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DeYoung ‘Sails Away’ at Wrigley Field with Support by Gand, Yamaha, and NEXO

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CHICAGO—Founding member and lead vocalist for the band Styx and now out on his own for the past ten years, Dennis DeYoung recently performed a private show at Wrigley Field in Chicago for approximately 500 guests. Thanks to the sound production efforts of Gand Concert Sound (aka the ‘NEXO Guys’) who provided 16 NEXO GEO S8 speaker boxes and two Yamaha PM5D-RH digital audio consoles, the private event went off without a hitch.

With the two Yamaha PM5D-RH consoles positioned at front of house and monitors, the NEXO rig was configured with eight NEXO GEO S8 boxes per side flown, four NEXO CD18 subs, two PS8s for frontfills, two PS10s for outfills, and eight NEXO PS15 slants on five mixes. Gand also provided 3-phase Motion Labs Power Distro, and Rapco 48-channel split plus snake. A Stageline SL100 mobile stage was provided by American Mobile Staging, Barrington, Illinois and used more

No ‘Bull’ When It Comes to Using Yamaha PM5D

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BUENA PARK, Calif.—Monitor Engineer Robert Bull is known for mixing iconic artists such as Martina McBride and Michael McDonald as well as television hits such as “Nashville Star.? Bull has mixed on it all, both analog and digital. But, when it comes to digital, he prefers the Yamaha PM5D.

“I am a diehard analog guy, but there are times when analog is just not feasible, states Bull. “When I use a digital console, I need to have confidence in the gear, which is why I always request a PM5D. I need to get around on the console very quickly in a manner that works for me, and the Yamaha PM5D allows me to do that by having so much of where I need to get to on the mixing surface, that I don’t have to take my eyes off of the stage.?

Bull said that whether doing more

Yamaha Audioversity Resounding Success

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BUENA PARK, Calif.⎯The second Audioversity Expo held by Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. in Las Vegas during late August was deemed an unequivocal success by the more than 500 attendees. The specialized event was catered toward audio professionals and those interested in gaining an in-depth knowledge and hands-on experience of all Yamaha Commercial Audio and NEXO products. “It was clear that Audioversity provided invaluable lessons for many that are still gaining basic digital knowledge, but also those craving more mixing tips and techniques,? states Audioversity presenter Monty Lee Wilkes, and front of house engineer for such artists as the Scissor Sisters and the Replacements.

The event featured digital mixer training seminars, panel discussions with leading industry professionals like Neil Diamond front of house engineer, Stan Miller and Diamond recording and monitor engineer Bernie Becker, A-1 Audio’s Al Siniscal, Martina McBride monitor engineer Robert “Bull?, and Monty Lee Wilkes. “I more

School’s in Session at NYU with Yamaha PM5D Digital Console

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BUENA PARK, Calif.—New York University’s Jack H. Skirball Center for the Performing Arts is the premier venue for the presentation of cultural and performing arts events for all of NYU and lower Manhattan. Since opening in 2003, the 860-seat Skirball Center has been an educational and community building resource, providing NYU’s first large-scale, professional performance space on campus.

Recently the Skirball Center replaced its older analog front of house console with a Yamaha PM5D digital audio console purchased from Scharff Weisberg. “About once a month a client would have to rent a digital board, and it was almost always a Yamaha PM5D,? states Ethan Bade, head audio engineer. “Our purchasing decision was made pretty clear after speaking with engineers who had brought in various consoles in the past, that a 5D would eliminate additional rental costs and save on set up time.?

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Bauder Provides NEXO Rig for Camden Music Festival

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BUENA PARK, Calif.—The 2011 XPoNential Music Festival sponsored by Subaru and presented by U Penn Philadelphia-based public radio station WXPN came off without a hitch thanks to the audio production services of Bauder Audio Systems, Inc. (Horsham, PA). The low key, three-day July festival held at Camden Waterfront’s Wiggins Park focused on highlighting talented musicians from the Greater Philadelphia area, as well as national artists who have strong ties to the radio station and its programming such as Emmylou Harris, Keb’ Mo’, Citizen Cope, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, The Smithereens, Ben Folds, Booker T, and many more.

