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Landmark Manhattan Center Studios Upgrades To Dual Yamaha CL5 Digital Audio Consoles

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NEW YORK—Manhattan Center Studios, a staple in the New York City entertainment, corporate, and cultural event markets, recently upgraded from two Yamaha M7CL Digital Audio Consoles in the 1,200-seat Grand Ballroom to dual Yamaha CL5 Digital Audio Consoles along with two Rio-3224-D input/output boxes. The Rios are providing the CLs with an additional 72 inputs and 48 outputs.

“We’ve had our Yamaha M7CLs for a number of years now, and they’ve served us well; no down time at all, states Roy Clark, Head of Audio at the Manhattan Center. It was time to upgrade, and the CLs have a great reputation. We had worked on them as freelancers and had good experiences. And, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems as a Company is very helpful in not only support of their products but in training engineers on how to use them. There are also becoming more of a standard these days, appearing on rider requests.”

Regarding the Dante networking, Clark said they are running a single cat6 cable connecting the CL console to the Rio running a simple daisy chain network. They also have an Auvitran MY16-ES64 card installed in the front of house CL console that feeds their NEXO 242 processors for the main PA (a previously installed NEXO GEO S12 line array).

“Sometimes, we need to send digital audio to the TV studio in the building next door, so we’ve integrated our Auvitran AM-500 that sends (and returns) audio to their core, where a Yamaha NAI-48 decodes the Auvitran stream into an AES format, Clark says. There are media converters in between that convert Ethernet to fiber and back. That negates any 60hz hum that originates from differing electrical sources of the two different buildings—a nice feature.”

Clark notes that they always keep the Rupert Neve Designs Portico 5043 inserted on the mix bus. “It’s not always compressing, possibly barely hitting (depending on the program material), but it has a really nice sound to it. We also like to use the Opt.2A on vocals, the U76 on guitars, and the Dynamic EQ on podium mics to solve problems there, too.”

Since the CLs have been installed, they have been used for a Dalai Lama presentation (speaking in Tibetan to the Chinese community). Manhattan Center also used the consoles for a TNA wrestling event for live broadcast and taping with audience and a TNT fashion show. The Grand Ballroom also entertains corporate presentations, receptions (dinner seating 550), DJ gigs, bands, string quartets, etc.

“The response to our new Yamaha CLs has been excellent, Clark adds. Most noticeably has been the sound quality improvement. It’s analogous to the difference between 16-bit and 24-bit where the depth and impact of the sound shows up. Even on a Lavalier mic and podium, it’s noticeable. The CL is a very solid sounding console.”

For more information on The Grand Ballroom at Manhattan Center Studios, visit www.mcstudios.com.

For more information on the Yamaha CL Digital Audio Console, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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PHOTO ID: L to R: Roy Clark, Chief Live Sound Engineer; Robert Carvell, Director of Technical Services, Peter Auslan, Production Manager

About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the sound reinforcement, touring, broadcast, commercial recording, and post-production markets with a complete line of digital mixers, amplifiers, speakers, processors, networking capabilities, and NUAGE Advanced Production DAW System. YCAS is also the official North American distributor for NEXO speaker products. With the new CIS Series that includes ceiling and surface mount speakers, mixer and power amplifiers, and matrix processors, the Company furthers is commitment to their commercial installation solutions customers. All market sectors receive comprehensive in-house/field product training, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

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Home to NHL Jets Knocks One In With Sound Art and Yamaha CL5

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BUENA PARK, Calif.—The MTS Centre (Winnipeg, Manitoba) recently installed a Yamaha CL5 Digital Audio Console along with two Rio1608-D input/output boxes courtesy of Sound Art Winnipeg Inc. Home to NHL’s Winnipeg Jets, the Centre seats over 15,000 and plays host to a multitude of indoor sporting and entertainment events.

Sound Art is a premier international professional sound rental company offering clients complete and comprehensive audio production services. With offices in Calgary, Winnipeg, and Toronto, they provide state-of the-art audio equipment for rental and installations.

