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Yamaha Training Sessions to Be Held in Chicago and Dallas

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Yamaha Commercial Audio Training Seminars (YCATS) will hold training sessions in Chicago on September 10 and 13 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont, Illinois and in Dallas on September 17 and 20 at the Sheraton Downtown.

Chicago sessions include CL Series Operational Training on September 10, and M7CL for Beginners and M7CL for Experience Engineers on September 13.

Dallas sessions include CL Operational Training on September 17 and Digital Audio Networks for Engineers on September 20.

For more information, course description, seminar location, and registration visit: http://yamahacommercialaudiosystems.com/training.php?catID=11001.

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ACIR Professional Buys Building, Expands Space

Mays Landing, N.J.—Summer continues to be busy for the staff at ACIR Professional with shows in Cape May, the Count Basie Theatre, Ocean Grove, New York City, along with support of audio and backline for Atlantic City and surrounding areas, all as the company’s installation business continues to grow.

Perhaps the biggest news for ACIR this is summer is that they recently purchased a building in Mays Landing, New Jersey, a stones-throw away from the old location in Egg Harbor Township. Realizing their dream of expansion and growth, the company outgrew their lease space and made the move to purchase a building with additional room to grow.

In a joint statement, the three owners Ed DiBona, John Grasso, and Tom Young said, “Our new space enables us to further our customer service and support as we continue to purchase the gear needed to fulfill our clients’ requirements.”

ACIR’s new address is 1421 Cantillon Boulevard, Mays Landing, NJ 08330. The company phone number remains the same: (609) 677-5500).

For more information, visit www.ACIRpro.com.

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PHOTO CREDIT: Digital Warmth

Yamaha StageMix 4.0 Now Available

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. announces the availability of StageMix 4.0 for Yamaha CL, M7CL, and LS9 digital consoles. Updates available include new Dynamics Parameter Editing, Output Port Delay Editing, Output Port Levels (Gain/Attenuation), PEQ Copy and Paste, Phantom Power Switching, Mix Send Pre/Post Switching, HPF Slope Parameter (CL V1.5 only), Retina Display Support, and other enhancements.

“StageMix Version 4 raises the bar for digital mixer iPad control,” states Kevin Kimmel, Systems Application Engineer, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. “We’ve continuously set the standard since we released the first version in 2010.”

The StageMix App provides greater control and flexibility for both digital mixing consoles and enables the mixing engineer to freely adjust console parameters and sound levels by wireless control, rather than at the mix position. The App also provides features like Mute Group Masters; Channel Naming; Channel Pan; Send Levels in Meter Bridge; Tap Tempo; Selectable Input and Output Meter Positions; and DCA Faders (CL and M7CL only).

Yamaha StageMix Version 4 is available from the Apple iTunes Store as a free upgrade. For more information on StageMix Version 4, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Celebrating 125 years of Passion and Performance, and 25 years in the manufacturer of high quality digital audio consoles, 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.

New NEXO STM Line Array Turns Up The Heat On Chesney’s ‘No Shoes Nation’ Tour

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Kenny Chesney has always brought country’s brightest lights to America, and this heated summer is no different as he taps newcomer and quadruple 2013 Academy of Country Music nominee, Kacey Musgraves, and 2012 ACM Single of the Year winner and multiple 2013 ACM nominee, The Eli Young Band, to open on many of his ‘No Shoes Nation’ tour stops. Country Music Association 2012 Album of the Year Winner and ACM nominee leader, Eric Church, has also taken the stage on 16 of the 19 stadium dates, while triple Grammy-winner and multiple ACM nominee, Zac Brown Band, joined for three stadium shows including a co-headline show in their hometown of Atlanta. The tour is in support of Chesney’s latest CD “Life on a Rock.”

The 46-date tour, which began March 16 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, has made a major change to its stadium line array. Morris Light & Sound (Nashville) has provided a new NEXO STM line array for the 2013-2014 tour. The system layout is configured with 74 M46 for mains, 74 b112 bass extensions, 48 s118 flown subs, 16 RS18 ground ray subs, 12 PS10s for front fills, 14 GEO S 1210s and two GEO S1230s, 22 NUAR amp racks, and two Yamaha DME 64 digital mix engines with LAKE Mesa EQ cards for system tuning and console switching.

