Thomsun and Yamaha bring PM10 training to Dubai
UAE: Thomsun Trading and Yamaha Music Gulf recently collaborated to deliver a two-day training event focused on the manufacturer’s Rivage PM10 mixing console. Yamaha’s Andy Cooper flew in to deliver the training, which took place at the Yamaha Commercial Audio Centre (YCAC) at Dubai’s Ibn Battuta Mall.
‘Andy Cooper is a highly regarded Live sound Engineer with over 20 years’ experience using Yamaha consoles and has consulted at shows, tours and events with the likes of Eric Clapton, Santana, Peter Gabriel, Jamiroquai, David Bowie, Cliff Richard, Bjork, Queen, Oasis, Pavarotti & Friends to name a few. He’s been involved with the design and the R&D of the PM10 and was able to provide a very different perspective,’ explained Thomsun’s Alok Ghurde. ‘The rental guys came and spent time with the desk and with Andy there to answer their questions from his perspective was very helpful.’
The event was split down into two sessions on each day, giving engineers the maximum possible time to get hands on with the desk. ‘Because we are in the middle of the events season; we divided them into four sessions, morning and afternoon on each day,’ added Mr Jose Santos Manager, PA/CA at Thomsun. ‘That allowed people to come in and spend as much time as they wanted.’
In the absence of a Live band, Andy Cooper used a multitrack session from a jazz concert recorded in Japan to provide analogue inputs to the PM10’s input rack and show off the new Hybrid microphone pre-amplifiers. ‘The new Hybrid mic preamps follow Yamaha’s philosophy of providing transparent high quality preamps and allow sound engineers the flexibility to add colour to their own sound. Andy was using the acoustic bass, snare and vocal tracks to demonstrate how the Rivage PM10’s extensive plugins library including signature Rupert Neve processors worked. He showed how uniquely creative the Silk processing could be.’ All the attendees were impressed,’ said Mr Ghurde.
Following the training session, the desk will remain at the training centre and be available for demonstrations. ‘This is the flagship Yamaha console and it’s available at YCAC and anybody can come along and get trained on it.’