RIVAGE PM10 Digital Mixing Console Announced An enormous evolutionary step for PM series live sound consoles
November 19, 2014. Shizuoka, Japan – More than ten years have passed since the Yamaha PM1D and PM5D defined the direction for digital live sound consoles. Now it’s time for a new flagship that satisfies the significantly increased quality and versatility requirements imposed by today’s live sound environment. The RIVAGE PM10 inherits the “DNA” that has made PM series consoles favorites with discerning engineers worldwide, while offering evolved features and performance that define yet another peak for Yamaha live sound consoles.
The 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. It can be flexibly configured to ideally match the scale and functional requirements of any application.
“The mixer is the core of any live sound system. Our new flagship RIVAGE PM10 system culminates more than 40 years of PM series history while heralding a new era of extraordinary sound, operation, and reliability. It is an unbeatable choice for the most demanding live sound applications” notes Chihaya “Chick” Hirai, Yamaha PA department manager. “It is also no exaggeration to say that the RIVAGE PM10 system has been made possible by dedicated support and feedback from our customers throughout our long history, plus our passion for creating industry-leading products.”
The sound being produced on stage must be accurately captured before it can be effectively processed for the desired creative impact. Hybrid Microphone Preamplifiers have been newly developed in accordance with the fundamental Yamaha sound philosophy. The analog section is totally new, both in terms of components and overall design, achieving extraordinarily pure, natural sound. The digital stage includes impeccable models of the Rupert Neve Designs (RND) transformer circuitry and acclaimed SILK processing, created with original Yamaha 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. Josh Thomas, general manager of Rupert Neve Designs, had this to say about the collaboration: “We have done a number of listening sessions to compare our hardware to the transformer and Silk Texture emulations that Dr. K and the development team achieved. Rupert and I are both very impressed by how closely the emulations get to the original analog designs. We hope that you all enjoy the rich Rupert Neve sound.”
The channel EQ and dynamics have been significantly upgraded as well. The input channels feature 4-band full parametric EQ, while the output channels are equipped with 8-band full parametric EQ, with 3 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, the “Aggressive” algorithm is 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” with 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. Especially noteworthy are new plug-ins born of collaborations 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. An 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. Thomas Lund, CTO of TC Electronic comments: “I wish to congratulate Yamaha for significantly raising the bar for live console design. By directly integrating the world's finest EQ, dynamics, and reverbs, this mixing system is truly outstanding. Congratulations to the users as well!”
Current cooperation with Eventide will produce the “H3000-LIVE” harmonizer, an accurate reproduction of the H3000 Ultra Harmonizer algorithm with an interface streamlined for live sound use. Ray Maxwell, Eventide vice president of sales and marketing adds: "We have the utmost respect for Yamaha’s deep roots in the music and pro audio equipment industry. The marriage of classic Eventide effects with the state-of-the-art Yamaha RIVAGE PM10 mixing system is a match made in heaven."
Of course operability has been given the attention it deserves too. Yamaha’s familiar Selected Channel section is 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 below, offering the same operability as the high 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 a number of other details contribute to significantly improved overall operability.
New features extend the usefulness of the scene memory. “Isolate” makes it possible to specify entire channel modules, including EQ and dynamics libraries, etc., that will be protected from recall operations without altering the Recall Safe settings. This will be of great value in situations where scene memory is used heavily. 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 Overlay filter will prove its value in situations that require sudden changes plus the ability to easily revert to the original settings.
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. The fact that both networks use simple ring connections facilitates redundancy and the highest possible reliability.
TWINLANe is an original Yamaha protocol that can handle up to 400 96kHz audio channels over distances of up to 300 meters with low latency and redundancy for high reliability. 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 multitrack recording as well as to CL or QL series consoles and other external equipment can be made via a Dante network. Dante, designed for simple setup with an extremely wide range of professional audio devices, works ideally with TWINLANe to create an exceptionally flexible, reliable system overall. “With the HY144-D Dante card, RIVAGE PM10 can seamlessly connect to several hundreds of Dante products available in the market today, including Yamaha’s CL or QL series consoles,” Audinate’s CEO, Lee Ellison, notes. “Dante connectivity in Yamaha’s new flagship console ensures that customers can build highly scalable and flexible systems to meet their needs, today and in the future.”
RIVAGE PM10 is scheduled to ship in 2015.
The RIVAGE PM10 is a new generation of Yamaha PM digital mixing system. In terms of sound quality, operation, functionality, reliability, expandability, and more, the RIVAGE PM10 is a thoroughly refined flagship that defines the direction for future generations.
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