At an early stop at Cowboy Stadium, the 45,000+ concertgoers were treated to improved sound at the venue when the STM rig arrived for the Chesney show. The in-house audio crew was extremely impressed by the NEXO system.

Morris Light & Sound was involved early in the development process of the new NEXO System. “We were involved with the STM system for about a year before the system launched,” states John Mills, Morris VP and systems engineer for the Chesney tour. “Since we were the first company with a system of this size, Chris Rabold (Chesney FOH engineer) and I provided NEXO with tons of input on how it was performing and what we were doing with it from a tuning perspective.”

Mills said NEXO support was unparalleled. “We had at least one programmer and one system specialist with us for the first few weeks of rehearsals and shows. Beyond that, we sent them our tuning files and SMAART measurements and they incorporated our preferences into a new preset. Since then we honestly do very little to the PA each day. From stadium to shed, 70,000 seats to 10,000 seats, our tuning is almost always the same. The consistency and accuracy of the PA is like none I have ever tech’ed. From what my NS1 model predicts to what we measure is really the best software/hardware/measurement relationship I have ever experienced. It really makes my job as a system engineer easier because it is so accurate.”

One of the first things that attracted Morris Light & Sound to the NEXO STM, Mills continued, was the modularity. “It really works; we have done large and small venues and even some small ground stacked systems. It is great to have a system that sounds the same no matter how you deploy it. The modularity and scale-ability coupled with the accuracy are second to none. Sonically, the throw of the system out performs anything on the market. Vocals, guitars, and even high-hat and cymbals are still clear and musical at 400 feet away. It is very accurate and revealing. Very small moves in the system EQ are very noticeable. STM was everything I hoped it would be, and more.”

“From the first meeting we had with NEXO discussing the concept of the STM, I was very intrigued,” states Morris L&S President, David Haskell. “Then, after subsequent meetings, trips to the factory, and getting to better understand both the product and the people behind it, I am proud to say that this relationship with NEXO has been amazing. From concept drawings to manufacturing and implementation to ongoing support, the STM and the fine folks behind it can only be summed up in one word…flawless!”

The NEXO STM Series (Scale Through Modularity) loudspeaker cabinets are the first of its kind on the market. Ideal for touring, festivals, and sound company rental, the new system combines the best of Alpha functionality with the technical innovation of NEXO’s patented Hyperbolic Reflector and venting design in which all radiating surfaces are in phase, delivering a powerful, flexible, and easy to use system. STM enables line array systems to scale up or down depending on event audience size, from 1,000 to 100,000 people.

When asked how the STM sounds to him, front of house engineer, Rabold, said the system sounded hi-fi and clean. “Even when I drive it hard, it won’t distort. My ears have yet to feel fatigued after a show; that’s indicative of a clean system. On a mixing level, I’m getting some great sounds. There was a bit of a learning curve in the beginning as was to be expected. I have a specific sound that I want to achieve everyday. Once I learned what the NEXO STM wanted to do naturally, I married that with my own goals and we’ve been in great shape ever since. John Mills and NEXO obviously had a good line of communication by the time I arrived on the tour, and they were extremely proactive with any of our suggestions early on.”

“The Seahawks Stadium show was spectacular, and the audio was superb,” states Fred Micera, Audio Engineer, CenturyLink Field in Seattle. “I heard things/parts I had never heard before in past Chesney shows. Kenny’s voice was captured perfectly and has never sounded more natural. The mix was very well balanced and exciting. Tonally, it was bright and crisp without being harsh or overly sibilant. Clearly understanding everything Kenney had to say between songs was another new revelation. The definition between instruments, especially the multiple guitars were remarkable. Subtle use of panning and EQ made the 4-part guitar exchanges, in particular, stand out while staying musical and not overbearing in any way. The drum sound was quite impressive, and the bass guitar/bottom end was tight and well defined. The lack of overtones and clarity in the low end stopped me dead in my tracks as I crossed in front of the FOH mix position. The STM brings out a whole new dimension to the music.”

