2002 issue 103

Yamaha DM 2000
96 kHz Digital Production Console
Yamaha DM2000 is a digital mixer and a production tool that offers 96-kHz effects, advanced surround production facilities, extensive integrated DAW and machine control, computer and memory-card based data management, a flexible bus system with digital patching, inserts, and much more.
Dedicated DSP LSIs deliver 24-bit, 96 kHz Performance (32bit/96-kHz processing).
Unlike conventional equipment that achieves operation in 96K mode with reduced number of tracks, with DM2000 there is no limitation dependent on sampling frequencies - 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz or 96khz. For DM2000 96Khz is the standard. To achieve this, no fewer than 14 newly-developed DSP7 LSIs are utilized in the mixer section with eight DSP6 LSIs for effects. These chips are designed and manufactured by YAMAHA specifically for professional audio applications.
By way of comparison, the Yamaha O2R uses six DSP3 chips in its mixer section. A single DSP7 chip has more than four times the processing power of a DSP3. DM2000 provides more than 9 times the processing power of 02R. The result is: 96 channels of super-clean, super-dynamic, noise-free 24-bit/96 kHz audio, plus all the additional effects and processings. At 44.1 or 48 kHz the DM2000 is barely idling.

Internal Effects Fully Support 96kHz Processing
What's the point of having 24-bit/96kHz audio if you have to convert down to a lower sampling rate for effect processing? The point may seem obvious, but that's exactly what's happening if you're using hardware or software processors that don't offer 24-bit/96kHz performance anywhere in your signal chain. That's why Yamaha included a comprehensive range of 96-kHz compatible stereo effects in the DM2000, plus several designed specifically for surround. And you can use as many as eight individual effect processors simultaneously.

24-bit/96kHz Onboard AD/DA Conversion
And what about analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog conversion? The same applies: if you don't have all 24 bits at the full 96 kHz in top-quality converters, you're definitely going to be missing part of your sound.
The DM2000 imposes no limitations. All onboard A/D and D/A conversion makes use of the finest 24-bit/96kHz converters.
This is particularly important in the DM2000 because it features some of the finest analog mic preamps available. The on-board converters ensure that you get an excellent digital representation of the warm, transparent output from these mic preamps. A new range of Mini-YGDAI digital and analog I/O cards also provide full 24-bit/96kHz capability.

Automation and Scene Control
Automation and Scene Memory recall capability are essential elements of modern digital mixing consoles. With the DM2000, Yamaha takes these functions to an higher level of precision and ease-of-use. While providing full automation of virtually all console parameters, DM2000 features smooth and quiet touch-sensitive, 100mm motorized faders that make writing and updating automated mixes faster and more intuitive. And all automation data is recorded at 1/4-frame accuracy to ensure excellent precision.

DM2000 provides everything required for a complete surround solution. All the facilities you need for surround processing, panning and monitoring - including joystick - are provided as standard equipment. The joystick is the tool for smooth, continuous positioning of 5.1 surround sound for DVDs or other surround media. And since accurate monitoring is so essential to surround production, extra care was taken to ensure that the DM2000 offers the ideal mixing environment - it includes a downmix matrix which can deliver 3-1(LCRS) and stereo mixes while you are burning a 5.1 surround mix to DVD, bass management, and speaker alignment facilities for optimum speaker system tuning.

Intuitive Interface
While the comprehensive display format of the O2R has been inherited by the DM2000, the control surface and user interface system has been expanded and enhanced to allow analog-style hands-on operation with minimum need to refer to the LCD. 16 user-defined keys which can be assigned the functions of your choice are also provided.

96 Channels in 4 Layers
One of the advantages of working with digital is that it allows maximum power and flexibility to be packed into minimum space. The DM2000's 24 precision 100-millimeter motorized channel faders, for example, can be instantaneously layer-switched to control any of 96 channels. So you have 96 channels in the space of 24.