The Yamaha CL5 is used primarily for Jets game production and was chosen for multiple reasons. “The Centre had reached the capacity of its existing analog console, states Iain Graham, Technical Projects Manager for Sound Art. There were serious issues with sub-mixes for the concourse, etc. being altered between hockey games and not being reset. The ability to have a digital signal path from the control room located in the loading dock area, to the press box production booth, was essential.”

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Graham also said in addition to the creation of a digital signal path, it was essential that the Centre be able to use all of the analog ‘trunking’ from the original install. “Dynamics on every channel was a welcome bonus and custom fader layers allow the engineers for various scenarios to only see the faders they need to see. Of course, the ability to use a redundant power supply tipped the purchasing decision to the Yamaha CL as compared to the competition being looked at during the selection process. The touch screen was also very attractive.”

The Centre has recently started to use the multi-track feature of the CL with Nuendo. “Nuendo enables the technical staff to archive shows and also allows offline troubleshooting if an action during a game needs to be reviewed, says Graham. There are significant fines from the NHL if anything interrupts a game, so staying on top of any potential issue is important.”

The Yamaha CL5 was phase two of the audio installed by Sound Art. Previously, the company upgraded both the bowl and concourse PA systems.

For more information on Sound Art, Inc. visit www.soundart.com.

For more information on the Yamaha CL Series, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the sound reinforcement, touring, broadcast, commercial recording, and post-production markets with a complete line of digital mixers, amplifiers, speakers, processors, networking capabilities, and NUAGE Advanced Production DAW System. YCAS is also the official North American distributor for NEXO speaker products. With the new CIS Series that includes ceiling and surface mount speakers, mixer and power amplifiers, and matrix processors, the Company furthers is commitment to their commercial installation solutions customers. All market sectors receive comprehensive in-house/field product training, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

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High-Profile Polytechnic Institute Installs Dual Yamaha NUAGE Systems

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Founded in 1824, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, New York is the nation’s oldest technological research University. The private research University recently installed two Yamaha NUAGE Advanced Production DAW Systems provided by Parsons Audio LLC (Wellesley, MA).

The NUAGE systems are used primarily by RPI staff, students, and available to external clients. “We read a lot of press on the NUAGE System while researching alternatives to our recording and mix system,” states Todd Vos, Audio Systems Lead, The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at RPI. “Once we determined NUAGE might be the way to go, we were given two really great demos by Parsons Audio which closed the deal.”

Both Vos and fellow engineers Jeff Svatek and Steve Mclaughlin determined NUAGE had the tightest DAW to control surface integration. “We were attracted to the programming flexibility of VST architecture, and were basically sick of the DigiDesign workflow, exclusionary software/hardware model, master section functionality (or lack thereof), and sonic shortcomings, Vos says. It all came down to timing; we were ready to move on shortly after the NUAGE System had been released, it was garnering decent feedback from users, so we pursued it.”

“NUAGE presents Nuendo to the operating engineer in a manner reminiscent of a traditional audio console, no small feat, Vos continued, the line between controller and DAW is really blurred, this layout was incredibly attractive to us and the price point was amazing. But the biggest upside of our decision to move
recording and mixing operations onto the NUAGE/Nuendo platform was the bump in fidelity. The edge of our LAWO network has these fabulous LAWO mic pres; sadly the sonic bottleneck of the system was ProTools. Now that we are running Nuendo with NUAGE, I am hard pressed to identify where things are being mutilated (negatively speaking); it was immediately apparent to us, Nuendo is just a significantly better sounding DAW.”

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The first EMPAC NUAGE System is 32-faders plus a Master section with a JL Cooper Panner. The second NUAGE System has a 16 fader unit, Master section also with a JL Cooper Panner. Both systems are connected to a large LAWO NOVA 73 MADI network via PC-based DAWS running either 96 or 192 channel RME MADI cards with two UAD QUAD accelerators, SSD record drives and a Black Magic SDI link to the facility’s Harris router for post work.

