Le Mobile owner/engineer Guy Charbonneau recently added a Yamaha DM2000 Digital Production Console to the truck’s equipment roster.
Over the past two years, Charbonneau has been evolving the design of his highly modified Neve 8058 with the addition of digitally controlled analog circuitry to add full surround capability, recall functionality and other features. "As part of that concept, we’re integrating the DM2000 when we need to add submix capability or to mix surround," he said. "While the Neve is always the ‘heart’ of Le Mobile, the DM2000 integrates very well and has become an extra ‘arm.’ The combination of both the Yamaha and the Neve consoles is fantastic."
Charbonneau adds that the Yamaha DM2000 will also be very useful for surround DVD projects. "I’ll start to incorporate some of the surround and panning functions," he said. "Those projects will be a combination of analog and digital: recorded on Studer DASH format and Tascam hard disk/Pro Tools recorders, mixed through the Neve to Studer analog recorders with Dolby SR, then to the DM2000 for the surround parts, and finally to high-definition digital. Other targeted applications include TV shows and situations with multiple setups where I need to recall the monitoring quickly."
Le Mobile’s chief engineer, Charlie Bouis, recalled a recent Josh Groban special that he thought would be an excellent event to test the Yamaha DM2000. "We had a full band setup [with Groban] with about 50 inputs, plus a full orchestra with about 48 inputs," Bouis said. "I was able to concentrate on the orchestral mix, while Guy and the guest engineers did the main mix. I had all of the outputs needed for multitrack recording and a stereo mix for broadcast. For one show, I even did a submix of the orchestra for FOH, sending back submixes of the various sections. It’s really incredible having that kind of quality and flexibility in such a small console." The console was later used at a Tom Petty show and then at Don Henley’s Stormy Weather 2002 benefit.