Patching Flexibility

All available inputs, outputs, effects, and channel inserts can be assigned to any of the console's channels or outputs via the DM2000's digital patching system. For example, any of the 8 effect processors can be assigned to an auxiliary buss for send-type operation, or inserted directly into any input channel as required. A direct out function also allows the signal from any of the 96 input channels to be routed directly to any digital or analog output in the system. A 22 by 8 (4-stereo) matrix mix system in DM2000 can be used to provide cue monitor mixes, downmix monitoring for surround production, or zone level control for sound reinforcement applications. The fully flexible patching system allows 30 of DM2000's busses - eight record/subgroup busses, 12 auxiliary sends, L/R stereo bus, and four stereo matrix busses - to be assigned to any available output connector.

Expandable for any application
In addition to its built-in analog and digital inputs and outputs, DM2000 provides six mini-YGDAI slots that will accept a wide range of I/O and effects plug-in cards. And if 96 channels aren't enough to handle your application, dedicated cascade ports allow two DM2000s to function effectively as one very large digital mixing system providing a maximum of 192 input channels.

Channel Name Display

The DM2000 features individual channel name so you can identify channels, a particular advantage when switching between mixing layers. In addition to the default 4-character channel name display, you can hold down the SEL key for any channel to see a long name of up to 16 characters displayed across the 8-channel section.

Integrated DAW Control
Extensive support for Digidesign's Pro Tools system provides full control of mixing and processing parameters, aswell as transport/track-arming control and access to editing functions, directly from the DM2000 control surface. Support for Steinberg's Nuendo DAW is also under development.

Studio Manager Software Supplied
Control from a personal computer. Yamaha supplies the software. The DM2000 comes with the Studio manager application for both Macintosh and Windows platforms, allowing total control and management of all DM2000 parameters via a comprehensive graphic interface.

Fader & Encoder Mode
The FADER MODE keys allow the DM2000's faders to be instantaneously switched between fader and auxiliary/matrix level control, while the ENCODER MODE keys assign the console's rotary encoders for pan, send level, and other assignable control functions.

Display Control
The DISPLAY ACCESS keys determine which type of data will be shown on the DM2000's LCD panel: digital inputs and outputs, channel parameters, utility functions: a total of 12 selectable categories are provided here, in addition to the DISPLAY keys provided for each of the DM2000's control sections. This approach minimizes the need to scroll through on-screen lists when you need access to a particular type of data. Below the display access keys are a group of EFFECTS/PLUG-IN keys that can be used to instantly bring the parameters for any of the eight simultaneously-assignable effects to the display. Editing and selection of on-screen parameters is easy via encoders located immediately below the display.

Selected Channel Section
The SELECTED CHANNEL controls form the largest single control group on the DM2000 panel for setting up channel EQ, dynamics, panning or surround positioning, matrix send levels, and more. The SELECTED CHANNEL controls are, as the name implies, the hands on channel controls for the currently selected input and output channel, with analog-style buttons and knobs for direct, easy access to every single parameter. Need to adjust the high-mid frequency a little? Just grab the HIGH-MID encoder and turn. And while we're on the subject of EQ, note that individual numeric displays are provided for each of the four EQ bands, displaying precise frequency and dB values immediately below the encoders so you don't have to refer to the LCD display. The SELECTED CHANNEL section also offers a number of extra functions (such as the ability to copy and paste settings from one channel to another ). All of the sub-sections within the SELECTED CHANNEL section also feature DISPLAY keys that instantly bring the corresponding parameters up on the LCD display.

Monitor Section
You have separate, multiple source selectors for the studio and control room sends, solo capability with "SOLO CONTRAST" control, separate source selectors and level control for surround monitoring, MONO folddown, a DIMMER switch, small monitor selector, and a TALKBACK section complete with slate capability.

Scene Memory
You can store all console parameters as a new scene, or instantly recall previously-stored scenes. A numeric display right next to the STORE, RECALL,
and UP/DOWN keys shows the current scene number (01 through 99). Additional scene memories can be managed via memory cards or a computer running the supplied Studio Manager software. Like most other control sections, a DISPLAY key brings all scene parameters up on the LCD display panel.

Automix functions have been made directly accessible from the DM2000 console rather than being relegated to display screens: you can write and enable automation for the console's faders, channel on/off switching, panning, surround positioning, aux levels and on/off switching, and EQ.

User Defined Keys
These 16 keys can be assigned to control any functions you choose. You could, for example, individually mute surround monitor speakers, directly recall scene memories, etc. When the ProTools Remote Layer mode is selected, the USER DEFINED KEYS are automatically assigned to ProTools control functions by default.

