A New PM Generation
In the more than 40 years that have passed since Yamaha's first professional live sound console was released, the PM series has been responsible for a number
of important milestones in the history of sound reinforcement. Many of those innovations have become standard tools that professionals depend on to this day.
And now, launching a new generation of PM consoles, the RIVAGE PM10 is here. In terms of sound quality, operation, functionality, reliability, expandability,
and more, the RIVAGE PM10 is a thoroughly refined flagship that defines the direction for future generations. It is a worthy heir to the PM name that brings true innovation to the evolving live sound scene.
Designed and Refined for Sonic Perfection
The ideal starting point for sonic creativity is pure, natural reproduction. That concept is so ingrained in the Yamaha approach to mixer design that it has
become an overarching philosophy. The sound being produced on stage must be accurately captured. Only then can it be effectively colored for the desired
creative impact. Of course that same philosophy is uncompromisingly expressed in the RIVAGE PM10.
The foundation is a newly developed Hybrid Microphone Preamplifier design with an analog section that represents the Yamaha Natural Sound concept in its most
advanced form. In the digital stage, evolved Yamaha VCM digital modeling technology recreates the characteristics of Rupert Neve Designs transformer
circuitry and acclaimed SILK processing to achieve an extraordinarily musical, spacious sound. The channel EQ and dynamics have been significantly upgraded as
well, offering expanded capability for expressive sonic control.
Internal plug-ins that support imaginative sound engineering have also taken a large evolutionary leap forward. Particular effort has been focused on
collaborations with other manufacturers that are already receiving accolades. In addition to new VCM models of acclaimed EQ and compressor units from the 70’s
and 80’s that have been jointly developed with Rupert Neve Designs, our first collaboration with TC Electronic has resulted in the inclusion of two
exceptional reverb processors, and an Eventide Harmonizer is currently under development. An extensive selection of plug-ins, including popular types from
previous Yamaha digital consoles, gives engineers the tools they need to create the perfect sound for every situation.
Everything is aimed at reproducing and creating the most musical sound possible. The RIVAGE PM10 sound results from exhaustive research and design with one
resolute purpose: to achieve the highest possible sonic quality.
Polished Operation Offers Confidence and Comfort
It is the sound engineer's job to deliver the performance from stage to audience in the best possible way. Since the mixing console is the engineer's primary
tool, its operability is crucial, particularly in today’s rapidly evolving live sound environment. The RIVAGE PM10 system features a Hybrid Operation Style that
takes the most highly valued aspects of Yamaha digital mixing consoles to a new, refined level that gives engineers unprecedented expressive control.
Notable new features include Overlay and Isolate filters for enhanced scene memory operation, a Follow option for the send masters and direct outs, and
more. There are also upgraded features for flexible live recording, dual monitor outputs, and a wealth of other details that add up to smooth operation and
integration in a wider variety of working environments.
With operation and features designed to comprehensively support today's live sound scene, RIVAGE PM10 allows engineers to focus on the sound and enjoy the creative process.
The RIVAGE PM10 system consists of a control surface, one or two DSP engines, up to eight I/O racks, and RY/HY cards. The system can be flexibly configured to suit applications of any scale or complexity.
Hybrid Microphone Preamplifiers: A Solid Foundation for Superior Sound
The Hybrid Microphone Preamplifiers at the input stage of the RIVAGE PM10 system provide the fundamental character for the system’s overall
sound. One of the most important aspects of that character is the natural sound of the analog stage, consistent with the "Natural Sound"
philosophy that Yamaha has championed all along. Parts selection, mechanical construction, circuit layout, power supply, and grounding can
all affect the quality of analog circuitry, and have been painstakingly reviewed and refined in the RIVAGE PM10.
Even the slightest changes due to variations in individual parts have been rigorously evaluated and redressed. Final adjustments were made on
the basis of aural evaluation by Yamaha experts as well as eminent outside engineers, resulting in a totally new design that is genuinely
worthy of "flagship" status. The system's ability to accurately capture the sound being produced on stage provides the best possible foundation for creative processing.
VCM Technology Models SILK Processing by Rupert Neve Designs
Another vital factor contributing to the superb sound of the Hybrid Microphone Preamplifier is its digital stage. The transformer circuitry
and SILK processing incorporated in high-end analog devices from Rupert Neve Designs, designed by the legendary Rupert Neve himself, have been
precisely modeled using original Yamaha VCM (Virtual Circuitry Modeling) technology. These extraordinary preamplifiers are available for use on all RIVAGE PM10 input channels.
