RIVAGE PM7

Sound

The RIVAGE PM Sound Is the Music Itself

The ideal starting point for creative audio engineering is transparent, uncolored sound. All Yamaha mixers are built on that philosophy, with the goal of allowing engineers to capture the on-stage sound accurately, without coloration, and then add creative touches as required. Yamaha’s unwavering adherence to this concept continues in the RIVAGE PM7.

Two I/O Rack Categories to Ideally Capture the On-stage Sound

Yamaha offers two types of high-performance I/O Rack units for RIVAGE PM7 input and output, each providing compatibility with a different audio network.

One is the TWINLANe network, using optical cable to simultaneously carry up to 400 audio channels. Combinations of the RPio622 and/or RPio222 I/O racks and HY256-TL or HY256-TL-SMF audio interface cards allow input via Hybrid Microphone Preamplifiers with analog input stages that take the Yamaha “natural sound” concept to new heights, as well as digital sections with immaculate VCM-technology models of Rupert Neve Designs transformer and SILK processing circuitry that offer outstanding musicality and atmosphere.

Then there’s the Dante audio network from Audinate, already standard in CL and QL series digital consoles as well as a range of other Yamaha pro audio products. Dante-equipped Rio3224-D2 and Rio1608-D2 I/O Racks and the HY144-D audio interface card can be combined to provide natural sound input at full RIVAGE PM series quality.

Cleanly and accurately captured on-stage sound provides a perfect foundation for creative processing.

Rupert Neve Quality for All Engineers (RPio622 & RPio222)

Fitted with RY-ML-SILK analog input cards the RPio622 and RPio222 I/O racks offer outstanding emulations of the transformer circuitry and SILK processing featured in microphone preamplifiers from Rupert Neve Designs, immaculately modeled using Yamaha VCM (Virtual Circuitry Modeling) technology.

Recording engineers value Rupert Neve microphone preamps for their appealing natural compression and saturation. SILK processing can take that seductive sonic foundation to new levels with added power and flair. Sounds that tend to get lost in the mix are given new life and luster with a lush analog-like core.

The SILK processing function provided in the RY16-ML-SILK audio interface card Hybrid Microphone Preamplifiers offers two variations: “RED” for sparkling energy, and “BLUE” for solidity and power. There’s also a continuously variable “TEXTURE” knob that musically shapes the harmonic components to best suit the source. The benefits of SILK processing are also evident in the way channel EQ and reverb plug-ins affect the sound.

The RIVAGE PM7 makes the coveted Rupert Neve preamplifier sound available to a wider range of engineers who can put it to creative use.

Dan Dugan Automatic Mixer Built In

Through in-depth collaboration with Dan Dugan Sound Design, renowned Dan Dugan automatic microphone mixing with its advanced algorithms is built into the RIVAGE PM series digital mixing systems. Setup is easy: just insert the processor into up to 64 channels for automatically optimized microphone gain distribution. Gain control is smooth and natural, as though experienced human operators were doing the mix. The system also effectively reduces feedback and comb filter issues. For speech applications, especially non-scripted situations, this allows the operator to concentrate on details other than fader operation for consistently high-quality mixes.

Operation

Smooth, Polished RIVAGE PM Operation

The mixing console is the engineer’s primary tool. Operability is crucial, particularly in today’s rapidly evolving live sound environment. That is why Yamaha digital live sound consoles are designed to deliver a unique blend of smooth analog-style operation ease with some of the most advanced digital technology and features available. The worldwide acceptance of Yamaha digital mixing consoles is a testament to their success, and the RIVAGE PM7 carries on the tradition. It has the same dimensions and panel layout as the highly acclaimed RIVAGE PM10, offering the same user experience.

With operation and features designed to comprehensively support today’s live sound scene, the RIVAGE PM series allows engineers to focus on the sound and enjoy the creative process.

The Complete Yamaha Selected Channel Interface

A key element of legendary Yamaha digital console operability is the Selected Channel concept, providing direct access to the parameters of any channel selected via a SEL key. The Selected Channel section of the RIVAGE PM7 inherits the full-featured configuration of the RIVAGE PM10, providing direct, fast access to all channel parameters. Encoders, buttons, and indicators in a comprehensive layout make maximum use of the available panel space for comfortable operation in any environment or mixing situation.

