The Ya mah a D ig i tal Advan t ag e
Model PM5D or PM5D-RH: A Choice Of Two
Customers have a choice of two front-end configurations. The PM5D includes 48 XLR/balanced
TRS analog mono inputs with manual mic preamps based on the circuitry found in the Yamaha
DM2000, plus an additional 4 stereo line level inputs. The PM5D-RH includes 48 XLR analog
mono inputs with recallable mic preamps derived from the head amplifier design of the
Yamaha PM5000, with 4 stereo inputs that will accept mic level signals. The choice will depend
on you needs and budget, and whether you need to store and recall the analog gain settings in
the same way as other parameters.
Whichever model you choose, you are assured of the best sound quality available. Both superb mic
preamps convey the most delicate nuances of the input signal right down to the smallest details.
The DM2000 mic pre-amps are highly regarded for their warm, transparent sound, while the
PM5000 mic preamps have a warmth and boldness specifically designed for the live sound.
In this brochure "PM5D" refers to features common to both configurations, unless otherwise noted.
A New Size, Weight, and Performance Standard
For Touring and Installations
On the surface the PM5D may look like a streamlined 24-channel console, but it is actually
much, much more: a total of 130 input connections, simultaneously mix up to 64 inputs to
stereo or LCR stereo, and 24 mix buses with extraordinary versatility and 500-scene total recall.
Plus you have the equivalent of several racks full for first-rate processing gear onboard (56
Gates, 92 Comps, 97 Delays, 12 GEQs and 8 units of SPX2000 class multi effects). Add
advanced digital patching capability, sophisticated monitoring, surround panning from 3-1 to
6.1, and a wealth of features that contribute to unprecedented operational ease and efficiency.
The fact that all of this is housed in a 950mm x 1551mm foot print console that weighs less
than 98kg, powered by a 3U external power supply that weighs only 10 kg, is simply staggering.
If you've been touring with traditional equipment you'll appreciate the dramatically reduced
setup time and effort required by this groundbreaking console. If you're equipping an
installation you'll love the reduced installation and maintenance costs, as well as all the space
The PM5D will handle 24-bit/96kHz audio without compromise. You won't sacrifice channels
or any other processing capabilities whether the PM5D is run at 44.1, 48, 88.2 or 96-kHz.
Internal processing is all 32-bit (using 58-bit accumulators) to ensure that absolutely no loss of
audio quality occurs at any point in the signal path.
High-capacity, Versatile Mix Performance
The PM5D can accommodate a total of 130 input connections (48 channel inputs, four stereo
inputs, five 2 TR IN's plus four Mini-YGDAI slots), and can handle up to 64 inputs
simultaneously. The 64 input mixing channels are configured by default as 48 mono input
channels, 4 stereo inputs, and 4 stereo effect returns. By utilizing the internal patch bay and
expansion slots you can instantly scene-switch between totally separate stage setups.
In terms of bus-routing capability you have 24 mix buses that can function as submasters or
auxiliary sends, in addition to the stereo A and B (or LCR) and CUE buses. There's also an 8-
output mix matrix that is invaluable for setting up submixes for a variety of applications. Any of
the input channels, mix buses, and matrix buses can be assigned to the console's 8 DCA faders
for extraordinarily flexible group control.
All the Effects and Processing You'll Need Onboard
The PM5D offers every processing facility you'll ever need onboard. Every input channel has 4
band EQ plus a high pass filter, a separate gate and compressor, and delay of up to 1000
milliseconds. The stereo and mix outs have 8-band EQ, compressor, and delay. The matrix outs
have 4 band EQ, compressor and delay. The cue and monitor outs also include delay. But the
PM5D doesn't stop there! It features twelve 31-band GEQs and eight independent SPX2000-
class multi-effect processors that can be patched into any of the console's input, stereo, mix, or
matrix channels, offering a comprehensive range of reverb, delay, modulation, and
The PM5D is also ready to use Yamaha's incomparable Add-on Effects that were first introduced
for DM2000 and 02R96 digital mixers ... in fact, the REV-X Reverb is included in the PM5D by
default. You can use other popular programs like Compressor276, Compressor260, EQ601 and
Open Deck by purchasing the Channel Strip and Master Strip packages.
Advanced, Intuitive Interface
The PM5D features interface technology developed and refined through an impressive lineup of
digital consoles, including the PM1D. Here are a few highlights:
Press the SEL key on any input or master channel and that channel
strip is assigned to the console's SELECTED CHANNEL controls for real-time adjustment of a
dazzling array of parameters. When you edit a parameter via a SELECTED CHANNEL control
block, the corresponding display is automatically called to the console's large LCD display
for even further editing precision and versatility.
Mix Send Select:
With PM5D the operation in the vertical direction and horizontal
direction on the conventional analog board can be done intuitively and more efficiently
without changing the settings. For example; Press the MIX SELECT key corresponding to the
desired mix bus, and the send levels to the selected bus can be adjusted directly via the
channel strip encoders. If the MIX MASTER MIX SEND key is engaged, the send level from
the current SELECTED CHANNEL input to all 24 mix busses can be adjusted via the MIX
The input channel encoders can be assigned to mix send level, panning,
input gain, or alternate layer input level, enabling the operator to adjust all input channel
levels without changing layers.
When this key is engaged the functions of the input strip faders and encoders are
reversed ... this is great when you want to use the faders for fine control of a parameter
normally assigned to the encoders, ideal when using PM5D for monitor applications.
The interface advantages are extensive, and extend to details that can make a significant
difference to work efficiency and comfort. Also there are connectors for mouse and
keyboard, great assistance when you have to type in many letters while setting up patches
On the PM5D, all parameters are recallable in up to 500 scenes, so you can instantly key to the
perfect mix. This type of repeatability is particularly important in high-turnover applications
where you might need to accommodate a number of totally different acts every day. It can also
make life much easier in one-act touring applications, leaving you more time to optimize the
mix for individual venues.
There is also a flexible recall safe function that enables on-the-spot cancellation and alteration
of the pre-programmed settings.
Another new feature on the PM5D is an HA library that, on the PM5D-RH, allows the gain and
other parameters of the internal microphone preamplifier to be recalled in one operation. The
HA library is also an advantage on both the PM5D and PM5D-RH when remotely-controllable
preamplifiers, such as the Yamaha AD8HR, are connected via the console's expansion slots.
The PM5D is equipped with 3-1, 5.1 and 6.1 surround modes. You can easily set up surround
channels on the mix buses, and panning can be controlled via the track pad or by using
dedicated control devices connected via the MIDI or GPI port.
Four rear-panel Mini-YGDAI expansion slots allow you to use a range of MY series expansion
cards to enhance the PM5D in a number of ways. You can, for example, use the added I/O
capability to connect to and remotely control high-performance Yamaha AD8HR 8-channel A/D
with microphone preamplifiers. You could also significantly expand your audio processing
capabilities by cascading to a DME64N Digital Mixing Engine. You can have 64 matrix outs, and
control additional GEQ, Master fader, Cross Over, Delay and Matrix Mixer components created
on DME64N from PM5D. Or, of course, you could cascade-connect to another PM5D bi-
directionally (up to 4 units unidirectionally) to create a huge system, or other Yamaha digital
mixers such as the DM2000 or DM1000 for submix applications.