DMC Product Profile
DMC Digital Multimedia Console Product Profile
The New Digital Multimedia Console from AMS NEVE
Builds on the legendary success of the Academy award winning DFC
Gemini film mixing console.
Designed for optimum mix capabilities at an incredible price.
Priced to allow customers to own a full AMS NEVE mixing console and
DAW controller for the price of a DAW controller.
Gives the legendary AMS NEVE sound, EQ and Dynamics to all your
mixes.
Full Stereo and 7.1 surround monitoring modes revered by AMS NEVE
console users worldwide.
Allows a full AMS NEVE mixing solution without being tied to one DAW
manufacturer.
Comprehensive High-Definition Capabilities
6 Dual-layer Banks allow the biggest of mixes in the
most compact surface.
Automation and desk setups fully compatible with
DFC,88D and MMC
Stereo and full 7.1 multi-stem surround monitoring
modes.
Featuring the same processing engine as the
legendary 88D and DFC.
 as standard.
TFT meter bridge with ViewMix
Level and dynamics metering, Graphical EQ and
 display per path.
WavTrack
Expandable to 500 paths with sample rates up to
384KHz.
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System Components
The Logic DMC digital mixing console consists of
four main parts – the mixer control surface, the
digital processing system, the audio Input and
Output system (I/O) and the Encore computer.
The modular nature of the console means that
future expansion is easy. For example, the number
of mix channels can be increased by adding
processing without affecting or expanding the
control surface.
The Logic DMC control surface is supplied in a
variety of frame sizes. A simple layering system
allows a large number of channels to be controlled
from a compact, convenient working area. The
console can be configured with 2 main layers and
6 banks. In addition to the motorised main faders,
each strip also has a Logicator that can be
assigned as a rotary small fader to a second layer
of inputs. This second input can be swapped onto
the main fader at any time using the local FLIP
key. The user may customise the layout of signal
paths (channels, tracks, groups, aux masters etc.)
on the Logic DMC surface. Six layouts ('Banks')
may be stored and subsequently recalled with a
single key press.
Soft Processing
Typical system specifications for Logic DMC
include 4 band EQ, high and low pass filters, and a
DRC compressor for all main input channels.
A major advantage of
the soft processing
engine is that
processing can be reconfigured according
to the needs of
individual projects.
Any channel or output (including groups and aux
sends) can be mono or stereo to suit the track-lay
and delivery requirements of the project.
The DMC processing system uses the AMS Neve
fourth generation XSPM modular processing
cards. The XSPM cards provide the processing
power for all signal processing, mixing and routing
functions Soft configuration enables the console to
be tailored to suit the requirements of individual
projects.
Comprehensive processing in each channel is
provided in the standard package.
Desk Setups
The current soft processing configuration is stored
as a user definable Desk Setup, which also stores
current control settings and the routing
configuration.
The console is supplied with a default Desk Setup.
The input/output system provides analogue and
digital audio connections to other equipment. This
system is connected to one or more modular I/O
racks via MADI multichannel connections.
Interfaces are available in a wide range of formats,
including 24-bit analogue conversion, AES-EBU
digital. Integral support for the MADI standard
means that MADI-equipped routers and equipment
can be connected directly.
The Encore computer uses Windows XP Pro for
the user interface for project management and
console configuration. Custom configuration files
and automation data used for projects can be
loaded and saved, and a DVD drive is provided for
project transfer and archiving. Project data is
directly compatible with other AMS Neve consoles
including the Digital Film Console (DFC), PS1,
MMC and Libra consoles.
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Control Layout
Sidechain
The Logic DMC is by
far the most intuitive
digital audio console.
AFU features are
easily and rapidly
accessed, still
maintaining the right
balance of user
feedback of channel
parameters and
automation status.
The sidechain EQ has individual Logicators for
Q/shape, level and frequency. The EQ has a full
spectrum range of 12Hz to 20 kHz, a Q between
0.1 and 10, and up to 24dB of cut and boost. The
EQ can be set for shelf, bell, notch or HP/LP filter
shapes and the resultant side chain signal can be
monitored using the listen switch. EQ this powerful
gives total control over the dynamics processing.
The sidechain panel also allows the sidechains of
multiple channels to be ganged or an independent
input to be used as the keying signal by using the
KEY/LINK key together with the UP/DOWN keys to
select the side chain source.
Limiter
The limiter has individual Logicators for threshold,
attack time, release time, knee shape and makeup gain. With the sidechain EQ switched in this
processor also makes an efficient de-esser.
Banks & Layers
A simple yet powerful layering
system allows a large number of
input channels to be controlled from
a compact, convenient working
area. Six user defined desk layouts
('Banks') can each contain a main
layer, plus a second sub-layer of
inputs.
Compressor
The compressor has individual Logicators for
threshold, ratio, attack time, release time, knee
shape and gain make up. Digital processing allows
relatively high levels of compression without
unpleasant side effects.
Fader Strips
In addition to the motorised main faders,
each strip also has a Logicator that can be
assigned as a rotary small fader to a
second layer of inputs.
