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NorthRidge Church Reaches Expanding Community with Custom-Designed Portable Systems from PCI

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BUENA PARK, Calif.⎯Portable Church Industries (PCI) recently designed several portable AV systems for the NorthRidge Church in Saline, Michigan for space they are renting at a local public high school. The main campus, located in Plymouth, has a congregation of over 11,000, and in order to meet the needs of their growing community NorthRidge Church needed to take on additional space. The church called upon PCI to custom design portable systems for the rented facility. For over fifteen years, PCI has custom-designed portable church solutions, and the company’s president; Peter van der Harst said the systems required for NorthRidge Church were quite substantial. Initial conversations began in October of 2008, followed by the design and production in May of 2009 with delivery in August. more

The Young Americans Give Back at Christmas and Then Some with Yamaha and NEXO

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BUENA PARK, Calif.⎯The Young Americans teach music, dance and performance to young people throughout the world. The organization, founded in 1962, is a non-profit corporation and number more than 250 college age performers from nearly 40 states and seven countries with one agenda, to keep music alive in schools. Each fall, new cast members move to The Young Americans’ home in Southern California where they spend one year studying, training and performing in preparation for The Young Americans’ International Music Outreach tours. They attend college level classes in subjects such as Music Theory, Voice/Choral Techniques, Dance and Stage Craft. They also receive training in Teaching Methods, Child and Adolescent Development, and other subjects that prepare them to work with school age students. more

Yamaha PM1D Console for American Idiot’s FOHE Dignazio

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BUENA PARK, Calif.⎯With sound design by Brian Ronan, the Berkeley (CA) Repertory’s 600-seat Roda Theatre hosted the world premiere of Green Day’s production adaptation of American Idiot. The show sold out its original run and continued to break records as the top grossing show in the Theatre’s 41-year history.

Green Day won two Grammys – Best Rock Album and Record of the Year – for its multi-platinum CD, American Idiot, which sold more than 12 million copies worldwide. The band brought the explosive album to the stage with Tony Award- winner Michael Mayer, director of Spring Awakening. American Idiot follows working-class characters from the San Francisco Bay Area suburbs to the city and on to the Middle East. The production, which is headed for Broadway, includes every song from the album, as well as several more

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Yamaha Consoles Cast for SAMMY by SDs Shivers and Patridge

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BUENA PARK, Calif.⎯The internationally-acclaimed, Tony® Award-winning Old Globe in San Diego, California is one of the most renowned regional theatres in the country and has stood as San Diego’s flagship arts institution for over 70 years. The Old Globe produces a year-round season of 15 plays and musicals on its three stages, and has become a gathering place for leading theatre artists from around the world. Currently hosting the hit play SAMMY based upon the life of legendary crooner, Sammy Davis, Jr., the production’s sound was designed by John Shivers and David Patridge. more

John Legend Performance at Northwestern Supported by Gand Concert Sound’s NEXO GEO T Rig and Yamaha PM5D-RH

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BUENA PARK, Calif.⎯GRAMMY® Award-winning singer/songwriter John Legend recently performed for an audience of 5,500 at the Welsh-Ryan Arena on the campus of Northwestern University supported by Gand Concert Sound, providing the audio and SCS Productions, providing the lighting and staging. The event, produced by A&O Productions, was held to celebrate the inauguration of new Northwestern president, Morton Schapiro and also featured Northwestern-affiliated performers. It was the first time in four years that a concert had been held in the venue. more

Smash Mouth Motivates Illinois Teens with Concert Using NEXO and Yamaha Supplied by Gand Concert Sound

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BUENA PARK, Calif.⎯Set on the Barrington (Illinois) High School football field in late September, musical act Smash Mouth participated in a teen motivational event that culminated in a performance in front of a crowd of 3,000. The Barrington School District is strongly committed to building children’s social, emotional and academic competencies, and this particular event was organized by a mental awareness coalition that included members of the Barrington School District, teens, parents, and community leaders. more

Thunder Audio Installs Yamaha/NEXO Audio Systems at Three Cedar Creek Church Locations

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DETROIT, Michigan⎯Thunder Audio recently installed sound systems at three Cedar Creek Church locations in Ohio beginning with the Perrysburg campus followed by the Whitehouse and Toledo satellite locations. Thunder received an install ‘assist’ from Prodigy Music at the Perrysburg and Toledo sites. more

Ford AV Installs NEXO GEO S12 Line Array at Austin Ridge Bible Church

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BUENA PARK, Calif.⎯Austin Ridge Bible Church in Austin, Texas, who took its name from the beautiful ridge it sits upon, has a ministry goal to facilitate worship in weekly gatherings on Sunday morning, and to equip its congregation to become lifestyle worshippers, not just on Sunday, but 24/7.

The church, which seats 750, recently hired Ford Audio-Video Systems, Inc. (Ford AV) to replace its existing speaker system with a NEXO GEO S 12 Series line array. Six NEXO GEO S1210s and two GEO S1230s were chosen along with two NXAMP 4×4 amps and two ALS2-PF subwoofers. more

Yamaha Output Product Updates Now Available

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BUENA PARK, Calif.⎯Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. announces the fall availability of recently launched new output products and output product updates. Yamaha DME 3.5: New features in DME 3.5 include a Program Ducker component enabling fade-in/fade-out with much longer attack/release time than in existing DME units. Inverted ducking makes fade-in possible and enables gradual BGM ducking which is ideal for theme park paging, for example, and cross-fade source switching, necessary for broadcast. The new OSC On/Off oscillator key can be used as an assignment key while in Source to obtain a GPI effect. DME 3.5 provides ‘native’ support for MY16-ES64, MD64-EX, MY16-MD64, and MY16-EX cards available for DME64n and DME24n via the I/O card list in DME Designer software. more

Yamaha IPA8200 Series Power Amplifier Ships

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BUENA PARK, Calif.⎯Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. has announced the availability of its latest power amplifier, the Yamaha IPA8200. The amplifier is a highly efficient Class D amplifier that delivers eight channels of 200W each (4 ohms) in a lightweight, but sturdy, 2U package. The new amplifier, which coincides with the recent release of the IMX644 rack mount mixer, is ideal for smaller-scale installations wanting the superior reliability and sound quality of a Yamaha product, and with the efficiency of Class D amplification. The IPA8200 is three times more efficient than conventional Class AB or Class H amplification and provides greatly reduced power consumption, heat dissipation and space requirements. more

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