Ten years after its debut (September 22, 1999, at Carnegie Hall in New York City), the Yamaha PM1D SR digital mixing system is going into retirement. Yamaha Corporation Japan has reached the limit on availability of key components. Therefore, to make sure there will be enough parts for customer service well into the future, the production of this system will cease in December 2009. Current requests for PM1D systems will be fulfilled, and limited quantities will remain available until the existing stock is depleted. A brief white paper will provide customers with Yamaha's concept for its next-generation digital system platform; read it at yamahaca.com/whitepaper.
According to this white paper, in addition to offering high-quality sound and total reliability, Yamaha is adding other functionality such as configurable component devices for designing specific systems for installations and/or rental jobs; variable system sizes with distributed I/O, DSP and user interfaces; integration of audio and control data in one core wide-bandwidth network; bandwidth and DSP to support extremely high channel counts; extremely low latency; open interfacing with other major audio formats and networks; and redundancy for network, DSP and power supply unit.