The XPoNential Music Festival took place on two stages: one nestled next to a local Marina, the other overlooking the Delaware River and Philadelphia skyline. The 4,000-plus concertgoers at the main stage enjoyed listening to 15 bands through a 22-box NEXO GEO S1210 system that also included two GEO S1230s, ten more

Boulevard Pro Brings ‘Goodwill’ to Upstate NY Church

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BUENA PARK, Calif.—Boulevard Professional (Oradell, N.J.) recently installed a NEXO GEO S12 line array system along with Yamaha LS9-32 and SB168-ES Stage Box at the Goodwill Church in Montgomery, New York. Several years ago, the company was called in to design and install a state-of-the-art sound system for a new worship space. Unexpectedly, funding was cut and it appeared the installation would be placed on the back burner. In a successful fund raising mission by members of church, the goal required to purchase and install a new system had been met, and by the fall of last year, work had begun.

The 700-seat contemporary church has a diverse, active congregation with 1,000 in attendance each week. A full band and six vocalists accompany the sermons. “It was very apparent early on that a new system for Goodwill Church would not just be for spoken word,? states James Cioffi, more

Manufacturers Co-Sponsor Worship Seminar in Ridgecrest, NC

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. along with Yamaha Corporation of America, Shure, ProPresenter, and Elation Lighting will hold a Worship Arts Technology Summit (WATS) September 8-10 at the Ridgecrest Christian Conference Center in Ridgecrest, North Carolina.

Session Tracks to take place include Musician, Audio, Vocal, Lighting, and Media. Master audio engineer, John Mills, who has worked with such artists as Chris Tomlin, Israel Houghton, Lincoln Brewster, and Kenny Chesney, will lead the audio presentations.

The WATS Seminars are open to all worship team members. The training schedule has been reformatted to allow for a two-day event so that attendees have ample opportunity to attend one or both days. Recognizing that many worship teams require basic training sessions in the area of audio and other aspects of technical ministries, a WATS Boot Camp will be held September 7, prior to the opening of the WATS Seminar.

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Nashville Club Holds Grand Re-Opening During Summer NAMM Show

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NASHVILLE—3rd & Lindsley has long been known by Nashville locals and entertainment professionals as the place to be from a performance venue to a locals gathering spot perspective. It has hosted performances by international, national, and regional artists such as Train, William Topley, Wilco, Fastball, d. c. Talk, Pete Yorn, Sister Hazel, Jars of Clay, Rodney Crowell, North Mississippi Allstars, Howie Day, Radney Foster, KT Tunstall, The Fray, Indigo Girls, and Patty Griffin.

Some of the local talent that performs on a regular basis or have their roots in the Nashville venue include The Wooten Brothers, The Players, and Lady Antebellum. 3rd & Lindsley continues to be one of the most intimate performance venues for live music, and the club recently installed a new state-of-the-art sound system, holding its grand re-opening with a free concert during Summer NAMM featuring The Kentucky Headhunters. The system was installed by J Sound more

Yamaha to hold “Four Days of Training? at Manhattan Center Studios

New York—Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems will hold “Four Days of Training? on August 9-12 at Manhattan Center Studios, 311 West 34th St. (between 8th & 9Th Ave.) in New York City. Free of charge and open to all audio professionals, the Yamaha “Four Days of Training? is a unique opportunity to experience hands-on demos and training on Yamaha and NEXO products.

The August 9 session from 9:00 am – 11:00 is an introduction to NEXO NS-1 sound system venue predictive software tool (Windows based). From 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, NEXO speaker demos and training will take place on PS Series, GEOS12, RS 15 and 18 Ray Sub, and the new 45 N12 line monitor wedge.
August 10 is an all-day session featuring Audio Networking for Live Sound, distribution and recording, control of Yamaha amplifiers and creating custom controls in DME Designer.

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Yamaha StageMix 2.0 iPad App Now Available

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BUENA PARK, Calif.—In just a few short days, and after over 45,000 downloads of the initial StageMix iPad App for Yamaha M7CL and LS9 digital consoles, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. has announced the end-of-July availability of StageMix 2.0 via free download from the Apple iTunes store.

StageMix 2.0 will provide end users with even greater console management and include significant upgrades including control of Head Amp gain for each Input Channel and Scene Memory Management (Store, Recall, Scene Titles, and Comments). Version 2.0 is for use with M7CL firmware v3.5 or higher. StageMix 2.0 for the Yamaha LS9 includes control of Head Amp gain for each Input Channel and Scene Memory Management (Store, Recall, Scene Titles, and Comments). Version 1.18 LS9 firmware or later is recommended.

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“Yamaha StageMix is a success story and has continually proven itself by being downloaded more than 130 times per day since more

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