While the two NUAGE Systems are used in support of all EMPAC productions, both internal and external to campus including video shoots, music production, film post, event documentation, media research, archival and restoration–Vos said “a music engineering curriculum will start next fall at RPI that I imagine will be using the NUAGE production spaces as well.”

Good news started rolling in over holiday break as music magazines, radio stations, blogs, and awards organizations selected a number of albums produced at EMPAC. Ben Frost’s AURORA, Vicky Chow and Tristan Perich’s Surface Image, David Brynjar Franzson’s The Negotiation of Context, and Michael Gordon’s Rushes were all commissioned by EMPAC, developed through the artist-in-residence program, and recorded either in full or in part at EMPAC. The highest honor was given to Frost, whose record was chosen as the No. 1 avant-garde album of the year by Rolling Stone.

For more information on NUAGE, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the sound reinforcement, touring, broadcast, commercial recording, and post-production markets with a complete line of digital mixers, amplifiers, speakers, processors, networking capabilities, and NUAGE Advanced Production DAW System. YCAS is also the official North American distributor for NEXO speaker products. With the new CIS Series that includes ceiling and surface mount speakers, mixer and power amplifiers, and matrix processors, the Company furthers is commitment to their commercial installation solutions customers. All market sectors receive comprehensive in-house/field product training, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

Event Pro, Inc. Ups The Ante With Second Yamaha CL5

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BUENA PARK, Calif.—The response to their first Yamaha CL5 Digital Audio Console has been tremendous, so Event Pro, Inc. (Hastings, MN), recently made the decision to purchase a second through Metro Sound & Lighting (St. Paul, MN). Event Pro company owner, Neal Wallace, sights high demand, sound quality, and great support from Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, as key reasons for the purchase. Event Pro, Inc. is no stranger to Yamaha having an array of the company’s consoles in its stable.

“The ‘two is better than one’ theory holds true when it comes to the CL5, states Wallace. Having the ability to offer this console to our corporate clients, regional festivals and touring acts, and national acts that come through Minnesota is a huge plus. The CL5s have helped take Event Pro, Inc. to another level.” Wallace said his techs love the CL5 consoles so much that they want to take them out on all of their Event Pro gigs. “They LOVE the SOUND and ease of operation.”

After Event Pro’s first CL purchase, the renowned Minneapolis Orchestra Hall immediately requested the CL5. “Joel Money (Technical Director) told me he wanted absolute top-quality audio for clients and technicians to operate on, and the CL provides that platform.” The Hall has, for some time, had a Yamaha PM5D at the FOH location.

The renowned Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis also uses Event Pro CL consoles upon requests from touring artist engineers, such as Paul Booth (engineer for singer Diane Reeves), and others. The club’s tech director, Craig Eichorn is also involved in Twin Cities Jazz Festival so Event Pro has been fortunate to supply the CL. “As we put our second CL console out on as many summer festivals as possible, and with guest engineers experiencing it, they know they can get a CL from us whenever they return to local venues. Many are carrying USB sticks now which makes supplying a CL a natural.”

An event or corporate budget may not support a CL5 but Wallace says if their clients are looking for great sound, they know they will be happy with the console. “100% of the guest engineers, who use it, love it. And for us, personally, it is the best sounding console in its price range.”

Providing their clients with better sound and a better desk is Event Pro’s ultimate goal. “Of course, Wallace notes, the small size, using less space, less road cases, the on-board Premium Effects, and the pre-amps doesn’t hurt either. The Yamaha Rio input/output box, cat5 cabling, networking system, means for us we can leave the three road cases housing our analog 300 ft. splitter snake off the truck (and, that’s a lot of truck space).

