Yamaha has launched the RIVAGE PM10 console, which it says marks "the birth of a new era in live sound mixing."
At the core of the new digital mixing system is the recently-developed RY16-ML-SILK hybrid microphone preamplifier. This unique design features an analogue section designed to deliver consistent, natural-sounding audio, even at high gain levels. It is partnered with a 96kHz, 24-bit A/D converter, followed by enhanced Yamaha VCM digital modelling of Rupert Neve Designs transformer circuitry and Silk processing.
The audio engineer can have a completely transparent audio input path or, using the Silk Red and Blue modes and the Texture control in the console’s selected channel, can be creative with the colour and character of each individual input.
As well as forging closer ties with Rupert Neve in the development of the RY16-ML-SILK, new VCM models of the Rupert EQ773, Rupert Comp 754, Rupert EQ810 and Rupert Comp 830 are included as well. Yamaha has also worked with TC Electronic to include two reverbs, the VSS4HD room simulation reverb and NonLin2 stereo reverb, as featured in the System 6000 devices. Yamaha collaborated with Eventide to add the H3000-Live Ultra-Harmonizer as a future standard inclusion in the RIVAGE PM10 too.
The system is operated via a user interface that will be familiar to Yamaha console users, yet which delivers more flexible operating possibilities. The full Selected Channel section was a key element of the PM1D and PM5D consoles, and is a fundamental aspect of the RIVAGE PM10’s design.
Twenty-four of the control surface’s channel strips extend into the twin, 15-inch touchscreen displays, while the rotary encoders offer ‘horseshoe’ ring indicators for optimum visibility. A third display screen can be added via a DVI socket, if required.
There are also enhanced Scene functions, dual monitor busses, the ability to run up to 384 effects processors at once and four USB connections for data storage, mouse/keyboard control and two-track USB recording.
The backbone of the console is Yamaha’s new TWINLANe ring network, which can handle up to 400 audio channels at 96kHz, 32-bit over distances of up to 300 metres. TWINLANe can connect up to eight RPio622 I/O units, two CS-R10 control surfaces and two DSP-R10 DSP engines.
A new, optional HY-Dante card can be used to integrate multitrack recording or other hardware, such as other Yamaha digital consoles.
“For a number of years, the industry has been asking when Yamaha will launch a new, state-of-the-art digital console for large scale productions. We have always said that, when it comes, it will be as much a landmark for the industry as the PM1D and PM5D were. So I am very pleased to say that, with RIVAGE PM10, that time has arrived,” said Chihaya ‘Chick’ Hirai, director of pro audio business unit, Yamaha.
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