This second input can be swapped onto
the main fader at any time using the local
FLIP key.
Expander / Gate
The Expander / Gate has individual Logicators for
threshold, ratio, attack time, release time, Knee
shape/hysteresis and depth. Hysteresis is the
difference in level between the gate turning on and
turning off again - this is useful for preventing the
tail of a reverb being gated (regardless of the
decay time) without having to set the threshold so
low that the gate falsely triggers.
The fader area also contains key controls
and status displays for the assigned
channel, including a signal present
indicator, gate/compressor meter, cut and
solo keys, pan control and an electronic
scribble strip for naming channels.
The Expander and Gate can be engaged
simultaneously.
The Access key calls the channel to the
Assignable Facilities Unit for adjustment.
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Routing Section
A typical application for stem mixing during a 5.1
format mix is to create separate dialogue, music
and effects 5.1 format mixes simultaneously.
These can then be recorded and monitored
individually or combined together, enabling the
operator to keep in control of complex large mixes
while maximising creative flexibility.
The dedicated colour
TFT routing screen
displays routing
information for all
channels and outputs
in a central location.
There are dedicated
Channel and output
routing keys here so
that routing can also
be performed centrally. Router settings are saved
as a part of the console configuration (Desk Setup)
and can therefore be recalled.
Advanced stem features include the ability to
configure different stems in different surround
formats and a stem down-mix feature, enabling
simultaneous creation of multiple format mixes.
Stem Monitor
The Stem Monitor
selector keys therefore
enable the user to
instantly compare
different versions of
the mix, including mixes in different formats.
An Insert is provided for an appropriate surround
encoder / decoder and stereo and mono modes
enable the compatibility of surround mixes to be
checked.
Surround Mixing
DMC features advanced surround mixing features
developed for the AMS Neve Digital Film Console.
Automated Logicator and joystick panners enable
the creation of complex surround effects.
The multi-stem routing system enables the
creation of several different versions of a mix
simultaneously, including separate dialogue, music
and effects stems, international versions, and
mixes in different surround formats. DMC supports
all current and foreseeable major surround
formats, including LCRS, Dolby Digital/DTS, Dolby
EX, SDDS and Imax.
Stereo Monitoring Section
In addition to the Surround Monitoring
section, the stereo monitoring section
features a common selector panel that
allows independent selection of Main,
Group and Aux send outputs and up to
16 external inputs.
Joystick Module
The panning of any channel may be
controlled using the joystick module.
Complex surround effects can be
built-up on any number of channels
by storing joystick and Logicator
moves using automation.
Each monitor output panel has an
electronic scribble strip to display the
signal being monitored and an
independent volume control.
Metering
The TFT meterbridge
provides full metering
options including EQ
curves, dynamics, path
information, metering,
pan display and
Wavtrack audio
waveform display.
Multi-Stem Output System
The Logic DMC console has up to 32 stem
recorder busses. These busses are in addition to
all other output busses, including audio groups,
auxiliaries and monitoring outputs. The 32 busses
can be split into different sets, or ‘stems’, each up
to 8 tracks wide, with designated Stems A, B, C, D,
E & F.
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Input / Output Routing
Automation
DMC can be configured with any combination of
analogue and digital audio input and outputs. A
variety of I/O options are available, including
analogue (with or without mic preamps) and AESEBU digital. A number of multichannel digital
interfaces are also available to simplify installation
and patching of digital machines.
Logic DMC features the AMS Neve Encore Plus
dynamic automation system for all console mix
controls, including faders, panners, EQ, dynamics
and aux sends.
The ‘Menu-Free Mixing’ approach means that mix
sessions are fluid and productive, as the user does
not have to constantly press buttons and look at
screens to control the automation system. Key to
this approach is the use of unique touch sensitive
Logicator rotary controls and high quality
motorised faders.
All inputs and outputs are connected to the
console via a built-in digital patchbay. This enables
any physical analogue or digital input to be
connected to any console input channel, and
similarly any console output to be connected to
any physical destination.
Hence any channel can be fed from any track of
any of the external machines connected to the
console, and any console output can be fed to any
recorder or other destination.
All patching is stored and recalled automatically as
part of the Desk Setup.
The global automation keys on the master control
panel enable all controls on the console to be
placed in a given automation mode. The
automation mode indicators on each fader strip
and on the Assignable Facilities Unit illuminate to
show the selected mode.
The automation mode keys on each channel strip
can be used to place individual faders and controls
into different modes.
Built-in support for the MADI standard means that
DMC may be connected directly to a wide range of
third party MADI routers for facility-wide networking
of consoles, enabling studios to share resources.

Encore Plus
Encore provides a number of tools for saving and
loading projects, customising console
configurations and editing automation.
The system uses the familiar Windows XP Pro
user interface, the display and keyboard are
mounted externally.
Input / Output Interfaces
DMC includes one Quad MADI card as standard.