Micera said the volume level was steady throughout the night. “The PA system’s coverage was very consistent as we walked the house. Even in areas that are usually disappointing, the sound was solid and uncompromised by the surroundings. We were literally stunned. Seriously, stunned! The success of the system deployment and tuning was not lost on us either. John Mills really addressed the venue and clearly knows how to use the tools at his disposal. The fact that the opening acts sounded so good and all the mixes came together so quickly is another testament to John and the tour’s well-oiled machine.”

For more information on the “No Shoes Nation Tour”, visit www.kennychesney.com.

For more information on Morris Light & Sound visit, www.morrislightandsound.com.

For more information on the NEXO STM system, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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PHOTO CREDITS: Keith Clark and John Mills

About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Celebrating 125 years of Passion and Performance, and 25 years in the manufacturer of high quality digital audio consoles, 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.

Summerfest: 11 Days, Over 800 Acts, and 10 Yamaha Consoles

BUENA PARK, Calif.—With nearly 900,000 attendees over eleven days, Summerfest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin set new records in providing the backdrop for the music industry’s hottest stars, emerging talent, and local favorites to create unforgettable live music experiences in a world-class festival setting.

Clearwing Productions, Inc. (Milwaukee), with support from Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. provided new Yamaha CL digital consoles along with PM5D-RH consoles, M7CL and LS9 consoles to 7 of the 11 stages. Yamaha staff provided support to those visiting engineers who have not yet had the experience of mixing on a CL console.

“The decision to use the new CL and other Yamaha consoles was very easy,” states Bryan Baumgardner, Operations/Logistics, Clearwing Productions, Inc. “With how reliable and rider-acceptable Yamaha consoles have been for us, there was really no question that the CL5s were ready to be put to use at Summerfest.”

US Cellular Stage had two Yamaha CL5 consoles, one at front of house and one for monitors. The Uline Warehouse Stage consisted of a CL5 at FOH and an M7CL-48 at monitors. The Johnson Controls World Stage also used a CL5 at FOH and an M7CL-48 at monitors. The Marcus Amphitheatre used a PM5D at monitors and so did the BMO Harris Pavilion and the Miller Stage. The Kohl’s Children’s Area was outfitted with a Yamaha LS9-16.

“I converted my PM5D file using Console File Converter, which worked beautifully,” states Jerry Wong, front of house engineer for Loverboy who performed on the Uline Warehouse Stage. “Then, I added several of the Rupert Neve compressors and an 1176 on the fly at the start of the show, and even in a festival situation everything just seemed to fall right into place and mix itself. The CL is a great sounding console and now will be on our rider.”

Morris Day & the Time performed on the Johnson Controls World Sound Stage, and Ed Irons, front of house engineer said the console delivered warmth and clarity. “The signal flow, control surface perks, and blending of vintage processing makes the CL5 a hands-down winner for me. Loved it!”

“The Yamaha CL is a very user-friendly console and sounds amazing,” says Ryan Nichols, Switchfoot FOH engineer. “I love the mic pre’s, and the Premium Rack is just one of many great upgrades from other Yamaha desks. I’ve only used the CL a few times before, each in festival situations, but found it really easy to get around on quickly.”

Spin Doctors front of house engineer, Rob Killenberger, echoed some of the same sentiments. “I’m really happy with the CL Series. It’s on my rider; I love the much-improved sound of the CL and all of the toys inside. It’s very responsive and well thought out.”

“As the band engineers have stated, the Yamaha CL console sounds good, it’s user friendly, and the File Converter makes coming from any Yamaha console a breeze. Those attributes are a must in a festival environment as demanding as this one,” adds Baumgardner.

For more information on Clearwing Productions, Inc. visit www.clearwing.com.

For more information on the Yamaha CL and all Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems products, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Celebrating 125 years of Passion and Performance, and 25 years in the manufacturer of high quality digital audio consoles, 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.

Gand Concert Sound Pitches In At Music Festival

CHICAGO—Pitchfork Music Festival, held July 19-21 in Chicago’s Union Park, brought the best of emerging music to over 50,000 attendees. The Festival has been drawing huge sold-out crowds since it began in 2006. This year, 40 artists entertained on three stages including Bjork, Solange, Lil B, R Kelly, Savages, The Breeders, Swans, and Wire.

