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Southern Baptist Convention Finds ‘Comfort’ in New Yamaha TXn Amplifiers

southern-baptist-convention-audio-team.JPGLOUISVILLE, Ky.⎯The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), formed in 1845, took place this year June 23- 24 in Louisville, Kentucky at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center. The convention included Music features and Concerts of Praise over the two-days and was attended by over 8,800. Audio assistance was provided by Bill Thrasher, Thrasher Design Group; Chris Hinkle, Prestonwood Baptist Church of Dallas; Blair McNair, independent monitor mix engineer; Phil Allison, Waveguide Consulting; Jim Carey, Liberty Baptist Church; Jack Pitts, Capitol Design Group; as well as house of worship product and marketing managers from Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. Jeff Davidson of First Baptist Church of Dallas provided technical coordination.

The Southern Baptist Convention purchased 24 new Yamaha TX6n amplifiers late last year from Capitol Design Group in preparation for this year’s event. Yamaha Commercial Audio has supported the SBC for over 20 years, more

Electronic Design Company Gives Minnetonka Arts Center a NEXO Facelift

BUENA PARK, Calif.⎯Minnetonka’s Arts Center on 7 has a new look and a new speaker system thanks to Electronic Design Company (EDC) of Shoreview, Minnesota. The Minnetonka, Minnesota Performing Arts Center is located on the grounds of the high school and is a joint operation between the City of Minnetonka and Minnetonka School District 276. minnetonka-arts-center-nexo-geo-s8.jpg

The site has recently gone through a complete facelift and extensive remodeling. EDC has been in business for over 50 years and installed sound systems for the Guthrie Theatre and Children’s Theatre in Minneapolis, to name a few. They were hired to install the audio equipment for the new Minnetonka theater, and specifically, the NEXO GEO S8 system in a LCR Sub configuration. The 680-seat proscenium theater, which houses several resident performance groups including the Minnetonka Community Theatre, the Music Association of Minnetonka, and the Minnetonka High more

GAND CONCERT SOUND USES LARGEST NEXO GEO T RIG FOR YOUTH OF AMERICA

youth-of-america-superdome-nexo-geo-t.jpgGLENVIEW, Ill.⎯Gand Concert Sound of Glenview, Illinois recently provided a NEXO GEO T, GEO S, CD18 subs, PS15, PS10 and PS 8 monitors for the Evangelical Lutheran Youth of America Gathering held at the Superdome in New Orleans, LA. The event ran from July 22 thru 26, in addition to a five-day load in and set up, and was attended by 38,000 teenagers from all over the world. Music acts included Skillet, Group 1 Crew, the Katinas, rapper Agape, and Peter Mayer from the Jimmy Buffet Band. Sunday morning featured a musical mass with Lutheran Bishop Mark Hanson including communion for 37,000.

Known as ‘The NEXO Guys’, the event utilized the largest NEXO GEO T Tangent Array system ever flown in North America, beating the previous record set by Gand at the Atlanta Dome for Elton John. The rig consisted of 60 more

Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems Appoints Kimmel as Mixer Product Manager

kevin-kimmel-yamaha-mixer-prod-mgr.jpgBUENA PARK, Calif.⎯Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. has appointed Kevin Kimmel to the position of mixer product manager, effective July 20. In his new position, Kimmel will be responsible for product training, the implementation of marketing and support programs, and recommendations for mixing console product design from the North American market to the research and development team in Japan. He will report to Marc Lopez, marketing manager, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.

For three decades, Kimmel has been an audio mixer, system designer, recording engineer, and most recently held the position of Assistant Technical Director at Disneyland. He was also monitor engineer for Tower of Power’s “Soul Vaccination Tour? and was the front of house engineer for Luis Miguel’s “Aries” and “Segundo Romance” world tours. Kimmel served as production mixer on several shows for ESPN, and worked as a freelance front of house/monitor more

Riverbend Centre Hosts NEXO Event, Rayvon Performs

riverbend-nexo-rayvon.jpgAustin, Tx⎯Riverbend Centre is Austin’s newest alternative performing arts center located in the Texas Hill Country. The Centre is a multi-purpose venue that plays host to musical groups, theatrical productions, television specials, corporate and private events, and conventions.

