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Yamaha PM5D Digital Reinforcement Console A New Dimension in Digital Live Sound
The PM5D and PM5D-RH Digital Mixing Consoles now take the digital revolution to the next level. They are smaller relatives of PM1D, offering state-of-the-art digital performance for a significantly broader range of SR applications that require a more dedicated surface than the DM2000. What's more, they offer a system solution that can enhance the entire sound production process from input to output through integration with digital systems such as the DME64N and AD8HR.
PM5D – a new dimension in the digital live sound has begun.
Model PM5D or PM5D-RH: A Choice of Two Configurations
Customers have a choice of two front-end configurations. The PM5D includes 48 XLR/balanced TRS analog mono inputs with manual mic preamps based on the circuitry found in the Yamaha DM2000, plus an additional 4 stereo line level inputs. The PM5D-RH includes 48 XLR analog mono inputs with recallable mic preamps derived from the head amplifier design of the Yamaha PM5000, with 4 stereo inputs that will accept mic level signals. The choice will depend on you needs and budget, and whether you need to store and recall the analog gain settings in the same way as other parameters.
Whichever model you choose, you are assured of the best sound quality available. Both superb mic preamps convey the most delicate nuances of the input signal right down to the smallest details. The DM2000 mic pre-amps are highly regarded for their warm, transparent sound, while the PM5000 mic preamps have a warmth and boldness specifically designed for the live sound.
* "PM5D" refers to features common to both configurations, unless otherwise noted.
A New Size, Weight, and Performance Standard For Touring and Installations
On the surface the PM5D may look like a streamlined 24-channel console, but it is actually much, much more: a total of 130 input connections, simultaneous mixing of up to 64 inputs to stereo or LCR stereo, and 24 mix buses with extraordinary versatility, all with 500-scenes of total recall. Plus you have the equivalent of several racks full of first-rate processing gear onboard (56 Gates, 92 Comps, 97 Delays, 12 GEQs and 8 units of SPX2000 class multi effects).
Add advanced digital patching capability, sophisticated monitoring, surround panning from 3-1 to 6.1, and a wealth of features that contribute to unprecedented operational ease and efficiency. The fact that all of this is housed in a 950mm x 1551mm foot print console that weighs less than 98kg, powered by a 3U external power supply that weighs only 10 kg, is simply staggering. If you've been touring with traditional equipment you'll appreciate the dramatically reduced setup time and effort required by this groundbreaking console. If you're equipping an installation you'll love the reduced installation and maintenance costs, as well as all the space you'll save.
The PM5D will handle 24-bit/96kHz audio without compromise. You won't sacrifice channels or any other processing capabilities whether the PM5D is run at 44.1, 48, 88.2 or 96-kHz. Internal processing is all 32-bit (using 58-bit accumulators) to ensure that absolutely no loss of audio quality occurs at any point in the signal path.
High-capacity, Versatile Mix Performance
The PM5D can accommodate a total of 130 input connections (48 channel inputs, four stereo inputs, five 2 TR IN's plus four Mini-YGDAI slots), and can handle up to 64 inputs simultaneously. The 64 input mixing channels are configured by default as 48 mono input channels, 4 stereo inputs, and 4 stereo effect returns. By utilizing the internal patch bay and expansion slots you can instantly scene-switch between totally separate stage setups. In terms of bus-routing capability you have 24 mix buses that can function as submasters or auxiliary sends, in addition to the stereo A and B (or LCR) and CUE buses. There's also an 8-output mix matrix that is invaluable for setting up submixes for a variety of applications. Any of the input channels, mix buses, and matrix buses can be assigned to the console's 8 DCA faders for extraordinarily flexible group control.