Machine Control
Since the DM2000 will almost certainly be used with some sort of multitrack recorder - tape, hard-disk, or DAW, it has been provided with a comprehensive range of facilities for external machine control. Both Sony 9-pin (P2) and MMC protocols are supported, and control can be switched between MTR and master target machines. The DM2000's machine control features are divided into three main sections, as summarized below:
-Transport Controls: standard transport controls in the familiar layout - REW, FF, STOP, PLAY, and REC, for fast, efficient transport operation
-Locator: all the locator controls plus a few extras are duplicated on the DM2000 console.
-Track Arming: 24 track arming (record on/off) buttons can be used directly for up 24 tracks on a single recorder, or to control track arming on three separate 8-track recorders. Additionally, up to four complete track-arming setups can be memorized and recalled via TRACK ARMING GROUP keys A through D.

 Channel Strips
The 24 channel strips on the DM2000 panel provide access to the most essential operations for the corresponding channels. Depending on the currently selected layer, the channel strips will control channels 1 through 24, 25 through 48, 49 through 72, or 73 through 96. Also the channel faders and encoders will function according to the settings in the FADER MODE and ENCODER MODE sections. In addition to a fader and rotary encoder, each channel strip includes a channel ON/OFF key, a SOLO key, and AUTO key to turn mix automation on or off for that channel, and a SEL key which assigns the channel as the console's "Selected Channel". Detailed control for the currently selected channel (dynamics, EQ, buss assignment, panning and surround positioning, aux/matrix sends, delay, and phase/insert) is available via the SELECTED CHANNEL controls.

Master & Layer Section
In addition to the master stereo fader with its own ON, SEL and AUTO keys, the master section includes keys for input channel layer selection (Master Layer 1-24, 25-48, 49-72, 73-96) as well as selectors for four remote control layers.

Data Entry
For detailed numeric parameter editing: large cursor, INC/DEC, and enter keys are complemented by a data entry dial that lets you spin in values quickly and easily. The data entry dial also doubles as a shuttle/scrub dial for recorder or DAW control. A PC-compatible computer keyboard can also be directly connected to the rear-panel keyboard connector for extra data entry ease.

Analog Input Section
The DM2000 features 24 high-performance head amplifiers for microphone or line input that deliver a pristine signal to the console's precision 24-bit/96 kHz A/D converters. 48-volt phantom power for condenser microphones is individually switchable for each input, trim controls and pad switches facilitate optimum level matching with the source, and switchable inserts make it easy switch external analog processing gear into or out of the pre-A/D signal path.

Meter Bridge
The MB2000 Peak Meter Bridge is a complete level-monitoring station for the DM2000. 48 12-segment level meters can be used individually or in pairs to display pre-EQ, pre-fader, or post-fader input channel signal levels. The same meters can also display levels on the console's eight buses, 12 auxiliary sends, and four stereo matrix buses. A separate 32-segment stereo meter is provided for the main stereo program. The MB2000 also features a time-code display for complete, centralized visual monitoring.

Rear Panel
Balanced XLR and TRS connectors are provided for all 24 inputs, and rather than the common single TRS jacks for unbalanced insert send and return, each input channel features independent balanced send and return jacks (insert switches are provided on the console). Then there are balanced analog studio, stereo, control room, and monitor outputs as well as eight balanced "omni" bus outputs. Two analog 2-track inputs are also provided : one balanced and one unbalanced. Digital I/O is provided via digital 2-track inputs and outputs featuring both AES/EBU and coaxial connectors.
On-board sample rate conversion allows CD players and other digital sources connected to the digital input to be monitored or routed to an input channel without having to be synchronized to the system clock. A wide range of synchronization and control options are available via word clock inputs and outputs, SMPTE and MTC time code inputs, MIDI connectors, a keyboard connector, and both serial and USB "to host" connectors. Cascade in and output connectors allow two DM2000 consoles to be cascaded to provide up to 192 channels.

