Over three decades have passed since Yamaha introduced their first digital mixer, the DMP7, marking the beginning of the digital journey for professional audio. Since then, the landscape of audio production has witnessed a constant evolution, with constant technological improvements and innovative breakthroughs reshaping the way the industry mixes and records.
Representing a significant leap forward in the ongoing evolution of audio technology, Yamaha’s DM7 series mixing consoles combine a fusion of form, functionality, and flexibility. With their user-friendly interface, streamlined design, and an extensive array of powerful features, these consoles surpass others in their class across diverse audio environments.
From broadcasting, streaming, and music production to live hybrid events and concert performances, the DM7 series introduces a new standard of operational efficiency and workflow while remaining faithful to Yamaha’s acclaimed “natural sound” heritage. As the landscape continues to transform, your DM7 console will consistently keep you at the forefront with an unparalleled user experience, surpassing all others in its class and delivering sonic performance that exceeds the expectations of both audiences and engineers.
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Yamaha’s Signature Sound
To meet Yamaha’s own very strict standard of sound quality, the inputs of Yamaha consoles and I/Os are meticulously designed and constructed. Yamaha take every aspect of the initial input stage into consideration in order to achieve the signature “transparent sound”, from the individual components, power supply, and grounding, to the circuit layout, and mechanical structure of the inputs. In addition, the DM7 series supports sample rates up to 96kHz for superior, high-resolution sound quality.
Powerful Channel Strip
In addition to the Channel EQ inherited from the RIVAGE PM, the newly added FET Limiter and Diode Bridge Compressor offer expanded dynamics control, while the new “History” function combines with the existing comps and gates for easier and more precise dynamics adjustment than ever. The “Mix Balance” parameter is yet another new function that allows you to easily mix the original sound with a compressed sound and apply parallel compression. In addition, the order of EQ and Dynamics 2 can now be changed to suit your creative preferences, further expanding the range of sound creation.
Extensive Plug-ins & New Effects
The DM7 series is equipped with an extensive suite of plug-ins to accommodate a wide range of applications, including VCM models of the renowned Portico 5033 equalizer and Portico 5043 compressor/limiter— both developed through close cooperation with Rupert Neve Designs. Also included are Yamaha’s original plug-ins, such as the DaNSe dynamic noise suppressor, and the Dynamic EQ, which are well known among audio engineers. The FX RACK features high-quality multi-effects processors with forty-three types of high-grade effects including the newly equipped REV HD and REV R3 to inspire a broader depth of creative sound reproduction.
Advanced GUI for Intuitive Control
The DM7 series advanced graphical user interface is an audio engineer’s delight, offering the ultimate in touch operation convenience that gives users instant intuitive access to the console’s impressive depth of functionality. The Selected Channel View, which provides a list of operational information on the channel strip, retains the best aspects of previous GUI’s but with an updated operation format that requires fewer steps and less time than ever before.
Configureable to Match Your Ideal Workflow
The DM7 series ranges from the full-featured DM7-EX, which combines a large 2-bay DM7 with a DM7 control panel equipped with a physical controller, to the rack-mountable DM7 Compact, which is powerful and flexible despite its compact size. With four DM7 systems in total, bundled software, controllable devices, and more, this versatile lineup makes it easier than ever to find the perfect fit for your mixing style, environment, and workflow.
New Utility Screen for Streamlined Performance
The DM7 series multiple touch screens provide fast, intuitive operability that will make your mixing experience easier and more enjoyable. The large 12-inch screen provides convenient operation that will allow you to focus more energy on sound creation, and includes the Selected Channel View which ensures all the relevant mixing information you need is close at hand. The newly added 7-inch Utility screen allows you to monitor essentials such as Scene List, User Defined Keys, and Meter at all times for quick and efficient operation.
Advanced Selected Channel View
The DM7 series inherit the Selected Channel View and Overview from the RIVAGE PM series, but with an updated, more intuitive operation. The Selected Channel View provides a list of important information for each individual channel, giving you quick access to the parameters you want to adjust. Overview, which enables analog console-like operation, is also still available. It lists information on multiple channels, allowing quick access to the parameters of the channel you’re using.
The DM7 series features a multi-language option for individual channel names enabling more comfortable and intuitive operation. Displaying the names of artists and instruments in native languages will also help operators with limited audio production or sound reinforcement experience to operate the system. Multi-language channel names can be inputted via the Editor or StageMix.
Functional & Attractive Layout
Strip lights illuminate fader surfaces to give engineers an advantage in darkened live venues. However, conventional mixing consoles have lacked a sense of uniformity with the strip lights often protruding unattractively. With the DM7 series, we designed the side pad connecting the strip light and fader surfaces with a smooth curve, creating a sense of unity. The shape of the side pad prevents light leakage from the strip light while serving as a guard to prevent accidental contact with USB memory sticks, knobs, etc.