VCM technology, which has already produced many highly regarded effects and plug-ins, was originally developed by Toshifumi Kunimoto (affectionately known as "Dr.K") of K's Lab at Yamaha. VCM precisely
models every aspect of analog circuitry, right down to the characteristics of individual components such as resistors and capacitors as well as the circuit itself, fully recreating saturation
and nonlinearities that are overlooked by conventional digital simulations. Aural evaluation and refinement by world-class engineers results in an exceptionally musical sound.
Channel EQ and Compression Refined to Unprecedented Levels
The RIVAGE PM10 channel EQ and dynamics have also been significantly updated and fine-tuned to match the innovations in the input section.
The input channels feature 4-band full parametric EQ, while the output channels are equipped with 8-band full parametric EQ, with 4 algorithm
types that include newly developed variations. The "Precise" algorithm makes it easy to target and control specific EQ points, the "Aggressive"
algorithm is designed for the most musical response, and the "Smooth" algorithm offers smooth, natural control. There’s also a "Legacy"
algorithm that provides the familiar feel and response of the equalizers provided in industry-standard Yamaha digital consoles such as the PM1D
and PM5D. The "Precise" algorithm includes Q parameters on the low and high shelving filters that allow filter overshoot to be flexibly controlled for added musical impact.
Two dynamics stages are provided, each functioning as a gate, two types of compressor, ducker, or de-esser as required. The two compressor types
are "Legacy Comp," inheriting the characteristics of the standard compressors in Yamaha digital consoles, and "Comp260," which is a
beautiful VCM model of a popular analog comp/limiter from the mid 70s. The latter accurately models the characteristics of the VCA circuit and
RMS level detector used in the original device, with the effect of each parameter fine-tuned for optimum effect in live-sound applications.
Presets that recreate the original fixed settings of this classic comp/limiter are also provided for convenience in situations that require the original sound.
In addition to the luxury of having these outstanding EQ and dynamics stages available for use on all channels, the RIVAGE PM10 system also provides two insert points with up to four plug-ins, GEQ units, PEQ
units, and/or outboard devices in series being assignable to each insert point.
Plug-in Effects Include Rupert EQ/Comp, TC Electronic Reverb, and More
Processing quality has always been a major strength of Yamaha digital consoles. The comprehensive selection of plug-ins available for use in
the CL and QL series Premium Rack and Effect Rack, including models of in-demand classics, are highly regarded features of those consoles. The
RIVAGE PM10 system includes all of those effects seamlessly merged with several new additions for a total of 45 plug-ins. Processing power has
been substantially increased, allowing up to 192 instances of complex plug-ins such as the Portico 5033 or Portico 5043 to be used simultaneously.
Of the new additions to the effect roster, four new VCM models resulting from recent collaborations with Rupert Neve Designs are particularly
worthy of note. These are the "Rupert EQ 773" and "Rupert Comp 754" which are models of outboard devices from the 70s, and the more modern
"Rupert EQ 810" and "Rupert Comp 830" from the 80s. All four models deliver the musical vintage outboard sound still favored by many engineers.
Collaboration with TC Electronic has also resulted in the inclusion of two new reverb plug-ins: the "VSS4HD" finest room simulation reverb that
offers a multitude of reflection settings with musical-sounding reverb processing capabilities, and the "NonLin 2" plug-in that can function as
an envelope-filtered gate reverb without requiring a trigger.
Yamaha and Eventide are currently working on the "H3000-LIVE" harmonizer to be introduced with a future update. "H3000-LIVE" is an accurate
reproduction of the H3000 Ultra Harmonizer algorithm with an interface streamlined for live sound use.
The RIVAGE PM10 plug-ins are not just showy bells and whistles. They are carefully chosen, practical effects that can be invaluable for creative processing in real-world live sound applications.
The Complete Yamaha Selected Channel Interface
Yamaha has always focused on operability in digital live sound consoles, sparing no effort in providing an interface that engineers coming from
analog consoles can operate intuitively, while at the same time maximizing the benefits of digital technology and features. The RIVAGE
PM10 system takes that concept to a new level, extending an already familiar and highly rated interface for even greater efficiency and ease in achieving the desired sound.
A key element of that interface is Yamaha's industry-standard Selected Channel concept, providing direct access to parameters of any channel
selected via its SEL key. The Selected Channel section of the RIVAGE PM10 inherits the full-featured configuration of the legendary PM1D digital console, providing direct, fast access to all channel
parameters. Encoders, buttons, and indicators are provided in a comprehensive layout that makes maximum use of the available panel space, for comfortable operation in any environment or mixing situation.
