The Yamaha D5000 is something of a rare processor that is very difficult to find for sale, and when they are they are often rather expensive. So what is the magic?
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With the quote from Bob Clearmountain that it is the best digital delay ever made, the Yamaha seems to have gone underground in home studios or Yamah simply did not make very many of them.
With its high-quality 20-bit sound, the Yamaha D5000 Professional Digital Delay (Used and loved by Bob Clearmountain) is the perfect choice for studio and sound reinforcement applications. It has four types of effect programs: DUAL (stereo) delay, SINGLE (mono) delay, FREEZE record and playback, and S&H (sample and hold) playback. The large amount of memory allows it to create delay lines or record samples of up to 10 seconds in duration.
The interface is simple and intuitive, with a large, easily-read LCD, allowing you to quickly produce exactly the effect you want. It features 100 program locations for storing your favourite effects for instant recall. For added flexibility, the D5000 can be controlled by MIDI, especially useful with the FREEZE record and playback effect. The Yamaha D5000 has 100 user programs. All of the programs are user-programmable.
There are four types of programs available:
Yamaha ships the Yamaha D5000 with preset programs that illustrate the features of each of the four types of programs. The preset programs are stored in program numbers 1 to 00 (100). If you have over-written them, they can be recalled by the simple operation detailed on page 28 of the user manual.
Quantization: 20 Bit
Sampling Frequency: 96kHz
Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz
Dynamic Range: 100dB
Memory Locations: 100 (User Programmable)
Dimensions: 480mm x 45.2mm x 336mm
T120 Single 16
Deep Flange 1
Long FB Double
Long FB Gate
Mod Delay 1
Mod Delay 2
Mod Delay 3
T60 Mod Bounce
The Yamaha D5000 must not have sold very well when it was released back in the mid 1990s. Or perhaps it sold very well and those who bought it don’t let them go very easily? I think it may be the later. Bob Clearmountain claims the Yamaha D5000 is the greatest digital delay ever made, perhaps he is right. So if you are after a digital delay that offers pristine sound quality and low noise, and one that imparts little of itself on your signal, then look no further than the Yamaha D5000.