Many of the Event Pro rentals include a split mix/two console shows, and setting up dual CL5s with the Rio boxes is easy. “We use a Duracat cat6E cable, and running that co-ax from the CL consoles to the Rio is a breeze. Stagehands love us for this, especially when flying the cat5 instead of a 2-inch snake.”

Event Pro techs are always exploring networking interface possibilities with other gear like Shure wireless microphones, etc, so the Dante/Rio platform is coming in handy. The company currently has two Rio units totaling 48×24 and often split up the units bringing the 16×8 box to front of house in corporate situations that demand more inputs at that position. Eventually, they would like to have two 48-input systems. With the iPad StageMix App for the CL, the company also sends out a top- level Asus router with the console to support the application.

Wallace said he has even established a good networking relationship among Yamaha CL owners in his area so they can quickly supply any artist, venue, or tour with CL consoles anywhere. “Yes, Event Pro wants these desks to always be out, so they are going to work very hard! Sonically, the desk sounds great, and makes the PA sound better. It’s that simple.”

For more information on Event Pro, Inc. visit www.eventpro-inc.com.

For more information on Yamaha consoles, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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PHOTO ID: L to R: Audun Hatlehol, systems manager for Event Pro, Inc.; Larry Fisher, owner Metro Sound and Lighting; Neal Wallace, owner, Event Pro, Inc. Hastings, MN

About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the sound reinforcement, touring, broadcast, commercial recording, and post-production markets with a complete line of digital mixers, amplifiers, speakers, processors, networking capabilities, and NUAGE Advanced Production DAW System. YCAS is also the official North American distributor for NEXO speaker products. With the new CIS Series that includes ceiling and surface mount speakers, mixer and power amplifiers, and matrix processors, the Company furthers is commitment to their commercial installation solutions customers. All market sectors receive comprehensive in-house/field product training, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

Grant and Smith ‘REACH’ for the Stars at Christmas with NEXO and Yamaha

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BUENA PARK, Calif.—Two of the most recognized Christian artists, Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith, performed “Christmas with Michael W Smith & Amy Grant” at the Target Center in Minneapolis in early December, and REACH Communications (Champlin, MN), was there to support the audio production.

REACH provided their NEXO STM rig and Nuar amps along with a Yamaha PM5D-RH for front of house and dual CL5s digital audio consoles – one for the orchestra and one for the artists, and four Rio3224 input/output boxes. “We knew we needed perfect coverage for the target center as it was a sold out show, states Dan Brown, REACH Communications. We have had the new NEXO STM M46/B112 for about nine months now and knew it was up to the task for the main hangs. We recently added the new M28 boxes to our inventory, and after looking at the NEXO NS-1 simulator, could see that it would be a perfect fit for side hangs on this show.”

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Brown said they were under a very tight load in and setup schedule for the one-off event. “The STM rigging and NUAR amp racks allowed us to get things up, checked very fast, and stay on schedule throughout the day.”

The NEXO main hang rig consisted of 24 STM M46 – 12 per side, 24 STM B112 – 12 per side, 6 STM M28 – 3 per side for down fill, 4 STM B112 – 2 per side and 24 STM M28 – 12 per side for out fill. 12 RS18 Ray Subs, 4 per side in cardioid mode and 4 spread across the stage perimeter. 6 NEXO PS10-R2s and 2 NEXO GEO S1230s were used for outer front-fill along with 10 NEXO Nuar racks.

“I was able to walk the upper seating area with Russ Long, the FOH engineer for Amy Grant and Michael W Smith, Brown says. The coverage to the upper seats was very good even with the long throw of the mains and no delay speakers. The main speakers were throwing about 300+ ft. It was very impressive!” He notes that the transition from the main to the side hangs was very clean even with the cabinets being a different driver compliment. “NEXO has done a great job of making the voicing of all of their boxes very similar to each other.”

Brown said the artist engineers requested a Yamaha PM5D-RH at FOH and CL5 for monitors. “We were tasked with providing what we preferred for the orchestra console and knew that the CL5 would be a great fit in this role as well.”

