Czech Sound Engineer Jiri Jehlar has always insisted on the best sound for every production that he worked on. He was one of the first FOH Engineers in the Czech Republic that used digital mixers and when he came across the Yamaha RIVAGE PM7 digital mixing system he was so impressed that he has invested in his own system.
Jehlar was a long-term user of the Yamaha CL5 digital mixing console and NEXO loudspeaker systems and was committed to delivering the best FOH mixes. So in early 2018 when local Yamaha Dealer and Nexo Distributor, MusicData demonstrated the RIVAGE PM7 digital mixing system he chose to purchase both a PM7 console and an RPio622 I/O rack.
“I really liked the quality of the A/D converters, the Rupert Neve Sound Designs SILK processing, the effects and the high capacity of the system, thanks to the innovative TWINLANe network,” Jehlar continued. “As soon as I heard the system in action, I did not hesitate to invest.”
The first event Jehlar used the system on was an open-air production of the popular Verdi opera Nabucco in Prague, complete with a live philharmonic orchestra. Jehlar used 50 cardioid condenser microphones to capture the orchestra, the Yamaha RIVAGE PM7 and Yamaha RPio622 routing the mix to a NEXO STM M28 and S118 loudspeaker system, all provided by Prague-based Rental Pro, via a Dante network with full redundancy. The performance was recorded at 96kHz in Steinberg Nuendo, via a Yamaha AIC128-D Dante accelerator card.
Assisted by the good weather and sound quality, the performance was successful and Jehlar was happy with the combination of the RIVAGE PM7 and NEXO STM system.
“It was great how the individual instruments could be distinguished in the overall mix, which can be a problem with larger orchestras,” he says. “The overall sound was excellent and I am very happy with how quick and simple the RIVAGE PM7 system is to use. Everything is very accessible and easy to configure.“