I/O Expandability and Plug-in Capability
The DM2000's real I/O versatility comes in the form of six Mini-YGDAI expansion slots. The expansion slots are 24-bit/96-kHz compatible, so you can select I/O and processing cards to provide the input/output configuration and processing capabilities. Whether you need digital I/O in ADAT, TASCAM, or AES/EBU format, or extra analog I/O capability, the appropriate Mini-YGDAI cards are available. Apogee's high-performance A/D and D/A cards are supported, as is the Waves Y56K effects plug-in card.

Memory Card Data Storage
All automix and scene data can be saved to SmartMedia memory cards and transferred and simply archived or transferred to another DM2000. A mix you make in one studio can, for example, be instantly replicated in another so you don't have to spend time manually setting up parameters to achieve the same results.

Expandable Data Libraries
Yamaha has provided an extensive selection of presets in a range of "libraries" that can simply be selected and used unmodified, or edited to suit specific requirements. Libraries are provided for effects, compression, gating, EQ, I/O patching, and more. Of course, your own setups can be added to the libraries for instant recall whenever they are needed.

32bit/96-kHz Effects
The DM2000 has eight independent internal 32bit/96-kHz multi-effect processors that can be patched into any of the console's input, stereo, mix, or matrix channels, and returned to any channel. An extensive range of detailed effect parameters are adjustable via easy-to-use graphic on-screen controls.
A comprehensive selection of reverb, delay, modulation, combination effects, and range of newly developed effects including multiband dynamics are provided.

Channel EQ
In addition to the panel controls and numeric displays, you can view and control all parameters for the 4-band parametric channel equalizers with graphic response representations via the LCD display. You also have the advantage of being able to store and recall EQ setups to or from the EQ library, or you can tweak one of the many presets provided to achieve the response you need.

6 Graphic Equalizers
The DM2000 provides six 31-band graphic equalizers that can be patched into any of the eight busses, 12 aux sends, four stereo matrixes or the main left and right output busses. The graphic equalizers will be particularly valuable for SR applications. Each equalizer features both a graphic slider and response graph display.

Compression and Gating
The DM2000 channel gates and compressors operate independently, so you can use compression and gating simultaneously. In addition to duplicating the panel controls, the on-screen compressor and gate displays include the parameters you'll need for key-in signal routing and setup. Once again, you have a broad selection of application-specific presets in the gate and compressor libraries, or you can store and recall you own settings.

Several patch displays allow the system's inputs, inserts, and outputs to be patched to appropriate built-in inputs and outputs as well as I/O added via the rear-panel expansion slots. You can also assign channel names for easy identification. Centralized control means you'll never have to run around to physically re-patch cables whenever you need to reconfigure the system, and patch setups you might want to use again can be stored in the patch library for instant recall at any time.

Surround Monitoring & Processing
In surround mode the DM2000 will handle 3-1(LCRS) and 5.1, surround monitoring without any external equipment or the need to reassign channels for surround use. In addition to graphic monitor configuration displays, the DM2000 also provides multi-channel surround pan/position displays so you can see where multiple channels sit in the surround mix at a glance. The joystick provided for surround panning in the console's SELECTED CHANNEL control section has high 128 x 128 step resolution for exceptionally smooth control, and a divergence parameter can be used to adjust the hard/phantom center ratio for each channel.
Matrix mixing and bus-to-stereo functions can be used to provide a 5.1 to 3-1(LCRS) downmix or 5.1 to stereo downmix while you are working on the 5.1 mix. Furthermore, the 3-1(LCRS) output can be fed to a 2-track master recorder via a Dolby Surround encoder, and then back to the console via a decoder to allow instant real-time comparison between the pre-encode and post-decode sound.
Additional facilities provided by the monitor processing section include individual bus (speaker) muting and attenuation, overall level control for all monitor outputs, stem mix monitoring via independent source selection capability for each expansion slot, bass management for subwoofer delivery, and independent delays for precision speaker tuning.