Gand Concert Sound of Elk Grove Village, IL, aka ‘the NEXO guys’, provided audio production for both the Red and Green stages, Red stage included 15 NEXO GEO T line array boxes per side, 16 NEXO CD18s, a Yamaha CL5 digital audio console at FOH, and a Yamaha M7CL for monitors.

The Green Stage audio set up consisted of 18 GEO Ts per side, 20 CD18s, and Yamaha PM5D-RH digital consoles for front of house and monitor mixing. NEXO PS15R2s were supplied for the both the Red Stage (passive) and Green Stage (bi-amped) along with NEXO NX4x4 amps for mains and Yamaha T5n amps for subs, front fills and monitors, along with NEXO NX241 and 242 processors. Alpha E/f and S2 side fills were used on the Green stage.

“Of all the fests in the USA, Pitchfork stands out as the place to be for fans of up and coming bands and indie’s who have established themselves as must-see acts,” says Gand President, Gary Gand. “It’s a great test of what our audio production set up centered around the NEXO systems can do. From a solo harp player to a 20 piece hardcore rap act and all points in-between, bring it on!”

“Many, many kudos to Gand from the audio folks that the artists brought, and from us,” states Mary Jones, director of Pitchfork Festival Artist Production & Artist Relations.

For more information on Gand Concert Sound, visit www.gandconcertsound.com.

For more information on Yamaha and NEXO products, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Celebrating 125 years of Passion and Performance, and 25 years in the manufacturer of high quality digital audio consoles, 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. “>www.yamahaca.com.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Celebrating 125 years of Passion and Performance, and 25 years in the manufacturer of high quality digital audio consoles, 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.

Spreading the News: Yamaha Training Sessions Head to New York

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Yamaha Commercial Audio Training Seminars (YCATS) will hold training sessions in New York on August 13 and 14, 2013. Sessions include M7CL for Beginners, M7CL for Advanced Users, and Yamaha Technology Partners Sessions.

For more information, course description, seminar location, and registration visit: http://yamahacommercialaudiosystems.com/training.php?catID=11001.

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Last.fm and Local Radio Station Hold Festival at Tinley Park

Elk Grove Village, Ill.—The First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre is located in Tinley Park, Illinois, forty minutes south of Chicago. Owned by Live Nation, the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre is Chicago’s largest outdoor amphitheater with a capacity of approximately 28,000.

Celebrating over 17 years of music history, the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre typically hosts 25 concerts each summer season. Last.fm, a music service powered entirely by its community of listeners, along with local radio station Q87.7 Piqniq, hosted a 10-act festival at the end of June using Gand Concert Sound (GCS) aka “the NEXO guys” for audio production. Festival line up included the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Bush, Silversun Pickups, AWOLNATION, and Atlas Genius.

GCS brought in a NEXO GEO T system along with assorted audio gear including a new Yamaha CL5 digital audio console and DME64 used as part of the front of house mix rig. Main hangs consisted of 21 GEO T 4805s and three GEO T 2815s per side, seven GEO T 4805s and one GEO T 2815s per side used for out fills, along with 24 CD18s, six PS10R2s for front fills, and eight NX 4X4 amps.

Vincent Casamatta, front of house engineer for AWOLNATION said, “I told GCS tech Adam Rosenthal that the GEO T rig was spec’d, implemented and tech’d perfectly. I had a slamming show, one of the best sounding of this year.”

President Gary Gand said, “This will be a record breaking month for GCS. Our investment in NEXO puts us at the top of the call list when the big venues and national acts need pristine audio to the very farthest seat.” Gand was an early adopter of the NEXO GEO T tangent array system and its associated software.

For more information on Gand Concert Sound, visit www.gandconcertsound.com.

For more information on NEXO and Yamaha products, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Celebrating 125 years of Passion and Performance, and 25 years in the manufacturer of high quality digital audio consoles, 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.

