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Yamaha StageMix 4.0 Now Available

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Initially launched in 2010 the Yamaha M7CL StageMix application for the iPad allowed wireless remote control of M7CL mixing parameters for the first time. The combination of the iPad interface and StageMix concept turned out to be very successful, providing unprecedented monitor setup, freedom and flexibility. Versions for the Yamaha LS9 and CL Series soon followed.

Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. has announced the latest updates available in StageMix Version 4. Version 4 includes 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 will work seamlessly with Yamaha CL, M7CL, and LS9 Series Consoles and bring our end users more convenience and efficiency in setting up for live sound events,” states Kevin Kimmel, Systems Application Engineer, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.

Yamaha StageMix Version 4 is scheduled for release in May of 2013, and will be 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.

ACIR Professional Assists Masters of Illusion Live at The Basie Theatre

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, New Jersey—Whether in Las Vegas or on television, magic has never been hotter. There are more television specials and series involving magic than ever before, and now the hit television show, Masters of Illusion: Impossible Magic, is out of the box and into live theatre. Masters of Illusion: Live is one of the greatest magical touring shows in history, bringing the art of stage illusions live in real time to audiences full of magic fans.

In a recent stop at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, New Jersey, ACIR Professional (Egg Harbor Township) provided engineer Stephen Bonamassa with a Yamaha CL5 and two Rio3224-D input/output racks for use at front of house.

“My work consists of 90% corporate work and about 10% music and entertainment work,” states Bonamassa. “I will say that the CL5 sounds better than other digital Yamaha boards I have used. Features like the touch screen made patching and routing a whole lot easier. I also liked being able to color code input and output channels on the surface.” Bonamassa said another cool feature was being able to assign the right-most bank of eight faders to different presets on the fly. “Having the same option, but different presets, available on the center eight is cool as well. The functionality of the graphic EQ’s on the center eight faders, and the way the input layers flip on the console, independent of what you have punched up on the center and right set of faders are also some helpful features.”

In addition to the CL5, ACIR brought in an entire audio production system including 14 d&b Audiotechnik Q1 Line Array Speakers, two Q Subs, D12 amps’ four Yamaha T3n amplifiers; and Shure SM58s and ULXS4 wireless systems.

For more information on ACIR Professional, visit www.acirpro.com.

For more information on the Yamaha CL Digital Console, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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Annual Telethon to Aid Poverty Stricken Uses Yamaha CL5 Consoles

BUENA PARK, Calif.—An annual telethon broadcast by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s French Public Television Network enlisted the services of L’Audi-C Sonorisation of Trois-Rivieres, Canada for the live to broadcast 54th telecast of the Noel du Pauvre fundraiser to aid poverty stricken, and held at the Salle J.Antonio Thompson Theater in Trois- Rivières.

Under the direction of company président, Daniel Hardy, L’Audi-C Sonorisation brought in three Yamaha CL5 digital audio consoles, one each for monitors mixed by Patrice Gagnon, front of house mixed by Nicolas Ouimet, and for the stereo mix sent to the CBC mobile TV truck mixing by engineer Daniel Savoie. Two Rio-3224D input/output boxes were used, fully redundant, using the Dante network at front of house. The CL5 at the monitor position was used for “Master Gain Recall” using only the physical outputs of the Rio rack and sent to the stage monitors as well as in-ear monitors. “This set up allowed us to have the same sound quality on stage as in the house,” states Paul Ricard, systems engineer, L’Audi-C Sonorisation.

Ricard said that once soundcheck was complete, they were using the CL’s gain compensation in order to have the best ratio signal to gain without changing the monitor sends. “Each console engineer could use their own digital gain for trimming every input as needed, which worked very well and is essential for this type of system set up. The creation of a multicast group on the network allowed us to issue a single source to multiple receivers.”

For more information on L’Audi-C Sonorisation, visit www.laudi-c.com.

For more information on Yamaha CL consoles, 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.

Sun Shines Bright on Ft. Pierce Theatre with Yamaha CL5

BUENA PARK, Calif.— Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Sunrise Theatre in Fort Pierce opened its doors in 1923 as the largest theatre on Florida’s East Coast. Sixty years later, the theatre closed its doors due to the decline of the downtown area and refusal to convert to multi-screen operation. In 1988, the Main Street Fort Pierce Association was established and began its effort to save the historic theatre, and in 1997, the St. Lucie Preservation Association, Inc purchased it. By 2006, the theatre had been completely renovated to its original splendor and is now owned and operated by the City of Fort Pierce. The 1,236-seat theatre hosts’ national Broadway touring companies, concerts and comedy acts, and ballet and opera companies with full orchestras.