Integrated DAW Control
When you purchase a DM2000, you also get a sophisticated DAW control surface The DM2000 has actually been designed to provide seamless control of computer-based digital audio workstation software such as DigiDesign's ProTools. In addition to a number of controllers specifically included for this purpose, the DM2000 faders, channel switches, encoders, and other controls can be used to directly control the corresponding DAW parameters. You also have extensive control over plug-in effects. Total transport and automation control are provided as well. Although the DM2000 is directly compatible with current ProTools software, and support for Steinberg's Nuendo; DAW software is on the way, any other MIDI-controllable DAW can be accommodated by appropriate assignment of the consoles MIDI messages.
Any parameter that can be controlled via the DM2000's physical interface can also be controlled via the LCD panel. But there are many features and functions that are only accessible via the LCD. Most of these are the set-it-and-forget-it type, so you can do all actual mixing from the control surface. Some examples would be word clock or MIDI setup. There are also a number of convenient functions that you might use more often, such as an oscillator with sine as well as pink noise and burst noise output, or channel pairing and fader grouping.

Studio Manager Software

The DM2000 comes supplied with Yamaha's Studio Manager software application for both
Macintosh and Windows platforms.
Studio Manager gives you complete access to all DM2000 parameters for either on-line or off-line control. The program's visual interface makes it easy to relate on-screen controls to the corresponding console functions, while many of the graphic displays provide a more comprehensible visual reference to parameter settings. Of course you can use the Studio Manager while connected to the DM2000 for real-time control, but you can also use the program off-line (on a portable computer, for example) to make rough adjustments or preliminary settings that can be finalized when you actually connect to the console. The Studio Manager can also be used to manage an extensive archive of mix data.

The Studio Manager includes the following main display pages:

Console Window

Almost a complete virtual mixer, this display shows the primary DM2000 channel parameters "in-line", as they would appear on an analog console. This is a comprehensive overview designed for fast, efficient editing of the most essential mix elements.

System Setup dialog

This display includes all the basic setup parameters for the DM2000. Here's where you'll define your production "environment".

Selected Channel Window

Similar to the SELECTED CHANNEL section on the DM2000 console, this display includes all parameters for the currently selected channel: level, buss assignments, sends, gate, compressor, equalization, delay, and more.

Patch Editor Window

When you add several Mini-YGDAI expansion cards to the DM2000 to create the input/output configuration you need, input and output patching can become an issue. The Patch Editor display makes patch assignments easy with an easy-to-use matrix type visual interface.

Effect Editor Window

The DM2000's internal effects include an extensive range of editable parameters so the effects can be precisely customized for your requirements. The Effect Editor brings all related parameters for the selected effect together in a comprehensive display to make detailed editing easier.

Surround Editor Window

When the console is being used in surround mode the Surround Editor display can facilitate surround positioning of individual tracks.

Library Window

The DM2000's dynamics, EQ, and effect libraries are a tool for managing frequently-used setups. The Studio Manager Memory Management display makes operation easier.

GEQ Editor Window

Here you can set up any of the DM2000's six graphic equalizers via a fully graphic interface that displays both the virtual graphic equalizer sliders and the resulting response graph.

Timecode Counter Window

Displays current SMPTE time code in hours, minutes, seconds, and frames.



MY8AD96: 24-bit, 96 kHz eight-channel line-level analog input card (25-pin D-sub connector)

MY8DA96: 24-bit, 96 kHz eight-channel analog output card (25-pin D-sub connector)

MY8AE96: Eight-channel AES/EBU digital format I/O (25-pin D-sub connector)

MY8AE96S: Eight-channel AES/EBU digital format I/O with sample rate conversion. (25-pin D-sub connector)

MY8mLAN: Eight Channel I/O MLAN Network Interface Card (What is mLAN?)

MY8AE: Eight AES/EBU digital format I/O on a 25-pin D-Sub connector

MY8AT: Eight ADAT digital format I/O (optical connectors)

MY8TD: Eight TDIF digital format I/O (25-pin D-Sub connector)

MY8AD: Eight 20-bit analog inputs on balanced 1/4" connectors

MY4AD: Four 24-bit analog inputs on XLR connectors

MY4DA: Four 20-bit analog outputs on XLR connector

Y56K: Waves Plug-in Effects Card

AP8DA: Eight Apogee 24-bit analog outputs (25-pin D-sub connector)

AP8AD: Eight Apogee 24-bit analog inputs (25-pin D-sub connector)

MB2000: Peak Meter Bridge for DM2000

LA1800: Light Gooseneck

SP2000: Wood Side Panels for DM2000


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