AES: Yamaha ACD1, MY16-MD64, PM5D RH, High-Power Amps

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Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems announced numerous new products at AES.

The ACD1 amplifier control device enables remote control and monitoring of power amplifiers and provides a convenient, reliable means to connect a computer running Yamaha’s NetworkAmp Manager II amplifier control and monitoring software to Yamaha Tn, PC1N, XP, XM and XH Series amplifiers. Up to 32 daisy-chained Tn and/or PC1N Series amplifiers can be connected to the ACD1 Data Port connector via standard Ethernet cables, while as many as eight XP, XM,and/or XH Series amplifiers can be connected to individual Monitor/Remote connectors via D-sub cables. The new Yamaha TXn power amplifier connects directly to NetworkAmp Manager II via Ethernet without the need for the ACD1, so the user can simultaneously connect TXn amps with other Yamaha amplifiers via an ACD1 unit to a single computer by using a standard high-speed Ethernet hub.

The NetworkAmp Manager II software enables users to monitor, manage and control the available functions of Yamaha amplifiers connected to a network via the ACD1. The software is Windows-based, and its Grouping feature allows users to name and group amplifiers for easy identification. Users have access to desired location by amplifier, speakers or drivers, or through any other user-defined identifiers. The software also sends an alert when parameters such as voltage, wattage, temperature or impedance exceed pre-defined values, and automatically log such events to an information file for troubleshooting purposes.

The Yamaha ACD1 will be available during the second quarter of 2008.

The new Yamaha MY16-MD64 card adds 16 channels of MADI input and output connectivity to Yamaha professional audio devices accepting mini-YGDAI expansion; add up to three MY16-EX expansion cards to the core MY16-MD64 card and increase the MADI channel capacity up to 64 channels. The Yamaha MY16-ES64 card adds 16 channels of bi-directional EtherSound connectivity; add up to three MY16-EX expansion cards to the core MY16-ES64 card and increase the EtherSound channel capacity up to 64 channels.

The MY16-MD64 card provides fail-safe redundancy with automatic switching from optical to coaxial input and outputs in case of accidental disconnection. In addition, the cards communicate seamlessly with MADI devices from other manufactures, allowing networks of just about any size to be created.

Both the Yamaha MY16-ES64 and MY16-EX will be available in December 2007 with targeted MSRPs of $1,500 and $500, respectively. The Yamaha MY16-MD64 will be available in May 2008 with a targeted manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $1,700.

Version 2 software for PM5D and PM5D RH digital sound reinforcement consoles is now available as a free download. New features include Virtual Soundcheck, which allows for an easy switch between live inputs and inputs from a multitrack recorder, and new Effect Library Programs (De-Essor, add-on VCM effects now built-in such as analog modeled compressors and EQs and OpenDeck tape simulation). Effects can be used as additional 31-band GEQs, and all GEQs can be switched to PEQs. The Channel Move feature allows channels to be moved for layout reorganization.

PM5DV2 adds new security features such as read-oonly scenes, which cannot be stored over, edited or erased by loading from a card or Studio Manager. Load Lock prevents internal data from being overwritten from a memory card or Studio Manager, and Output Isolation protects output channels and parameters for festivals or performing arts centers with multiple engineers who have their own Scene Memory setups.

Finally, three new high-power amplifiers made their debut. The Yamaha TX4n at 2,200 watts, TX5n at 2,500 watts and TX6n at 3,000 watts per channel into 2 ohms offer Yamaha onboard DSP and incorporate 24-bit/96kHz DSP engine.

Along with basic amplifier control and status monitoring, there is enough DSP power built into the new TXn Series to provide extensive speaker processing capabilities, eliminating the need for external equalizers, delays and speaker processors in many situations. All models feature analog and direct digital inputs, with automatic fail-safe redundancy switching between digital and analog input.

The TXn amplifier input configuration can be changed using optional plug-in Yamaha mini-YGDAI interface cards. When using an AES/EBU card, for example, the TXn amplifiers are fully compatible with CobraNet or EtherSound audio networks, as well as any other format supported by mini-YGDAI interface cards.

Using a standard I/O interface, the built-in Ethernet port can be connected to a computer running Yamaha’s Network Amp Manager II software for comprehensive remote control and monitoring of both individual groups of amplifiers via an intuitive user interface. The software runs on Windows-based computers and requires no special drivers.

The Yamaha TXn series will be available during the second quarter of 2008. The TXn series have targeted MRSPs of $5,199 for the TX6n, $4,499 for the TX5n and $3,999 for the TX4n.

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