Consistent User Experience
Mixing engineers must set up, and create the best sound possible within a tight timeframe, but because the environment and equipment used varies from venue to venue, a console that is difficult to operate can increase workload. The DM7 series layout of buttons and knobs, functions, and graphics all adopt interface standards from other Yamaha series mixers for a familiar feel. The DM7 series also inherits the smooth lines of the RIVAGE PM, CL, and QL consoles achieving a consistent design in terms of both operability and modeling.
Compact & Lightweight Construction
Ease of transport and a fast setup are among the most important features for mixing consoles in most environments and applications. With the DM7 series, the angle of the display, the pitch of the faders and buttons, and the position of the strip lights have all been carefully designed to maintain the high operability and visibility of the display in a compact chassis. The DM7 Compact can also be rack-mounted by removing the side pads, making the most of limited space at live sites.
Two Mixers in One with Split Mode
Split Mode allows you to use one mixer as if it were two. Even if you only have one DM7 series console due to space limitations, you can mix FOH and Monitor, or FOH and Streaming, etc. just as you would with two separate consoles.
AI Smart Assist Lets You Focus on Creative Tasks
The DM7 series newly added “Assist”, is an efficient new feature that takes care of important, but more procedural tasks, allowing operators to hone their creative workflow. Assist is a function that “suggests” HA adjustment, naming, and balanced fader levels—all audio engineering essentials— to help engineers focus on more creative work and communication, thereby reducing setup and preparation time. HA Assist suggests a suitable HA level according to the input signal level, Naming Assist uses input signal information to suggest an icon/channel name for each channel, and Fader Assist suggests fader balance for the assigned channel.
Expandable Channel Count via Dante
The DM7 series offers 144ch in/out via Dante, a combination of software, hardware and networking protocols which has become an industry standard, adopted and integrated into audio equipment from professional audio manufacturers. Dante allows for the transmission of hundreds of audio channels over a single Ethernet cable, allowing you to build a powerful system with a flexible and expandable network without having to worry about the number of channels in any field.
Versatile USB-C Connection
The DM7 series USB Type-C connector provides 18 in/out audio interface functions for recording, streaming, play back, connection to conferencing systems, and more. It also enables additional functionality with MIDI Control, and DAW Remote features to expand your sound creation toolbox and streamline your workflow.
Integrated Workflows with DAW Remote
The DM7 series is the perfect mixer for music production and audio recording using a DAW. The DAW Remote function allows operations such as volume control, playback, stop, and more, to be performed using physical controllers such as the unit’s faders and keys, providing smooth operation for audio production and recording applications. DAW Remote Mode can be accessed by simply pressing fader bank DCA and selecting DAW Remote.
Redundant Power Supplies
Power failure is a major risk when operating any professional audio device so we’ve equipped the DM7 series with dual power supply units to reduce the risk of power loss resulting in downtime during a show. If a problem occurs with one power source, operation will continue unaffected as long as the second power source is active.
Available with Controller Expansion
By connecting a DM7 Control unit to a DM7 console via Ethernet cable, many physical controls such as User Defined Keys/Knobs, Scene Memory, Monitor Control, and Panner can be accessed quickly and conveniently in a number of applications. It provides fast and reliable operation with User Defined Keys/Knobs and Scene Memory Keys for applications such as musicals that require perfectly timed triggers and scene changes, while transport keys assigned to User Defined Keys and Jog Wheel provide comfortable and quick operation for post-production applications that require efficient editing work. A DM7 Control can be attached to any DM7 console and operated as one mixer.
Available with Broadcast & Theatre Package
The Broadcast Package includes 5.1 surround support, Mix Minus, Loudness Meter, and other functions required for broadcast applications and used conveniently in broadcast mixes. The Theatre Package provides features that can be used effectively in musicals and other theatrical applications, including Actor Library, DCA Scene Grid, AFC Image Control, and other functions which can enhance mixing in theatrical applications significantly.
PY Slots for Expansion Cards
The DM7 series is equipped with an up to 64 in/out PY slot that allows users to customize the console’s functionality and connectivity. The PY64-MD, which supports 64-in 64-out audio input/output via MADI, the PY8-AE with 8-in 8-out AES/EBU D-sub 25-pin connector, and the PY-MIDI-GPI, which has a DIN 5-pin and D-sub 15-pin connectors to expand MID/GPI control terminals, all providing flexible support for a variety of systems.
Compatible with Suite of Yamaha Applications
In recent years, it has become common for digital mixing consoles to enable wireless mixing, monitor mixing, offline advance preparation, and remote control using a variety of applications. The DM7 series offers dedicated applications DM7 Editor and DM7 StageMix, as well as the Yamaha applications MonitorMix, ProVisionaire Contol, and ProVisionaire Touch. The DM7 series is also equipped with an OSC (Open Sound Control) Server function, allowing control of the DM7 series from OSC-compatible devices.
Share Data With Other Yamaha Consoles, Natively.
The Yamaha Console File Converter is an application that allows data to be shared between a number of Yamaha digital mixers, and the DM7 series consoles are included in the latest version. Users can share data between DM7 series, RIVAGE PM series, CL/QL series, PM5D, M7CL, and LS9 consoles, so data from one performance doesn’t have to be completely reprogrammed from scratch for the next, even if different consoles are used.