Touch Screen and Fader Strips Merge for Intuitive Control

The RIVAGE PM7 control surface features three groups of 12 faders to which channels can be assigned as required. The two leftmost fader groups work with large touch panel displays in the top panel, providing an enhanced version of the Centralogic operating environment. The channel strips extend vertically and virtually seamlessly into the touch panel displays, for lucid, logical control. The ability to manage channels in 12 channel groups provides versatility for just about any workflow.

A Monitor Section to Match Any Job

The monitoring needs of live sound reinforcement can vary considerably from job to job, so a flexible monitor system is essential. The RIVAGE PM7 system has two monitor/cue outputs with independently adjustable output level, and up to eight combinations of monitor sources can be stored for instant recall. The monitor section also offers dedicated delays, plus eight-band parametric EQ. An insert point prior to the EQ stage allows plug-ins to be used in the monitor section as well. The carefully planned and flexible features provided in the RIVAGE PM7 monitor section make it easy to adapt to any monitoring situation.

Convenience Is in the Details

The main encoders on the RIVAGE PM7 panel are surrounded by horseshoe shaped rings of indicators that show the current settings. The horseshoe ring shape is designed to provide optimum visibility when, for example, the encoders are viewed from below, which is often the case with the multifunction encoders at the top of the fader strips. The unique shape ensures that indicators near the 12 o’clock position are not hidden behind the encoder knob.

The fader knob shape, developed through years of designing and refining mixer interfaces, is another important feature. The fader knobs are contoured so that positive, comfortable control is possible no matter where your finger is placed on the knob. This is a feature that can only be truly appreciated through first-hand experience.

Overall, the console is designed with the touch panel displays and Selected Channel section on a prominently raised upper panel that offers optimum visibility from the engineer’s position as well as easy access to all controls. The stage and console are both within view at all times. The touch screens are also located within easy reach for effortless access.

Enhanced Functionality

Isolate, for Enhanced Scene Recall Versatility

A major benefit of modern digital consoles is scene memory. But different engineers can have widely varying mixing styles and views on how scene memory should be used, so it is a feature that must be implemented in the most flexible possible way.

The RIVAGE PM7 system provides a variety of ways to “filter” scene memory recall operations. Focus recall, a feature that is already familiar to Yamaha console users, makes it possible to specify the types of data to be recalled. Recall Safe works the other way, preventing specified types of data from being recalled. Now the “Isolate” filter makes it possible to specify entire channel modules, including EQ and dynamics libraries, etc., that will be protected from recall operations. This means that even if certain parameters of a channel are protected by Recall Safe, for example, you can instantly isolate and protect the entire channel from recall without altering the Recall Safe settings. This is a feature that will be of great value in situations where scene memory is used heavily.

Overlay Filter for Rapid Response to Sudden Changes

The Overlay filter is another new feature that can notably extend the usefulness of the scene memory. This filter can be “overlaid” on a current mix to apply offsets to the fader levels and mix/matrix send levels independently from scene recall. An example of how this might be useful is when an unplanned performer change occurs, requiring adjustments the level of the corresponding channel. Using the Overlay filter it becomes possible to make a temporary, relative level change to that channel and then instantly revert to the original level. The Overlay filter will prove its value in situations that require sudden changes plus the ability to easily revert to the original settings.

Broadcast Features

The RIVAGE PM7 supports 5.1 channel surround panning and monitoring for broadcast applications, and has two surround buses for efficient international feed production. A broadcast Mix Minus function is provided too, allowing a specified source to be removed from a specified remote feed with just a few steps.

Two Convenient Approaches to Live Recording

Professional quality live recording capability is becoming an essential feature in live sound consoles. In addition to convenient 2-track recording to a USB flash drive, the RIVAGE PM7 supports multitrack recording via a Dante audio network to meet the widest possible range of serious recording requirements.

The 2-track USB flash drive recorder function directly records the output of the STEREO or MIX bus to the flash drive. Background music or sound effects recorded on the flash drive can also be assigned to any input channel for playback. Sample rate conversion is provided for both input and output, so the recorder function can be used without having to think about the system sampling rate. Data can be recorded to or played back from WAV or MP3 files, as required.

Multitrack recordings can be made to a computer based DAW via a Dante audio network. High-resolution recording of up to 128 channels (input and output) at 96 kHz is possible if the computer is equipped with a Dante Accelerator PCIe card. With Dante Virtual Soundcard the maximum in/out track count is 64.

Multitrack recordings of rehearsals made in this way can be used for “virtual sound checks” when the performers aren’t available. Input patching for all required channels can be switched in one operation for both recording and virtual sound checks. Recorder playback and stage input can even be smoothly combined when needed.