The quad MADI card provides 4 bi-directional
MADI interfaces through which all I/O to the
system is connected. The actual input resolution is
usually determined by the interface rack. The
MADI outputs may be selected independently for
word length (16, 18, 20, 22 or 24 bits) and the
correct level of noise weighted triangular PDF
dither is applied. The output is correctly limited at
maximum digital level. The system can therefore
support a range of interface devices between 16
and 24 bits resolution.
The main Encore
screen gives an
overview of the current
project. Information
displayed includes the
current Client, Project,
Title and Mix Tree
names, the list of user labels at selected timecode
points, and the current timecode position. The
menus and icons give access to the other Encore
displays and utilities.
DMC sampling rate may be fixed at one of the
following standards: 44.056kHz, 44.1kHz,
47.952kHz, 48kHz or 96kHz. Although all digital
I/O must be synchronised to the system clock,
there are a range of optional inexpensive sampling
rate converters available for applications such as
vari-speeding and using unsynchronisable sources
such as domestic CD players.
The automation can be
viewed graphically as
an Automation Tree
showing all automation
dependencies.
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Filing Structure
Machine Control
Encore uses a hierarchical (or tree-like) structure
for organising automation data within projects. A
user has clients and there can be any number of
projects in progress for a particular client. Within
projects is the title level, which could be used to
separate episodes of a TV series, reels in a film
and so on. Within each title can be any number of
Mix trees which store the automation passes.
Logic DMC has integral
control, which can control
up to 6 machines directly
via Sony 9-pin protocol
connections.
Transport controls are
located close to the
operator in the central section of the console, and
include dedicated DAW controls.
Each Mix Tree is linked to the appropriate Desk
Setup, which stores the configuration of the
console's soft processing pool. Different Mix Trees
can be linked to the same Desk Setup. For
instance, all automation data for a project would
probably use the same Desk Setup. Also a Mix
Tree can be linked to a different Desk Setup if this
becomes necessary.
The Desk Setup is in turn linked to an I/O
Configuration, and the preferred User Defaults.
These can also be changed as required.
The net effect is that when a Mix Tree is loaded for
work, all the correct configuration information is
loaded at the same time.
Filing & Archiving
Two separate utilities, Filing and Backup Manager,
are used to manage and manipulate all project
data.
When starting a new project, the operator can use
Filing to load a Desk Setup and other configuration
files to suit that style of work. This may then be
furthered customised for the project if desired.
Projects can be archived using Backup Manager to
the internal DVD drive, an external drive, USB
device or any location on a network.
Projects can be transferred directly to other DMC
consoles and to other AMS Neve consoles that
use Encore, including the Libra Post & Music
consoles, Libra Live broadcast console and the
Digital Film Console (DFC).
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Physical Information:
Rack-Mounting
The rack units should be installed in a 19" cabinet with access to the front and rear.
A rack depth of 700mm minimum is required for clearance of cabling and connectors.
Ventilation panels must be provided to allow a free flow of air both across the rack and from the front to the
back. It is recommended that intermediate chassis support rails are used to provide rear support to all units
over 3U.
Cooling
No specific air conditioning is required for the racks, provided that there is a free flow of air both across the
rack, from side to side, and from front to back, and that the ambient air is maintained below 30°C / 86°F.
The console surface is designed for desktop use - if it is mounted in any type of enclosure the user is
responsible for ensuring that there is sufficient air flow to provide adequate cooling.
The bulk power supply requires 150mm (6”) of clearance front and rear to maintain adequate airflow.
As the Encore Processor Unit and MIOS X Rack I/O Unit are fan cooled, it is recommended that they not be
sited in noise critical environments.
Power Requirements
Typical power consumption is based on fully populated racks:
Console
Maximum Power Ratings
Redundant PSU
NB: There are 2 modules per PSU
System racks
1200 W
Voltage
100 – 240V
Current
15A
Frequency 47 – 63 Hz
Power Consumption (Watts)
Encore Plus Processor Rack
100
SPS Rack
800
MIOS X Rack
150
Rack Type
U
Depth
mm / inches
Height
mm / inches
Approx Weight
kg / lbs
Encore Plus
Processor
4
460 / 18
178 / 7
30 / 66
System SPS
7
572 / 22½
310 / 12¼
50 / 124
MIOS X Rack
4
490 / 19
178 / 7
30 / 66
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DMC Digital Multimedia Console Specifications
Console
Processing engine
Madi I/O
I/O
Automation
DAW Control
12 fader surface in table top configuration as standard, fully scaleable.
XSPM processing cards allowing desk setups of around 100 paths as standard.
Additional XSPM processing cards can be added.
The engine has 4 madi ports as standard for connection of I/O interfaces.
Additional MADI ports can be added.
The DMC is supplied with the new AMS NEVE MIOS X Rack I/O rack for analogue and AES I/O.
Full range of AMS Neve Madi I/O can be added.
Encore Plus automation system allowing projects to move between other consoles running Encore
Automation.
DAW control over LAN.
AMS Neve
Billington Road
Burnley
Lancs
UK
BB11 5UB
+44 1282 457 011
www.ams-neve.com
[email protected]ams-neve.com
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