Nashville,TN (August 25, 2010)—Yamaha’s first Audioversity event, held in Nashville, attracted nearly 500 audio pros.
The two-day event, held by Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS), found end user customers, A/V integrators and consultants, students, house of worship audio staff, Yamaha dealers and Nexo reps on hand. Day one ended with a southern “backlot” barbeque and concert by rising Nashville star, Erika Jo.
Events included M7CL and LS9 Digital Mixer Overviews, Mixing Techniques, Tips and Tricks, the Art and Science of Mixing Contemporary Worship, Simple Audio Solutions, EtherSound Networking for Live Sound, the Nexo Geo Family – Listen and Learn, and Point-n-Shoot Systems, featuring the new Yamaha DSR active speakers.
“The YCAS staff worked very hard in its planning and execution making Audioversity the success it was," states Larry Italia, Vice President/General Manager. "We especially want to thank the staff at SoundCheck for their hospitality in accommodating our event and third-party manufacturers who participated. It was very gratifying to see the enthusiasm with which some of our competitors quickly embraced Audioversity and the type of marketing opportunities that present themselves for the industry when this type of event is produced effectively.”
The Nexo Geo Stage featured Geo D, Geo T and Geo S demonstrations that featured Erika Jo and her band. “Many of our customers attending were from as far east as the Outer Banks of North Carolina,” states Herman Civils, Millar Pro Audio. “The networking sessions were invaluable.”
For many, PM Consoles on the Road with guest panelists Stan Miller (Neil Diamond), Les Banks (Ryman Auditorium), independent engineers Monty Lee Wilkes (most recently, Scissor Sisters), Jeff Priepot (Shania Twain, Faith Hill), and monitor engineer Robert Bull (Grand Ole Opry, Martina McBride). The engineers related their favorite Yamaha console features, war stories from the road, and tips for young road warriors just starting out.
Third-party manufacturers Audinate, Auvitran, Aviom, Optocore, and Riedel were on-hand to demonstrate how their digital audio networks integrate with Yamaha digital consoles and culminated in a practical panel discussion about the current state and future of their respective digital audio network technologies.
“It was great to meet with third party manufacturers especially the Dante experts as well as the NEXO staff, particularly for several jobs I’m working on right now,” notes Reid Henion, Stage Sound, Virginia Beach. “The EtherSound networking presentation was extremely valuable as was the NEXO new product sneak peak presentation. It was also great to network with other end users and designers who attended. I found the Point -n-Shoot section particularly of interest since we were able to personally listen to Yamaha and NEXO speakers and settings carefully, whereas at a trade show, you don’t get the opportunity to kick the tires of every product. The Road Warrior panel was a great way for young people to see the pedigree of the Yamaha console brand by listening to the seasoned, diehard engineers who have consistently used Yamaha consoles for many years.”
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.