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JPS Purchase Two Yamaha PM5D-RH Digital Consoles

PM5DJands Production Services have chosen Yamaha digital mixing consoles as the complete audio solution for the upcoming stage musical, Dirty Dancing. Closely following the original movie starring Patrick Swayze, Dirty Dancing the musical consists of several pit / onstage band configurations and a large cast of (33) stage performers.Jands Production Services have designed an audio system for the show which incorporates Yamaha’s newest digital mixing console, the PM5D-RH as well as three Yamaha DM1000 digital production consoles. Jands chose the PM5D-RH after extensive listening tests among their senior engineers and believe that the Yamaha PM5D-RH console will set a new audio standard for size and performance in the live Sound Reinforcement and Theatre markets. Especially in Theatre where issues such as saving space can allow the Producer to sell up to an extra 8-10 seats per performance. The three DM1000’s will be used to provide in-ear monitoring & submixes of the pit / stage bands into the PM5D, which by using its complete scene recall will control all the vocal radio microphones & surround sound fx for the entire sound system setup. Yamaha’s new ADD-ON EFFECTS package ‘Channel Strip’, provides classic analogue compression and equalizer emulations, via a process called ‘Virtual Circuitry Modeling’. This makes the Yamaha PM5D-RH an ideal part to the overall sound system designed by Michael Waters, Senior Theatre Sound Designer from Jands, for Dirty Dancing.
Commenting on the PM5D Virtual Circuitry Modeling technology Michael Waters said ” it goes well beyond simply analyzing and modeling electronic components and emulating the sound of old equipment. It is capable of capturing subtleties that other simple digital simulations cannot even approach, and in addition, I can create the sounds of sought after vintage gear. I have selected the ADD-ON EFFECTS utilised in the PM5D-RH, as well as all the on-board dynamics & effects in DM1000’s. This has enabled me to remove all the usual outboard equipment/wiring associated with such a large scale & complex theatrical production whilst keeping all the audio in the digital domain.”
Jands Production Services have also placed a second PM5D-RH into their rental stock for use on the upcoming tours throughout Australia this season.
Peter Ratcliffe, one of the partners of Jands Production Services, states “The major factor in the purchase of the two PM5D-RH’s and DM1000’s was not only the sonic quality of the PM5D-RH but the need to service the huge demand for digital consoles of all formats. This combined with Yamaha’s proven fifteen year track record in the field of digital mixing, as well as Yamaha Australia’s commitment to supporting JPS & the Australian music industry at a local level.”
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