Touch Screen and Fader Strip Merge for Intuitive Control
The RIVAGE PM10 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.
In the RIVAGE PM10 system this allows channels to be conveniently managed in 12 channel groups. It even facilitates 2-man operation, with different operators handling the left and right groups. Features like
headphone jacks on both ends of the front panel and pull-out headphone hangers make it clear that Yamaha is serious about giving sound engineers the most comfortable working environment possible.
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 PM10 system has two monitor outputs plus Cue busses, and up to eight
combinations of monitor sources can be stored for instant recall. Of course output level is independently adjustable for each. The monitor section also offers dedicated delays, plus 8-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 PM10 monitor section make it easy to adapt to any
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 to 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.
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 PM10 system supports
multitrack recording via an optional 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 implemented with the optional HY144-D card. 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 audio interface 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.
• 44.1/48/88.2/96 kHz • 144 input channels • 72 Mix buses, 36 Matrix buses • Stereo buses A and B (or Mono bus) • Cue A/B, Monitor A/B
Control Surface (CS-R10)
• Display: 15" touch panel x 2 • Faders: 38 (12+12+12+2) • Selected Channel section: comprehensive channel parameters • Custom Fader banks: 6 x 2 on each bay
• User Defined keys: 12 x 4 banks • User Defined knobs: 4 x 4 banks • Touch and Turn knobs: 2 • Analog I/O: 8 in / 8 out • Slot: 2 MY slots • AES/EBU: 4 in / 4 out (with SRC)
• Ports: GPI (8 in / 8 out), Word Clock Out, MIDI In/Out, 5 USB (1 for 2-track recording), Video Out (DVI-D) • Power supply: dual redundant power supply built-in
• Dimensions (WxHxD): 1,549 x 417 x 848mm (61.0" x 16.4" x 33.4") • Net Weight: 85 kg (187 lbs)
DSP Engine (DSP-R10)
• Slot: 2 MY slots, 4 HY slots (TWINLANe, Dante) • Ports: GPI (8 in / 8 out), Word Clock In/Out, MIDI In/Out, Remote, TC IN, Fault Output
• Power supply: dual redundant power supply built-in • Dimensions (WxHxD): 480 x 232 x 490.8mm (18.9" x 9.1" x 19.3") (5U rack size) • Net Weight: 20 kg (44 lbs)
I/O Rack (RPio622)
• Slot: 6 RY slots, 2 MY slots, 2 HY slots (TWINLANe, Dante) • Ports: Word Clock In/Out, Fault Output
• Power supply: dual redundant power supply built-in • Dimensions (WxHxD): 480 x 455 x 489.7mm (18.9" x 17.9" x 19.3") (10U rack size) • Net Weight: 30 kg (66 lbs)
• A/B, Gain Compensation, Digital Gain, HPF, LPF, 4-band PEQ, 2 Dynamics, Delay, 2 insert points (x4 daisy-chain), Direct Out
• HPF, LPF, 8-band PEQ, Dynamics, Delay (on channel and port), 2 insert points (x4 daisy-chain)
• Number of scenes: 1000 • Functions: Recall Safe, Focus Recall, Fade Time, Preview, Overlay Filter, Isolate
• 24 DCAs, 12 Mute Groups
• 384 plug-in slots (The maximum number of plug-ins used at a time varies depending on the plug-in types) • 45 types of plug-ins
• 48 racks (96 for Flex15GEQ and 8-band PEQ) • 31-band GEQ, Flex15GEQ, 8-band PEQ
• 2-track USB recording (MP3 and WAV) • Multitrack recording and Virtual Soundcheck via Dante (option)
I/O Network (TWINLANe)
• 400 channels @ 44.1/48/88.2/96 kHz, 32-bit • Network latency: 11 samples at 44.1/48 kHz, 12 samples at 88.2/96 kHz
• Topology: ring for network redundancy • Recommended cable: Neutrik opticalCON DUO multimode fiber
• Topology: ring for network redundancy • Cable: CAT5e or better (etherCON)
• 144 in / 144 out @ 44.1/48/88.2/96 kHz, 32-bit • Cable: CAT5e or better (etherCON)
• RIVAGE PM10 Editor (Windows)
Planned functions in the future update
• Engine Mirroring / Engine Cascade / Dual Console / Event List (Timecode chase) / Nuendo Live Remote / RIVAGE PM10 StageMix / Eventide H3000 Live and more