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Capitol Theatre Chooses Yamaha PM5D for Sound and Reliability

BUENA PARK, Calif.—The Capitol Theatre in Moncton, Canada, is an architectural jewel and one of only a few examples anywhere in Canada of pre-war theatres that have been authentically and historically restored. The 800-seat beauty has been completely improved upon over the past two years and most recently, added a Yamaha PM5D digital audio console for front of house, joining the previously-installed LS9 digital console used as the house monitor console.

Purchased by the City of Moncton in 1991, the theatre hosts over 200 events per year ranging from local graduations to full theatre productions, regional and national touring companies—musical events counting for 80% of the hall’s performances. The venue’s Capitol School of Performing Arts offers various programs for children as well as adults on a continual basis.

“We knew we wanted go to digital,” states Eric Hache, technical director of the Capitol Theatre. “We looked at what products were available on the market and were given demonstrations of various products. We spoke with the touring staff coming into the theatre and knew the product we wanted had to be user friendly, and that within minutes, the engineer would be able to control the board even if they had never experienced it previously. The console also had to sound good and be reliable.”

Hache said they had heard the Yamaha PM5D on various tours and although there were newer consoles on the market, it became clear that the Yamaha PM5D was the logical choice. “Installing and using it for the past six months in the Capitol Theatre confirmed our decision. I didn’t want a console that was overly computerized, and I wanted it to be much like analog in its operational
aspect.”

The Capitol Theatre has a wide range of microphones consisting of AKG, Shure, Neumann, and Sennheiser. The theatre also added a new Christie DHD700 projector, with three screens to choose from, the latest being a 13×21 DaLite Series 300. The lighting system consists of an ETC ION with two universal 20 fader wings, six Mac250 Entour movers, 12 SGM Palco 3s, 15 LumiLED700s, and 96 ETC conventional fixtures.

For more information on the Capitol Theatre, visit www.capitol.nb.ca.

For more information on Yamaha digital 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 integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

Edge ShowTek Makes Use of AuviTran EtherSound Unit for Red Bull Fuel & Fury

BUENA PARK, Calif.—More than 5,000 attendees flocked to the site of this year’s Red Bull Fuel & Fury snowmobile jumping event. Held in early November in Chicago, they witnessed seven of the world’s best freestyle snowmobilers at the largest single event of the year.

Edge ShowTek (Northbrook, IL) was tasked with the audio production for the event, making good use of the new AuviTran AVM-500ES unit to maintain an EtherSound network within the entire digital system. The system consisted of a Yamaha PM5D-RH digital console, two Yamaha SB-168ES Stage Boxes, 36 NEXO GEO S8 speakers, 12 CD12 subs split between four towers, six NEXO PS15s, and five NEXO NXAMP 4x4s amplifiers.

The AVM-500ES unit is an EtherSound Network Matrix housed in a 19” 1U rack box for linking and routing up to five EtherSound networks together, Integrating a full matrix router of 320 x 320 audio channels. “The unit worked very well, states Pete Hansen, Operations Manager, Edge ShowTek. The reason we decided to use the AVM-500 was to maintain an EtherSound network throughout the whole system, which would not have been possible without the unit, or at least very undesirable from a cabling standpoint.”

Hansen said the setup for this system was quite unique in that speaker positions were both in front of and behind the Yamaha front of house position. The Edge ShowTek crew used a combination of Cat5 and Fiber Optic cable runs that were fairly long and non-linear with about 200-300 feet between each speaker tower. They were able to save about 1,000 feet of cable run by splitting the ES network in front of, and behind, the front of house position by using the AVM-500.

“We have been using EtherSound as a method of running multi-channel digital audio for years, says Hansen. It’s amazing to hear how well the audio fidelity is maintained when you never leave the digital domain, says Hansen. If you are going to use a digital console, you might as well run in a digital format like EtherSound as much as possible. The AVM-500ES allowed us to do just that over the whole system, and it sounded phenomenal.”

“An event like Fuel & Fury was an ideal use of EtherSound networking given the large distances between microphone sources, speaker towers and the Yamaha front of house, notes Trevor Waller, of Edge ShowTek and A1 for the event. With announcer microphones over 600 feet away from the mix position, the ability to send those sources to the Yamaha PM5D-RH console digitally with virtually no line losses was a great advantage in making sure the event could be heard by everyone even over the roar of snowmobiles in the air. The unit was virtually plug and play and allowed us to save valuable setup time, both in its ease of patching and integration into our system.”

For more information on Edge ShowTek, visit www.edgeshowtek.com.

For more information on the AVM-500ES, 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 integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

ACIR Professional Hosts Shure Demo in A.C.