This year, the Sunrise Theatre upgraded its front of house console to digital by installing a Yamaha CL5 Digital Audio Console with Rio3224-D and Rio1608-D input/output boxes. Incoming engineers for Tony Bennett, Ziggy Marley, The Alan Parsons Project Live, and Hotel California have already gotten their hands on the theatre’s new console.

“John Wilkes, our executive director, announced in front an audience that we had two donors from our board of directors that wanted to donate money for a new FOH console,” states Eric Hatcher, front of house engineer. “I found out about that at the same time the audience did. It was very shocking and yet exciting at the same time. I was given the go ahead to research new boards within a specific budget and looked at a Yamaha PM5D, Avid Profile, Soundcraft Vi6, and several others. A visiting engineer told me about the CL Series, so I researched that as well. As I began to look into it, I immediately fell in love with the CL, and the rest is history. The demo I was given after the fact, was icing on the cake!”

Hatcher said he went on various online forums, and he and the theatre’s technical director, Marty Petlock, spoke with some of the engineers that were coming through to see if they were agreeable to use the CL even though his (Hatcher’s) decision had already been made that the CL console was what he wanted. “It sounds absolutely wonderful! I am an analog man but this was one of the few digital consoles out right now that really impressed me, especially with the updated VCMs and effects, iPad control, and, the Premium Rack.”

Hatcher says he is running Dante networking in redundant mode. “I’ve also hooked my computer up to the CL to use Nuendo Live—purely awesome! This was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, thanks to our executives and donors.”

The theatre complex is also home to a 220-seat Black Box theatre, a state-of-the-art venue offering a variety of national, regional, local programming, completely outfitted with Yamaha products.

For more information on the Sunrise Theatre, visit www.sunrisetheatre.com.

For more information on the Yamaha CL, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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PHOTO ID: Eric Hatcher

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.

Morris Light & Sound Takes Delivery of First NEXO STM System in North America

BUENA PARK, Calif.—An early adopter of NEXO loudspeaker systems, Nashville-based Morris Light & Sound is the first in North America to take delivery of the new, flagship NEXO STM loudspeaker system, it was announced today by the Company and Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS).

The 200+-box STM system includes 68 STM M46, 80 STM B112 bass, 48 STM S118 subs, 22 NUAR Racks, 12 PS10R2 speakers, 18 RS18 Ray Subs, and 16 GEO S12 loudspeakers. Two Yamaha DME64N Digital Mix Engines have also been purchased to run 16 channels of Lake Mesa EQ for zone control when required. The company also owns 24 NEXO 45-N12 line monitors.

Morris Light and Sound is a full service production and integration company with more than 25 years experience in the entertainment industry providing professional audio, video, and lighting services for live events, tours and the fixed installation marketplace throughout North America.

We are extremely pleased to be collaborating with Morris Light & Sound on the new STM system and excited to introduce them as our first NEXO STM associate in North America,” states Paul Furtkamp, National Sales Manager, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. “Involved with STM since its early stages, Morris L & S has provided very valuable input to NEXO on its development. Both NEXO and YCAS are very proud to be aligned with a company like Morris Light & Sound that truly define what it means to be on the cutting edge of a new technology like NEXO STM. We look forward to a very long and productive relationship between our two companies.”

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.

The STM system can be configured from three discrete loudspeaker elements: M46 main, B112 bass, S118 sub-bass modules with plans to release addition STM components in the near future. System configurations can comprise arrays of main cabinets only, main plus bass, or bass plus main plus bass. STM is unique in that it is the first vertical array system to offer scalable LF, making it easy to add extra bass cabinets for increased power and headroom, without introducing unwanted phase anomalies makes STM unique, as it is the first vertical array system to offer scalable LF. Deploying the dedicated subbass cabinets, either in the arrays or as ground-stacks, further increases the system’s options. The ‘Omni’ fill speakers complete the coverage pattern, whatever the scale of the system. STM also features a very innovative “one-man” rigging system that allows quick and safe construction of STM configurations. PistonRigTM allows pre-setting of inter-cabinet angle values. REDLockTM handle locks front rigging points from rear of cabinet. All adjustments made from one position at rear of cluster.

“From our first trip to NEXO headquarters over a year ago, we immediately embraced the concept of STM,” states David Haskell, President, Morris Light & Sound. “The ability to scale the system for audiences from 1,000 to 100,000 got our attention. And, after working closely with the NEXO team, I can proudly say they have delivered the most flexible and best sounding system I have heard in many years. We are proud to be a developmental partner with NEXO and YCAS in bringing this wonderful new product to the market and look forward to a lasting relationship.”

