FOH Engineer Dave Elvania at Yamaha PM5D at X Games XIII Music Tent. Los Angeles (August 27, 2007)--The number 13 is rarely lucky for anyone, but it was for XL5 Productions, when it wound up providing live and broadcast audio for the 13th annual X Games, held in early August in Los Angeles at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles and the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA. Yamaha digital desks and Nexo line ararys were on hand to keep the music pumping and the atheletes pumped.
Live and broadcast audio production was handled by XL5 Productions (Santa Clarita, CA), with concerts taking place in the Music Tent at the Home Depot Center, using a PM5D digital audio console and a Nexo Geo D line array with CD-18 subs provided by Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. "The Nexo system proved to be very powerful, yet smooth with great clarity," states Anthony Lennon, Director, XL5 Productions LLC.
Almost all the microphones were Shure SM58s, SM57 wireless and the new Shure UB range wireless. Amps included iTech, Crown, and Crest.
A total of five PM5D were used in all: at the Staples Center, an LS9 and M7CL took on TV control, while within the Home Depot Center's sporting event areas, Yamaha PM5Ds were used for broadcast at the Vert (skate boarding) competition, BMX Park (biking), Skate Street (velodrome-indoor bike racing event), and a second M7CL was in use at Event Production Control.
"We wanted to use the PM5D consoles for their versatility, relatively small foot print and excellent on-board gear, such as comps, gates and effects. The ability to have the instant recall on many input lists is a must in this environment," adds Lennon. "The compatibility between the various Yamaha consoles for use in both live and broadcast made the most sense to us."
Bands that performed included The Donnas, Kenna, Death by Stereo, Buck-O-Nine, North Coast Underground, To Live and Die in LA, Hells Belles, Goodbye Gadget, The Shys, and a variety of special guests.
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.