Baltimore, MD (February 23, 2007)–There’s something about a new console. Maybe it’s the way everything is all shiny with no grit in the corners; perhaps it’s smoothness of every control you touch; or it could just be that new console smell. Regardless, it makes you want to break them in with a special event, not a run-of-the-mill gig–and that’s just what Hanover, MD-based Event Tech did when it brought out its new Yamaha PM5D-RH and LS9 mixing consoles for the Maryland Governor’s Inaugural Ball in January 17 at the Baltimore Convention Center.
Event Tech recently acquired two Yamaha PM5D-RH mixing consoles, as well as a Yamaha LS9-32 and a LS9-16Event Tech rolled out two Yamaha PM5Ds on the Third Floor Main stage, using one for front of house duty and one to mix monitors for Eddie Palmieri and his band. Event Tech also managed to snag some of Yamaha’s newest digital mixing boards–the LS9-16 and LS9-32–which they put to use for the acts on the Cultural and Local Band stages, respectively.
“The Yamaha PM5D is legendary,” said Event Tech mixer Brian Linnemann, who ran front of house for the Main stage. “It’s an extremely powerful board with a great sound, so it’s going to be fun to bring this kind of technology to all the different kinds of shows we do.” In fact, shortly after the inaugural ball the 5Ds were loaded on a truck to support the March for Peace on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., where Event Tech was providing audio, staging, fly towers and power distribution in addition to the mixers. The March had an attendance of over 100,000 people.
Coming up on the company’s agenda: The Avon Foundation’s Walks for Breast Cancer, as Event Tech will be providing production services for all eight of the Foundation’s Walks across the country this year, including the use of their new Yamaha digital boards. “This will be the first year that we use a digital console on the Walks,” reported Mike Aug, vice president of Sales & Marketing for Event Tech. “Since the Walk’s inception 5 years ago, we have been making the system and complete production package more efficient. In 2005 we introduced Crown I-Tech amplifiers to the Walk. Running the amps at 208volt, we were able to cut down on power draw and they also decreased outboard processing gear. This year, with the digital console in place, we completely eliminate the outboard processing altogether. We’ll go from mixer to amp rack, and that’s it! Whatever we can do to save time and money for our customer means more money goes to breast cancer research. And that’s what the Walks are all about.”