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Monitor Engineer Britton, Earl Klugh Band Give Thumbs Up to NEXO Wedge

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BUENA PARK, Calif.—Since it began delivering in late December, the new NEXO 45 N-12 12-inch line monitor is receiving rave reviews. Engineer Melissa Britton, had the opportunity to use the new NEXO line monitors for Earl Klugh and his band at a recent show held at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts in California. Although filling in at front of house on a Yamaha PM1D for this particular show, Britton normally mixes monitors using Yamaha digital consoles for Klugh. Brian Rachko mixed monitors for the Cerritos gig on the house Yamaha PM5D.

“I have to say that I could not hear the stage at all while I was at front of house,? states Britton. “The NEXO line monitors were super clean. I went on stage a couple times during sound check and was amazed by the separation from mix to mix.? The NEXO line monitor is a more

Yamaha StageMix for Viper Alley

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BUENA PARK, Calif.—Yamaha Stagemix software for the M7CL iPad app was recently installed into Chicago concert venue Viper Alley. Located in Lincolnshire, Illinois, the venue is the brainchild of Scott Greenberg, creator of the Wit, Chicago’s hippest boutique hotel. Viper Alley opened in early March with American Idol winner Lee DeWyze performing for two hundred online raffle ticket winners. The club also features a complete NEXO sound system. The installation was completed by Gand Sound Installations (Glenview, Illinois).

StageMix is an application for the Apple iPad that allows remote control of the Yamaha M7CL digital console’s mix functions via a simple, intuitive graphic interface from anywhere within wireless range. The application enables an engineer to set up monitor mixes from a performer’s position on stage directly controlling mix parameters via the iPad. Controllable parameters implemented in StageMix include Sends on Faders, Input Channel Faders, Input Channel On/Off, Input more

Sound Works Productions Purchases NEXO System

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BUENA PARK, Calif.—Sound Works Productions, Inc. of Frankfort, Illinois recently purchased a NEXO GEO S12 line array system, RS18s and NXAmp 4x4s for their rental inventory. The company, who has been providing sound reinforcement services for five years, determined that a NEXO system was a valuable addition to their audio artillery. The new NEXO system is comprised of 14 GEO S 1210s, two S1230s, eight of the new RS18 ray subs and six NXAmp 4×4 amplifiers.

“Based upon hearing the NEXO system at a demo in Cerritos, California and the EXTREMELY good customer service provided by Yamaha/NEXO and specifically our rep, Mike Eiseman, we knew the GEO S12 would be a perfect fit for our growing company,? states Daniel Nickleski, Vice President of Sound Works Productions. “It is a box that can be used on a wide variety of shows, which is exactly what we provide for. Every time more

Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. Issues Official Statement from President on Japan Earthquake

BUENA PARK, Calif.—The following is a message from Mr. Tak Nakata, President of Yamaha Corporation of America, who is currently in Hamamatsu, Japan:

“On behalf of Yamaha, I wish to thank our business partners in the United States for their thoughts and prayers in response to the earthquake that impacted Japan and the Pacific basin last night.?

“As far as we know, no Yamaha employees have been injured as a result of this disaster. Also, there has been no significant damage to our offices or factories. It is still too early to determine if this ongoing situation will affect shipments due to the currently unknown impact on ports, vessels and shipping lanes. We will provide additional information just as soon as it is made available to Yamaha.”

“The destruction and damage in Japan is quite massive in cities and coastal towns in Northern Japan. We pray for more

J Sound Services Specifies Yamaha and EtherSound for Ovation-Produced Event

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BUENA PARK, Calif.—J Sound Services of Nashville recently designed a complete audio system for event planner Ovation, hired by the National Wild Turkey Federation for a corporate event featuring a concert by Trace Atkins, The Band Perry, and several other musical acts. Held at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel Delta Ballroom, the audio system design was based around a Yamaha PM5D-EX as the main mixing system, EtherSound, and Yamaha ES devices to distribute audio. Jason Spence, owner of J Sound Services was hired as the production mixer for the event.

“There are a couple of reasons I chose to distribute audio using Yamaha components and EtherSound,? states Spence. “The event was held in a hotel ballroom where labor charges are astronomical. By utilizing CAT5 instead of hundreds of pounds of copper to distribute the multiple channels of I/O saved time and money. I chose Yamaha network components for their seamless integration with EtherSound, Yamaha product reliability, and sound quality. With zero margin for error on this gig, I had complete faith in the gear. The ability of the Yamaha PM5D to operate at 96K and its sound quality in addition to its add-on effects of classic compressors, tape emulators, etc., I knew sonically I was in good shape.?

The system was able to distribute digital I/O to three different mix locations, PA drive lines, back of house and record feeds at 96K, all over CAT5 with no degradation of audio. The total networkable system I/O was 112 in x 56 out.
Due to cable paths, the CAT5 ran from the Yamaha DCU5D, located at front of house with the PM5D, to a Yamaha DSP5D Expander residing backstage, a distance of nearly 600 feet. Spence inserted an active gigabit switch between locations to ensure that proper signal strength was maintained. The guest FOH and Monitor mix position utilized a Yamaha M7CL digital audio console for most acts, and a Yamaha SB168-ES Stage Box was used to pickup all necessary I/O at the guest position.

