pope, who spent much of 2017 on tour with the Rivage PM10 system.
“[The workshop] was a way of giving key members of the UK pro audio community a chance to informally network and learn more about Yamaha’s Rivage PM series systems, in an inspiring location and friendly, low-key atmosphere,” said Yamaha Commercial Audio UK/RoI sales manager Alex Warren, who co-ordinated the event with UK/RoI marketing manager Chris Irvine.
Guests were able to get hands-on with the Rivage PM systems – a brand new PM7, supplied by Subfrantic Production Services, and two PM10s.
Attendee Tom New, FOH engineer for Queen, said: “Thanks for a great day at Abbey Road. The Rivage PM10 both looked and sounded great, the workflow is logical and the onboard TC M6000 means you might finally be able to lose the outboard rack!"
“We are very grateful to all our guests who made this event such a tremendous success,” added Warren. “Rick Pope, the band and the staff at Abbey Road Studios, the Subfrantic productions team, Yamaha and Nexo all worked very hard to make it happen, so it was very rewarding to receive many positive responses.”