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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

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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

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“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

Yamaha Forms Strategic Alliance with Rupert Neve Designs

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Yamaha Corporation Japan and Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. announce a strategic partnership with Rupert Neve Designs, based on both parties involvement with VCM (Virtual Circuitry Modeling) Technology. VCM is an exclusive Yamaha digital technology, enabling engineers to achieve stunning sonic and musical performance by actually modeling the individual characteristics of a multitude of parts and components contributing to the final sound of original analog circuitry.

VCM recreates the sound and characteristics of several classic compression and EQ units and tape machines from the 70′s available on most current Yamaha digital mixers. Not only do these models faithfully capture the unique saturation of analog circuitry, but they have also been fine-tuned by leading engineers and feature carefully selected parameters in a simple interface that makes it easier than ever to create the ideal sound. Subtle saturation effects have been painstakingly modeled to bring the warmth and more

Gand Concert Sound Supplies NEXO GEO T and Yamaha PM5Ds for Snoop Dog Show

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Evanston,Ill.—Gand Concert Sound of Glenview, IL aka “The NEXO Guys”, recently provided a 42-box flown NEXO GEO T line array for international rap star Snoop Dog and opener Kid Cudi for a concert held at the Welsh-Ryan Arena on the campus of Northwestern University. The earth-shaking sound system included 20 NEXO CD18 subwoofers with PS15 monitors used on stage by the artists. NEXO Alpha ALEF 3-way side fills with S2 subs and PS10′s were implemented for front fill on the wide stage for the jam-packed dance floor.

“The unusual layout of the venue was tackled by hanging four columns of NEXO GEO T boxes with the two offstage columns being larger to cover additional side balcony seating,? says Gand President, Gary Gand. Power for the show consisted of a mix of 36 Camco V6 and V200 on mains, five Yamaha PC9501N amps on front fills and monitors, all more

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Bauder Audio Puts NEXO GEO S, NEXO RS18 to the Test

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BUENA PARK, Calif.—For more than 30 years, Richard Bauder has provided audio production services to the greater Philadelphia area. Recently, Bauder Audio Systems added to its audio arsenal extensive quantities of NEXO line array products, including 22 GEO S1210, two GEO S1230, eight of the new RS18 Ray Subs, and six NX4x4 amplifiers.

“We bought the quantities we did to be able to split it in two equal rigs or act as one large system,? states Brian Naab, Production Manager. “The sound, price, weight and reliability were big factors as was the US distribution by Yamaha. Having a well-known name like Yamaha behind these products made a big difference over the other European speaker manufacturers that we have used and were considering. When we demoed the RS18, we were very impressed with the quality of the bass, SPL output, and flexibility. Being able to run them in Cardioid more

ME For Breakout Artist Jason Derulo Uses Yamaha PM5D

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BUENA PARK, Calif.—With his knack for infectious hooks, Florida vocalist Jason Derulo built his reputation as a prolific soul and rap songwriter, scribing tracks for artists ranging from Lil Wayne to Pleasure P. This past year, Derulo has been riding high with three smash hit singles, “Whatcha Say,? “In My Head,? and “Ridin’ Solo,? off his self-titled debut album.

Completing his first leg of his North American tour in mid-November, Derulo, needing a monitor engineer/audio crew chief for the tour, enlisted the assistance of Billy Flores, ME to pop stars such as Eminem, Black Eyed Peas, Erykah Badu, and Taio Cruz. Flores, who mixes monitors using only a Yamaha PM5D, said the tour had already been using a PM5D internationally as requested by Derulo. “The tour manager needed someone with a good grasp of the desk for the U.S. leg,? states Flores.

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