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“Our challenge was to create an audio environment able to accommodate a multi-functional program consisting of presentations, live auction, awards, and several concerts,? more

University of the Cumberlands Upgrades With Yamaha Installation Series Speakers and P Series Amps

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BUENA PARK, Calif.—The University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Kentucky is a private liberal arts institution founded in 1888. With an enrollment of 3,300 students, the school is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Church. Recently, Knight Audio of Louisville was hired by the University to complete an audio upgrade consisting of a Yamaha Installation Series Speaker System for the O. Wayne Rollins Center, the school’s gymnasium/auditorium.

Home to the Patriots basketball team, the venue seats 1,700 also serves as a sanctuary for larger campus services and events. It is also the site of the University’s commencement, convocations, and their annual leadership event, this year featuring Mike Huckabee as a presenter.

“The school needed an easy-to-use system for most of the events held in the venue, and they were very familiar with the Yamaha name,? states Dave Knight, owner of Knight Audio. A 25-speaker Yamaha IF-2112m system was more

AVS Production Group Chooses Yamaha PM5D-EX System For Marc Anthony Tour

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BUENA PARK, Calif.—Marc Anthony recently completed the U.S. leg of a tour in support of his latest album of Spanish ballads, “Iconos” released in 2010. Produced by Anthony and Julio Reyes, “Iconos? includes songs by the singer’s favorite balladeers such as Juan Gabriel, Jose Jose, Roberto Carlos and Jose Luis Perales.

The U.S. tour began in New York City at Madison Square Garden and wrapped up in Chicago at the Allstate Arena. AVS Production Group (Bronx, NY) was hired as the production company. This is the second Marc Anthony tour the sound company, which was started by Abe Viera, Sr. over 28 years ago, has supported. Abe Viera, Jr. was hired as Anthony’s production manager for the U.S. leg of the tour.

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A Yamaha PM5D-EX digital mixing system was used for monitors on all of the show dates. “We decided to purchase the PM5D-EX because we were happy more

ACIR Professional ‘Shores’ Up Fellowship Church with Yamaha Audio System Solution

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BUENA PARK, Calif.—Over the past ten years, the community encompassing Shore Fellowship Church in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey has grown from 300 to over 1500 congregates. Under the leadership of Pastor Tim Chambers, responsible for casting the vision that guides the Church and its staff, the focus of Shore Fellowship has always been connecting the love of Christ to the heart of its community.

Recently, under the direction of John Redding, Worship Pastor and Jeff Whitaker, Programming & Media Pastor, the church underwent a major audio enhancement to their existing system, recommended and installed by ACIR Professional of Egg Harbor Township.

“The Shore Fellowship worship experience is refreshing and authentic, combining its community along with an energetic worship band,? states John Grasso, partner, ACIR Professional. “We were asked to provide an audio system solution that would markedly improve their existing system to meet the enthusiasm of its more

Dutch Pop Orchestra Uses NEXO Alpha at Detroit Music Hall

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ST. LOUIS, Mo.— Guido’s Orchestra, a talented pop orchestra from Holland, has taken the Netherlands by storm and now has the U.S. in its sights. With a recent two-week tour, the Orchestra led by violinist Guido Dieteren features talented young musicians and a spectacular stage show. They have performed with the likes of Lionel Richie, Elvis Costello, and Andrea Bocelli, to name a few.

Doug Fowler, of Fowler Audio Service (St. Louis), was recently hired by the Dutch pop orchestra to handle system engineering for the U.S. portion of the tour. In addition to Fowler, the audio team consisted of Renè Scholing, Production Factory (Arnhem, NL) serving as production manager, Wilfrid Evenblij and Ron Peeters of Da Capo Orchestral Audio (Utrecht, NL) mixing front of house and monitors, respectively. Tour support was provided by Logic Systems Sound and Lighting, Saint Louis.

For the 1,700-seat Detroit Music more

“Central Park West? Adds NEXO GEO S and Yamaha LS9 System

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RIDGEFIELD PARK, New Jersey—More than 50 years ago, five Bergen County municipalities – Englewood, Leonia, Palisades Park, Ridgefield Park and Teaneck, donated land to the County of Bergen with the intention of creating a central commons for art, sports and other leisure activities. After years of hard work, the vision to turn what was once a landfill into a beautiful park is now a reality. Dubbed “Central Park West?, the new 138-acre Overpeck County Park recently installed a complete sound system featuring a NEXO GEO S12 line array and Yamaha LS9 digital audio console in their 3,000-seat outdoor amphitheatre.

Boulevard Pro (Oradell, NJ) was selected during a bid process and called in as a consultant to design the audio system for the new amphitheatre. “Our main concern in selecting a audio installation firm was reputation and experience,? states John Biale, Senior Project Coordinator, Bergen County Parks Department. “We installed more

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