Grant MWS Concert Yamaha CL5 PM5D

The entire system for the concert was run into two Lake LM26 for zone control and was routed via Dante to all of the NEXO amps. “Our client was very happy with the results and sound coverage throughout the room. We worked closely with the venue manager and the artists’ crew to make sure we had the maximum seating capacity for the sound coverage and sight lines in the room.”

For more information on REACH Communications, visit www.reachcomm.net.

For more information on the NEXO STM and Yamaha consoles, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the sound reinforcement, touring, broadcast, commercial recording, and post-production markets with a complete line of digital mixers, amplifiers, speakers, processors, networking capabilities, and NUAGE Advanced Production DAW System. YCAS is also the official North American distributor for NEXO speaker products. With the new CIS Series that includes ceiling and surface mount speakers, mixer and power amplifiers, and matrix processors, the Company furthers is commitment to their commercial installation solutions customers. All market sectors receive comprehensive in-house/field product training, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

Iowa HS Gym Gets Overhaul From J Sound Services With Yamaha CIS

Central HS Yamaha Speakers

Central High School in, Davenport, IA recently received a new audio system, installed by J Sound Services, Inc. (JSS) in Nashville for their Marshall Gymnasium. The 19,500 sq. ft. gym, seating approximately 2,200 in its bleacher area, needed to improve speech articulation and coverage while providing a permanently installed and easy to operate system. To accomplish this, JSS chose Yamaha Commercial Installation Solutions (CIS) products to satisfy the needs of the high school.

“A major complaint to be remedied was that attendees could not understand what was being said during functions in the gymnasium,” states Jason Spence, owner, J Sound Services.

The new system includes 16 Yamaha VXS8 speakers, one Yamaha MTX3 processor, one Yamaha XMV4280 4-channel amplifier, one Yamaha DCP1V-4S wall mount control panel, two Shure BLX4R/SM58 wireless microphones, and
Lowell racks and power.

Spence said that the Yamaha MTX3 processor is managing all of the audio systems’ I/O. It acts as the systems mixer, providing input channel routing and processing such as gain, high-pass filters, EQ, compression, and automatic gain control, as well as output channel/speaker processing for delay, EQ, and limiting. Two channels of wireless microphones and a stereo input from the schools media player feed four of the 8 mic/line inputs of the MTX3. “We are utilizing YDIF digital audio out of the MTX3 to feed the input of the XMV4280 amplifier, Spence says. By doing so, we’ve streamlined our signal path to the amplifier and kept the audio digital, as opposed to using the processor or amplifiers analog I/O.”

“Installing a system that is simple to operate is always an important feature when designing a system that will be operated by non-technical staff, students, and/or volunteers, adds Spence. We provided that simplicity with a Yamaha DCP1V-4S wall mount control panel, so with a touch of a button, the system is on and ready to use. By selecting the appropriate microphone on the wall controller, the microphone’s level is controlled with the volume knob on the wall controller.” MTX processors have three wall mount control panel configurations that provide simple, remote operation of the system, and may also be controlled via free apps available for Android and Apple devices and a WAP.

“Yamaha VXS and VXC speakers have become like our Swiss Army knife of speakers; they are a great sounding, competitively priced speaker, and appropriate for numerous applications, Spence notes. We have installed them with great success in Houses of Worship, golf courses, Universities, High Schools, and currently spec’d to be installed in nightclubs and restaurants this year. It was an obvious choice for Marshall Gymnasium once I determined a distributed system was the right approach for their situation.”

Yamaha’s CIS line of speakers, processors, and amplifiers allowed JSS to design and install a system that solved their client’s sound. “The system exceeded their expectations with an audio system that is simple, reliable, efficient, and flexible for any future additions they may have.”

