Yamaha SPX2000 Studio Manager Software

Feb 3, 2004 12:00 PM, Editors


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Yamaha released Studio Manager software for the recently introduced Yamaha SPX2000 multi-effect processor. Available for free at www.yamaha.com/proaudio, Studio Manager provides editing, data management and remote-control capability for the SPX2000 directly from a computer. All functions are replicated onscreen in logical, easy-to-understand pages, and use the same interface found in Studio Manager for Yamaha's digital mixing consoles.

"Computer-based control, editing and data management have become common and accepted features for audio products," said Wayne Hrabak, marketing manager at Yamaha Professional Audio. "With the growing use of computers in the home-based studio and even the smaller-scale live production markets, it made sense to include those capabilities for the SPX2000."

The Yamaha SPX2000 offers 96kHz audio DSP, the advanced REV-X reverb algorithm and a whole new generation of Yamaha reverb programs. The 24-bit 128x over-sampling AD/DA converters deliver 106dB dynamic range and flat response (20 Hz to 40 kHz at 96kHz sampling rate).

Three memory banks include Preset, Classic and User. The preset bank contains 97 programs (17 of which are based on the REV-X reverb algorithm), including REV-X Hall, REV-X ROOM and REV-X PLATE (shown). New parameters include Room Size and Decay, producing higher definition and finer nuances. The remaining presets include refinements of trademark SPX programs: gate reverbs, delays, pitch, modulation and other special effects. The Classic bank includes 25 programs reminiscent of the original SPX90 presets, and the User bank can store up to 99 user programs.

The rugged aluminum front panel features two sets of "cross-keys" navigation buttons. Parameters are sorted into three groups: Parameter, Fine Param and Utility. Other dedicated buttons include Undo, Compare, Bank, Mode, Meter, Tap and Bypass.

An Operation Lock function offers three levels of security, preventing Utility settings from being changed, protecting stored memories or even prohibiting operational choices altogether.

The SPX2000 LCD offers five backlight color variations, which can be assigned to user programs. Preset programs are colored by effect type, giving the user instant recognition: cyan (reverbs), White (delays), magenta (pitch/modulations), yellow (others), and green (Classic Bank); red is reserved for warning messages.

Rear panel connections include XLR-type and 1/4-inch I/O analog connectors with cut/boost switches, AES/EBU XLR-type I/O digital connectors, BNC word clock IN, MIDI In/Out/Thru, and USB and To-Host connectors for use with remote control, computer, digital consoles or MIDI devices. A foot switch connector for effect tempo control is located on the front panel.

The SPX2000 is currently available. For more information, visit www.yamaha.com/proaudio. For more new product announcements, visit mixonline.com/products_new_products/index.htm.

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