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J.—ACIR Professional (Egg Harbor Township, N.J.) recently hosted a demonstration of the new Axient wireless mic line by Shure Microphones at the Atlantic City Hilton Casino Resort.

The Axient system of products is Shure’s latest and most advanced professional wireless microphone system to date, featuring complete spectrum management, interference detection and avoidance, advanced power management, transmitter remote control, frequency diversity, and new Wireless Workbench 6 software.

The Shure demos, attended by regional audio professionals, also included PSM-1000 and PSM-900 IEM systems, “micro body pack”, “Wireless Workbench 5” (the latest version of Shure wireless management software), and rechargeable battery technology including Shure’s rack-mountable charger.

For Shure’s audio production, ACIR provided a Yamaha LS9-16 digital console, Yamaha DSR115 Speakers, and a 4-channel rack of Shure UR series wireless (both handhelds and body packs with lavaliers) used by presenters and for Axient wireless product comparisons.

For more information, visit www.acirpro.com.

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PHOTO ID: Shure’s Bill Ostry

PHOTO CREDIT: Digital Warmth

Yamaha 01V96i Mixer Launched


BUENA PARK, Calif.—Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. has announced the launch of the new 01V96i Digital Mixer, making its first official debut at this week’s InterBee Show. The new 01V96i offers a 16-track USB 2.0 interface for multi-track recording via MAC or PC. The new unit is identical in mixing functionality as its predecessor but cosmetically takes on a new black look for easy differentiation from the previous 01V Series dark blue. Since its initial release in 1998, the 01V has been used in a wide variety of applications, both personal and professional, ranging from recording and production environments to live sound and installation applications.
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Lake Processing Added to Yamaha Digital Products


BUENA PARK, Calif.—In conjunction with the official InterBee Show announcement today by Yamaha Corporation Japan, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. announces the development of the MY8-LAKE processing card, designed exclusively for Yamaha digital products. The new card, to be distributed worldwide by Yamaha, adds cutting edge Lake® Technology to PM5D, PM5D-RH, M7CL, LS9, DM2000, DM1000, 02R96, and 01V96 digital consoles, as well as DSP5D Expander, DME24N/64N processors, and TXn power amplifiers.
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Yamaha Rolling Showroom Training Sessions Set for Newton, Massachusetts


BUENA PARK, Calif.—Yamaha Commercial Audio Training (YCATS) and the Rolling Showroom will be parked in Newton, Massachusetts on November 16 and 17 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Scheduled sessions include Yamaha M7CL and LS9 digital audio consoles Tips and Tricks, Introduction to Digital Audio Networks, Multi-Track Recording and Virtual Sound Check with ASIO Streamer, Introduction to DME Designer, and DM1000-VCM Applications and Operation.

Classes are open to all audio professionals and free of charge. Registration deadline is November 13. For more details and to register, visit http://www.yamahacommercialaudiosystems.com/training_class_desc.php?courseID=16.

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Yamaha Training Heads to Redmond, Washington

BUENA PARK, Calif.— YCATS (Yamaha Commercial Audio Training Seminars) training sessions have been set for Overland Christian Church Redmond, Washington and open to all audio professionals, free of charge. The three-day session dates are November 8-10 from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm with classes being held for advanced users of the Yamaha M7CL digital console, a workshop for the LS9 digital console, digital network and systems design clinic, and a showcase of NEXO speaker technology (GEO Series, PS Series, 45N12, RS Series Subs, GeoSUB, and NXAMP).

The M7CL advanced training is a one-day course that will reveal the depth of the M7CL and will discuss how best to utilize the console to the full extent of its capabilities. Attendees will expand their knowledge of the console and its capabilities with an opportunity to apply what is learned using multi-track audio on the new M7CL-ES digital mixing console.

The LS9 workshop is a half-day, hands-on course, learning the basics of mixing on an LS9 digital console. Attendees will become more familiar with the console layout; learn how to navigate the system, setup mix busses as an aux or group, and how to route signal to the effects units, with an opportunity to apply what is learned using multi-track audio.

The digital network and systems design clinic is a full-day course offering an array of audio networking, acoustic system design, and systems solutions workshops. The workshops will benefit anyone interested in upgrading or designing audio systems.

Registration deadline for all sessions is November 6. To register for Yamaha class sessions, visit http://www.yamahacommercialaudiosystems.com/training.php?catID=11001.
To register for NEXO showcase, email ycats@yamaha.com.

On November 10 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, an Audio Master Class will be held as part of the Christian Musician Summit at Overlake Christian Church with Yamaha’s Jake Cody, Mark Rush, and Peter Robinson teaching an audio boot camp for church volunteers. Cost: $99 per person. For course syllabus and registration visit: http://www.christianmusiciansummit.com/templates/cuscms/details.asp?id=32393&PID=805358.