“The new Yamaha speakers have provided us with the opportunity to hold just about any athletic type of program we want, states Brian Ehlinger, Athletic Director. Before the install, we would hold college signings, awards banquets, and season kickoff nights in the Marshall Gym and no one could understand what was being said. It got to the point where we moved those events to our auditorium instead of our historic gym. Now, with our new system, we can again bring our athletic functions back to the gym. This system allows us a level of intelligibility for speech that is phenomenal. We have already held a function in Marshall with our new system, and our stakeholders are very impressed.

For more information on J Sound Services, Inc. visit www.jss.net.

For more information on Yamaha CIS products, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the sound reinforcement, touring, broadcast, commercial recording, and post-production markets with a complete line of digital mixers, amplifiers, speakers, processors, networking capabilities, and NUAGE Advanced Production DAW System. YCAS is also the official North American distributor for NEXO speaker products. With the new CIS Series that includes ceiling and surface mount speakers, mixer and power amplifiers, and matrix processors, the Company furthers is commitment to their commercial installation solutions customers. All market sectors receive comprehensive in-house/field product training, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

Sound Works Productions Celebrates NYE in Style With NEXO and Yamaha

Sound Works Pro NYE

BUENA PARK, Calif.—It was a ‘big night’ in Chicago on New Year’s Eve when Sound Works Productions (Frankfort, IL) was hired to provide audio production for a celebratory party held in the Grand Ballroom of the Historic Palmer House Hilton. Billed as Big Night Chicago, the event was attended by over 3,000 who said goodbye to 2014 and rang in 2015.

“The Grand Ballroom at the Historic Palmer House Hilton Chicago is a unique space, states Daniel Nickleski, Owner/Director of Operations, Sound Works Productions. For this event, we couldn’t hang anything from the ceiling and needed to have a system that was light enough to be supported by ground lifts. The shape of the room is special as well; a large oval room with very high ceilings and a deep rectangular room off the back half.

Performances included DJ duo Brody Jenner and William Lifestyle among others. “With DJs on New Year’s Eve, we also needed a rig that has high SPL. The NEXO GEO S12 boxes gave us the lightweight footprint and pattern control, and the RS18’s Ray Subs made sure everyone felt the lows.” Nickleski said the balance of the coverage was achieved with NEXO PS10s as front fills and delays. The rig was the obvious choice for this event.”

A Yamaha LS9 Digital Audio Console performed at front of house with NX Amps handling all of the power and processing.

For more information on Sound Works Productions, visit www.soundworkspro.com.

For more information on NEXO and Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems products, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the sound reinforcement, touring, broadcast, commercial recording, and post-production markets with a complete line of digital mixers, amplifiers, speakers, processors, networking capabilities, and NUAGE Advanced Production DAW System. YCAS is also the official North American distributor for NEXO speaker products. With the new CIS Series that includes ceiling and surface mount speakers, mixer and power amplifiers, and matrix processors, the Company furthers is commitment to their commercial installation solutions customers. All market sectors receive comprehensive in-house/field product training, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

“Bands On The Run” Tour with GV Audio and Yamaha CL Digital Audio Consoles

Bands on the Run Audio Crew

BUENA PARK, Calif.—The “Bands On The Run” Tour featured three of Canada’s hottest chart-topping country music bands: The Road Hammers, Doc Walker, and U.S. act Blackjack Billy. GV Audio of Regina, Canada, provided audio production for the November/December tour dates. Gear consisted of two Yamaha CL5 Digital Audio Consoles, two Yamaha Rio3216-D input/output boxes, 12 Sennheiser EW300 IEM Systems, four Sennheiser EW500 Handheld Systems, and four Shure U4D Handheld Systems.

Ian Leary of GV Audio was production manager/front of house engineer for Blackjack Billy and Doc Walker; Scott “Scooter” Findlay served as tour system tech at FOH for the Road Hammers, and Neil Fenske as monitor tech.

“We decided on the Yamaha CL5 platform for a few reasons, states Leary.
The physical size of the CL5 was a definite bonus along with the reliability of Yamaha products being a huge factor in console choice for the tour. We also could not afford to be opening consoles and resetting ribbon cables every second day.”

