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NEW YAMAHA DSP5D EXPANDER SUPPORTS PROGRESSIVE METAL BAND DREAM THEATER ON TOUR

FOH Engineer Randy Lane at Yamaha DSP5D BUENA PARK, Calif.–Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. announces that the first live use of the new DSP5D expander for the Yamaha PM5D console is taking place on the Dream Theater tour. Hired by Dream Theater, independent engineer Randy Lane is mixing front-of-house. He selected Clair Brothers to handle production for the tour in both the U.S. and internationally. Lane‘s vast live credits include Spin Doctors, Collective Soul, Bush, Fuel, Three Doors Down, Alter Bridge, Joe Satriani, Eric Johnson and Steve Vai, as well as John Petrucci and Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater on their “G3 Tour.”

Lane says he began mixing on a Yamaha PM5D in late 2004 with the band Alter Bridge, at the suggestion of Ralph Mastrangelo from Clair Nashville. “I auditioned a PM5D and felt that finally a digital console sounded as good as an analog console,” states Lane. “The console is much more convenient to use and transport.” The DSP5D was brought to Lane‘s attention by Todd Hudson and Greg Hall of Clair Brothers while out on Joe Satriani‘s “Supercolossal” tour. On the Dream Theater tour, he has nearly 70 inputs, not including effects, which necessitated using a second console for Dream Theater. There are also two opening acts, which would mean a third console and a huge front-of-house footprint if you include processing in addition to console space. “Using the PM5D and DSP5D, the footprint is extremely small and amazingly powerful in features and capabilities,” notes Lane.

The Yamaha DSP5D is a stand-alone unit that expands the capabilities of the Yamaha PM5D digital console to 96 mono plus 16 stereo input channels.

Self-taught on the PM5D and on the DSP5D by reading the manuals for the two devices, Lane says he felt right at home in a rapid fashion on both products. “From the outset, the PM5D has been a great sounding console and more reliable than anything that I have used,” notes Lane. “The compact size and sheer processing power of the packaging of the DSP5D and PM5D gives an amazing amount of power in a very compact system. The Yamaha console and expander is a very transparent and warm system that translates the power and finesse of Dream Theater.”

Lane adds that the system‘s toughness was demonstrated to him when a 300-pound motor box rolled from the edge of a stage and fell six feet onto the PM5D console. The entire surface was crushed and all control surface features were sheered from the top. The monitor engineer on the tour used the track pad and display to finish the show with the console‘s surface being replaced the next day. “Now that‘s rugged,” he adds.

The tour is using 24 Clair Brothers I-3 line array cabinets and 12 Clair Brothers BT-218 subs. In Europe they will use 32 I-3‘s and 12 BT 218 subs. Microphones consist of Earthworks Periscope mics on the drum kit, as well as Shure SM57‘s on guitars, with a Sennheiser 5000/Neumann 105-combination for lead vocals.

Lane says he doesn‘t use any outboard processing on the console‘s internal effects and gates with Waves Plug in cards installed in the card slots of the PM5D for various compressors. He‘s also using six Yamaha MY16-AT ADAT cards for multi-track recording of every input channel. M-Audio Lightbridge interfaces and Steinberg Nuendo are used as a recording platform on an Alienware laptop to multi-track for every show. “The PM5D and DSP5D allow this due to the great quality of internal effects and processing as well as the design foresight to have interfaces having a direct out of every input,” he explains.

Dream Theater began in 1985as Majesty, after longtime bandmates Petrucci and Myung arrived at Boston‘s Berklee College of Music in search of a drummer who was into progressive rock and metal. They heard Mike Portnoy in a practice room and soon began jamming together. The trio would become the core of one of rock‘s most virtuosic and heavy bands. After leaving Berklee, the group added a vocalist and keyboard player and changed its name to Dream Theater. In the early 1990s, they quickly rose to prominence and have enjoyed international success by attracting extremely loyal fans. The group‘s catalog has sold more than 7 million units.

The Dream Theater U.S. tour continues through September before heading to Europe and on to Japan in January 2008.

For more information on the Yamaha DSP5D and PM5DV2, write Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc., 6600 Orangethorpe Avenue, Buena Park, CA 90620; telephone 714-522-9011; e-mail casales@yamaha.com; or visit www.yamahaca.com.

For more information on Dream Theater, visit www.dreamtheater.com

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. offers a complete line of integrated professional audio products for the commercial recording, production, broadcast, live sound, and sound reinforcement markets. The company has a dedicated dealer network, intensive field training, and 24-7 tech support in the U.S. and Canada.

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