Inspired by his extensive travels through the Holy Lands, Dr. Gerald Mann envisioned a modern version of a Greco-Roman amphitheatre offering the intimacy and symmetry of those timeless venues. In 1997, Overland Partners was commissioned by the Riverbend Church to design and build the multi award-winning building.

Designed in a classical style, the venue seats over 2,300. Recently, the Centre played host to a special NEXO presentation by FILO Pro Audio of Austin, Texas. Accustomed to holding many high-end events in the venue, Riverbend was set up for a demonstration of a NEXO GEO S 12 System with NX 4×4 amplifiers and a Yamaha more

PRG PROVIDES ‘CAPITOL’ SOUND IN DC ON THE 4TH

a-capitol-fourth-pat-baltzell-surrounds-himself-with-yamaha-consoles.JPGBUENA PARK, Calif.⎯A Capitol Fourth 2009, the Independence Day concert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, featured a star-studded cast including Aretha Franklin, Barry Manilow, Vanessa Williams, Natasha Bedingfield, the cast of Jersey Boys, Michael Feinstein, and classical pianist Andrew von Oeyen with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of America’s prince of pops Erich Kunzel. Jimmy Smits hosted the 29th annual event that was broadcast on PBS and produced by Michael Colbert and Capital Concerts, Inc. Over 400,000 people were in attendance with millions who watched nationwide. more

Yamaha Commercial Audio Holds Digital SR Class In Kentucky

BUENA PARK, Calif.⎯The Yamaha Commercial Audio Training Seminars (YCATS) group will hold its two-day Digital Sound Reinforcement (DSR) 101 class on Tuesday and Wednesday, August 11 and 12 in Covington, Kentucky. Sponsored in part by Shure Microphones, the class provides complete audio system design and networking solutions and will focus on set up techniques ranging from microphones to large-scale speakers. Topics include: gain construction, attenuator settings, and SPL estimation. more

The Classic Center Gets a First-Class Line Array System with NEXO GEO S 12 Series

classiccenter_exterior.jpgBUENA PARK, Calif.⎯Located in the heart of downtown Athens, Georgia, The Grand Hall at the Classic Center was built as a meeting, special events and performing arts venue providing entertainment, unique dining opportunities and programs for all interests. Recently, Technical Services Audio Visual (TSAV) of Athens installed a NEXO GEO S12 line array system as the primary audio system for performance events in The Grand Hall. The Grand Hall can seat 3,175, and for the very largest crowds, the system may be augmented with near fills for the area directly in front of the stage. more

NEXO CELEBRATES 30TH ANNIVERSARY

nexo-france.jpgBUENA PARK, Calif.⎯At InfoComm 2009, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. marked the 30th anniversary of NEXO, one of the world’s most highly regarded professional loudspeaker systems. This year is also the first full year of NEXO’s transition to becoming a wholly-owned subsidiary of Yamaha Corporation Japan, a partnership that provides customers with complete sound system solutions by utilizing products from both lines. Currently, NEXO’s distribution network extends to over 50 countries, with exclusive representation in the North America by Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS). more

“The Tonight Show? With Conan O’Brien Kicks Off with Yamaha Digital Consoles at Front of House and Monitors

yamaha-pm1d-at-conan.jpgBURBANK, Calif.⎯When Conan O’Brien took over the “Tonight Show? (NBC) on June 1, it was the first time in nearly 40 years that the show received a new home. Crews worked for months to prepare the new digs at Universal Studios, the same Hollywood soundstage built in the 1950s and occupied by “The Jack Benny Show.?
Jeff Peterson of Green Audio was contracted by ATK AudioTek (Valencia, California) to handle the design and act as project manager for Conan’s “Tonight Show? sound system, and as part of the massive undertaking, chose two Yamaha PM1D digital audio consoles and an M7CL for the theater. more

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