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Eastern Star Church Opens Northwest Campus

BUENA PARK, Calif.—CSD, Inc. of Fort Wayne, Indiana recently completed a design/build project for the new Northwest Campus of Eastern Star Church in Indianapolis. The church began its history in 1920 with a congregation of 12, and now, three campuses later, has grown to a congregation of over 25,000. The new location was required to fill the need for a larger worship space to accommodate the growing congregation. It also provides a presence for Eastern Star Church on the west side of the city.

“We were chosen as the church’s design/build partner for audio, video and lighting, including systems for the sanctuary as well as significant performance systems in auxiliary spaces such as a chapel, conference rooms, youth and the children’s area,” states Doug Hood, Owner/President, CSD.

A major undertaking, the 3,000-seat contemporary gospel northwest campus features a choir, band, praise team and for most sermons, has 120 members located on the stage. Its new audio system is centered around a NEXO GEO S12 line array consisting of 14 GEO S1210s and 27 GEO S1230s all in white, Yamaha PM5D-RH digital audio console at front of house, and M7CL-48 used for monitors.

“We always stay on top of new products from manufacturers, and since CSD and Eastern Star Church were looking for a high output, yet, small format speaker system that could keep up with the high-energy worship style of the church, we knew the NEXO system would be a perfect fit,” says Hood.

Hood noted that Yamaha consoles were chosen for this location, as was the case with the first two Eastern Star Church campuses, and that console familiarity by church staff members plays a large part. “Another deciding factor for us was the similarity in the M7CL experience as compared to the PM5D. We felt it was important for volunteers to be able to move from monitors to FOH with as little change as possible.

Additional audio system components include 12 NEXO PS15s and four PS10s, NEXO Alpha Subs, eight 4×4 NXAMPs, and one 4×1 NXAMP. CSD also installed DLP 10K Digital Projectors, a Panasonic PTZ Cam System, and ETC and Leprecon lighting systems. Two Yamaha P3500S amps, two P7000S amps, Aviom Personal Mixing, Aviom Digital Snake, and Worx Audio speakers are used in perimeter rooms.

For more information on CSD, email doug@csdus.com or visit http://www.csdus.com.

For more information on NEXO and Yamaha 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 integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. The company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker products. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

Sound Works Productions Supports ALS Walk

CHICAGO—Now in its ninth year, the Les Turner Foundation ALS Walk 4 Life recently took place at Montrose Harbor in Chicago, and turned to Sound Works Productions (Frankfort, Illinois) for their audio production needs. The Walk4Life is one of the world’s largest ALS gatherings, and this year more than 5,000 walkers gathered to add to the already $6 million in pledges received since the Foundation began.

“The Foundation determined that this year they needed a sound system that would let speeches and music be heard throughout the entire park setting,” states Daniel Nickleski, Sound Works Productions, Inc. “We decided that our NEXO GEO S12 system would be the perfect fit.” The audio rig was comprised of seven NEXO GEO S1210s and one GEO S1230 line array per side along with four RS18 Ray Subs per side and three NEXO NXAMP 4x4s. The walkers were treated to music by Beatles cover band American English whose engineer, Nickleski said, was ‘absolutely thrilled with the NEXO sound system and one of the best mid-sized line arrays he has ever mixed on.’

“Every last person could hear all speeches without issue,” Nickleski added. “At the end of the event, the client said they were thrilled with the quality of audio and service we provided.”

For more information on Sound Works Productions, visit wwww.SoundWorksPro.com.

For more information on NEXO 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 integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. The company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker products. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

ACIR Pro Supports Bennett’s 85th Birthday Bash at The Met

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EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J.—Founded in 1883 and now in its 128th season, The Metropolitan Opera is the vibrant home for talented singers, conductors, composers, orchestra musicians, and dancers from around the world. Known as the venue for the world’s greatest voices, The Met recently hosted the 85th birthday celebration of legendary singer, Tony Bennett. Singing at The Met was not only the singer’s birthday gift to himself, but to the sold-out crowd that flocked to the 3800-seat venue’s Lincoln Center address. Guest artists included Elton John, Aretha Franklin, and Alejandro Sanz.

ACIR Professional (Egg Harbor Township, N.J.) provided the audio necessary to reinforce the sound at The Met in order to achieve the live sound to which Mr. Bennett has become accustomed. A Yamaha PM5D-EX was the console of choice for long-time Bennett front of house engineer, Tom Young. Young, whose rider preference is a PM5D, said the 5D-EX more

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