Version 3.0 firmware for Yamaha’s MTX3/MTX5-D and MRX7-D

Announced at ISE 2017, the new Version 3.0 firmware for Yamaha’s MTX3/MTX5-D matrix processors and MRX7-D open architecture signal processor brings multiple channels of Dan Dugan auto microphone mixing to all models. In addition, summer 2017 will see AES67 compatibility added to the Dante-enabled MTX/MRX processors and XMV series power amplifiers.

With demand continually growing for presentation and conference systems which are both flexible and easy to set up and use, the inclusion of Dugan automixing as standard on the MTX/MRX processors (and as a free firmware upgrade to existing users) is a significant milestone in satisfying the diverse needs of the corporate market.

Yamaha has worked in close cooperation with Dan Dugan Sound Design for a number of years, bringing highly rated automixing to its digital mixing consoles and, more recently, the MRX7-D. With MTX/MRX series Version 3.0 firmware, Yamaha has significantly enhanced this feature on the MRX7-D and is offering it as a standard feature on the MTX3/MTX5-D for the first time, providing an effective, efficient conferencing solution for all budgets.

Dugan automixing is known as the worldwide standard, solving many audio-related problems for audio conferencing, whether it is taking place in one room / hall or in multiple locations across the world. It automatically raises the gain on microphones that receive input, and lowers the gain on microphones for which there is no input, adjusting each input sound to create overall constant gain. It eliminates the need for troublesome fader operations and keeps the howling margin at an equal level, to safely deliver the sound with a high level of clarity.

With the new firmware, the MTX3 features up to four channels of Dugan automatic mixing. When used in conjunction with the feedback suppressor function, it is possible to build a simple presentation system that can be used without any specialised technical knowledge or skill on the part of the operator.

For multipurpose rooms with partitions, the MTX5-D can be used, with a maximum of eight Dugan automixing channels for a single room space, or a maximum of four independent Dugan channels apiece when the space is divided in two. This offers flexible usage of rooms for multiple applications.

The maximum number of automatic mixer channels on the MRX7-D has been expanded from 16 to 24. This makes it possible to adequately handle conference rooms with many participants and microphones. By also using the MRX7-D’s Acoustic Echo Canceller (AEC) function, echo problems that often occur during remote conferences are eliminated. This offers convenient functionality for a wider range of conference room applications, such as building a comfortable remote conferencing system with clearer sound.

Version 3.0 firmware also offers additional functions, such as switching between sources on the MTX/MRX, group mute allocation and configuring the prioritisation of microphones through the Dugan ‘override’ allocation, via remote control over wireless DCP using smart devices such as an iPad or Android device and/or Yamaha’s DCP series digital control panels.

Functionality has also been added for directly transferring data created on a PC - such as the ProVisionaire Touch iPad app setting files, background images, PDF data and more - to an iPad.

Furthermore, on the MRX7-D Matrix Mixer a choice of 40, 48 or 56 I/O channels can now be selected, making it possible to design the channels of an audio system according to scale through the effective use of DSP resources. This translates into greater usability, from system design to configuration and installation.

Following this update, AES67 compatibility will be implemented on the Dante-enabled MTX/MRX processors and XMV series power amplifiers from the summer. AES67 provides audio transport potential between facilities or areas which are using otherwise incompatible systems and, with Yamaha CL/QL/R-series networked mixing systems already compatible, this new development greatly expands the scope for more Yamaha systems to integrate with AES67 compatible network solutions, such as Q-LAN, Ravenna and Livewire, in addition to Dante.

“I am very pleased that Yamaha has chosen to increase the availability of my Speech System automixing in their processors for installed sound,” says Dan Dugan, CEO of Dan Dugan Sound Design Inc. “Introducing automixing to the MTX3 and MTX5-D and adding more automixing channels to the MRX7-D will dramatically increase the versatility of these industry-leading processors.”

Yoshi Tsugawa, department manager at Yamaha Pro Audio adds, “Since the initial release of the MTX/MRX series signal processors, we have received requests from many customers for new features. With this upgrade, the Dugan automixer function reduces the workload for conference and presentation systems, delivering better and more effective acoustic solutions for a range of installation projects.”

Version 3.0 MTX and MRX series processors are shipping from 7th February, with the new firmware available as a free download for existing users at from the same date.

Yamaha is exhibiting on stand 3-C120 at ISE 2017, which takes place at the Amsterdam RAI from 7th-10th February 2017