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Leary also said the need to have a large number of inputs at their fingertips at all times was important. “We used a total of 70 inputs on the tour; and we used a total of 30 outputs to feed IEM’s, wired drum mixes, drum subs, and a couple of wedge mixes.”

“The sound quality of the Rio boxes has leveled the audio playing field, Leary says, and in some cases, much improved over other console platforms that are on the market.” As for the Dante networking, he said as far as he is concerned, it is the most stable networking system on the market and was a must for the “Bands On The Run” tour in order to accommodate the large number of INs and OUTs while sharing the Rios between the FOH and Monitor consoles. The Portico 5043, Opt-2A, as well as the Dynamic EQ from the Premium Rack were used to their full potential every night, mainly on vocal channels.

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For more information on GV Audio, visit www.gvaudio.ca.

For more information on Yamaha CL Digital Audio Consoles, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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PHOTO ID: L to R: Ian Leary, Tour PM/FOH for Blackjack Billy and Doc Walker, Neil Fenske – Monitors, and Scott “Scooter” Findlay – Tour System Tech – Road Hammers FOH

About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the sound reinforcement, touring, broadcast, commercial recording, and post-production markets with a complete line of digital mixers, amplifiers, speakers, processors, networking capabilities, and NUAGE Advanced Production DAW System. YCAS is also the official North American distributor for NEXO speaker products. With the new CIS Series that includes ceiling and surface mount speakers, mixer and power amplifiers, and matrix processors, the Company furthers is commitment to their commercial installation solutions customers. All market sectors receive comprehensive in-house/field product training, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

Yamaha CL Digital Consoles ‘Shine’ Bright for Legendary Band

KCSB crew

BUENA PARK, Calif.—The band that’s been ‘shaking bootys since 1973’ and just released a new CD with songs from the 60s, KC and the Sunshine Band (KCSB) is still going strong. Touring consistently year after year, the band’s front of house and monitor engineer recently turned to Yamaha CL Digital Audio Consoles for mix detail.

The KCSB system design was the product of front of house engineer David Dean, monitor engineer Chad Griswold, and production manager Rick Raymond brainstorming while sitting outside a frozen yogurt eatery in Sao Paulo, Brazil earlier this year. “We sketched out the idea on a napkin and discussed the idea frequently through early summer, states Dean. We have a large band, and our design sought to minimize the show footprint and truck pack as well as take advantage of the networked audio capability.”

Dean, who is a faculty member at Full Sail in Orlando, said the school has had a long history of using Yamaha consoles dating back to the PM3000 and 2500 models. “Faculty teaching within the Show Production Bachelor’s Degree Program here at Full Sail is active in the live event production field, and the gear we use to teach students has to be national act rider friendly for us to consider purchasing so that students learn on equipment they will use in the field. The Yamaha gear fills these requirements.”

Brian Coviello from Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems brought out a CL5 to Full Sail in 2013. “Initially, I was skeptical about us fitting it into our school curriculum, but fellow colleague and faculty member, Mark Johnson, and I witnessed my show production class setting up the CL5 and Rio rack system with no instructor help, says Dean. They had the Dante patched up with multi-track playback and were making noise within 10 minutes!” Dean said he attributes this to the similarities between the Yamaha M7CL and CL Series. The students utilize a 6-station M7CL mix lab on a regular basis and this familiarity helped them when presented with a CL. The M7CL lab also incorporates an old, but reliable, CobraNet™ setup used to distribute multi-track from Pro Tools to each student’s M7CL via Yamaha MY cards.

After that experience, Dean said he came to the realization that the Yamaha CL Series was going to be a major player in the market that his students would soon be entering. “I no longer had reservations regarding our adopting the CL Series here at school. In fact, we are currently in the process of designing an upgrade to our production facilities that will include Yamaha CL and QL consoles and Dante.

