The team configured the RIVAGE PM5 and PM3 with the DSP-RX DSP engine, providing 120 mono input channels and 48 mix, 24 matrix and two stereo bus output channels. The DSP engine from the RIVAGE PM10 and PM7 systems is backwards compatible with the newer CS-R5 and CS-R3 control surfaces, meaning the team could utilize the DSP-R10 DSP engine with a CS-R5, providing an additional 144 mono input channels, plus 72 mix, 36 matrix and two stereo bus output channels. This high capacity allowed the engineers to be fully creative in crafting their mixes, while maintaining extremely reliable ease-of-use when integrating the incoming audio streams from the venue.
Yamaha’s RMio-64D Dante/MADI conversion I/O rack was the vital link between the venue’s audio infrastructure and the Home Base’s Dante interfaces. Dante digital audio networking over Ethernet was chosen for its ability to manage remote audio resources centrally and potential to scale the audio channel count on demand. It helped the audio broadcast team to streamline the workflow in input/output patch management, hardware and system monitoring, allowing them to focus on the creative aspect of mixing the bands.
“Building a cost-effective broadcast system with redundancy at this scale was possible with Dante, the audio quality was great and the system worked reliably through the entire project,” says Uthaiyan.
Comparing his experiences of this with the Til The End Of The World project, he adds, “The networking requirement for Baybeats was definitely more complex, but the Yamaha and Audinate networking eco-system made setting up and managing the audio systems and resources for a hybrid event like this very manageable.”
Yamaha RIVAGE PM systems host a comprehensive selection of plug-ins, regularly added to via firmware updates. These range from the renowned Rupert Neve Designs (RND) 5045 Primary Source Enhancer - a versatile and effective noise suppression tool - to the highly popular Eventide SP2016 Reverb Processor, providing new possibilities for users to enhance music of any style in a mix. Uthaiyan was particularly impressed with the RND Portico II Master Buss Processor (released with firmware v5.00) being, as he says, “very close sounding” to the hardware unit he owns.