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 ID: L to R: Morris L&S V.P, John Mills; Paul Furtkamp, YCAS National Sales Manager; David Haskell, President, Morris L&S

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 CL Firmware Upgrade Now Available

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. has announced the availability of Version 1.51 firmware upgrade for the CL Digital Console Series.

New features include Scene Preview functionality; the Help function is further supported by an on-screen reference guide, which once loaded, resides in the console permanently. The recently launched Ri8-D, Ro8-D, and NXAmp with NXDT104 have been added as Dante devices that can be detected/patched into the CL Series. A CUE LEVEL knob has been added to the CUE section, allowing adjustment of the CUE level and can be assigned to a custom fader or user defined knob. The HPF in the Parametric EQ section has been improved with an option for a slope of -12dB/oct or -6dB/oct.

Yamaha CL Version 1.51 also includes improvements to the DANTE SETUP screen, and a NEW I/O DEVICE screen, separate from the VIRTUAL RACK screen has been added, allowing for more flexible control and management of each I/O device.

“Our company continually strives to make significant improvements and additions of key features and benefits to systems’ firmware that will be beneficial to our customers,” states Kevin Kimmel, Systems Application Engineer, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. “Version 1.51 for the CL Series is proof that we don’t just put a new product out, we continue to improve on that product based on input from our end users.”

Yamaha CL Version 1.51 firmware upgrade is available now, free of charge via download at 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.

CAPITAL SOUND HIRE AND WIGMAN FIRST IN UK WITH NEXO STM SERIES

London-based Capital Sound Hire has become the first UK company to take delivery of a NEXO STM Series system, and Wigwam Acoustics has confirmed its purchase of a STM modular line array system, after two years of involvement in its development by both companies.

The initial STM touring range incorporates three elements; the M46 Main cabinet, B112 Bass cabinet and S118 Sub-bass cabinet, which allow users to build systems for audiences from 200 to 100,000. “With profit margins being squeezed, it’s crucial for the success of rental companies to get the maximum flexibility from their inventories,” continues Capital’s Paul Timmins. “Prep costs money, and this system only requires configuration between projects, with no rebuilds necessary.”

The scalability of STM held great appeal for Capital, whose projects range from 10 people at small corporate events to stadium and outdoor shows for 60,000 plus. “What has become evident is that most current loudspeaker systems require you to stock up to four sizes of line array boxes to cover the variation in room sizes,” says Timmins. “Often, during the winter months, an entire inventory of large format loudspeakers can sit idle while there is a shortage of small and mid-sized cabinets. The concept of STM is amazing, with true multi-use options for all components including the amplifier racks. System designs can take into consideration not only room limitations but also musical content. It’s a fantastic addition to the tool box.”

Capital, which will ultimately own a 48-box system an inventory of 48x M46 Mains, 48x B112 Bass and 48x S118 Subs, is initially planning to introduce the components on small-scale events. This will ramp up during summer 2013 to larger projects that will allow engineers to get to grips with its full capabilities. “NEXO has been a great company to work with,” concludes Timmins of the STM project. “They have a fantastic R&D team and they also know where all the best restaurants are!”

In STM terminology, Wigwam’s package is 48 sets: 48 x M46 main cabinets, 48 x B112 bass cabinets and 48 x S118 sub bass units. The system specification is identical to that ordered by Capital Sound. The main criteria for the new system, according to Wigwam’s Chris Hill, was, “will it sound good, will it be flexible, and quick to rig? NEXO engineers really listened; STM is scalable, and we can use it for many different applications instead of it just being able to do certain types of work. We’re hopeful that this will give us maximum utilization of our stock.”

Further information:
NEXO SA
Tel: 0033 44 99 00 70
www.nexo.fr

Yamaha Commercial Audio Provides Sound System for Concert Celebrating Company’s 125th Anniversary

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) played a major role in parent company’s 125th anniversary celebration, providing the sound system used at a concert held at the Disney’s Hyperion Theatre during the NAMM Show in Anaheim. YCAS managed all live audio production equipment requirements including the design and implementation of a large-scale Dante network from inputs to speakers and were on hand for assistance to guest artist engineers.

The concert, which featured performances by Amy Grant; Chaka Khan; Dave Grusin; Earth, Wind & Fire; David Foster; Dave Koz; Michael McDonald; Sarah McLachlan; Toto; Lucy Schwartz; new artist LEOGUN; the USC Marching Band; and house band, under the musical direction of Nathan East.

Three Yamaha CL5 digital consoles were used at front of house (one for the orchestra, one for the house band, and one for guest bands) for a total of 150 inputs, two CL5s were used at monitors, two DME64N digital mix engines were used for Dante Network Bridging and FOH speaker system processing, NXAMP4x4s for amplification with NX-DT104 Dante cards, NEXO RS18 and S118 subwoofers, NEXO PS10 speakers for front fill, NEXO 45N-12 stage monitors, LS600 and DXS15 subwoofers for drum mix subs, and, for flown for the first time in the U.S., the new NEXO STM line array used as FOH Mains.