“KCSB monitor engineer Griswold was an early adopter of both the Yamaha CL and the new Yamaha QL and had been raving about the capability of Dante,” notes Dean. He had recently done a corporate gig where he had accessed a Shure ULX-d wireless system via Dante. In addition to mixing monitors for KCSB, Chad owns Mastermind Production Group Inc. based in Orange, CA where the new KCSB system was built and tested.”

With Dante networking as a major factor in the decision, and both Dean and Griswold having positive experiences with the new Yamaha QL and CL consoles, the CL5/Rio/Dante option was incorporated into the KCSB show design. “The benefit of losing most of our stage wiring while shrinking our Monitor/FOH footprint would enable us to easily adapt to the different venue styles we encounter throughout the year with KC and the Sunshine Band,” Dean adds.

The dual Yamaha CL5 system for front of house and monitors consists of three Rio 1608-D input/output boxes on stage as stage I/O connections with custom panels for power and single I/O; one Rio1608-D in monitor world with RF mics in the same rack, handling all FOH sends and any extra INs that the engineers constantly have on events, two Rio Ro8 racks for in-ears (all ears are now in their own rack), four Cisco SG300-20 switches-two at monitors and one for front of house on stage, and one 500’ Fiber Optic snake for the front of house run.

For more information on Yamaha CL and QL digital audio consoles, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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Photo ID: L to R: David Dean – FOHE, Chad Griswold – ME, Rick Raymond – PM

About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the sound reinforcement, touring, broadcast, commercial recording, and post-production markets with a complete line of digital mixers, amplifiers, speakers, processors, networking capabilities, and NUAGE Advanced Production DAW System. YCAS is also the official North American distributor for NEXO speaker products. With the new CIS Series that includes ceiling and surface mount speakers, mixer and power amplifiers, and matrix processors, the Company furthers is commitment to their commercial installation solutions customers. All market sectors receive comprehensive in-house/field product training, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

Solotech Increases Yamaha NUAGE Awareness In Canada

Solotech NUAGE DEMO

BUENA PARK, Calif.—A recent Yamaha NUAGE demo took place at Solotech in Quebec City, increasing awareness of the new advanced digital audio production system to the Canadian market, and educating its clients about the new system.

Held in October, the “NUAGE Demo Week” included Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems team member Michel Trépanier and Marcel Maurceri and François Thibault, Solotech Studio Specialist, who conducted approximately a dozen of demos and presentations to clients. “The clients really enjoyed the event and were amazed by NUAGE and its impressive possibilities for post-production,” states Fabien Panou, Marketing & Communications for Solotech.

“Mr.Thibault received training from Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, and is probably one the most well-trained representatives in Canada on the system, Panou said. He has already sold three NUAGE systems this year, and interest from our clients is continually growing.”

Attendees consisted of studio owners, audio specialists in the video game industry, and educational institutions. “The NUAGE system integrates perfectly with the capacity of Nuendo,” notes Jacques Monminy, Studio TRAM, while Pierre Rousseau owner of Studio SFX said he’s been working in a Pro Tools environment for the last 20 years and was very surprised how the NUAGE system is revolutionary on many aspects. “The system brings creativity and productivity to another level.”

For more information on Solotech, visit www.solotech.com.

For more information on Yamaha NUAGE, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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Photo ID: L to R: François Thibault, Solotech Studio Specialist, Jacques Monminy, Studio TRAM, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems Michel Trepanier and Marcel Mauceri

About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the sound reinforcement, touring, broadcast, commercial recording, and post-production markets with a complete line of digital mixers, amplifiers, speakers, processors, networking capabilities, and NUAGE Advanced Production DAW System. YCAS is also the official North American distributor for NEXO speaker products. With the new CIS Series that includes ceiling and surface mount speakers, mixer and power amplifiers, and matrix processors, the Company furthers is commitment to their commercial installation solutions customers. All market sectors receive comprehensive in-house/field product training, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

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