All the Effects and Processing You'll Need Onboard
The PM5D offers every processing facility you'll ever need onboard. Every input channel has 4 band EQ plus a high pass filter, a separate gate and compressor, and delay of up to 1000 milliseconds. The stereo and mix outs have 8-band EQ, compressor, and delay. The matrix outs have 4 band EQ, compressor and delay. The cue and monitor outs also include delay. But the PM5D doesn't stop there! It features twelve 31-band GEQs and eight independent SPX2000-class multi-effect processors that can be patched into any of the console's input, stereo, mix, or matrix channels, offering a comprehensive range of reverb, delay, modulation, and combination effects.
The PM5D is also ready to use Yamaha's incomparable Add-on Effects that were first introduced for DM2000 and 02R96 digital mixers … in fact, the REV-X Reverb is included in the PM5D by default. You can use other popular programs like Compressor276, Compressor260, EQ601 and Open Deck by purchasing the Channel Strip and Master Strip packages.
Advanced, Intuitive Interface
The PM5D features interface technology developed and refined through an impressive lineup of digital consoles, including the PM1D. Here are a few highlights:
- Selected Channel: Press the SEL key on any input or master channel and that channel strip is assigned to the console's SELECTED CHANNEL controls for real-time adjustment of a dazzling array of parameters. When you edit a parameter via a SELECTED CHANNEL control block, the corresponding display is automatically called to the console's large LCD display for even further editing precision and versatility.
- Mix Send Select: With PM5D the operation in the vertical direction and horizontal direction on the conventional analog board can be done intuitively and more efficiently without changing the settings. For example; Press the MIX SELECT key corresponding to the desired mix bus, and the send levels to the selected bus can be adjusted directly via the channel strip encoders. If the MIX MASTER MIX SEND key is engaged, the send level from the current SELECTED CHANNEL input to all 24 mix busses can be adjusted via the MIX master encoders.
- Encoder Mode: The input channel encoders can be assigned to mix send level, panning, input gain, or alternate layer input level, enabling the operator to adjust all input channel levels without changing layers.
- Flip: When this key is engaged the functions of the input strip faders and encoders are reversed … this is great when you want to use the faders for fine control of a parameter normally assigned to the encoders, ideal when using PM5D for monitor applications.
The interface advantages are extensive, and extend to details that can make a significant difference to work efficiency and comfort. Also there are connectors for mouse and keyboard, great assistance when you have to type in many letters while setting up patches and scenes.
On the PM5D, all parameters are recallable in up to 500 scenes, so you can instantly key to the perfect mix. This type of repeatability is particularly important in high-turnover applications where you might need to accommodate a number of totally different acts every day. It can also make life much easier in one-act touring applications, leaving you more time to optimize the mix for individual venues.
There is also a flexible recall safe function that enables on-the-spot cancellation and alteration of the pre-programmed settings.
Another new feature on the PM5D is an HA library that, on the PM5D-RH, allows the gain and other parameters of the internal microphone preamplifier to be recalled in one operation. The HA library is also an advantage on both the PM5D and PM5D-RH when remotely-controllable preamplifiers, such as the Yamaha AD8HR, are connected via the console's expansion slots.
The PM5D is equipped with 3-1, 5.1 and 6.1 surround modes. You can easily set up surround channels on the mix buses, and panning can be controlled via the track pad or by using dedicated control devices connected via the MIDI or GPI port.
Four rear-panel Mini-YGDAI expansion slots allow you to use a range of MY series expansion cards to enhance the PM5D in a number of ways. You can, for example, use the added I/O capability to connect to and remotely control high-performance Yamaha AD8HR 8-channel A/D with microphone preamplifiers. You could also significantly expand your audio processing capabilities by cascading to a DME64N Digital Mixing Engine. You can have 64 matrix outs, and control additional GEQ, Master fader, Cross Over, Delay and Matrix Mixer components created on DME64N from PM5D. Or, of course, you could cascade-connect to another PM5D bidirectionally (up to 4 units unidirectionally) to create a huge system, or other Yamaha digital mixers such as the DM2000 or DM1000 for submix applications.