“The new CL5 console is amazing,” states front of house engineer Bryan Lenox, who mixed many of the guest artists as well as the house band. “The three CL5s were linked together and talking to one another during a very complex show. We had a multitude of artists, background singers, multiple pianos, horns, percussionists, a multi-track recording truck, and a live broadcast stream of audio and video. The console is very user friendly and quick to get around; the flexibility, touch screen, and color-coding groups of faders are very helpful especially when having to make quick moves. The console routing is great, and although you can do just about anything with the routing, the layout can even be customized by the engineer.” Lenox said the Neve and Pultec plug-ins sounded great on kick, snare, bass, and vocals. “The new NEXO STM rig sounded unbelievable and very rich sounding while retaining detail, clarity, and punch. It was very easy to get a great sound with the combination of the consoles and the STM.”

The night’s crescendo, however, was Sir Elton John who ended the concert with an amazing five-song set. A historical evening for Yamaha Pianos as John played a Disklavier reproducing piano onstage, accompanied by a 60-piece orchestra, as his actual piano keystrokes were faithfully played, note for note, in real time (via MIDI data) on remote Disklavier pianos all over the world. He and the orchestra were visible on adjacent monitors in perfect sync with the remote piano performance, and even fans from around the world without a Disklavier were able to witness the event via a live streaming feed.

“I enjoyed using the CL, in fact, when we have solo shows with Elton similar to the Yamaha event, it will be my desk of choice,” states Matt Herr, front of house engineer for Elton John. “I’m a fan of Yamaha desks and have been for many years. The product reliability and global service is second to none.” Herr has been using a PM5K when the band performs with John. “The CL is very user friendly and sounded really good in my opinion. The Neve inserts sounded fantastic; I used one of the compressors on Elton’s vocal. Normally, I use an outboard compressor, but this one worked quite well. As far as the NEXO STM line array, it sounded nice and smooth, and I’d like to get my hands on it with the band and really drive it to see what it can do. It seems like it would be a good large line array as opposed to some of the smaller ones out there.”

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Photo 1: Matt Herr, Photo 2: Bryan Lenox

About Yamaha CAbout Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.: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.

Mid-America Sound to Host Yamaha CL Digital Audio Console Orientation

Mid-America Sound will hold a Yamaha CL Series Orientation/Learning Session and Open House on
Wednesday, February 27 from 1:00 – 8:00 pm

6643 West 400 North, Greenfield, Indiana

Learn about the Yamaha CL Series
from Yamaha Representative Mike Eiseman

Refreshments and snacks will be served from 4pm to 8pm.

For registration and information visit, http://midamericasound.eventbrite.com/

RSVP Jason Wells at Jason@midamericasound.com or call 317-947-9980.

Vintage Takes on New with Yamaha CL

BUENA PARK, Calif.— Vintage Trouble formed just three short years ago, and now are the opening act for The Who’s “Quadrophenia and More” tour, already completing 25 shows with 12 more to go. Recording their first CD The Bomb Shelter Sessions, successfully selling it at gigs, and, as luck would have it, began receiving requests to feature their music in several commercials. Their good fortune continued when they opened for Brian May’s “Anthems” tour; followed by Bon Jovi dates in stadiums and arenas in the UK, Ireland and Germany.

25-year veteran front of house engineer, Brian Anderson, is mixing the band using a new Yamaha CL5 digital audio console and Rio3224-D, provided by Sound Image (Nashville). Anderson’s credits include Blues Traveler, Spinal Tap, Hoobastank, Batlord, Lovehammers, Brother, just to name a few. He has also mixed a Cirque Productions show entitled “Pop Goes The Rock”.

“The CL5 is operating the front of house mix as well as four in-ear monitor mixes on stage and a 24-track ProTools recording using Audinate’s Virtual Sound card,” states Anderson. “The fact that the console allows everything to be done from one surface with one operator has been invaluable to the band in regard to staying on budget. We have a relatively controlled environment that keeps things very consistent from day to day.”

Anderson said he has been mixing on digital consoles since the Yamaha ProMix01. “The CL sound is far superior to previous consoles, and the amount of available effects, Premium Rack plug ins, iPad control, Dante interface (no heavy snake to carry), and control surface ergonomics are great benefits. Other manufacturers’ consoles have often been unreliable, so I always request a Yamaha whenever possible.”

For more information on the Yamaha CL Series, 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.

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