Nashville’s Riverfront Park Stage Stocked with NEXO STM, Yamaha CLs for the 42nd Annual CMA Music Festival

BUENA PARK, Calif.—This year’s CMA Music Festival took place June 6-9 in Nashville’s Riverfront Park, with Morris Light & Sound (Nashville) handling audio production for the event’s largest outdoor free stage with one of the biggest opening day crowds on record of 44,000. More than 162,000 fans passed through the gates to watch performances at the Chevrolet™ Riverfront Stage, outfitted with the new NEXO STM line array, PS15s, RS18 Ray Subs, 4×4 NXAmps, 45 N-12 line monitors, Yamaha CL5 digital consoles and Rio3224 input/output boxes all connected via a Dante network.

With nearly 50 artists performing, the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage was the hot spot for the daily concerts that took place over five days in downtown Nashville. The stage kicked off on Wednesday with the Block Party concert featuring headliner, Joe Diffie. Thursday was a full day of performances that began with a high energy show from CMA Award-winning recording artist Sara Evans followed by performances from Keith Anderson, Greg Bates, Blackberry Smoke, Craig Campbell, Mark Chesnutt, Brett Eldredge, Rachel Farley, Tyler Farr, Colt Ford, Gloriana, The Grascals, Steve Holy, Casey James, Kristen Kelly, Aaron Lewis, Lonestar, Love and Theft, Dustin Lynch, Jo Dee Messina, Ronnie Milsap, Craig Morgan, David Nail, Joe Nichols, Jerrod Niemann, Paslay, Maggie Rose, Corey Smith, Tate Stevens, Sunny Sweeney, Phil Vassar, Chuck Wicks, Gretchen Wilson, and Darryl Worley.

Eric Elwell mixed front of house for Joe Nichols and said, “I was really looking forward to an opportunity to drive the new NEXO STM rig. My good friends, David Haskell and John Mills at Morris Light & Sound, have ears I trust implicitly, and I’ve always had fantastic experiences with NEXO, so when they showed me the rig and the design behind it, I couldn’t wait to mix on it. Wow! It’s detailed, but not in a hard or hyped-kind of way. It felt like an F1 racecar… just so responsive. I worked there on the second day at the River Stage, and by then the Yamaha/NEXO team really had the rig singing. It was fantastic, with rich warmth and detail all the way to the top of the hill! Very hi-fi, which I love.”

“I was very impressed with the consistency of the definition of all the vocals, even with all the different engineers that mixed over the course of the four days,” states David Haskell, President, Morris Light & Sound.

Elwell also said he used the new Yamaha CL5 digital console once before, subbing for a friend on a tour last fall. “I was impressed then by the purity and clarity. The mic pre’s are fantastic, and the plug-ins give you everything you need to add ‘a little something’ extra. On the Joe Nichols mix for CMA Fest, I got to use the Rupert Neve Design Portico 5043 compressor across the stereo buss just to add that final “glue” to the mix. The sounds of the plug-ins are just like the real hardware I’ve used in the studio… glorious!”

Russell Fischer, freelance monitor and FOH engineer who has mixed front of house for Taylor Swift, The Mavericks and Toby Keith, to name a few, mixed monitors for several different bands at the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage, said he liked working on the Yamaha CL5 in this large festival situation. “I like the flexibility and ease of use of the Custom Fader Banks; it made for very quick navigation of critical inputs during the festival at the monitor mix position. Also, I found the Premium Rack devices very useful.”

For more information on the CMA Festival, visit www.cmaworld.com/cma-music-festival/2013.

For more information on Morris Light & Sound, visit www.morrislightandsound.com.

For more information on the NEXO STM and Yamaha CL5, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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PHOTO ID: Eric Elwell

About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Celebrating 125 years of Passion and Performance, and 25 years in the manufacturer of high quality digital audio consoles, 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.

Yamaha Training Sessions Set for Phoenix and California

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Yamaha Commercial Audio Training Seminars (YCATS) will hold training sessions in Phoenix, Arizona July 16-18, 2013 consisting of M7CL for Beginners, M7CL for Advanced Users, Yamaha CL Operational Training, and Digital Audio Networks for Engineers.

The YCATS training team will also host several training sessions at the Buena Park, California headquarters on July 24 and 25 for those interested in Yamaha CL Operational Training and Digital Audio Networks for Engineers.

For more information and to registration visit: http://yamahacommercialaudiosystems.com/training.php?catID=11001.

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