Bundled with VST Rack Elements & Nuendo Live
The DM7 series comes bundled with VST Rack Elements and Nuendo Live, inspiring creative sound shaping for a variety of live and studio applications. VST Rack Elements is plug-in host software that allows you to seamlessly configure your own effects rack using VST plug-ins. It is compatible with Mac and Windows-based platforms, giving you the freedom and flexibility to build a wholly personalized plug-in environment. Steinberg Nuendo Live is a DAW optimized for multitrack recording of live sound as well as virtual soundchecks with multitrack recording for smooth rehearsal or songwriting purposes. Also, by installing the Yamaha Console Extension, you can control Nuendo Live’s transport and other functions from the console, so you can start recording without reaching for your PC, or use it conveniently for playback and other purposes.
Yamaha DM7 Q&A
Signal Routing and Connectivity
Q: Does the DM7 offer a sufficient number of input and output channels to accommodate typical recording or live sound scenarios?
A: The DM7 offers 32 local inputs and 16 local outputs, with the ability to scale to up to 144 input/output channels via Dante at 96k, through the use of added I/O devices. These specifications greatly exceed most common recording and/or live sound scenarios.
Q: What is the DM7’s bus structure, and does it provide an appropriate configuration for many intended signal routing requirements?
A: The DM7 has 48 mix buses, 12 matrices and 2 separate stereo mix buses. This bus structure provides more than enough routing for most common recording and/or live sound scenarios.
Q: Are there ample auxiliary sends available to facilitate various monitor mixes and effects processing?
A: With 48 aux sends, the DM7 can handle almost any imaginable set of requirements for monitor mixes and effects processing.
Q: What is the DM7’s signal path?
A: Click here to view the Yamaha DM7C (Compact) block diagram
Audio Quality and Processing
Q: What type of EQ and dynamics processing modules does the DM7 employ?
A: The DM7 series is equipped with an extensive suite of plug-ins to accommodate a wide range of applications, including VCM models of the renowned Portico 5033 equalizer and Portico 5043 compressor/limiter— both developed through close cooperation with Rupert Neve Designs. Also included are Yamaha’s original plug-ins, such as the DaNSe dynamic noise suppressor, and the Dynamic EQ, which are well known among audio engineers.
The FX RACK features high-quality multi-effects processors with forty-three types of high-grade effects including the newly equipped REV HD and REV R3 to inspire a broader depth of creative sound reproduction.
Q: Does the DM7 incorporate high-resolution analog-to-digital (AD) and digital-to-analog (DA) converters with adequate dynamic range and sample rate?
A: The DM7 series supports sample rates up to 96kHz for superior, high-resolution sound quality.
Control Surface and User Interface
Q: How intuitive and ergonomic is the DM7’s control surface, considering the frequency and complexity of operational tasks?
A: The DM7 series puts an emphasis on intuitive operation and high efficiency via multiple displays and an advanced Selected Channel View.
Q: Are the faders motorized for seamless automation workflows, and does the DM7 provide precise metering options for accurate visual monitoring of levels?
A: The DM7 has 24 + 4 fully motorized faders and provides precise metering for every input, output and bus. With the addition of the Theater Package, an additional loudness meter is provided.
Q: Can the DM7 be easily integrated with external control surfaces or digital audio workstations (DAWs) for enhanced workflow versatility?
A: The DM7 is designed to integrate with DAWs and ships with a copy of Steinberg’s Nuendo Live, for which it is preconfigured to work with.
Q: Does the DM7 offer customizable user profiles and preset management to streamline preferred configuration setups?
A: The DM7 provides a high level of customization, with a total of 500 scene memory locations.
Expansion and Integration
Q: Are there expansion options available to accommodate future growth or additional input/output requirements?
A: The DM7 can be expanded to accommodate up to 144 input/output channels via Dante at 96k, through the use of added I/O expansions.
Q: Can the console interface with digital audio networking protocols such as Dante, MADI, or AVB for seamless integration within larger audio systems?
A: The DM7 series is equipped with an up to 64 in/out PY slot that allows users to customize the console’s functionality and connectivity. The PY64-MD, which supports 64-in 64-out audio input/output via MADI, the PY8-AE with 8-in 8-out AES/EBU D-sub 25-pin connector, and the PY-MIDI-GPI, which has a DIN 5-pin and D-sub 15-pin connectors to expand MID/GPI control terminals, all providing flexible support for a variety of systems.
Q: What software or firmware updates are regularly provided by the manufacturer, and how does the console support backward compatibility with legacy systems or file formats?
The DM7 Series was just released, so we have yet to see what software/firmware updates will be provided regularly.
The DM7 can be used with 1st and 2nd Generation Yamaha R Series I/O Racks and allows for said devices to operate at a sample rate of 96kHk.
To view all the features and specifications of the DM7, click here for the product brochure.
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