Avatar Studios Installs Yamaha DM2000

Sep 9, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors


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Resident mixer/engineer Roy Hendrickson (pictured) has installed a new 96-input Yamaha DM2000 digital production console in his mix room, Studio R, located on the fourth floor of Avatar Studios (New York City).

Hendrickson initially installed the DM2000 for its 96kHz capability after having mixed on it in a studio in Minneapolis, and was delighted with the smart, well-thought-out features of the console. “The internal patching is better than anything I have seen before,” he said. “The console has a very honest, big sound.”

The new Yamaha console is interfaced with a fully loaded Pro Tools|HD3 rig complete with 48 I/O. Hendrickson utilizes the Pro Tools layer and locator on the DM2000 quite frequently: a feature that allows him to mix much faster and not have to look at the computer screen at all during mixing. The built-in USB interface of the console makes connections very easy, according to Hendrickson. The P2 interface is used to control the collection of analog machines located in Studio R. Now fully capable of 96k digital surround mixing, Studio R has a full complement of multitrack and 2-track analog recorders, including Ampex and Studer machines. Other equipment includes a UREI LA-3A, Pultec EQs, Neve 1073 channel modules, an Eventide SP2016 and an Ampex ATR-102. The room is also tied into analog reverb units and an EMT 140ST located in the basement. Studio R has direct access to Avatar’s vast collection of outboard gear.

Kirk Imamura, president of Avatar Studios, said, “Roy has done some amazing work on Yamaha consoles in the past, mixing over 30 albums on a couple of 02R units. We can’t wait to hear what he does on the new DM2000 with all its digital surround mixing capabilities.”

Hendrickson is currently mixing a live album in surround for a DVD release, and with the addition of the Yamaha DM2000, is gearing up for 24-bit/96kHz digital surround mix projects. He has previously worked on 5.1 surround mixes for Philippe Saisse and Cassandra Wilson.

For more information on Avatar, call 212/765-7500. For more information on the DM2000, visit Yamaha online at www.yamaha.com/proaudio.

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