Long-term Yamaha PM5D user Adlib Audio recently added two of the digital mixing consoles to its inventory. Meanwhile, a Russian broadcaster has added seven DM1000s to its OB infrastructure.
Liverpool-based Adlib invested in the PM5D shortly after its introduction, and also had a number of LS9s at its disposal.
“Nowadays the PM5D is very much a standard package for festival monitors,” said Adlib hire manager Phil Stoker. “It is the ideal console for that role, being very popular with monitor engineers and very quick to change over from one artist to another. The high pressure environment of festivals needs equipment that users can work with quickly and intuitively. The PM5D completely fulfils that need.
“It delivers rock solid reliability, which is one of the reasons for its success. We have hardly ever had a fault and, on the one or two occasions that we have, Yamaha’s support and the service has been fantastic. Their tech support is something for everyone else to aspire to.”
Commitments for Adlib’s PM5Ds in 2011 have included The Big Chill, One Big Weekend, Latitude and T in the Park. Meanwhile, the company has been discovering the strong value retention capabilities of the console.
Remarked Stoker: “The PM5D very much holds its value, which is something we weren’t really expecting in digital consoles. Its resale value is really good, which allows us to keep our rental stock turning over at a comparatively small cost.
“This is helped by the fact that there are not loads of options you have to choose when buying one. The only question is ‘Is it an RH version or not?’, there are no further questions. We think that all digital consoles should be more like that.”
In another significant system sale, Russian production company ANO Sports Broadcasting has added Yamaha DM1000 digital mixing consoles to no fewer than seven new OB vans.
Based on the Mercedes Sprinter, the vans have been supplied by German broadcast specialist and truck builder Broadcast Solutions, and will be a fundamental link in the global broadcasting of the 2014 Winter Olympics, being held in the Russian city of Sochi and the Krasnaya Polyana ski resort.
Each of the vans features a DM1000VCM with MY16-AE AES/EBU interface cards, alongside high specification video and monitoring equipment – not to mention some precautions against the challenging Russian climate!
Arthur Koll, broadcast sales engineer at Yamaha Music Europe GmbH, commented: “The DM1000 is the standard console for outside broadcast. The input microphone preamps are of a very high class and, thanks to the MY series interface cards, you can integrate it with a wide range of broadcast standards.”