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Yamaha Celebrates 20 Years of Digital Consoles

This years marks Yamaha Corporation’s 20th anniversary of digital console manufacture with more than 3,000 PM digital consoles sold to date; the company has been in business for 35 years.

“Yamaha is a company with amazing resources and a huge talent pool of brilliant engineers,” states Larry Italia, VP/general manager at Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems Inc. “With a range and depth of capabilities to engineer and manufacture products across the board, the company maintains a strong commitment to the digital console market and has made serious inroads with the convenience of recall, built-in signal processing, onboard effects and reasonable costs, which have led engineers to move into the digital realm.”

“The 5D is pretty easy to navigate since there is a similar architecture native to Yamaha digital consoles,” says independent engineer Rick Reith, who recently used the PM5D during the Country Music Association Festival (CMA) in Nashville. “The fact that you have extensive EQ, dynamics and effects at your fingertips allows you to focus more on the mix, and now with the addition of the ADD-ON effects package in Version 2 software, there’s even more control.”

With so many PM5Ds in the field, there were many requests from end-users to allow for more inputs and so the company developed the Yamaha DSP5D and V. 2 software for the PM5D. The Yamaha DSP5D is a stand-alone unit that expands the capabilities of the console to 96 mono and 16 stereo input channels, includes two additional card slots with more effects and dynamics processing, and can be used with a PC and Yamaha Studio Manager software.

PM5D V. 2 features include Virtual Soundcheck, which allows for an easy switch between live inputs and inputs from a multitrack recorder. New features also includes effect library programs. 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.

“As we celebrate our 20th year manufacturing digital consoles, we continue to listen to our customers for ideas on improving products and for future product development,” Italia continues. “We are grateful for the huge acceptance of our digital consoles and vow to continue to lead the market with yet more exciting products in the near future.”

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