Las Vegas (July 19, 2005)–Barry Manilow is the latest big name to carve out his own niche on the Las Vegas Strip, with his new show at the Las Vegas Hilton, Manilow: Music and Passion. The show, which opened in February, features not only top hits from his career but also classic songs from other legendary Vegas names like Elvis and Sinatra. Keeping the show’s sound percolating every show are audio engineers John Godenzi and Nick Sodano, who oversee a pair of Yamaha PM1D digital consoles at front of house and monitor positions, and multiple Aviom personal mixing systems.
Providing house sound for the show are two line arrays of eight EAW 761 cabinets and EAW SB1000 subs, driven by Crown MacroTech amplifiers with the IQ series system interface, and a Lake Contour processing system which runs in conjunction with Godenzi’s Yamaha PM1D at front of house. All signal stays in the digital domain, with AES/EBU from the PM1D going directly to the Lake Contour. The PM1Ds were also upgraded with PM5000 preamps. “We have 32 digital inputs and outputs,” explained Godenzi. “There are 100 preamps in the console, plus 32 line inputs and 32 digital inputs, and 64 analog outputs and 32 digital outputs.”
Outboard effects at FOH include the likes of Lexicon, Joe Meek, T.C. Electronic, Apogee and Eventide, but Godenzi also makes use of the internal DSP of the console: “The PM1D has a very usable effects processor, and the real heart of its system is the SPX2 software, which is like having eight SPX2000s. Every channel has internal gates and compressors.”
On the monitor side of things, Godenzi proposed an Aviom self-monitoring distributed audio network, comprised of A-16R personal mixers and A-16CS remote control surfaces, similar to one he had used on tour with James Taylor. Each band member and backing singer now has his or her own 16-track control for their monitors, but because of channel limitations, two Aviom systems are run through the PM1D monitor board. Monitor engineer Nick Sodano sends 16 outputs for band mixes, while another 11 channels go to a separate Aviom rack for the singers’ mixes.
The band’s monitor system is built around a Sennheiser wireless system, with all performers using personal monitors, except for the guitar player, who has a set of stereo Clair Brothers 12AM wedges, and two horn players who share a stereo Aviom mix and one 12AM. Sodano himself concentrates on Manilow’s personal monitor mix. “Barry’s mix is from the left and right stereo buss of the PM1D, so he actually getting a house mix,” he explained. “He’s on a Shure E3 system, and prefers not to hear much bottom. Everything gets EQ’d separately.”
Yamaha Corporation of America, Commercial Audio Systems Division